BCS Rankings 2011: Who Will Be Top 3 in College Football?
The first version of the BCS rankings is set to be announced at 8:15 pm ET on ESPN, and there will be no surprises on Sunday.
After seven weeks of NCAA football, the computer’s take on the action seen so far will finally be made public. The debate over who belongs at the top of the BCS rankings will never end, but the answer to who is actually on top will be answered.
This weekend’s games provided no upsets with the elite teams in college football, so the BCS will have the dilemma they expected heading into the decision of who to put at the top of the rankings.
Here’s my take on who will be the top three teams in the BCS…don’t expect to be surprised.
3. Oklahoma Sooners (6-0)
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Junior quarterback and Heisman candidate Landry Jones has led the Oklahoma Sooners to an unblemished 6-0 record this season.
The Sooners boast the fifth-best pass offense in the nation and are sixth in the country in points per game. Their annihilation of the Texas Longhorns a week ago gave them the a strong case to be contending for one of the top two spots in the BCS rankings.
The Sooners' defense took a pair of fumble returns to the house and Jones tossed in three TDs of his own in a 55-17 rout of the 11th-ranked Longhorns.
Oklahoma will not start the BCS season ranked in the top two because of the absolute dominance of the top two teams in the SEC.
However, a Nov. 5 game between the SEC powerhouses will give someone outside the SEC a chance to break into the top two.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
Trent Richardson’s 76-yard touchdown run on Saturday is currently the most talked about thing in college football outside of the upcoming release of the BCS rankings.
Richardson scored four TDs for Alabama against Ole Miss in a 52-7 rout. In all, the Crimson Tide rushed for 389 yards and found the end zone six times on the ground against the Rebels. Alabama only allowed 141 yards of total offense, while totaling 615 of their own.
Throughout the course of the season, the Tide have defeated Penn State, Arkansas and Florida, all of which were ranked at the time. Alabama has the top defense in the country, only allowing seven points a game, while also recording two shutouts.
The Crimson Tide only have to beat Tennessee on Oct. 22 for a shot at the LSU Tigers on Nov. 5 with their undefeated record still intact.
1. LSU Tigers (7-0)
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The LSU Tigers kicked off the season with a 40-27 upset of the Oregon Ducks in their opening game of the season.
The Tigers have not looked back since.
Double-digit wins over Mississippi State, West Virginia and Florida have put the Tigers at the top of the Associated Press Poll. Only Oregon, West Virginia and Florida have been able to score more than 10 points against the daunting Tigers defense.
LSU lives and dies with their defensive prowess, causing many people to believe the Crimson Tide will be able to smother the Tigers' offense on Nov. 5. However, the Tigers still have a game against the No. 24 Auburn Tigers on Oct. 22.
The Auburn Tigers are nowhere near the level they were last season with Cam Newton at the helm, but they are not a team to overlook.
When the rankings come out later tonight, the LSU Tigers will find themselves at the top, but they still have a lot of work to do if they want to reach the national championship.