College Football: What Team Got Cheated Most in BCS?

David GeltContributor IIOctober 16, 2011

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 15: Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to pass against the Indiana Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 59-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It's finally that time of year again.

The BCS pole, one of the most debated topics in sports, has released its first rankings of the season, and as always, there are multiple teams that could make an argument to be higher.

First, there are two teams that were not ranked at all.

One is the Pac-12's Arizona State Sun Devils, who hold a record of 5-2. While the Sun Devils are coming off a loss against Oregon, they have played extremely well throughout the season. Before its 14-point loss in Autzen Stadium, Arizona State had lost only once, in Illinois by three points to an Illini team that lost its first game this past weekend to Ohio State.

The Sun Devils have the 19th best offense in the NCAA, averaging 426.9 yards per game and 34.1 points per game. Led by Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the Arizona State defense is allowing just over 22 points per game, and seventh in the NCAA in interceptions with 11.

They could easily be sitting at the 24 or 25 spot in the BCS pole, where Texas and Washington sit, respectively.

The other team on the outside looking in is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After losing their first two games of the season, Notre Dame has won four-straight, including Michigan State's only setback of this campaign.

Brian Kelly has the offense firing on all cylinders, ranking 29th in passing yards per game and 31st in rushing. They average 467.5 yards per game total, and score 21 points a game, good enough for 30th in the league. Before their winning streak, they lost back-to-back games against South Florida and Michigan. Those two losses were by a combined seven points.

The fact that this Fighting Irish are not ranked in any pole is slightly baffling.

The team that was perhaps wronged the most by this edition of the BCS is in quite a different situation than Arizona State or Notre Dame. The Wisconsin Badgers find themselves ranked sixth.

Very rarely is a team already in the top 10 still cheated, but in the case of the Badgers, the ranking simply does not make sense.

Through six games, they are undefeated and outscoring their opponents 301-58. They are first in all of college football in scoring offense and third in points against. The least amount of points they have scored in a game is 35 in a shutout win over Oregon State.

There closest game this season came against a talented Nebraska Cornhuskers squad in a 48-17 stomping. Running Back Montee Ball is averaging just over six yards per carry, and Quarterback Russell Wilson is completing 74.2 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and only one interception.

It would be difficult to argue for Wisconsin to occupy the top spot, knowing the teams LSU and Alabama have beaten. But to place the Badgers behind Boise State, who's only quality win is against a struggling Georgia team is simply ridiculous.

One could easily argue that Wisconsin should be ranked ahead of Oklahoma State as well, because Wisconsin has such a ludicrous margin of victory.

So many teams will be looking to make a push in the coming weeks. So many debates to be had over the craziness that we have come to know as the BCS. But in the end, that's why the games are played. Stay tuned, because we're in for a wild ride.