BCS Rankings 2011: Wisconsin Badgers & 5 Teams That Deserve a Second Look

Matt BauerCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2011

BCS Rankings 2011: Wisconsin Badgers & 5 Teams That Deserve a Second Look

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    The BCS rankings always cause some level of drama around the college football world, and it's been the same story since this year's BCS rankings were released on Sunday.

    Plenty of teams got the ranking they deserved, but a significant amount of teams deserve a second look.  Some teams received the short end of the stick, while others somehow received higher rankings than deserved.

    The following slides will discuss which teams deserve a second look when assessing the BCS rankings.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers are arguably the best college football team in the country, but Russell Wilson's Badgers dropped down to No. 6 in the BCS' first rankings.

    I'm not quite sure why the Badgers are ranked sixth in the BCS rankings, or even four in the AP Top 25.  The Badgers have the best offense in the country, averaging 50 points per game, as well as less than 10 points against per game.

    The Badgers are undefeated, but they have their toughest game of the year this week against Michigan State. After Wisconsin beats the Spartans in East Lansing they should climb up the rankings a little bit.

Arizona State

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    Arizona State does not have the best record, but the Sun Devils should definitely be considered more favorably in the BCS rankings then they actually are.

    ASU's losses came to ranked opponents in Missouri, who at the time was ranked in the AP Top 25, and Oregon this past weekend, as well as Illinois who ranked in the BCS and AP Top 25.

    Now, I'm not saying ASU deserves to be in the top 20 of the BCS rankings, but the Sun Devils deserve a little recognition considering their strength of schedule thus far.


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    In Texas' case, I think they deserve a second look and should be dropped from the BCS rankings, as the Longhorns have already dropped out of the AP Top 25.

    With a 4-2 record, Texas has yet to beat any team of significance prior to dropping two straight to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    The Longhorns offense and defense both rank outside the top 50 in the country; however, UT will continue to skew their BCS rankings because they will, most likely, whoop up on Kansas and Texas Tech.

    Mack Brown's football team is overrated.

West Virginia

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    West Virginia is on the brink of cracking the BCS Rankings top 10 football teams, as the Mountaineers are ranked 15th in the BCS rankings.

    West Virginia's lone loss came three weeks ago to the best team in the country, LSU, and the Mountaineers are one of only two teams to score at least 20 points on the Tigers.

    West Virginia's schedule is pretty favorable from here out, so I have little doubt that the Mountaineers will soon be in the BCS' top 10.


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    Gene Chizik lost last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton, to the NFL, as well as one of the best defensive linemen in the country, Nick Fairley, to the pros as well.

    Yet Chizik and the Auburn Tigers have found a way to compete with the best.  The Tigers' two losses came against two ranked opponents in the Clemson Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks.  Both of those teams are in the BCS and AP Top 10 rankings heading into this week's games.

    Auburn is playing the No. 1 team in the land, LSU, this week so chances are this won't help the team's BCS rankings, unless of course they pull the upset or keep it close until the end.

    You have to respect what Auburn has done—continue to watch them as the season progresses.