BCS Rankings: Penn State, Michigan and Schools That Get No BCS Respect

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 8:  Rob Bolden #1 of the Penn State Nittany Lions passes the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the game on October 8, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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We’re heading into Week 9 of the 2011 college football season already, and there are teams with real BCS hopes that are being disrespected by the stupid computer systems.

There isn’t much time to make an even bigger impression, but the following teams have legitimate gripes with where they are ranked in this week’s poll.

While the only thing these teams can do to correct the issues is to just keep on winning, there is an obvious flaw in the system that is supposed to keep college football interesting.


Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions are sitting at 7-1 with their only loss coming to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, and the BCS computers could only manage to put them at No. 19.

While the offense has been putrid at times this season, it has been the stellar play of the vaunted defense that has made the Nittany Lions a feared team. If they can run the table and beat teams like Nebraska and Wisconsin, they will be a top consideration for a major bowl.



The Michigan Wolverines lost a heartbreaker to rival Michigan State, and they dropped to No. 18 in the nation because of it.

With teams like Oregon, Oklahoma State and South Carolina facing similar defeats, there is no legitimate reason the BCS computers could come up with to satisfy the dismay with the flawed system.


FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Bronco
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Boise State

The Boise State Broncos should have the biggest issues with the BCS computers because every year they are the team getting passed over for bigger money producing schools.

Boise State is 7-0 and will more than likely run the table to achieve another perfect season and garnish no attention for it.

While they deserve a chance at a BCS Championship, the Broncos don’t have the financial support to sway the computer like the SEC and other big conferences do.


RankTeam BCS Average
 1 LSU
 2 Alabama .9627
 3 Oklahoma State
 4 Boise State
 5 Clemson
 6 Stanford
 7 Oregon .6877
 8 Kansas State
 9 Oklahoma .6642
 10 Arkansas .6581
 11 Michigan State
 12 Virginia Tech
 13 South Carolina
 14 Nebraska
 15 Wisconsin 
 16 Texas A&M
 17 Houston 
 18 Michigan .342
 19 Penn State
 20 Texas Tech .201
 21 Arizona State
 22 Georgia
 23 Auburn .131
 24 Texas .119
 25 West Virginia


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