BCS Rankings: Who's Overrated, Underrated or Just Right?

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorOctober 24, 2011

BCS Rankings: Who's Overrated, Underrated or Just Right?

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    Oklahoma and Wisconsin fans, do you think your teams are still ranked too low?

    Coming into the first BCS standings their fans were upset because they thought their teams were ranked too low. Well, the BCS standings have a funny way of working itself out, as both teams had crushing defeats Saturday night.

    To go along with OU and Wisconsin, say goodbye to your BCS dreams Illinois, Georgia Tech and Washington. 

    These three teams all fell flat on their faces this week after being ranked in the first BCS standings. 

    So with the second standings now out, it's time to start discussing who is rated too high or low. 

No. 25 West Virginia Mountaineers

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    WVU suffered their second loss of the season, which was their first in the Big East. Even with the loss, the Mountaineers are still the best team in the Big East Conference. 

    They still have games against Rutgers and Cincinnati, both teams that are tied with WVU for the Big East lead.

    For this week, they should be ranked below Cincinnati, but at least the Big East will have one team ranked.  

No. 24 Texas Longhorns

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    Texas didn't play this week, but in their last two games they were blown out by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. How does this Longhorn team get ranked over teams like Southern Mississippi, Baylor and Cincinnati? 

No. 23 Auburn Tigers

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    This one get's a "really?" rating, as in really, this team only dropped three spots after their game against LSU, and they're still in the BCS standings—REALLY?

    I don't know too many other teams that can get crushed, 45-10, and only lose three spots in the standings.


No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs

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    UGA finally gets its due, as they are finally ranked in the BCS standings. After losing their first two games to Boise State and South Carolina, this Georgia team has rebounded nicely, winning their last five games. 

No. 21 Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Arizona State benefits from not playing anyone this week. They played Oregon tough two weeks ago, but came out on the wrong end of the game. 

    If there was not a lot of the bottom teams getting beaten last week, the Sun Devils would still be on the outside of these BCS standings. But, because those teams lost, Arizona State goes right where they belong.

No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Texas Tech had the biggest leap this week, as they upset the No. 3 team in the country, the Oklahoma Sooners, 

    This Red Raiders team played two ranked teams tough before their game against OU this week; they just missed out on upsetting Kansas State and Texas A&M. 

No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions

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    This Penn State team is 7-1 and plays a defense that, if it wasn't in the same conference as Michigan State, would be the best in the Big Ten. 

    They are a lot better than Michigan, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, all teams ranked above the Nittany Lions. 

No. 18 Michigan Wolverines

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    Michigan was on a bye week so it's hard to say they should have been dropped in the standings. 

    However, with a team like Penn State behind Michigan and getting trounced by Michigan State, the Wolverines should be ranked lower in this poll. 

    A loss against Purdue this week will knock UM out of the rankings altogether.

No. 17 Houston Cougars

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    Come on BCS standings, give some love to the C-USA!

    Houston has one of the best offenses in the country, and at 7-0, with their remaining games against Conference USA teams, they will finish this season undefeated. 

    An undefeated Houston team will be hard to keep out of the BCS. 

No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies

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    At two losses, TAMU should not be about to crack the Top 15 teams of the BCS. 

    They have a knack for opening up huge leads in the first half, but not being able to hold onto them. Yes, they won in a big way over Iowa State this week, but with games remaining against OU, Kansas State and Texas, will this team be able to win any of these games?

No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers

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    This one is teetering on being at "Just Right." Yes, their loss was on a last-second "Hail Mary" pass that barley got into the end zone, but what happens if the officials don't see that as a touchdown and they go to overtime? 

    Does Wisconsin win this game, thus keeping their national title hopes alive?

    Guess we will never know. 

No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    How is this Nebraska team ranked above Wisconsin—a Wisconsin team that destroyed Nebraska—when they made a trip to Camp Randall. 

    In two Big Ten wins for Nebraska, only one of them has come where Nebraska was in charge for the entire game. 

No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks

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    South Carolina was off this week, but next week it's their first test where they are without both quarterback Stephen Garcia and running back Marcus Lattimore.

    WR Alshon Jeffery cannot do everything on his own, so it will be up to the South Carolina defense to lead this team to a SEC East division title and possible BCS bowl game.

No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies

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    The Hokies are 7-1 overall, 3-1 ACC, but they sit behind teams like Michigan State, Arkansas and Oregon. It seems as if the reason why they do rise above teams like that is because they haven't won any games against ranked teams.

    However, they do have wins against a 4-3 Miami (Fla.) team and a 6-1 Wake Forrest team. 

    If those two teams continue to win, 'Tech's position in the BCS should rise. 

No. 11 Michigan State Spartans

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    Yes, Michigan State beat the No. 6 team in the BCS last week in Wisconsin.

    But their win was on a last-second Hail Mary pass that, on a good bounce, luckily went into a Michigan State player's hands. 

    They are a good team, but they aren't as good as South Carolina or Virginia Tech. 

No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks

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    If Arkansas didn't go down by 17 points in their game last week against Ole Miss, they would not have dropped in the standings. 

    But they did and had to come back to win the game, which is good; if they would have lost, their BCS bowl chances would have been gone. 

No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners

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    Oklahoma did suffer its first loss of the season against Texas Tech, but this team is still better than Kansas State. 

    The Sooners still have a great chance at winning the Big 12, as their game against Oklahoma State on Dec. 3 will determine the conference championship. 

No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats

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    Yes, Kansas State is having a great season.

    However, at a perfect 7-0 and after blowing out Kansas, they are not better than the Oklahoma Sooners. 

    OU will prove this when the two teams play each other this Saturday. 

No. 7 Oregon Ducks

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    Is this Oregon Ducks team really good this year, yes. 

    Are they better than the undefeated teams in front of them, no.

    However, in a couple of weeks, Oregon will have the chance to rocket up the BCS standings when they play Stanford in Palo Alto. 

No. 6 Stanford Cardinal

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    Stanford went up against a ranked team in No. 25 Washington this past Saturday and floored the Huskies to a score of 65-21. 

    The win was their first over a ranked team, but it wasn't enough to really move them up the standings.

    However, if the Cardinal can dominate next week against USC on the road, it will move them past some of the other undefeated teams. 

No. 5 Clemson Tigers

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    Clemson is a great team this year, but they did not have as good of a victory compared to Stanford. 

    Both teams will flip-flop positions in this BCS standings this year, but, for this week, Clemson should be No. 6 and Stanford should be No. 5. 

No. 4 Boise State Broncos

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    This one was a borderline "TOO HIGH" since the Broncos seemed to let Air Force stick around last week. 

    However, they were able to move up in the rankings, due to a loss from Oklahoma. 

    If they only beat teams by less than a double-digit margin from here on out though, it will hurt the Broncos more than it will help them. 

    One last thing: With the OU loss, it does open up the championship door, as I wrote yesterday

No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Even after losing their two top receivers against Missouri, the Cowboys were able to destroy the Tigers, with a score of 45-24. 

    With the Oklahoma Sooners' loss, the Cowboys are in the driver's seat for a spot in the BCS title game.

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Would it matter if we put them at "TOO LOW" and LSU at "TOO HIGH?"

    No, it wouldn't, as all signs are pointing toward the college game of the year on Nov. 5.

No. 1 LSU Tigers

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    Some teams falter when the spotlight is on them. Some teams slip up when they lose a starter or two. Some teams get upset when they are expected to win.

    However, none of these things happen to this LSU team. 

    A near-perfect performance against the defending BCS national champion Auburn Tigers keeps this LSU team at No. 1. 

    Nov. 5 cannot come soon enough for us college football fans.

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