Does the BCS have it right?
October 31st, 2012 By Troy Jefferson
There is no question that Alabama is the best team in the nation, but what about everyone else? Check out Troy Jefferson's review of the top five BCS rankings.
LSU is currently number five in the BCS standings. Les Miles’ team is 7-1 and 3-1 in SEC play. The Tigers handled a mediocre Washington Huskies' team in an out of conference matchup early in September. Most of the computers in the BCS system do not take into account margin of victories, which helps LSU, but hurts a team like Oregon. LSU struggled against a bad Auburn Tigers' team, winning just 12-10. The Bayou Bengals also overcame a slow start to beat Towson, who is far from a stalwart with a 4-4 record this year in the FCS' version of the SEC, the CAA conference. LSU's only loss came against Florida at the Swamp. The Gators, who were undefeated at the time, have since lost and are 7th in the BCS standings. In LSU's last two games, they beat South Carolina and Texas A&M, who are respectively 8th and 16th in the BCS standings. LSU plays the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend, and it decide who represents the Western division in the SEC title game.
LSU (4) BCS has this one wrong. LSU should be up another spot, their only loss came against a good Florida team on the road by eight points.
Oregon is ranked fourth in the BCS standings despite winning every game by at least 17 points. Oregon opened the season with back-to-back wins at home against Arkansas State and Fresno State, scoring a combined 99 points along the way. The Ducks had their first real challenge against Arizona (ranked 23rd in BCS) and manhandled them 49-0. Oregon, like LSU, beat Washington at home. LSU won by 38 and Oregon won by 31. Oregon’s last two games were wins against unranked opponents Arizona State and Colorado.
Oregon (5) I don’t agree with the BCS on this one despite Oregon's record. I side with the one-loss SEC team.
Notre Dame is ranked third in the BCS standings. They gained momentum in their season opener with a 50-10 win against Navy and against Purdue in its first home appearance. The Fighting Irish then defeated Michigan State and Michigan in consecutive weeks. Against Miami, Notre Dame won by 38 and then proceeded to beat 14th-ranked Stanford the following week. Notre Dame won in a thriller against BYU two weeks ago, and then beat Oklahoma decisively on the road 30-13.
Notre Dame (2) The BCS is wrong again, Notre Dame really impressed me after their road win against Oklahoma. And unlike any other team in the Top 5 Notre Dame has played a good team every week besides Navy.
Kansas State is ranked second in the BCS standings. They started the year off with blowout home wins against Missouri State (51-9) and Miami (51-13). Like Notre Dame, Kansas State also beat Oklahoma on the road 24-19. After a big win over in-state rival Kansas, the Wildcats avoided a loss to Iowa State. The Wildcats are in the midst of a huge three game stretch, defeating West Virginia and Texas Tech by an average of 55 points. Kansas State finishes off this scary stretch Saturday against an Oklahoma State team with a three-game winning streak.
Kansas State (3) Kansas State is no doubt a GREAT team but I can’t put them over Notre Dame, who has so far played less cupcake games.
Alabama is the top ranked team in the BCS. After beginning the season thrashing Michigan 41-14 at Cowboy Stadium, the Crimson Tide beat non-conference opponents Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic in convincing fashion. Alabama is 5-0 in SEC play with wins against Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Missouri. However, Alabama will be tested Saturday when they travel to LSU.
Alabama (1) Alabama is the unquestioned best team in the nation. Any team that is undefeated in the SEC deserves to be ranked number one.
Here’s a quick recap of my BCS Top 5.
2. Notre Dame
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