Projected BCS Standings Week Two: Ohio State Makes Strong Statement
Its a debate that has caused much controversy throughout the reign of the Bowl Championship Series — which is better, winning or not playing?
During week two, the former seemed the stronger choice, especially when you can beat a top-flight team, which is exactly what the Buckeyes of Ohio State managed to do.
Just six days removed from seeing themselves bumped from the top two spots in the first projected BCS standings, the Buckeye’s victory over Miami should be enough to get them back to their expected No. 2 ranking, especially seeing as though Boise State was inactive for this week of play.
Oddly enough James Madison’s shocking victory over Virginia Tech will also be to blame, as Boise State will see a hard hit to their strength of schedule for beating a now 0-2 Hokie team which was supposed to be among the best in the country.
The computer and human poll bump will likely be substantial in the light of a pretty convincing victory over the previously top-15 ranked Hurricanes.
However, the Buckeyes will still be chasing Alabama, who had a convincing victory over their own — over Penn State, 24-3.
The Crimson Tide will remain a very solid No. 1, and probably get a nice boost in the computers for their victory over the top-20 ranked Nittany Lions.
The Tide and Buckeyes looked strong against strong opponents on Saturday, but they were the only teams in last week’s projected BCS to even be put to a real test.
TCU, Texas, Florida, Oregon and Iowa all cruised to easy non-conference victories, which will do little to alter the new projected BCS rankings.
Nebraska, who was on the outside looking in on the top-eight last week, would probably climb a little closer to breaching the top-eight — and passing Iowa, but since Iowa did its job and beat in-state rival Iowa State, there probably wouldn’t be any change.
So, here’s what the BCS standings would look like if they were going to be released tomorrow, without any polling information.
Projected BCS Standings September 12
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