Third BCS Rankings of 2011: Stanford Leaps Ahead of Boise State While No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama Prepare for Showdown
Stanford jumps to No. 4 on the strength of its victory over USC combined with losses by Clemson and Kansas State, but of course, the conversation turns almost immediately to the top two slots, where LSU and Alabama sit once again with just one week until their showdown in Tuscaloosa.
The Tigers and Crimson Tide remain situated at the top of this week’s standings, now waiting out the days until they get a chance to help clear up the BCS picture, although the chance of a muddled picture at the top at the end of the season grows with every undefeated who falls. Again the question arises — could we see a rematch of the SEC powerhouses in the BCS national title game?
For now, the two lead a pack of impressive BCS teams who made plenty of moves in this week’s standings.
Stanford lands past Boise State on a far better computer average than the Cardinal had been enjoying until this point, mostly from their first quality win of the season over USC. Oklahoma State improves its lead on the teams that come after it, although not by much, and still trail the SEC duo.
Oklahoma rejoins the conversation at No. 6 after topping Kansas State, followed by one-loss squads Arkansas and Oregon. The Razorbacks sneak by Oregon on the strength of their computer support, far better than that of the Ducks.
South Carolina and Nebraska also make impressive jumps into the top 10, as both have bounced back from earlier losses.
Clemson and Kansas State take tumbles after their hopes at undefeated seasons came to an end Saturday, with both dropping six slots.
But enough talk, here’s the third BCS rankings of 2011.
BCS Standings Week Three — October 30
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9591|
|3||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.9310|
|5||Boise State Broncos||.8522|
|9||South Carolina Gamecocks||.6177|
|12||Virginia Tech Hokies||.5693|
|14||Kansas State Wildcats||.4600|
|16||Penn State Nittany Lions||.4022|
- BCS Know How’s Projected BCSvs. Actual BCS Rankings
- Not the worst, not the best. Got 1-6, switched around a few after that. Wasn’t expecting Arkansas’s precipitous rise, was expecting that from Virginia Tech instead…
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