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

Rank Team BCS Score
1 LSU Tigers .9734
2 Alabama Crimson Tide .9591
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys .9310
4 Stanford Cardinal .8615
5 Boise State Broncos .8522
6 Oklahoma Sooners .7760
7 Arkansas Razorbacks .7033
8 Oregon Ducks .6916
9 South Carolina Gamecocks .6177
10 Nebraska Cornhuskers .6156
11 Clemson Tigers .5961
12 Virginia Tech Hokies .5693
13 Houston Cougars .4698
14 Kansas State Wildcats .4600
15 Michigan Wolverines .4512
16 Penn State Nittany Lions .4022

Some thoughts:

  • 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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    How is OU at 6th, they move back into contention after a home loss to Tech. I'll admit that It's going to be tough for my Tigers to Beat Bama at their house, but if that is our one lose and OU one loss is to Tech then their is no way OU should be ranked ahead of us. I swear those stupid AP writers that picked OU at the beginning of the season are just trying to justify their pick. Hopefully it doesn't matter and LSU pulls it out. I'll hold my chin high if we lose to another SEC powerhouse. But come one..OU at 6th after the tech lose..lets be serious.

  2. Johnson77Gators

    I agree with you LSUTIGERS...all I heard all year was OU is so great, they have the greatest Defense of all time, BLAH BLAH BLAH. If Tech's coach didn't make some bonehead calls that game wouldn't have been as close. I think the BIG12 is better troughout then the SEC this year, but losing to Tech (who just got thumped by ISU at home) should put you firmly out of the title race. Even if you beat Okie St. you still shouldn't even be in the conversation.