In Week 9 of NCAA football play, upsets, injuries and big wins dominated the headlines leading to changes in BCS rankings.
Kansas State had a 55-24 win over Texas Tech and moved into the No. 2 BCS spot behind No. 1 Alabama.
Another school on the rise this week is Notre Dame to No. 3. Entering the game as the underdog last week against Oklahoma, the Fighting Irish showed they’re for real and defeated the Sooners, 30-13 on their home field.
As for the Oregon Ducks, who crushed Colorado 70-14, they stayed in the fourth spot. Not helping the team is computer rankings which has them at No. 5 (it represents 1/3 of the standings) while the AP has them at No. 2.
Looking at Oregon’s remaining schedule, wins should help the team in the computer as they’ll face three Top 25 BCS teams in upcoming weeks. This includes USC, Stanford and Oregon State. First up are the Trojans on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Should Oregon also get an opportunity to play in the Pac-12 title game, this would also impact its rankings.
One of the biggest stories for the BCS rankings was Florida. After its 17-9 loss to Georgia, the Gators moved from No. 2 to No 8. This week they will play Missouri.
Rounding out the Top 5 is LSU. The Tigers had a bye week and when they return this weekend, they’ll host Alabama. This is the game of the week.
Will LSU be a spoiler?
The game will be a battle of two top defenses but if LSU’s offense doesn’t show up, which it has done this season, then Alabama will definitely hold on to its perfect season.
The next five in the Top 10 includes No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 South Carolina, No. 9 Florida State and No. 10 Louisville.
Georgia will face a tough Ole Miss this week. In order to make an appearance in the conference’s title game, it will need to go on a November win streak. I’d put the Bulldogs on upset alert this week.
Louisville remains unbeaten and this week it will face Temple.
In other news from last Saturday, Arizona upset then No. 9-ranked USC, 39-36. With the win, they slipped back into the AP poll at No. 24 and grabbed a BCS ranking of No. 22. The Wildcats will look to extend their win streak in this week’s game against No. 25 AP-ranked UCLA.
Notably missing from the conversation is the Big Ten. At No. 20 in the BCS rankings, Nebraska is the highest-ranked team for the conference. Ohio State at 9-0 sits at No. 6 in the AP Poll but isn’t eligible for a BCS ranking.
Once part of the conversation thanks to quarterback phenom Denard Robinson, Michigan is neither in the BCS rankings nor the Top 25.
Looking ahead to this Saturday, there’s some interesting games that will have an impact on conference standings.
Take a look.
- No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU
- No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 15 Mississippi State
- No. 23 Texas at No. 18 Texas Tech
- No. 4 Oregon at No. 17 USC
- No. 20 Nebraska at Michigan State
Here’s the AP Top 25 and BCS rankings for this week.