“I’m glad it’s a three-game series and not a seven-game series, because the last two seventh innings I think I was more nervous than I am in our games,” Alabama football coach says.
The Alabama softball team won the program’s first national championship shortly after midnight. Twelve hours later, hundreds of screaming fans turned out to the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport to see them bring it home.
MOBILE, Alabama – Of all the head-shaking that took place Sunday after yet another wild and wacky week of college football, perhaps the greatest reality check took place in College Station, Texas. The folks in the Texas A&M athletic office were hit with this realization: They are joining the SEC Western Division, where the top three teams in this week’s BCS standings – LSU, Alabama and Arkansas – reside. And that trio doesn’t include defending national champion Auburn.
Stanford, No. 2 last week, lost to Oregon, which jumped the Ducks to the No. 4 spot on my ballot. Boise State lost, opening the No. 5 spot, which is now occupied by Oklahoma. LSU remained No. 1, Oklahoma State moved into the No, 2 slot and Alabama is No. 3.
Two more undefeated teams went down on Saturday, further clearing up the picture at the top of the poll as we inch closer to the end of the regular season. Stanford and Boise State dropped to 7th and 11th, resepectively, leading No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Houston – whose schedule is severely lacking – as the only remaining unbeatens in the FBS. LSU became the AP’s first unanimous regular-season No. 1 choice since 2008.
After a surprisingly eventful weekend in college football, the new BCS rankings came out on Sunday night with some big moves both up and down the board. LSU and Alabama remained the top two teams after their victories this weekend, but the Oklahoma Sooners and Wisconsin Badgers both felt the pain caused by their losses to Texas Tech and Michigan State, respectively, as they each plummeted down the rankings.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Another poll, and another consensus. No. 1 LSU will travel to No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5 for the first 1-2 showdown in Bryant-Denny Stadium history. The Tigers received 49 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide received 10 first-place votes.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – If there was any doubt about LSU and Alabama being a unanimous No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, Oklahoma did promoters a favor with its upset loss to Texas Tech late Saturday night. The 41–38 defeat in Norman, Oklahoma, knocked the Sooners from atop the coaches’ poll.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This is how much LSU and Alabama are separated by in the first Bowl Championship Series standings: .0003 points. Just get to Nov. 5 already. Or does ESPN’s BCS contract include a clause that Skip Bayless must debate Craig James each week on the standings show to demonstrate every game counts? Except, of course, it doesn’t. There’s a plus-one in the top four of the first BCS standings – LSU and Alabama at 1-2 from the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at 3-4 in the Big 12 – with teams who control their destiny.
Everyone should be happy. You’ve all gotten what you wanted. Sort of. The first BCS rankings of the season were released Sunday night with LSU No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Oklahoma No. 3 and Oklahoma State No. 4. That should make those who want a playoff happy. In essence, you have one. The top four teams represent two conferences and two upcoming matchups potentially serve as luck-of-the-draw national semifinals.
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama debuted at No. 2 in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings that will determine which two teams play for college football’s national championship. The standings, based on a formula that considers rankings from several computer systems, the coaches’ poll and the Harris poll (which has former coaches and athletes as voters), were released Sunday evening. LSU is No. 1, with Oklahoma ranked third.
In the history of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Southeastern Conference has the most appearances with 410 (since 1998). Here is a capsule look (conference alignment at time of game played / counting first week of 2011 BCS?Standings):
The standings are out, and LSU stands in the top spot. Alabama is rated No. 2, followed by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State. The margin is slim. LSU’s average is .9522. Alabama’s is .9519.
Stop the talking, college football, and just get to Alabama-LSU on Nov. 5 already. Let’s be honest: The first half of this season hasn’t been very interesting. The number of games that will impact who plays for the national championship can be counted on one hand. There may be some exciting regional games, but the national title race crawls along week by week with blowout after blowout. Alabama dominates. LSU dominates. Oklahoma wins. The rest of the the undefeated teams wait for a slip-up.
LSU still is ranked No. 1. The two Southeastern Conference schools are less than three weeks away from a Nov. 5 showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Oklahoma still is ranked No. 3, followed by Wisconsin and Boise State.