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.