BCS Rankings – where do we stand now and why you should care

This past weekends upsets and big losses in the top 25 caused a lot of movement. Most notably, Oregon and Baylor both fell hard in the rankings, giving Ohio State a lot more space to hold on to the #3 spot all by themselves and be poised and ready in the event Alabama should lose to Auburn. Florida State should be able to win out against Florida and Duke, assuming the DA continues to hold off formally bringing charges against Jameis Winston.

Now we are getting into the thick of Rivalry Weekend with A LOT of big games that will cause that much more excitement with the BCS. Thank goodness this is the last year for the BCS as we know it now!

Why is this important? Well, the top two teams in the BCS rankings at the end of the season will play each other in the National Championship Game and that’s the ultimate goal for every kid and coach out there. But there are 4 more BCS Bowl Games to decide who gets to go and play in as well. Going to any one of these BCS Bowls is a huge honor to the team, means lots of money to the school and helps immensely with recruiting. Some of these games are pre-determined who will go to them (e.g. PAC-12 Champion goes to the Rose Bowl). However, there are 3 ‘at-large’ spots to fill that can go to lots of different teams. We attempted to dissect the rules for how teams are chosen in this post and we have a list of all the bowl games here. There are some really important rankings for the ‘smaller conferences’ (C-USA, MAC, MWC, Sunbelt, and WAC).  These teams want to end up in the top 12 for sure but if not there, then the top 14 or top 16. Anything above 16 gives them at least a shot at a BCS bowl game, but the higher the better the chance. Right now, Northern Illinois and Fresno State are both in the top 16 and are hoping to improve their positions over the next two weeks.

The good news for some of these teams and others is that at least 5 teams in the top 25 will lose this weekend and next weekend there could be 7 more. This will cause a lot of movement in the BCS rankings these last two weeks so what the BCS looks like now and what it will look like on December 8th are two very different things. Amazing how this all works out! Pretty soon though, there will be so many bowl games, every team will have a chance to ‘win a trophy’.

BCS Standings
1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Missouri
6. Clemson
7. Oklahoma State
8. Stanford
9. Baylor
10. South Carolina
11. Michigan State
12. Arizona State
13. Oregon
14. Northern Illinois
15. Wisconsin
16. Fresno State
17. LSU
18. Oklahoma
19. UCF
20. Louisville
21. Texas A&M
22. UCLA
23. Southern California
24. Duke
25. Notre Dame

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