Alabama, Florida State and Oregon Top Initial BCS Standings

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Craig Strobeck

The first official BCS standings for 2013 have arrived, and with no surprise, the undefeated and reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide is at No. 1.  However, the rest of the field saw significant change, as upsets and the notorious BCS computer calculations once again took over the world of college football.

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Craig Strobeck

Mariota settling into his calm and collected state of mind before the game..

Florida State nudged out Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the initial standings, thanks to its drubbing of No. 9 Clemson last week.  The Seminoles are clearly one of the nation’s elite and with the help of its superior computer ranking, they’ve become the new adversary to Alabama.

The highly-anticipated quarterback duel quickly became a game of Tiger hunting for the FSU defense, amassing 4 turnovers in their 51-14 rout of Clemson.  Freshman phenom Jameis Winston shined on the big stage, throwing for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding a score on the ground.

The Seminoles are arguably the most complete team in the country; their 53.2 points per game and 12.3 points against per game are the third highest in the country.  With two dominant wins over top-25 teams by a combined score of 114-14, they find themselves with their highest ranking since 2000.

Oregon opens at No. 3 for the second straight year, despite being ranked No. 2 by the AP and Coaches poll.  The Ducks have beaten every opponent they have faced this year in convincing fashion, and if they stay consistent, they will see their computer ranking improve with wins over No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford, which should give them the No. 2 ranking.

UO will lean on the nation’s best offense to get them to a second BCS title game in four years.  Marcus Mariota continued his Heisman campaign with 394 total yards and 3 scores and got immense support from the rushing game, led by Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner.  The two accounted for 291 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns.

De'Anthony returns next week to join Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner in the backfield.

Craig Strobeck

De’Anthony returns next week to join Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner in the backfield.

Next week, the offense will welcome back star running back De’Anthony Thomas to the picture.  Thomas has missed the last three games with a foot injury.

Rounding out the top five, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Missouri.

The Buckeyes once again see themselves as being overlooked, despite holding the nation’s longest win streak of 19 games but their hopes are far from over.  Urban Meyer’s team is extremely talented on both sides of the ball, and they have survived the majority of their tough games this season. Only a Nov. 30th date at rival No. 22 Michigan, being their last big test.

Missouri continues to rise in the rankings, jumping nine spots after its 36-17 victory over Florida.  The defense dominated once again, and the offense ran better than anticipated, led by backup Maty Mauk, out-gaining the Gators 500-151 in total yardage for the game.

Though they have a commanding lead in the SEC east, with South Carolina and Georgia losing conference games last weekend, the question still remains of whether backup Mauk can lead the Tigers to victory against the rest of their competitive schedule, including South Carolina and Texas A&M.

It’s difficult to project how the top five will look as the rest of the season progresses, based on the past two weekends of upsets. Only twice, in 2001 and 2005, have both No. 1 and No. 2 in the initial BCS standings reached the national championship game.

Alabama hosts a surging Tennessee team next week.  The Vols have played very well in consecutive weeks, taking Georgia to overtime and defeating South Carolina, but those games were at home and Tuscaloosa is a much different environment.  No. 13 LSU and No. 11 Auburn Tigers also remain on the Tide’s schedule.

Connor Halliday threw 89 times for 555 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Ducks on Saturday.

Kyle Mickelson

Connor Halliday threw 89 times for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Ducks on Saturday.

Florida State will face NC State next week, one of only two teams to beat the Seminoles last season. They also still have to face ACC foe No. 7 Miami at home the week after.

Oregon will play UCLA next week and Stanford the following.  The Duck defense has been evidently vulnerable lately, with Washington and Washington State showing much success in the past few weeks, and they will have to play much better to beat two of the Pac-12’s best.  Rival No. 25 Oregon State also entered the rankings this week, after losing to FCS power Eastern Washington in the season opener, posing yet another threat to the Ducks race to the title.

We got an early glance at the significance of the BCS computers and it makes me question: did the college football playoff come a year too late?

 

 

 

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  • Stephen Wallner

    Please stop trying to incite a riot. The computers are doing their job at this point – giving teams credit for beating quality opponents. Once we play one this weekend and another on a week and a half later, the computers will reflect that. This happens every year, and we need to stop acting surprised. We should actually be very happy with the computers at this point, as they have us 4th already, which is much higher than we have been in the initial rankings in years past.

    • Bryan Holt

      I completely agree, I was just pointing out the significant impact it has on the rankings. It still comes down to whether we win out or not.

  • mark

    Oregon still fake

  • j10eff

    I think it stinks that FSU is #2…being a Gator fan is boils my blood to see them do well.
    I wonder if the polls would be different in Coach Helfrich didnt let off the gas and kept pouring on the points to 70 or 80. Show Leach that he will keep scoring if he wants to keep throwing. Oregon needs to beat UCLA and Stanford by 50…leave no doubt.

    FSU’s win over Clemson looked good but how good of a team is Clemson. They struggled for some lower ACC teams. They did beat Georgia…who is 4-3 now and lost to VANDERBILT. Is FSU that good or was CLEMSON overrated again?

    Let’s hope Miami or some other ACC team knocks off FSU and Oregon wins out.

    • hokieduck

      Point differential does not come into play with the computers. The coaches poll already has the Ducks #2. The team just have to remain focused and take care of business. If they win out, the Ducks will play in Pasadena on the 6th.

      FSU is for real BTW. This would indeed be a great year for a 4 team playoff.

  • j10eff

    I also think that BAMA, OREGON, OHIO STATE, and FSU can finish undefeated….that would be an AWESOME playoff ….but really one or two teams will get screwed.
    Hope For LSU or AUBURN to beat BAMA and for OHIO STATE to lose.