1. Two points leap out from the new BCS standings: first, in a four-team playoff, Alabama would still be in the field despite its loss Saturday. The Crimson Tide’s penalty for losing would have been minimized further because there is no home-field advantage at stake. Instead of it being No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, it would be No. 1 Kansas State vs. No. 4 Alabama. So maybe every game won’t count under the new system.
2. Second, six SEC teams are ranked from No. 4 through No. 9. That is as much a reflection of the SEC’s lack of balance as anything. Three SEC teams -- Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee -- are winless in league play. Of the six ranked teams, No. 4 Alabama, No. 7 LSU and No. 8 Texas A&M have a victory over a ranked nonconference team. No. 6 Florida and No. 9 South Carolina have ranked nonconference opponents awaiting them. Only No. 5 Georgia will avoid playing a ranked team outside the SEC.
3. All hail signing day 2011. The SEC and the Pac-12 likely will a have redshirt freshmen quarterback -- Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Marcus Mariota of Oregon, respectively -- on their all-conference teams. The Big East and the Big Ten likely will have sophomores Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Braxton Miller of Ohio State, respectively. The evolution of the high school passing game and 7-on-7 competition must be responsible. Kids arrive at college with skills more highly developed than ever before.