Sunday, October 23, 2011
LSU, Alabama keep SEC on top of BCS
By Steven Glasser
For the second straight week, the LSU Tigers are on top of the BCS standings. This marks the 18th time in the past 24 releases of the BCS standings that the number one team comes from the SEC.
With the loss by the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, we are all but assured of a regular season meeting between BCS No. 1 and No. 2 when LSU and Alabama meet in two weeks. This would mark just the fifth time that the top two teams in the BCS standings met during the regular season.
Alabama was involved the last time it happened. Back in 2009, the Tide defeated the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game. Alabama was No. 2 in the BCS standings in that scenario as well.
Meanwhile two teams inside the top five have reached their highest ever position in the BCS standings. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have moved up to number three, while the Clemson Tigers moved up two spots to number five.
Between them sits the Boise State Broncos, who moved to number four in the BCS, this ninth time they have been in the top five of the BCS standings. However, this marks the first time that the Broncos actually moved up in the standings in a week that they were already positioned in the top five.
Two Pac-12 teams follow with the Stanford Cardinal at number six and the Oregon Ducks at number seven. For Stanford, this ties the highest they have ever been in the BCS standings before the month of November. They also were number six back in October of the 2001 season. The Ducks and Cardinal meet in Palo Alto in three weeks.
The Kansas State Wildcats jumped three spots up to number eight in the polls. It is the highest Kansas State has been in the BCS since 2002, when it was eighth the final BCS standings. Right behind Kansas State is Big 12 conference member Oklahoma, which fell six spots following its loss to Texas Tech.
The Sooners and the Wildcats meet this weekend in Manhattan. This game could be the first of three consecutive weeks in which we have at least one matchup between top 10 teams in the BCS standings.
The only other member of last week's BCS top ten to lose was the Wisconsin Badgers, who fell to number 15 after its loss to the Michigan State Spartans. The drop of nine spots was the second-largest drop by any team this week (behind West Virginia's slide from 15 to 25) and the largest single week drop-off for Wisconsin in the BCS in school history.
Meanwhile Sparty moved up five spots to number 11, the largest jump up of any team that was in the BCS standings these past two weeks.