Sunday, November 3, 2013
Top stats to know: BCS standings Week 3
By Katie Sharp
A look at the most significant notes to come from this week’s BCS Rankings:
Alabama, what more can it do?
Alabama is No. 1 in the first three BCS standings for the second straight year. The only other teams to be ranked No. 1 in the first three releases in back-to-back years were Oklahoma in 2002-03 and Ohio State in 2006-07.
Looking ahead to next week, only Ohio State in 2006-07 was ranked No. 1 in the first four standings in back-to-back years.
Florida State moves up
Florida State moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. The only other time Florida State was ranked in the top 2 in at least two of the first three BCS releases was in 1999, when they were No. 1 in every standings en route to their national championship.
This is the 14th time Florida State has been in the top 2. All other ACC schools have combined for three top-2 weeks. The 17 weeks in the top-2 by ACC teams is by far the fewest among automatic-qualifier conferences.
Big Pac-12 matchup to come
Oregon fell from No. 2 to No. 3 but faces a big test this coming week in No. 5 Stanford on Thursday night (9 pm ET, ESPN). This will be the second BCS top-5 matchup between Pac-12 teams. The other was on October 28, 2007 when fifth-ranked Oregon beat fourth-ranked Arizona State, 35-23
A big win, but no gain for Ohio State
Ohio State is the first team to be ranked exactly No. 4 in each of the first three BCS standings.
The Buckeyes are ranked in the top 5 in three straight weeks for the first time since the final three standings of 2007.
Saturday's 56-0 win over Purdue was the largest shutout win by any BCS-ranked Big Ten team since the BCS began in 1998, and the second-largest win of any kind by a BCS-ranked Big Ten team, behind only Wisconsin’s 83-20 win over Indiana in 2010.
Another matchup of note: Baylor vs. Oklahoma
Oklahoma becomes the first school to be ranked in the BCS top 10 in 70 different weeks.
Thursday night’s matchup with No. 6 Baylor will be just the second time the Big 12 rivals will meet as BCS ranked teams. The only other time came in 2011 when No. 22 Baylor upset No. 5 Oklahoma, 45-38. That was also the last time the two teams met in Waco and is Baylor’s only win in 22 all-time meetings with Oklahoma.
A first for the Tigers
Clemson moved up from No. 8 to No.7. This is the first time in school history that the Tigers have been in the top 10 in three straight weeks.