BCS 101: Very little separates one-loss teams

Updated: November 2, 2006, 1:54 PM ET
By Dave Revsine | Special to ESPN.com

It happened. USC lost. The floodgates are open. The BCS chaos is upon us. And the numbers provide tremendous insight into just how wide open this whole thing now is -- so let's get right to them.

Without delving into too much mathematical mumbo-jumbo, here's a basic explanation of how to interpret the BCS standings.

The maximum possible score a team could have in the standings is 1.0. This would be a team that was a unanimous No. 1 in both polls (Harris Interactive and USA Today) and ...

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