The second BCS rankings weren’t altered by chaos on Oct. 27. Week 1 of the BCS came after multiple upsets, whereas these rankings underwent a milder shake up. However, these are still standings in which the No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles had a 35-point first quarter on Oct. 26, and dropped to No. 3 anyway.
The Oregon Ducks weren’t impressive for about 40 minutes against the UCLA Bruins. But because the Ducks scored the last 28 points and beat the No. 12 ranked team in the BCS, they went from a close No. 3 to a safe No. 2 over the Seminoles.
The Seminoles likely won’t get the same break if they manhandle the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 2, even with the Ducks off. If they do, Oregon can come right back by beating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road on Nov. 7. Of course, this great debate can end if either Oregon or Florida State lose.
While all this goes on, the Alabama Crimson Tide are still above the fray at No. 1, at least until their own showdown with LSU on Nov. 9. The Tide, Ducks and Seminoles all have major opponents coming up to boost their strength of schedule — whereas the unbeaten, No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes do not and are still languishing behind.
Even if the Buckeyes get help, the Cardinal and Hurricanes can always jump them by knocking off the Ducks and Seminoles. For that matter, so could the No. 6 Baylor Bears, with their own showdowns ahead against the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
No matter the result, the BCS deck will be severely reshuffled in the next two weeks, making these peaceful rankings an anomaly. Here is a list of the top 10 after Oct. 27, with at least half of it set to cancel each other out soon.
Tide tops BCS again
No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide (.9937 avg)
Next game: at No. 12 LSU Tigers (Nov. 9)
The Tide all but took a week off by cruising over the Tennessee Volunteers, and now they get an actual week off before hosting LSU.
Ducks No. 2 after all
No. 2: Oregon Ducks (.9517 avg)
Next game: at No. 5 Stanford Cardinals (Nov. 7)
The Ducks passed the first of two straight big Pac-12 tests, and are No. 2 again as a result. Winning at Stanford will make Oregon much more solid, and perhaps make it all smooth sailing from there.
Seminoles rout and get punished
No. 3: Florida State Seminoles (.9211 avg)
Next game: vs No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (Nov. 2)
Florida State racked up 35 points in 15 minutes on Oct. 26, and was still punished for not doing it against a ranked N.C. State team. That won’t be a problem against the Hurricanes, but are the Seminoles still doomed no matter what unless the Ducks or Tide lose?
Buckeyes go nowhere
No. 4: Ohio State Buckeyes (.8840 avg)
Next game: at Purdue Boilermakers (Nov. 2)
There will be no grand statement games for the Buckeyes to gain BCS ground with, and 63 point performances against the Penn State Nittany Lions clearly don’t make a difference.
Stanford ready for Oregon
No. 5: Stanford Cardinal (.7918 avg)
Next game: vs No. 2 Oregon Ducks (Nov. 7)
Tyler Gaffney and the Cardinal were dead in the BCS just two weeks ago. Now Stanford may be one win over Oregon away from making a real case for No. 2, despite its one loss.
Baylor ready for gauntlet
No. 6: Baylor Bears (.7645 avg)
Next game: vs No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (Nov. 7)
With the Bears facing three straight top 20 opponents in the next three weeks, the time has come to see what good all their 50-70 point blowouts has given them.
Hurricanes limp to Florida State
No.7: Miami Hurricanes (.7560 avg)
Next game: at No. 3 Florida State (Nov. 2)
The Hurricanes are the Seminoles’ second top 10 opponent in three weeks. But after nearly losing to North Carolina and Wake Forest, no one will be shocked to see Miami lose by 51-14 to Florida State.
No. 8: Clemson Tigers (.6687 avg)
Next game: at Virginia Cavaliers (Nov. 2)
Clemson is still in the BCS top 10 by default, as nothing can erase its bomb against Florida State. If the Tigers still want a lesser BCS berth, it may all come down to the season finale against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Tigers left behind
No. 9: Missouri Tigers (.6096 avg)
Next game: at Tennessee Volunteers (Nov. 2)
The Gamecocks already spoiled the national title dreams of Missouri’s Tigers, although they still cling to a top 10 BCS spot. The SEC East is still in Missouri’s control, but its large margin for error is gone if South Carolina wins out.
Oklahoma barges in top 10
No. 10: Oklahoma Sooners (.6064 avg)
Next game: at No. 6 Baylor Bears (Nov. 7)
The Sooners returned to the top 10 by knocking the Texas Tech Red Raiders out of it. Knocking Baylor from the ranks of the unbeaten would bring Oklahoma up even further.