UPDATE: ESPN has just announced that Florida is #1 in the first BCS rankings for 2009.
UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.
Sunday, October 18, marks the release of the first BCS standings for 2009. Hold on to your hats, this could be fun!
We almost had a complete upheaval of the top ten this weekend, but #1 Florida and #2 Texas both hung on to win their games. Overall, it was a pretty scary day all around, not just in wins and losses, but for individual players themselves.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Colt McCoy looked terrible throwing for under 150 yards, only one touchdown and one interception. To make things worse in the same game, last year’s Heisman winner, Sam Bradford, re injured his shoulder and judging from the reaction of his coach, Bob Stoops, I would have to assume that he will miss the rest of the season. At 3-3, Oklahoma is having its worst season in recent memory and they appear that they may have to carry on without their team leader.
If not for a last minute drive by Tim Tebow, who knows how the Florida/Arkansas game would have ended. I’ve got to give it to Tebow, he can play and knows how to fire up a team. I’m just not sold on Florida this year. Two straight weeks they could have easily lost their game if not for some late heroics. And what about the Texas Longhorns??? I mentioned McCoy’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day already but looking at the season so far as a whole, they are the most unimpressive undefeated team in the nation right now. I’m pretty sure that they will lose at least one game in their conference and it could happen as early as next week.
As much as it pains me to say it, Alabama looks very impressive and in National Championship form. They dispatched of South Carolina today with some great defense and the running game looks equally good. Virginia Tech said goodbye to any chance they had of a National Championship with their loss at Georgia Tech. USC had Notre Dame on the verge of a blowout until they decided to let them back in the game (and nearly win if not for a last second goal line stand). If not for the hiccup against Washington, USC could easily have their hat in the ring for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, they will have to settle for 4th at best (you can see my predictions below).
And the team from the land of the Smurf Turf had some major problems putting away Tulsa on Thursday night. They really need some blowout victories, and an undefeated season, to have any chance at at a BCS National Championship game. Heck, they might even get passed by TCU for a BCS Bowl bid if the “frogs” go 12-0 this year. The Broncos looked great against Oregon to open the season, but they’ve played down to the level of their opponents the past two weeks and with a weak schedule, any more games like this could easily relegate them to a non-BCS game.
Anyways, it will be interesting to see how the players fall tomorrow afternoon when the standings are finally released. I’m looking forward to seeing how both the AP and Coaches poll shift this week, but what will play the most important role is the computers. I’m no expert, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and make my predictions how I see the top ten playing out:
4. Boise State
To be the best, you have to beat the best. And at this time, Florida is still the team to beat until someone knocks them off their pedestal.
I strongly believe that Alabama is the number one team in the country right now, but can’t see enough voters changing their ballots to drop Florida out of the number one spot. I also see USC leapfrogging Boise State based upon their quality wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame. I’m most intrigued where teams like Cincinnati, Iowa and Miami end up. It’s pretty much a crapshoot after the top 4-5.
It will be interesting to see how it all ends up, though. Personally, I would love to see a lot of upsets the rest of the way and Boise State sneaking into the National Championship Game. Yes, it’s a dream that will most likely NEVER come true, but it would still be fun to finally see someone stick it to the BCS!
Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m in favor of a playoff. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff, let them fight it out on the field to determine who really is #1.