Last week, we took a look at Ohio State’s title hopes after the release of the preliminary BCS standings. Today, we will look at some upsets that happened on Saturday and breakdown the newest BCS rankings. Taken from last week’s article, here are the teams that I deemed with at least a chance at playing for the title in January that lost this past weekend:
Missouri (7-1) and Texas Tech (7-1) both lost this past weekend. Missouri blew a 17-0 fourth quarter lead, surrendered a game-tying fifteen yard touchdown on a 4th and goal in the first overtime, and missed a game-tying 24 yard field goal in double overtime to lose. Texas Tech nearly came back but lost to Oklahoma, a game in which they were actually the underdog. The two losses now leave us with the following title picture:
- Alabama (8-0)
- Oregon (8-0)
- Florida State (7-0)
- Ohio State (8-0)
- Stanford (7-1)
- Miami (7-0)
- Baylor (7-0)
- Auburn (7-1)
This is a bizarre year in that there is a really small group of teams with a legitimate shot a title game appearance. The Buckeyes were helped out by losses to Texas Tech and even Virginia Tech (who fell to a now bowl-elgible Duke team!) because it strengthened their computer ranking. Ohio State is now fourth in all three criteria of the BCS. Oregon jumped Florida State with their beatdown of UCLA. Ohio State and others are in a similar position: needing a lot of help. It is looking more and more like a possibility that Ohio State may not get their chance at the title, but the season is young. Here’s whats on tap for this week:
1) Alabama is on bye preparing for a big matchup against LSU next week.
2) Oregon is also on bye as they play Stanford on Thursday next week.
3) All eyes are on FSU this week. They play Miami and are the highest ranked team playing. This is a big chance for them to pass the eye test once again, as they established themselves as a contender by beating up on Clemson on national television. They’ll have their chance again.
4) Ohio State heads to West Lafayette to take on Purdue. The Boilermakers have given them some problems lately, including last year when Kenny Guiton saved the day. The Buckeyes haven’t won at Purdue since 2008, but they need to dominate them to stay strong in the polls.
5) Stanford, as mentioned above, is also on bye awaiting their matchup with Oregon to take over control of the Pac-12.
6) Miami is the team with the most to gain this week. A win against the Seminoles could have Miami leapfrog Ohio State in the BCS. If not, they still take over control of the ACC and remain unbeaten. Loser of this game is out of the title picture.
7) Baylor is on bye. They also have a big matchup next Thursday, hosting the 7-1 Sooners.
8) Auburn is also on bye. The reason they remain on here is due to their matchup with Alabama. If they beat Alabama and win the SEC championship game, they have a legitimate chance to play for what would be their second title in four years. They need a lot of help though as well.
It looks like a four-team race at the top right now, but with the Florida State/Miami game, as well as Stanford/Oregon and Baylor/Oklahoma games, the title picture could become an even bigger mess over the next two weeks. Stay tuned.