When you compare this week to last week’s picture, you won’t see much of a difference. This is because most of the important pieces to the BCS puzzle were on bye. To summarize this week, Florida State stomped Miami at home, ending Miami’s title hopes. FSU looks to be in good shape right now after their huge wins over Clemson and Miami, but may still need help in the form of an Oregon loss. Missouri and Auburn both also won, hoping that a 1-loss season in the SEC with a victory over Alabama would be enough to get a title shot. Lastly, Ohio State crushed Purdue 56-0 and actually made a move up in the computer polls. They are still fourth in all three polls that are a factor in the BCS, but they did improve points-wise in the computers. The Buckeyes are ranked in the top 3 in two computers.
This is this week’s title picture:
- Alabama (8-0)
- Oregon (8-0)
- Florida State (8-0)
- Ohio State (9-0)
- Stanford (7-1)
- Baylor (7-0)
- Auburn (8-1)
- Missouri (8-1)
Once again, its the same old story. Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State are the front runners in a tight race for the top two spots. Ohio State and others are going to need some help. With Ohio State on a bye, they can sit at home and hope for a crazy weekend. Last time Ohio State had a bye week, college football had its craziest week of upsets of its season. The Buckeyes will hope its a good omen.
1) Alabama plays host to LSU. LSU beat Alabama at Alabama in 2011 when the teams were ranked #1 and #2. This is Alabama’s toughest test since their rematch with Texas A&M and LSU is looking for a statement win to get back in the BCS bowl game discussion.
2) Oregon goes on the road to Stanford. Should Oregon win, they will probably jump Florida State and regain the #2 spot in the BCS rankings. Stanford winning could flip the whole BCS upside down, as well truly see if either Pac12 team can jump an undefeated Buckeye team.
3) FSU plays at Wake Forest. Shouldn’t be a problem.
4) Stanford plays Oregon, as noted above.
5) OSU has a bye week before traveling to Illinois.
6) Baylor plays Oklahoma on Thursday. Baylor is opening the tarp to have more people in attendance. This is the start of a brutal stretch for Baylor, playing 3 top 25 teams and Texas (5-0 in conference play) down the stretch.
7) Mizzou plays Kentucky. Nothing to see here.
8) Auburn goes to Knoxville and shouldn’t have any problems with Tennessee. Tennessee has beaten South Carolina this season though.
This could be the fun week we are all hoping for. Buckeyes need upsets and this is the week for it. Stay tuned!
Ohio State football tickets once again stayed put at No. 3 in the TiqIQ Top 25. The Buckeyes only have one home game remaining at Ohio Stadium this season. That game is against Indiana in three weeks, so Ohio State’s average shouldn’t be fluctuating too much in the next few weeks and the average only dropped 1% over the past week. The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 4 in the AP Poll. Despite being undefeated, Ohio State has been having trouble leaping over other undefeated teams Florida State, Oregon and Alabama in the polls. The game that could help Ohio State the most in the ranking could be their final game of the season at Michigan. If the Buckeyes can’t jump any of those teams in the remainder of the season to get into the BCS National CHampionship Game, they would most likely be the Big Ten representative in the Rose Bowl.