November 1, 2009

BCS: Texas new No. 2, Cincinnati cracks top five

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Texas used its big victory at Oklahoma State to move up one spot, to second, in this week's BCS standings.

Florida still is No. 1, and idle Alabama switched places with the Longhorns.

The Gators and Crimson Tide remain on a collision course to play in the SEC championship game, with a spot in the BCS title game to the winner.

Iowa remained fourth but did lose ground in the computers. The Hawkeyes' average computer ranking was No. 1 last week, but it's No. 2 this week -- behind Florida.

Here is the BCS top 12, with the school, its ranking last week, its spot in the coaches' poll, its spot in the Harris poll and its BCS computer average. A bonus: We've included NCAA strength of schedule (SOS), which is not part of the BCS formula..
Team (LW) HarrisCoachesComp.SOS
1. Florida (1) 1st 1st 1st 7th
2. Texas (3) 2nd 2nd T-3rd 32nd
3. Alabama (2) 3rd 3rd T-3rd 43rd
4. Iowa (4) 7th 6th 2nd 18th
5. Cincinnati (8) 5th 7th 5th T-58th
6. TCU (6) 6th 4th 6th 51st
7. Boise State (7) 4th 5th 8th T-93rd
8. Oregon (10) 8th 8th 7th T-13th
9. LSU (9) 9th 9th 9th T-58th
10. Ga. Tech (11) 11th 11th 10th 52nd
11. Penn State (12) 10th 10th 12th 42nd
12. USC (5) 12th 13th 11th 27th
Cincinnati moved up three spots, to fifth, after USC tumbled from fifth to 12th after getting blown out at Oregon. TCU remained sixth and Boise State seventh in the BCS standings. Oregon, LSU and Georgia Tech rounded out the BCS top 10. Oregon moved up two spots, Georgia Tech one and LSU remained the same.

TCU remains the highest-ranked team from a non-Big Six league. A non-Big Six team is guaranteed a BCS spot in two ways. One is if it finishes in the top 12; the other is if it is ranked in the top 16 and its ranking is higher than that of a conference champion that has an automatic berth. This week, the Horned Frogs are higher than any team from the ACC and Pac-10.

Under BCS rules, only one non-Big Six team is guaranteed a spot if it meets the criteria. Any others would be at-large candidates.

Florida is No. 1 in both polls used by the BCS and also is No. 1 in the computers. Texas is No. 2 in both polls after being No. 3 last week; the Longhorns also moved up in the computers, from fifth to a tie for third with Alabama. The Tide dropped one spot, to third, in both polls.

Oregon trails Boise State in both polls, but remains ranked ahead of the Broncos in the computers despite having lost to them in the season opener. Boise State is eighth in the computers. Oregon's average computer ranking was sixth last week; after shellacking USC, the Ducks' computer ranking dropped to seventh this week.

The three components of the BCS standings are the coaches' poll; the Harris poll, voted on by media members and by former players, coaches and administrators; and six computers. Each of the components counts one-third. The best and worst computer rankings are thrown out, and the sum total of the remaining four is divided by 100 (the maximum possible points) to come up with the BCS' computer rankings percentage.

While strength of schedule isn't a BCS component, all six computers have a strength-of-schedule factor in their rankings.

The final BCS standings will be released Dec. 6. Teams first and second in the final standings meet in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.

Some other items of interest from the first set of standings:

Florida's lead over Texas is .0691; the Gators led Alabama by .0276 last week. Alabama is .0061 points behind Texas.

Texas is the only Big 12 team in the top 18. All the other "Big Six" leagues plus the Mountain West have at least two teams in the top 17.

Texas for the third week in a row has the widest computer variance of any team in the BCS top 10, at seven. The Longhorns are second in the Billingsley system but ninth in the Sagarin ratings. Cincinnati is second, with a variance of six. The Bearcats, whose average computer ranking is fifth, are third in two computers but ninth in another.

The widest computer variance in the top 25 belongs to Arizona, which is 18th in the BCS standings. The Wildcats are 12th in the Sagarin ratings but unranked in the Billingsley system.

The only teams in the top four in all six computers were Florida and Iowa. Alabama was in the top three in all six last week, but sixth in one and seventh in another this week.

The Big Ten and Pac-10 each have four teams in the top 25, followed by the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and SEC with three each, the Mountain West with two and Conference USA, independents and the WAC with one each.

No. 21 Wisconsin, No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 25 USF moved into the top 25. West Virginia (which had been 21st), South Carolina (22nd) and Ole Miss (25th) dropped out after losses.

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