October 8, 2008

Inside the rankings: Voters like Sooners

The first BCS standings won't be released until Oct. 19, but we wanted a glimpse at what the championship-game picture is so far.

Both human polls and five of the six computer rankings are available; the last computer "holdout" in the BCS formula, the Wolfe rankings, will be released at the same time as the first BCS standings.

The human polls are near-unanimous in picking Oklahoma as the No. 1 team. The computers aren't completely sold, opting for Alabama in most cases.

Here is a look at the BCS components this week:

1. Oklahoma
2. Missouri
3. LSU
4. Alabama
5. Texas
Complete poll

Oklahoma claimed 60 of 61 first-place votes in the coaches' poll this week, remaining at No. 1 for the second week in a row.

After defeating Nebraska 52-17 in Lincoln, Missouri leapfrogged idle LSU for a slim lead for the second spot in the polls.

Missouri received 1,404 points to 1,398 for LSU, the only other team to receive a first-place vote this week.

Alabama and Texas were Nos. 4 and 5 for the second week in a row.

1. Oklahoma
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Missouri
5. Texas

Oklahoma was the overwhelming No. 1 for the second consecutive week, getting the No. 1 vote on 106 of 114 ballots.

The top six remained unchanged from last week.


Anderson & Hester

1. Alabama
2. Missouri
3. Vanderbilt
4. Texas
5. Boise State


1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. LSU
4. USC
5. Texas


1. Alabama
2. Vanderbilt
3. Missouri
4. Texas
5. Utah


1. Vanderbilt
2. Alabama
3. Missouri
4. Utah
5. Oklahoma


1. Alabama
2. Northwestern
3. Missouri
4. Vanderbilt
5. Utah

While Oklahoma is the clear No. 1 in the human polls, the computers still prefer Alabama. Four of the five computer rankings have the Crimson Tide No. 1. Alabama is second in the other computer poll, the Massey Ratings behind Vanderbilt.

Anderson & Hester released its rankings for the first time this season, leaving Wolfe as the only BCS component that isn't public.

Alabama and LSU switched spots in the Billingsley rankings after the Tide defeated previously unbeaten Kentucky.

In the Massey Ratings, Vanderbilt moved from No. 3 to No. 1 with a win over Auburn. Missouri moved up nine spots, to third, after defeating Nebraska.

The computer rankings have Oklahoma all over the top 10. The Sooners are second in Billingsley's rankings, fifth in the Massey Ratings, sixth in the Sagarin rankings and the Colley Matrix and seventh in the Anderson & Hester rankings.

Look for Big 12 teams to get a boost this week with two games between undefeated teams: Texas-Oklahoma and Oklahoma State-Missouri.

Keep in mind the computer rankings are expected to look more and more "normal" as conference play begins and more data becomes available.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.


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