With seven weeks of the college football season already in the record books it’s time for a first look at the new version of the Bowl Championship Standings (BCS) the first version of which were launched on Sunday.
Once again it’s the Southeastern Conference teams who hold sway at the top of the rankings with Alabama and Florida taking the first and second positions respectively. The Crimson Tide and Gators, both 6-0, do not play each other this season but would meet in the SEC Championship Game if both maintain their unbeaten records. After those two at the top of the standings we drop down to take in Oregon in third, Kansas State in fourth and Notre
Dame are fifth, although in some alternative ncaaf score rankings the “Fighting Irish” have been rated as high as second.
The highest rated side with a loss are LSU who were defeated by Florida in Week 6 but have subsequently bounced back with a narrow win over South Carolina, although the Tigers were one of the pre-season favourites to make the Jan. 7 title game in Miami. The top ten is completed by South Carolina at No.7, with Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC at eight, nine and ten respectively. With No. 11 Georgia, No. 12 Mississippi State and No. 18 Texas A&M; the SEC has seven teams in the top 25. Two SEC teams, LSU and Alabama, held the top two spots in six of the eight standings last season.
The Big 12 also has seven teams in this week’s standings, with No. 13 West Virginia, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 23 TCU, No. 24 Iowa State, and No. 25 Texas but there are no Big Ten teams in the top 25.
With the SEC showing up strongly in the early standings thoughts have turned to another all-SEC national championship game but with half the season still to play, there are plenty possibilities and teams still alive. Teams with one loss are still very much in the race as long as they win their next few live ncaaf encounters. Given that scenario if the Red Tide keep winning then Alabama will play for their second straight national title and their third in four seasons.
Alabama has never before been first in the initial standings. Seven times since the Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998, the team that was first in the initial standings went on to play in the BCS title game.