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College Football 2011 Week 8: In Full Swing

Bowl Champions Series LogoBy Cabrone D. Brewer

The first half of the season is in the books and from the results of the first BCS computer rankings of the season, the No. 1 LSU Tigers have carved out a nice niche in the polls.

LSU is ranked No. 1, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State in a close-knit BCS race that currently sets up two epic conference thrillers in the Big 12 and SEC later this season.

As for the games at hand this weekend for schools ranked in the current BCS poll, it should be business as usual for most of the parties involved.

Still searching for an identity this year in the SEC, No. 19 Auburn travels to Baton Rouge to take on No. 1 LSU Saturday afternoon. LSU will play without three key players — cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, running back Spencer Ware and defensive back Therold Simon — who were all suspended for Saturday’s match for a violation of team rules earlier in the week.

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College Football 2011: Bring on the BCS

bowl champion seriesBy Cabrone D. Brewer

In a season full of surprises, one thing remained constant Sunday night: LSU is simply ahead of the pack.

The Bayou Bengals were granted the No. 1 position in the first BCS Poll to be released this season — besting Southeastern Conference rival Alabama and perennial Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma in the celebrated mid-season standings that combine the Coaches’ Poll, Harris Poll and a compilation of six computer rankings to place the top two schools in the national championship at the end of the season.

If the current trajectory stays on course, the BCS will become an interesting topic of conversation when No. 1 LSU meets No. 2 Alabama Nov.5 in Tuscaloosa and No. 3 Oklahoma battles No. 4 Oklahoma State during Bedlam Dec. 3 in Stillwater.

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Tigers on Top: BCS Standings Reaction

Missouri state tigersWeek 2 of the BCS standings saw a monumental shift, as Oklahoma’s loss–which really confirmed what the poll voters long believed–made the glimmer of hope for non-BCS schools a little stronger, although they still have to hope for some help.

Auburn slides comfortably into the top spot, aided by a #1 ranking in three of the six computers. Despite being ranked third in both polls, the Tigers strength of schedule puts them ahead of Oregon and Boise State, both of whom are getting killed in the computer rankings. However, history has taught us that, by the end of the year, the polls are what matter, so Auburn will need to rise in the polls–and should have every chance to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Oklahoma Takes #1 Position in BCS Standings

With the first official BCS standings released last night, I figured it would be pertinent to have a weekly reaction post. It’s early, and there’s a 95% chance all of this will look different in five weeks, but for now, here are my thoughts:

BCS RankingsI was surprised to see Oklahoma at #1. But they’re not only the top-ranked team, they’re comfortably ahead of Oregon and Boise State. The Ducks are ranked number one in both the Harris Poll and the coaches’ poll, while the Sooners are 4th and 3rd respectively. But the computers love Oklahoma, and have them at #1, while Oregon is 8th in the computer rankings. Boise State is ranked 3rd in the BCS, but their weak upcoming schedule means they’ll need a lot of help to rise in the computer rankings. Read the rest of this entry »


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