Breaking Down the First BCS Standings of the Season

10/20/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   62 respect

Oct 19, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jalston Fowler (45) celebrates with Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) after his touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsThe first edition of the 2013 BCS rankings has been revealed, and to be honest, there are a few things that may surprise some people.

Before we hit on a couple of hot topics, let's first take a look at the Top 10:

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Oregon
4. Ohio State
5. Missouri
6. Stanford
7. Miami FL
8. Baylor
9. Clemson
10. Texas Tech


And now, onto a few thoughts on the initial rankings.

Most people will immediately see that Florida State, not Oregon, is in the second spot. Florida State's win against Clemson was a HUGE victory for rankings purposes. Oregon's best win right now is against Washington. There's a big difference in those two. Oregon's schedule gets considerably tougher since their next two games are against UCLA and Stanford. If they win both of those, and the Seminoles get a high quality win over Miami, then things will get interesting.

Ohio State is going to go undefeated. I simply can't see them losing a game this season. But the fact of the matter is, it probably won't get them into the national championship if there are still two undefeated teams from other power conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-12, and maybe even Big 12) in front of them. Honestly, should Baylor or Texas Tech end the season without a loss, they could very well jump the Buckeyes. 

Speaking of Baylor, we're all going to eventually realize that this is too low. For now though, it makes sense because of their schedule. They haven't played a ranked team, and won't until their November 7 meeting with Oklahoma. Then they play more tough opponents in Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Texas. Again, if Baylor and Ohio State both run the table, the Bears are going to have the better resume.

- Now for Stanford. Even with one loss, the Cardinal's wins over Arizona State, Washington, and a previously unbeaten UCLA team mean something. For now it tells us that a one-loss Pac-12 team would be ahead of an undefeated Big 12 team. For now. Let's remember though, that should change with the increasing schedule difficulty for Baylor and Texas Tech. If Stanford beats Oregon, that's where there could be an issue due to the weak non-conference scheduling for both Big 12 teams.

- Everything at this point is hypothetical. There are a lot of "if this happens, then that will happen" scenarios, and until the games are played, we have no clue what things will look like at the end of the season. Still though, the current placement of Ohio State and Stanford is very interesting and tells us quite a bit about the power of each of the larger conferences.

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