ESPN has released the third official BCS rankings of the 2010 season on its BCS Countdown show. And the Oregon Ducks are smiling wide.
The Ducks take the top spot for the first time in school history after a big win over USC this weekend. Auburn drops to second, and should not worry: winning out will keep the Tigers ahead of TCU, Boise State, and Utah, the three teams from non-BCS automatic qualifier conferences that fill out the top five.
It's the first time in the history of the BCS that three teams from non-BCS automatic qualifier conferences are in the top five.
(As a reminder, the network has taken the American Idol route and is stretching out the selections, announcing the bottom 15 teams in the top 25 first and giving analysts like Craig James and Jesse Palmer to give their own versions of the college football polls. Basically, ESPN forces interested college football observers to listen to Craig James to get the BCS rankings as they're released. That's just mean.)
One lower-ranked team to watch out for is Arizona. The Wildcats still have Oregon and Stanford on the schedule, and could soar with a takedowns of those highly-rated schools.
We'll have more analysis as the night wears on.
Full standings are as follows:
- Boise State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
- Virginia Tech
- Florida State
- North Carolina State