BCS Top 25 Rankings: LSU, Alabama Claim Nation's Highest Two Spots

The Week 8 college football rankings are the first of the 2011 season that include BCS standings. LSU and Bama are ranked No. 1 and 2, setting up a potential Nov. 5 classic.

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FCS Top 25, Week 8: Record CAA Showing, But SoCon The Conference To Beat

Which is FCS' best football conference? It might depend on whether you like quality or quantity. Well, whether you like lots and lots of quality or a little bit of very high quality. The CAA, for one, put a record nine teams into the latest FCS top 25, led by the Maine Black Bears at No. 9.

But the SoCon maintained its grasp on the upper tier of postseason-enhanced college football, putting three teams in the top six. The Georgia Southern Eagles again locked down a strong majority of first-place votes, with 125 out of 157 favoring the team from Statesboro. The Wofford Terriers and Appalachian St. Mountaineers filled out the upper ranks. The 'Neers acquired spot No. 6 after the New Hampshire Wildcats were toppled by William & Mary.

Leaving us: the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and McNeese St. Cowboys. Joining us: the UMass Minutemen and Norfolk St. Spartans.

The complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. Georgia Southern Eagles (125) 6-0 3,871 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (18) 5-1 3,732 2
3. North Dakota State Bison (9) 6-0 3,509 4
4. Montana State Bobcats (2) 6-1 3,502 3
5. Wofford Terriers (3) 5-1 3,354 5
6. Appalachian State Mountaineers 4-2 2,957 6
7. Sam Houston State Bearkats 6-0 2,808 10
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 6-1 2,795 8
9. Maine Black Bears 5-1 2,481 12
10. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-1 2,480 11
11. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2,275 13
12. Montana Grizzlies 5-2 2,083 14
13. New Hampshire Wildcats 4-2 2,062 6
14. William & Mary Tribe 4-3 1,882 16
15. Towson Tigers 5-1 1,795 17
16. Delaware Blue Hens 4-3 1,371 9
17. Indiana State Sycamores 5-2 1,235 21
18. Richmond Spiders 3-3 843 20
19. Alabama State Hornets 6-1 768 24
20. North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4-2 747 23
21. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-2 671 18
22. Massachusetts Minutemen 4-2 668 NR
23. Jackson State Tigers 6-1 529 25
24. Norfolk State Spartans 6-1 511 NR
25. South Dakota Coyotes 4-3 477 15
Others receiving votes: Texas State 217, Tennessee Tech 211, Liberty 150, Chattanooga 135, Sacramento State 111, Central Arkansas 109, San Diego 104, Harvard 98, Samford 93, McNeese Sate 79, Illinois State 41, Weber State 36, South Carolina State 30, Eastern Washington 30, Brown 23, Cal Poly 22, Albany 19, Coastal Carolina 17, Furman 16, Tennessee State 13, Elon 10, Alabama A&M 9, Jacksonville 8, Stony Brook 8, Portland State 6, South Alabama 4, North Carolina A&T 4, Southern Utah 3, Southern Illinois 3, Penn 3, Sacred Heart 2, Northwestern State 2, Murray State 1, Alcorn State 1, UT Martin 1.

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BCS Standings Week 8: Boise State The Only Mountain West Representative

When Boise State made the decision to move to the Mountain West for a higher standard of competition, they thought they were going to get a serious BCS computer rankings boost. After all, the league regularly produces two or three ranked teams that are good enough to push BCS conference teams. Boise State's move to the Mountain West was supposed to make it a de facto BCS conference, especially with the perpetual mediocrity that's come out of the ACC and Big East in recent years.

While the move has been a step-up, as the WAC does not have a single team above .500, they're not helping Boise get to a title game. The Broncos are No. 5 in the initial BCS standings, and their chances of climbing to No. 2 are looking very slim. TCU, Wyoming and San Diego State all have two losses already, and are hardly going to boost Boise's computer profile.

The Broncos will be headed for the BCS once again if they run the table as expected, but they're still stuck in BCS limbo without a chance to get to the title game unless a lot of teams choke.

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BCS Standings Week 8: The Big East Still Gets A BCS Bowl Bid, Eventually

According to the wonderful BCS rules, the Big East Conference still gets an automatic bid into a BCS bowl game at the end of the season. Their representative regularly enters their January bowl ranked in the low teens or 20s, and that trend seems likely to continue. Only one team from the Big East has made the initial BCS rankings, and that's West Virginia, who come in at No. 15.

Currently, Rutgers and Cincinnati are the only other two teams anywhere near the BCS picture. While they're obviously not serious contenders for anything beyond a Big East title and a bid to a bowl against a superior team, both teams sit at 5-1 and are currently undefeated in the Big East.

So yeah, Big East. Still a BCS conference with an automatic bid. Hopefully for everyone who is not a fan of the other seven teams in the conference, West Virginia runs the table to avoid the ridiculousness that is an unranked team making a BCS bowl.

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BCS Standings Week 8: Rankings Not Kind To Pac-12; Stanford Needs Help

West coasters, get ready to cry 'East coast bias!' If you're a fan of the Stanford Cardinal or just a champion of the idea that teams from the left coast don't get their due respect, you have a cause to support. Stanford come in at No. 8 in the initial BCS Rankings, making them the lowest ranked team from a BCS conference. They're also ranked lower than one non-BCS school, Boise State.

The Oregon Ducks are the second highest ranked one-loss team, but the BCS doesn't have much love for the Pac-12 after that. Only one more team from the conference cracks the standings, and that's the Washington Huskies at No. 25.

Stanford has some chances to advance in the standings with games against Washington and Oregon in the coming weeks. Additionally, Notre Dame has won four in a row, and a win over them will provide Stanford with a BCS boost if the Irish are a two-loss team when they meet the Cardinal in the last week of the season. However, for the time being, Stanford can't really hope for much more than a Rose Bowl berth.

For more on the Week 8 college football rankings, check out our comprehensive StoryStream.

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BCS Standings Week 8: Wisconsin Is Big Ten's Only Title Hopeful, But Current Track Points To Rose Bowl

The Big Ten boasts six teams in the initial BCS Rankings in Week 8 of the college football season, but only one of those teams is undefeated and they don't control their own destiny in terms of making a title game. Unlike the SEC and Big 12, both of which have two teams that will almost certainly make the BCS Championship game if they win all of their remaining games, the Wisconsin Badgers are currently at the mercy of others, sitting at sixth. They're behind two SEC teams, two Big 12 teams, and Boise State.

If they run the table, the Rose Bowl is obviously a foregone conclusion, but to get there, they'll need to go three teams currently in the BCS Top 25. They've already defeated current No. 13 Nebraska, and their game away to No. 16 Michigan State is arguably the best on the college football schedule next week.

No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Penn State, and No. 23 Illinois are the other three Big Ten teams to make the season's first inaugural BCS rankings.

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BCS Standings Week 8: LSU Tops Initial Rankings

LSU tops the BCS Rankings in Week 8, the first week that the poll is available. Kansas State is ranked higher in the BCS than human polls, while the computer polls don't like Wisconsin.

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College Football Rankings: LSU Tops Harris Interactive Poll For Week 8

LSU takes two of three in the college football rankings for Week 8: the Tigers add a No. 1 ranking in the Week 8 Harris Interactive poll (PDF) to their No. 1 ranking in the Week 8 AP Poll, and look very good for the first BCS rankings of the 2011 college football season.

LSU snared 74 of 115 first-place votes in the Week 8 poll, almost three times the 25 that No. 2 Alabama garnered. The top nine of the poll remains unchanged from Week 7, and Michigan's fall from No. 10 to No. 17 is the first major correction in the top 25.

No. 12 Kansas State jumps into the top 15 after rallying to defeat Texas Tech, while Michigan State, which knocked Michigan from the realm of the unbeatens, makes the biggest leap in the Harris poll, moving up seven places from No. 22 to No. 15.

Here's the full Harris Interactive poll top 25 for Week 8:

 

1 LSU

 

2 Alabama

 

3 Oklahoma

 

4 Wisconsin

 

5 Boise State

 

6 Oklahoma State

 

7 Stanford

 

8 Clemson

 

9 Oregon

 

10 Arkansas

 

11 Nebraska

 

12 Kansas State

 

13 South Carolina

 

14 West Virginia

 

15 Michigan State

 

16 Virginia Tech

 

17 Michigan

 

18 Georgia Tech

 

19 Texas A&M

 

20 Illinois

 

21 Auburn

 

22 Houston

 

23 Arizona State

 

24 Penn State

 

25 Washington

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College Football Rankings, Week 8: Sagarin Top 25 Makes Oklahoma Distant Third

Official BCS standings won't come out until 8:15 pm ET, and the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll won't be out for at least another hour. For now, all we have to work with is the latest USA Today Sagarin ratings, a form of a computer system that does go into the BCS formula. It's a good look at what the machines are thinking.

While some BCS projections have the Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide better than the LSU Tigers, Sagarin's set puts Bama and LSU ahead of Oklahoma, and by a convincing margin. Only 1.61 points distinguish the Tide and Tigers, while 3.78 mark the difference between the Bayou Bengals and the Sooners.

The top five forms another demarcated platform, with the No. 6 Oklahoma St. Cowboys trailing the Boise St. Broncos by 3.12 points. Yes, it's completely idiotic that all of this stuff actually matters.

In FCS computer news, the Georgia Southern Eagles retake their top spot from the Wofford Terriers. Good news here: they'll just end up playing in the playoffs if they're really that good.

This week's Sagarin top 25:

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Boise State
  6. Oklahoma State
  7. Oregon
  8. Stanford
  9. Clemson
  10. Arkansas
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Kansas State
  13. Nebraska
  14. West Virginia
  15. Penn State
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. South Carolina
  18. Texas
  19. Arizona State
  20. Georgia
  21. Houston
  22. Michigan State
  23. Auburn
  24. Michigan
  25. SMU

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