The debate entering Sunday night's unveiling of Week 9's BCS rankings: should Oregon or Kansas State be ranked No. 3 behind Alabama and Florida? Notre Dame and Oregon State also had cause to enter that discussion, but I didn't hear much of that debate. Just the other one.
We know Bama's No. 1, and we know Florida strengthened its hold on No. 2 in the BCS standings with its convincing beatdown of South Carolina. But with the Ducks flattening everything on their (not-so-tough) schedule and Kansas State now owning two excellent road Big 12 wins, it appeared we'd come down to the battle between man and machine. The machine won.
Both human polls have Oregon ranked ahead of Florida, then Kansas State. The computers, however, love K-State's strength of schedule, even more than they did a week ago, when multiple selectors had the Wildcats No. 1 and within .003 points of the Ducks. This week, the robots have Oregon behind even Oregon State, which the humans rank as low as No. 9 (pffft ... humans). With Kansas State getting Texas Tech next while Oregon fiddles with Colorado, the Cats could extend their lead even further in seven days.
The complete BCS Top 25 with six weeks to go (full selector rankings via ESPN):
- Fun facts from the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Ohio. A total of 85 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin. • Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 23 TCU, No. 24 Iowa State.
• The No. 1 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game 10 times, including the last two (Auburn - 2010, LSU - 2011).
• The No. 2 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game seven times, including the last three (Alabama - 2009, Oregon - 2010, Alabama - 2011).
• The Southeastern Conference has had at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 34 of the last 35 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has tied its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (1998).
• Notre Dame was ranked No. 5 for the second consecutive week, marking the sixth time in the history of the BCS Standings that the Irish have appeared in the top five. The Irish have not been ranked No. 5 in consecutive weeks since Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, 2006.
• The first two weeks of the BCS Standings mark the first time intrastate rivals Oregon (No. 4) and Oregon State (No. 7) have been ranked in the top 10 since 2000; the first time two Big East schools have been ranked inside the top 20 since 2009; and the first time a MAC school has been ranked in the Standings since 2010.
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