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Alabama, FSU top first BCS standings

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The first BCS standings of the 2013 college football season were released on Sunday and, as expected, Alabama took the top spot.

Less certain was which team would place second to the Tide.

That honor went to Florida State, fresh off a 51-14 smashing of Clemson. The Seminoles beat out third-place Oregon by .0028 points thanks to their resounding strength in the computer rankings. In fact, FSU’s computer ranking of .980 was better than both Alabama (.960) and the Ducks (.880).

On the outside looking in (for the time being) was Ohio State in fourth and Missouri in fifth.

Not to worry, Ducks fans. FSU’s lead on your team is so small that if Oregon merely moves up one spot in one computer poll, the order would be reversed. And since the Ducks take on UCLA and Stanford in the next three weeks, their schedule strength should get a significant boost.

Here are the rankings of the top 10 teams (with point total):

1. Alabama .9841

2. Florida State .9348

3. Oregon .9320

4. Ohio State .8553

5. Missouri .8219

6. Stanford .7414

7. Miami .7200

8. Baylor .7120

9. Clemson .6249

10. Texas Tech .6220

See the expanded and complete rankings here.

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40 Responses to “Alabama, FSU top first BCS standings”
  1. normtide says: Oct 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    Before anyone’s head explodes, let things play out.

  2. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    Vitriol!

  3. basebuck says: Oct 20, 2013 9:31 PM

    You are correct…way to many things can and will happen! Relax America

  4. michiganstillsucks says: Oct 20, 2013 9:46 PM

    Ohio State should be number one. The system is broken!!!

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:48 PM

    They got it right. And the Noles just need to avoid falling asleep against State, handle business against the U., and blow out UF as they should, and they’re in the game.

  6. cometkazie says: Oct 20, 2013 9:58 PM

    I’m with you, Norm.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:59 PM

    michiganstillsucks says: Oct 20, 2013 9:46 PM

    Ohio State should be number one. The system is broken!!!
    ———–
    More like number ONE-ONE.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:59 PM

    And beating #7 Miami will firmly entrench FSU in the game, IMO.

  9. atrain413 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:00 PM

    Ohio state shouldn’t even be in the top 10. Big 10 football should be D-2 level. They can’t hang with anyone except the cake walks the schedule every year. And don’t mention Michigan, only top 25 win the would win and still slide in the polls, until finally losing to another bad big 10 school.

  10. mcjon22 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:04 PM

    Oregon only plays (Maybe) one top 10 team.

    FSU will have played 2 and very well 3 if Va Tech wins out.

    Not too sure Oregon gets in unless Bama’ trips up, all things equal.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:09 PM

    atrain413 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:00 PM

    Ohio state shouldn’t even be in the top 10. Big 10 football should be D-2 level. They can’t hang with anyone except the cake walks the schedule every year. And don’t mention Michigan, only top 25 win the would win and still slide in the polls, until finally losing to another bad big 10 school.
    ——

    Agreed Little 10 is joke football.

  12. mrlaloosh says: Oct 20, 2013 10:18 PM

    Useless info.

  13. imaduffer says: Oct 20, 2013 10:21 PM

    Condi Rice says, “what do all those numbers mean?” Did we win?

  14. sportsfan18 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:59 PM

    Bama and the Ducks control their own destinies…

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:09 PM

    Actually FSU and Bama do. Oregon needs FSU to lose or they will not leap them. Period.

  16. dryzzt23 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:21 AM

    Yet again, ‘Bama (and the rest of the SEC…is way overrated. It’s to the point now that the hype is ingrained in fans and to even mention anything negative toward an SEC is met with pure unadulterated shock.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:38 AM

    dryzzt23 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:21 AM

    Yet again, ‘Bama (and the rest of the SEC…is way overrated. It’s to the point now that the hype is ingrained in fans and to even mention anything negative toward an SEC is met with pure unadulterated shock.
    ————

    My observation also.

    Especially since the cream of the ACC can beat the cream of the SEC and the cream of the Pac 12 can beat anyone in the SEC, and the number of top teams in each conference is equal, so are the middling teams, so are the bottom feeders.

  18. vincentbojackson says: Oct 21, 2013 1:47 AM

    Ohio State’s marquee win – a nail biter against a 3 loss Northwestern team.

    Their schedule strength is ranked 87th toughest in the country thanks to an embarrassing non-conference schedule and a pillow soft Big 10 again this year.

    Realistically, OSU needed to face an undefeated Michigan at the end of the year to give their schedule any credibility.
    With that gone, the best the Bucks can hope for is that two of the current top 3 lose.

  19. louhudson23 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:32 AM

    There is only one poll,and it comes at the end of the year,when all the games are played,till then…they are incomplete and useless….Roll Tide…

  20. sectothebone says: Oct 21, 2013 3:55 AM

    I hear the same thing every year about how the SEC is overrated, but it seems that no matter who we play in the NC game the SEC comes out on top. Until a team can beat the SEC in the NC game you can’t really say they are overrated…the proof is in the pudding…Roll Tide!

  21. kansas531 says: Oct 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    What I am having trouble believing is that Alabama is #2 with the computers. They have only played 1 decent team (A&M with 2 losses) and barely won that. As far as sectothebone is concerned. The SEC opponents in the BCS the last 2 years have not been the best teams. Notre Dame could not hold a candle to Oregon and A&M proved Alabama would not have been able to handle Oregon. And, the previous year, Saban skewed his vote to move Okla St/Stanford out of the championship or both LSU & Alabama would have lost to either Okla St or Stanford. May not be that “lucky” this year, if an SEC team even makes it to the BCS.

  22. tgaustin says: Oct 21, 2013 9:39 AM

    Congrats to the ACC for landing 3 teams in the top 10. Now, had it been 3 SEC teams in the top 10, the title of this article would have read so…shame they couldn’t give them the same respect that they ALWAYS give to the $EC!

  23. normtide says: Oct 21, 2013 9:46 AM

    Luck? Seven straight years? Your smarter then that. A sports radio host, from Washington, said it best. The south dominates college football for one reason. The people there want it more. It’s more important to them. The SEC has won nine titles out of what, fourteen years of the BCS. There is great football being played across the nation. But the Southeast has a high concentration. Outside of OSU, the northern most campus to win a BCS title? Knoxville Tennessee. The SEC has five teams with crystal, the big 12 has two, all others have one. I include USC’s vacated title, it was won on the field.

    Don’t call it luck. You may hate it, but don’t dismiss it.

  24. richardomontlebahn says: Oct 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    The BCS system is flawed and plays Favorites based on who they think will get the best TV ratings for the games.

    There is NO WAY looking at FSU’s schedule they should be in the Top 10 much less #2. Sure 9-10 teams can be undefeated if they play Devry, ITT tech and Univ. of Phoenix the 1st 4 or 5 games.

    I miss the glorious 80s and early 90’s when FSU wasn’t a laughing stock but a perennial contender.

    93′ FSU Alum

  25. cptmars says: Oct 21, 2013 12:28 PM

    Ohio State has the longest win streak in the country. The most BCS wins – they should definately be in the conversation.

  26. cptmars says: Oct 21, 2013 12:34 PM

    the SEC is better because the number of teams and demographics in the south, and SEC fans are SEC fans 1st. A Georgia fan said he would not want Georgia to win if it would cost the SEC a chance for playing in the title game. I am a Buckeye and wish for them to win every game and will only root for other BIG 10 teams when it does not impact OSU.

  27. hoptowntiger94 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:57 PM

    How is Miami a top ten team?! – I understand wins count, but look at this schedule – Florida Atlantic (2-5), Florida (4-3), Savannah State (1-7), South Florida (2-4), Georgia Tech (4-3), and North Carolina (1-5). There is not one quality win (Florida was at the time). North Carolina was a struggle! Someone convince me this is a resume worthy of a top ten ranking.
    Same with Va Tech. At least they have a quality opponent. I get their defense is outstanding, but #14!?
    Glad to see Louisville ranked appropriately.
    Michigan?! They barely get by Akron and probably the worst team in all FBS, Connecticut! How did the compute a #22 ranking?
    I can’t wait till next year!

  28. thraiderskin says: Oct 21, 2013 1:34 PM

    No issue with the BCS… this is the first poll and it will work itself out. FSU is a strong number 2 as would have been Oregon.

    My only question to some of you is this… what happens if Bama destroys FSU or Oregon in the NC, will you be back on here to apologize for what complete d-bags you sounded like?

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    Alabama can’t blow out Florida State, and would be hard pressed to even win, so you can forget worrying about that scenario coming to pass to begin with.

  30. Deb says: Oct 21, 2013 3:11 PM

    Mr. Wright, anything is possible on any given gameday–including Alabama blowing out Florida State … or Florida State blowing out Alabama. I wouldn’t be cocksure about anything if I were you.

    As others have said, let the season play out and we’ll see what happens.

  31. imaduffer says: Oct 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    richardomontlebahn,

    It’s not nice to use other posters material.

  32. jason1214 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:25 PM

    I see we have the “who have they played?” card going, ok here goes…top 5 each teams best 3 wins/winning %/# of current top 25 wins. Obviously as others have stated we have many games left to play out.

    Alabama=15-6/.714-A&M, Ole Miss, Va Tech. All in top 25
    Florida St=14-5/.736-Clemson, Pittsburgh, Mary. 1/25
    Oregon=11-9/.550-Washington, Colorado, Tenn. 0/25
    Ohio St=12-8/.600=Wisconsin, SD St, Northw. 1/25
    Baylor=9-13/.409=KSt, WVirg, Iowa St. 0/25

    So again Pac-12/Little 10/Big 12 whiners? any questions?

  33. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 22, 2013 11:24 PM

    All you have to do is look at the weekly Sagarin ratings and see which teams has the strongest SoS.

    SEC West
    Alabama – 43
    LSU – 9
    A&M – 28
    Auburn – 33
    Ole Miss – 1
    MSU – 34
    Arkansas – 17

    SEC East
    Missouri -30
    SC -20
    Georgia – 2
    Florida – 7
    Vandy -46
    Tenn -25
    Kentucky -8

    SEC Teams have 5 out of top 10 teams in SoS. Lowest ranked SoS is Vanderbilt at 46.

    Ohio State – 76
    Baylor -100
    Oregon – 68

    The SEC is first, Pac-12 is second, Big 12 is third, B1G is fourth and the ACC
    is fifth.

    That is why 9 out of the 14 BCS National Championships reside in the SEC.

    RTR

  34. dhardy8207 says: Oct 23, 2013 10:24 AM

    Aahhh, here we go with the “SEC is overrated”cry again. Yet the last 4 years NC proves that other conferences have lost when facing an SEC team. Previous to the last championship game most SEC haters were predicting Bama would get spanked by Notre Dame or it would be a really close game. Neither turned out to be true, then came the cries of Notre Dame was overrated. Rewind back to 2010, again Oregon was going to hand Auburn their arses, no way Auburn would hang with the Duck’s offense, that was also proven to not be the case as the Ducks lost.

    If these teams were the best the other conferences offered up at the time then there is no sense in crying about it now. Even the best of teams have the potential to have a bad game during the season, so the “BAMA lost to ATM” meant nothing because of strength of schedule and how well they played within the conference and conference championship game.

    To argue superiority between conferences, your conference members must put forth the wins especially in a game like the National Championship…

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 23, 2013 1:58 PM

    We’re in 2013, not the past. It is overrated now.

  36. normtide says: Oct 23, 2013 2:17 PM

    That would be more convincing if it wasn’t said every year. Or, if most experts and pollsters said it. Like it or not, an undefeated SEC team is the only lock for the title game. Oregon, FSU, and OSU can win out and be left out. To bad the playoff starts next year. On Oct 23, 2013 12:59 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > Mr. Wright 212 commented: “We’re in 2013, not the past. It is overrated > now.”

  37. dhardy8207 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:40 PM

    Mr. Wright212 says:

    We’re in 2013, not the past. It is overrated now.

    ————————————————-

    Funny you say that as my post was about the LAST 4 years that a team from the SEC winning the National Championship. Bama won 3 out of the last 5, and one of those was played and won in January of “2013”. So I quess you could say 10 months is the past. By your logic any team that has had successful seasons consistently don’t deserve to stand on their records from previous years which is the process for building a “legacy” or a dominant program…

    If the other conferences are so dominant and the SEC is so overrated why is it that Notre Dame couldn’t prove that to be the case, Oregon couldn’t, and Texas couldn’t….

  38. mveal2006 says: Oct 23, 2013 9:00 PM

    we are all making the assumptions our teams will run the table. isn’t that, well, not a good idea? assuming everyone runs the table, as a fan, a gator I might add, my preference is to see jameous Winston play against the best defense in the country, im not sure who that is, so we can see if he is as good as I think he is. but we’ll see soon enough.

  39. normtide says: Oct 23, 2013 9:14 PM

    On no, I only said an undefeated SEC team is the only lock. I won’t promise a win this weekend for Bama, much less the remaining season. Football is a harsh mistress, and I’ve been hurt before.

  40. dhardy8207 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    normtide says:

    “Football is a harsh mistress, and I’ve been hurt before.”
    ————————————————–

    Lmao!….

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