BCS Rankings: The BS Within The Rankings and The Questions That Come With It

Christopher WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The BCS National Championship trophy which was won by the Alabama Crimson Tide after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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When the first BCS rankings of the year was released on Sunday there were a few spots in the top ten that caught me by surprise, but overall there was nothing that caught me off guard. I will share with you the few things that did catch me by surprise, but I would like to read what you guys think. Do you think there is anyone in the top 10 that should not be? Is there anyone you think that should be in the top 10 and is not? Is there any team that you feel is overrated (or vice versa)? Here are my thoughts about the BCS top ten.

I think Michigan St should be ranked higher than Boise St and TCU. Until any team in a BCS conference loses, they should be ranked higher than any undefeated non-BCS team. I know the BCS system has many flaws, but BCS conference teams should automatically get the higher ranking over non-BCS teams anytime non-BCS teams have equal records.

Stanford, who is ranked 12th in the BCS, has one lose and that comes from the #2 ranked team in the BCS (Oregon). Ohio State, who is ranked #10 in the BCS, has a 5-1 record and lost to Wisconsin who is currently ranked #13 in the BCS. Stanford’s top 3 wins were against UCLA, Notre Dame and USC. Ohio State’s top three wins have been against Miami (FL), Illinois, and Indiana. Do I have to say anything else?

Utah is ranked #9 in the BCS. In week one they beat then ranked #25 Pittsburgh in overtime. Although Oklahoma St has not beat anyone in the top 25, their week to week schedule has been more challenging plus they are in a BCS conference. At the end of the season, if both Utah and Oklahoma St remain undefeated who should go in over the other? How can anyone argue a case for Utah? So what’s the point of having Utah ahead of Oklahoma St (and Missouri) if Oklahoma St would get in over Utah in an equal record scenario?

TCU beat one top 25 team and that was then ranked #24 Oregon St. LSU beat three teams in the top 25. Not to mention LSU is in a BCS conference and TCU is not. Why is TCU ranked higher?

There are a few other things I do not agree with. Why is Virginia Tech ranked #25? They lost to James Madison. I know no one cares about who is ranked #25, but it does raise a few questions as to why VT is ranked there while other teams, who did not lose to a FCS team, are not. 

I look forward to reading others opinions. During the week I will be posting an article about possible BCS  scenarios, I hope you will keep an eye out for it.