BCS Rankings: West Virginia and More Teams That Should Fall Despite Victories

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2011

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - OCTOBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers throws a pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 29, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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In sports it is often said that a win is a win, but some victories are certainly more impressive than others. Most ranked teams picked up wins on Saturday, but quite a few of them exposed their own weaknesses despite winning.

The BCS system doesn't take how a particular team looked in a win into account, so such teams may not be punished. Here are three winners who deserve to fall in the rankings this week.


Virginia Tech Hokies

The No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies have had a strong year to this point with an 8-1 record, but it hasn't been without bumps in the road. The Hokies averted what would have been an absolutely disastrous loss on Saturday by outlasting the Duke Blue Devils by a score of 14-10.

Virginia Tech really struggled offensively, and while the defense performed well, Duke doesn't have many players who can make you pay. If the Hokies continue to display such a poor effort moving forward, then teams like Georgia Tech and North Carolina will likely be able to expose them. Virginia Tech certainly doesn't deserve to keep its lofty ranking after such a bad showing.


Arkansas Razorbacks

The No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks have had some close calls this season, and they had another one on Saturday as they clipped the Vanderbilt Commodores, 31-28. The Razorbacks trailed for much of the game and had trouble stopping a fairly mediocre Vanderbilt offense.

Arkansas was able to pick things up late in the game, but a missed chip-shot field goal by the Commodores ended up being the winning margin. The Razorbacks won't always be so lucky, and they definitely can't expect to continually come back after terrible starts. Arkansas is a good team, but it is far too inconsistent to remain in the Top 10.


West Virginia Mountaineers

As if a humiliating loss to Syracuse wasn't already enough, the No. 25 West Virginia Mountaineers proved that they don't deserve to be in the BCS rankings after a 41-31 win over Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were in control for the majority of the game, but the Mountaineers were able to rally late and steal the win.

Even so, West Virginia hasn't played like a Top 25 team over the past couple weeks. The Mountaineers are a mess defensively, and aren't even the best team in the weak Big East as that distinction belongs to Cincinnati. I think the Mountaineers are living off their reputation at this point, and falling out of the standings should be in the cards.