Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The BCS Top 25: Now And Then

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Here's a look at the current BCS Top 25 and where each team stood in the preseason AP rankings (the coaches' preseason rankings are in parenthesis):

No. 1 Oregon - preseason # 11 (11)
No. 2 Auburn - preseason # 22 (23)
No. 3 TCU - preseason # 6 (7)
No. 4 Boise State - preseason # 3 (5)
No. 5 LSU - preseason # 21 (16)
No. 6 Stanford - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 7 Wisconsin - preseason # 12 (12)
No. 8 Nebraska - preseason # 8 (9)
No. 9 Ohio State - preseason #2 (2)
No. 10 Oklahoma State - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 11 Michigan State - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 12 Alabama - preseason # 1 (1)
No. 13 Iowa - preseason # 9 (10)
No. 14 Utah - preseason unranked in AP Poll (#24 in Coaches)
No. 15 Arkansas - preseason # 17 (19)
No. 16 Oklahoma - preseason # 7 (8)
No. 17 Missouri - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 18 Arizona - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 19 Mississippi State - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 20 Virginia Tech - preseason # 10 (6)
No. 21 Nevada - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 22 Florida - preseason # 4 (3)
No. 23 South Carolina - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 24 Kansas State - preseason unranked in both polls
No. 25 Texas A&M - preseason unranked  in both polls

I guess, for the most part, the pollsters did a decent job in the preseason polls. The biggest bust, BY FAR, is Texas. The Longhorns, who are now unranked, were preseason No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. We can safely say, they were a bust and a half.

Other semi-disappointments include: Preseason - No. 13 Miami (Fl) and No. 15 Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes (6-3) and the Panthers (5-3) are currently unranked and many expected them to have much better seasons. Along with Texas, they are the only preseason Top 15 teams not currently ranked.

Anyway--

If the season ended today, it would be the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers in the BCS Championship Game. Not bad, considering both weren't even in the Top 10 in the preseason polls.

But, as the old adage says, that's why we play the games.

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