Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oklahoma #1? Really?

The reason that Oklahoma sits atop the BSC standing going into this weekend is that the computers (part of the equation of formulating the BSC index) "like" their schedule better than some of the other undefeated schools (Oregon, Boise St. Michigan St. Auburn, etc.).


Lets take a look at the "powerhouse" teams that the "Sonners" have beaten so far this season, where and by how much:

  • Utah State. Right. Beat them at home and by one touchdown. 
  • Florida State. OK, this is a good one. They beat the Seminoles by 30 points in Norman, Oklahoma. Ring one (ONE) up for the Sooners.
  • Air Force. Hmm. Well, Air Force is an OK team, but would you really give them big poll points for beating them by three points? At home in Oklahoma? I don't think so.
  • Cincinnati. They ain't what they used to be, and even if they were the Sooners only won by three points in their loan road game to date. Not too impressive.
  • Texas. Beat them by eight at a neutral site. Normally, this would be a no brainer signature win. But this year Texas isn't very good. For example, UCLA came into Austin and beat them, and as I write this the Longhorns are losing to Iowa State. So, sorry Sooners, this one is not too impressive either. Oh, and your win here was by a touchdown.
  • Iowa State. At home by 52 points. Not one to brag about. 
All right then. Oklahoma has played exactly ONE road game and barely won that. With the exception of Florida State, the rest of their games have been against either perennial poor teams or ones that are underachieving this year. 

How is that somehow better than, say, an Oregon that has beaten a ranked Stanford and Tennessee (remember, prevailing college football wisdom is that any SEC team is excellent)? Or, how about Boise State who has beaten then-ranked Virginia Tech and Oregon State? Or, how about Auburn who has beaten Clemson, South Carolina and Arkansas? Or, how about Michigan State who has beaten Wisconsin, Michigan and Notre Dame? 

At this point in the season, my personal national rankings would be:
  1. Michigan State
  2. Oregon
  3. Auburn
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Boise State
  6. TCU
  7. LSU
  8. Utah
  9. Alabama
  10. Ohio State

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