This week’s edition of the BCS Rankings have the Kansas State Wildcats sitting at #3 while the Oregon Ducks dropped to #4. This has caused more controversy about the rankings and whether or not the right teams are towards the top.
Brian Spaen of the Autzen Zoo wrote about how Oregon fell in the rankings for no reason. In his article about the BCS rankings, he states that Kansas State should not be ahead of Oregon because West Virginia has been “overrated all along” and “weren’t deserving of a top five ranking.”
Are the computers always right? No. Should the computers be gotten rid of all together? Yes. However, at this very moment, the computer are right.
The reason they are right is because of who Kansas State has played compared to Oregon. People only think about the Wildcats win over the Mountaineers, but WVU is not the only ranked opponent to fall at the hands of Collin Klein and Kansas State.
Earlier this year, Kansas State played a very good opponent in the Oklahoma Sooners. In that game, OU led at halftime and it was not until the fourth quarter where the Wildcats pulled away.
The Sooners were ranked 6th in the nation at that point in the season.
That is why Kansas State leaped over Oregon in the BCS Rankings. The only ranked opponents that Oregon has defeated are Arizona (22) and Washington (23). This will be the story of the Ducks until their games later in the season. Despite any surprising losses, they will play three and maybe four quality ranked opponents. These opponents are USC (maybe twice), Stanford, and Oregon State.
Just like last week, there is no reason for Oregon fans or Kansas State fans to panic. Either Florida or Alabama will make the BCS National Championship if they win out the rest of the regular season. Also, Notre Dame will have a very tough test this week against Oklahoma.
That means it will be a race between Kansas State and Oregon for #2. Oregon has three (maybe four) ranked opponents left while Kansas State has two ranked opponents left. If Oregon and KSU win out the rest of the season and Kansas State is in front of Oregon, then we can argue.
However, right now, there is no reason to fuss over these BCS Rankings.
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