The BCS rankings 2010 race is now over. The next BCS rankings 2010 will come on January 11, as these final standings will officially declare a national champion. Either Oregon or Auburn will take that prize, with their long awaited matchup finally set yesterday. For once, the final regular season standings offered no debate, as the Tigers and Ducks finished 1-2 in a landslide. Therefore, all that yesterday’s BCS rankings did was determine who the home team will be in Glendale.
The last standings kept Auburn at No.1, a week after they jumped over Oregon for good. Although the Ducks are No. 1 in the USA TODAY, the Tigers closed as No. 1 in both the BCS and AP, with an overall average of .9866. The Ducks closed with a .9720, as they lost a few percentage points.
The only team to come close to them in the BCS rankings 2010 was TCU, although they needed a lot more help in the end. The Horned Frogs finished third with a .9102 score, and as such, they will head for the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Wisconsin.
Stanford finished fourth in the standings, and got an automatic at-large bid as a result, which sent them to the Orange Bowl. Ohio State finished a spot below Wisconsin at No. 6, and now heads to the Sugar Bowl against No. 8 Arkansas.
Big 12 champion Oklahoma placed No. 7, but their final opponent isn’t in the BCS rankings 2010. Connecticut finished unranked after all, although Big East runner up West Virginia closed at No. 22. As such, it makes the Fiesta Bowl look like even more of a mismatch.
Overall, the top eight teams in the standings are all in BCS bowls, with No. 13 Virginia Tech and UConn rounding out the field. The highest ranked team without a bid is No. 9 Michigan State, which has to face Alabama in the Capital One Bowl instead. LSU rounds out the top 10, and now goes to the Cotton against Texas A&M.
After yesterday, the BCS rankings 2010 are now all but useless. There will be no more fears about style points, strength of schedule, and how the computers differ from human polls. All the teams have done everything they can, and have just one more opponent to worry about.
The winners of the bowls can improve their place in the standings, and have something extra to brag about in the offseason. However, only two teams have a chance to top the final BCS rankings, with either Oregon and Auburn taking that place on the morning of January 11.
ESPN- “BCS Standings – December 5, 2010”