The BCS rankings 2010 are the big story today. Either the BCS rankings 2010 will be a foregone conclusion tomorrow, or the standings will be under their greater scrutiny ever. Last week could have kicked the madness off early, if Auburn hadn’t had their big rally, and if Oregon didn’t have their customary second-half dominance. Instead, they can each clinch championship berths today, with almost no one picking them to do otherwise. However, if the BCS rankings 2010 are wrecked at the last minute, they won’t be the first standings to crumble at the very end.
College football has been lucky in most years, when the two championship participants are easy to pick. In others, there has been grave backlash over the standings, especially when there are no dominant teams. Yet there have been two of those this season, and if they each prove it one more time, they will coast into Glendale.
Yet if one or both of them lose, tomorrow’s BCS rankings 2010 could be the most controversial of all time. That would mainly be due to TCU, since a mid-major is finally on the brink of getting to the title game. If either Oregon or Auburn go down, the Horned Frogs would expect to get in – yet if they don’t, then the arguments would reach a new high.
Since the Ducks and Tigers are so heavily favored today, conventional wisdom suggests the standings will stay the same. However, conventional wisdom was also counted on in years like 1998, 2006, 2007 and last year, but it did not hold.
The worst case scenario for the BCS rankings 2010 is that both Oregon and Auburn will lose. If that happens, it won’t be unprecedented, since it happened in the system’s first year. In 1998, both Kansas State and UCLA were on track to face each other, then Texas A&M and Miami tripped them both up.
In 2006, USC was a Pac-10 champ on the verge of a title slot, if they could beat a struggling arch-rival on the road. But just as Oregon State hopes to do to Oregon today, UCLA shocked USC and knocked them out.
In 2007, both Missouri and West Virginia needed one more win, yet they were both denied in the final weekend. The Tigers went down in a conference championship game, while the Mountaineers were shocked by a sub .500 rival. If the BCS rankings 2010 are shaken up like that today, it still might be easier to change the standings around tomorrow.
In that year, the contenders were so vulnerable, a two-loss LSU got in and then won it all. This time around, an unbeaten TCU would jockey for position against one-loss Oregon, Auburn, Wisconsin and Stanford.
But the standings could bend and not break, as they did last year. Texas was a second away from a stunning upset loss, yet they finally survived Nebraska. Even if Oregon and Auburn get tested like that, an escape would still be enough. Otherwise, the BCS rankings will revisit some madcap history today and tomorrow.
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