Week 6 ends by bringing us the first BCS ranking – big deal! But there was something more pathetic than the BCS – and that’s Michigan for playing Delaware State. I frown hosting any nonD1 team anytime, but doing so in midseason is quite sorry. Sorry Wolverine fans, you may have to run the table to earn any respect here.
On a positive note, thought I’d toss out something to ponder. How many BCS teams have won three road games this year against BCS opponents? Sorry, neutral-field games don’t count.
- Certainly not Texas or Penn State as with their one road game.
- Not Florida since they have only played two away games.
- Georgia, Ga. Tech, Miami (FL), and Va. Tech have played interesting schedules, but they haven’t done it.
- Houston has captured the hearts of many, but they have only two.
- Keep thinking as the answer is given below the rating
Week 6 put the big kibosh onto Ohio State, Auburn, and Va. Tech – well, at least for now. Texas and Oklahoma State made pleas to get into these rankings. Florida survived a scare, while Boise won over a notable opponent.
These are the rankings based on results, not speculations and predictions. I know it’s different, but that’s why this is called They’ve Earned It. For those needing more explanation, read this post about PreSeason Rankings.
Up- Georgia Tech. Iowa, Cincinnati, Florida,
Down- Oregon, Miami, LSU, Houston
New – USC,
Out- Va. Tech
They’ve Earned It Top 10
- Alabama (7-0) Next: Tennessee
- Georgia Tech (5-1) Next: @ Virginia
- Iowa (7-0) Next: @ Michigan State
- Cincinnati (6-0) Next: @ Louisville
- USC (5-1) Next: Oregon State
- Florida (6-0) Next: @ Mississippi State
- Oregon (5-1) Next: @ Washington
- Miami (5-1) Next: Clemson
- LSU (5-1) Next: Auburn
- Houston (5-1) Next: SMU
Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.
- Air Force @ Utah
- Oklahoma State @ Baylor
- Penn State @ Michigan
- South Florida @ Pitt
- TCU @ BYU
- Texas @ Missouri
- UConn @ West Virginia
ANSWER: The 3 BSC teams with 3 road wins against BCS opponents: Cincinnati, Iowa, and USC whose opponents have a collective record of 13-5, 15-6, and 13-6 respectably. Keep in mind where those three teams were responsible for 3 of the losses.