BCS No. 1 Oklahoma Falls;
LSU and Okie State Go Down, Too
by Dave Congrove
October 24, 2010
It didn't long for the BCS Standings to get a shake-up. Six days after its' initial release, No. 1 Oklahoma lost 36-27 at Missouri. It was just one of several interesting results from the weekend's action which also saw Auburn win the battle of unbeatens with LSU 24-17, and Oklahoma State suffer its first loss in a 51-41 shootout with Nebraska in Stillwater.
Auburn is expected to top the new BCS Standings and will likely be chased by Oregon, Boise State, TCU and Michigan State.
Boise State was idle while TCU toppled Air Force 38-7 and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point deficit to escape Northwestern with a 35-27 victory. Oregon slaughtered UCLA 60-13 on Thursday night.
Other highlights of the 3-day football weekend include Texas' 28-21 loss at home to Iowa State. It's the third loss of the season for the Longhorns and the first-ever win for the Cyclones over Texas. The teams had met 7 times previously.
Syracuse snapped an 8-game losing streak to West Virginia with a 19-14 upset in Morgantown, lifting the Orange into 2nd place in the Big East race behind Pittsburgh.
Baylor's 47-42 home win over Kansas State puts the Bears atop the Big 12 South division standings and makes them eligible to go to their first bowl game since 1994.
Navy's third win in four seasons over Notre Dame was a 35-17 whipping of the Irish in the New Meadowlands.
The new Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 120) continue to list Boise State No. 1, followed by TCU and Oregon. Utah inched up from 5th to 4th as Oklahoma dropped from 4th to 8th.
Conference and Division Leaders
ACC - Florida State and Virginia Tech are the only teams in the ACC that have yet to lose a conference game. The 'Noles top the Atlantic while surprising runners-up Maryland and N.C. State, are a game behind. The Hokies lead the Coastal and Miami is the only other team in the division with fewer than 2 conference losses.
Big East - Pitt is just 4-3 overall, but 2-0 in the conference and the only Big East team without a league blemish. Syracuse trails at 2-1 while the list of four schools at 1-1 includes Louisville. The Cards, under first-year head coach Charlie Strong (a former Florida assistant) blanked disappointing UConn 26-0 to improve to 4-3 overall. Louisville finished the 2009 campaign at just 4-8 under Steve Kragthorpe in his third and final year.
Big Ten - With Mark Dantonio back on the sidelines, Michigan State threw quite a scare into the head coach and all of the Spartans' fans. Michigan State trailed 17-0 at Northwestern after the first quarter and 24-14 entering the fourth. But the Spartans outscored the Wildcats 21-3 in the final stanza to improve to 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten, and remain atop the conference standings. Ohio State and Wisconsin are tied for 2nd with identical records of 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin notched its second big win in-a-row by following up last week's 31-18 home victory over Ohio State with a thrilling 31-30 comeback win at Iowa. Minnesota is the only team in the conference with a sub-.500 record overall.
Big 12 - Missouri is the only Big 12 team without a conference or overall loss as the Tigers sit atop the North division with Nebraska trailing by a game. And yes, it is worth repeating that Baylor holds the top spot in the South division standings by a half-game over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
CUSA - Despite losing head coach Skip Holtz to USF, East Carolina is back in first-place in the East division. Former Texas Tech assistant Ruffin McNeill took the reins from Holtz and has the Pirates averaging over 36 points per game. ECU is 4-0 in conference play and UCF is 3-0 as those two teams head toward this coming Saturday's head-to-head showdown in Orlando. Houston has the advantage in the West after beating SMU 45-20 on Saturday.
Independents - Navy has the best record among the three independent schools. The Middies' win over Notre Dame boosted their record to 5-2 while the Irish fell to the back of the small pack at 4-4. Army was idle and sits and 4-3.
MAC - Central Michigan has won three of the last four MAC titles, but the Chippewas now sit in last place in the West after getting blown out 33-7 by division-leading Northern Illinois. Jerry Kill has done a remarkable job in DeKalb since taking over as head coach in 2007 and currently has the Huskies tied for the division lead with Toledo. The Rockets erased a 17-0 first quarter deficit at Ball State on Saturday by scoring 31 straight points to eventually take a 31-24 win. In the East division, Ohio has a 1/2-game lead over Temple and Miami (Ohio). The Bobcats visit the RedHawks next week and play at Temple on November 16.
Mountain West - TCU and Utah are both undefeated overall and are on a collision course to a decisive battle on November 6 in Salt Lake City. The Horned Frogs have allowed just 10 points total in their last four games and a paltry 72 points after 8 games. The Utes have only allowed 90 points in 7 games. San Diego State is the shocking 3rd-place team after the Aztecs improved to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in the MWC, with their unimpressive 30-20 victory at winless New Mexico.
PAC-10 - With a 4-0 conference record, Oregon controls its destiny, but Arizona (3-1) and Oregon State (2-1) have yet to be encountered. And though Stanford's 3-1 conference record includes a loss to the Ducks, the contenders all have 5 conference games left to play.
SEC - The East division is still a mess, but it's starting to look a little better for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are 3-2 in league play and 2nd-place Georgia's 3-3 conference mark includes a loss to South Carolina. Florida is in 3rd at 3-2 and hosts former head coach Steve Spurrier on November 13th. Auburn has the lead in the West division after its win over LSU. Alabama sits a game behind as the two schools are possibly on the march toward an Iron Bowl showdown that would decide the division champion.
Sun Belt - Idle Troy and FIU are the only teams left with perfect conference records. The Trojans have already won 4 league games while the Golden Panthers have just two Sun Belt victories. The teams face-off in Troy on November 13. Preseason conference MTSU is in 3rd with a 2-1 conference record but the loss was to Troy. Everyone else in the Sun Belt has at least two conference losses.
WAC - Boise State still has to entertain both Hawaii and Fresno State, and head to Nevada. The Warriors are proving there is life after June Jones as Greg McMackin has his team riding a 5-game winning streak. Hawaii is 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the WAC. Four teams, including Fresno State and Nevada, have just one conference loss.
Three teams lost for the first time over the weekend, leaving 7 schools with unblemished records. In alphabetical order, they are Auburn (SEC), Boise State (WAC), Michigan State (Big Ten), Missouri (Big 12) and Oregon (PAC-10), along with TCU and Utah from the Mountain West.
Western Kentucky ended the nation's longest losing streak at 26 games, and it did so in style with a 54-21 romp at Louisiana-Lafayette. Unfortunately, the home folks didn't get to witness it. What the home folks last saw was last week's meltdown against Louisiana-Monroe when the Hilltoppers squandered a 24-7 4th quarter lead by allowing 28 unanswered points in a 35-30 loss to UL-Monroe.
New Mexico and Akron are the only teams left that are still searching for that elusive first win.
FBS vs. FCS:
No games this week involved Bowl Subdivisions (FBS) schools playing a Championship Subdivision (FCS) team. FBS schools are 75-7 (.915) this season in such games and 539-49 (.917) since 2003.
Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/4: Jacksonville State 49, Mississippi 48 (2 OT's)
9/4: North Dakota State 6, Kansas 3
9/11: Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37
9/11: Liberty 27, Ball State 23
9/11: South Dakota 41, Minnesota 38
9/11: James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16
10/2: Cal-Davis 14, San Jose State 13
This year, 85 FBS teams play a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools play two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.
Boise State has streaks of 20 overall wins, 31 regular season wins, 28 home wins, 58 regular season home wins, and 42 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (36-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. The Broncos were idle.
Auburn has 9 straight wins overall. The Tigers won 24-17 vs. LSU.
Oklahoma has 34 straight home victories. The Sooners lost 36-27 at Missouri.
Utah has 21 straight home wins. The Utes won 59-6 vs. Colorado State.
Western Kentucky ended its losing streaks of 26 games overall and 31 games to FBS teams. The Hilltoppers won 54-21 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Washington State has lost 16 straight to FBS schools. The Cougars fell 38-28 at Stanford.
Akron has lost 8 straight games overall. The Zips lost 56-10 vs. Western Michigan.
New Mexico has lost 8 straight games overall. The Lobos lost 30-20 vs. San Diego State.