BCS Rankings, Week 10: Stanford Climbs Over Boise State Into No. 4 Position

We break down all the scores, news and polls as the Week ten BCS rankings are determined. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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College Football BlogPoll Top 25: Top Four Holds Steady

The latest college football BlogPoll Top 25 was released and the top four remained the same with LSU and Alabama divvying up the first place votes, followed by Oklahoma State and Stanford at third and fourth. Stanford find themselves locked in no higher than third on any ballot, while Oklahoma State received a pair of second place votes.

This Saturday could potentially provide some shake-up in the BlogPoll and the rest of the rankings when LSU and Alabama meet in Tuscaloosa. What will be interesting to see is how far the loser drops. If it is a close game with Alabama getting the home victory, does LSU really drop all that far in the polls? It could make for an intriguing controversy for the BCS. If Oklahoma State were to lose between now and the end of the regular season, it is not shocking to think LSU and Alabama could potentially meet in the national title game over an undefeated Stanford or Boise State.

In the rest of the poll, the biggest gainer of the week was Georgia Tech, courtesy of their win over previously undefeated Clemson. The biggest loser of the week was Kansas State following their beatdown at the hands of Oklahoma.

Here is your Week 10 College Football BlogPoll:

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 10

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (76) 25.11 2.61 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (15) 24.41 2.53 --
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.82 2.27 --
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 2.21 --
5 Boise St. Broncos 21.32 1.82 Arrow_up 1
6 Oregon Ducks 19.91 1.90 Arrow_up 1
7 Oklahoma Sooners 18.97 1.24 Arrow_up 4
8 Arkansas Razorbacks 17.18 2.02 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16.68 1.67 Arrow_up 4
10 Clemson Tigers 15.36 2.16 Arrow_down -5
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.92 2.81 Arrow_up 4
12 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.06 2.72 Arrow_up 2
13 Houston Cougars 11.84 4.10 Arrow_up 5
14 Michigan Wolverines 11.43 3.21 Arrow_up 3
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions 10.57 3.47 Arrow_up 4
16 Michigan St. Spartans 10.07 2.37 Arrow_down -6
17 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.87 3.75 Arrow_down -9
18 Wisconsin Badgers 7.99 3.18 Arrow_down -6
19 Georgia Bulldogs 6.79 3.07 Arrow_up 4
20 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6.56 2.82 Arrow_up 2
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4.58 3.04 Arrow_up 9
22 USC Trojans 3.87 3.97 Arrow_down -1
23 Cincinnati Bearcats 3.76 3.50 Arrow_up 1
24 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 2.26 2.81 Arrow_up 2
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 2.24 2.73 --
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Washington Huskies | Texas A&M Aggies | Ohio St. Buckeyes | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Florida St. Seminoles | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Missouri Tigers | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Florida Gators | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Wyoming Cowboys
Updated: Nov 1, 2011 6:51 AM PDT

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2011 Bowl Predictions: Stanford Looking At National Championship Game Or Rose Bowl

The Stanford Cardinal have climbed up to the No. 4 position in the week ten BCS rankings and they cannot help but salivate at the possibilities in front of them when it comes to possible January bowl plans. If the season ended today, Stanford would project into the Rose Bowl where they would face the winner of the Big Ten. Right now that would be one of Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska.

The more enticing option for Stanford is a shot at the BCS National Championship Game on January 9 in New Orleans. The Cardinal currently sit fourth in the BCS, which means they have to leap two more teams to get that coveted number two spot in the rankings. LSU is first, Alabama is second and Oklahoma State is third. The Tigers and Crimson Tide square off next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, in a game that will solidify the chances of one of the two SEC teams. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State will host Kansas State looking to continue the best run in Cowboys history.

All of this could be for naught if Stanford does not handle their business in the coming weeks. Most notably they face the Oregon Ducks in two weeks, but they have plenty of other matchups to deal with along the way. If Stanford were to lose to Oregon, they would still have a shot at the Rose Bowl if the committee wants to maintain the traditional Pac-12-Big Ten matchup.

Head over to SBNation.com to view the 2011 College Football Bowl Schedule.

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BCS Rankings, Week 10: Stanford Rides USC Up Computer Ratings

The Stanford Cardinal continued their slow march up the BCS rankings this week as they rode a thrilling 56-48 victory over the USC Trojans to the number four spot in the week ten BCS rankings. The big news for Stanford was that a sizable increase in their strength of schedule helped them leapfrog an idle Boise State team that faces a fairly weak schedule the rest of the season. USC is not eligible for postseason play, but the computers love the Trojans and Stanford benefitted big time from the victory.

Stanford was already going to move up thanks to Clemson losing to Georgia Tech. Throw in Texas A&M and Kansas State taking one on the chin and the Cardinal were in line for a nice little boost across the board in the computer ratings. They still have a big game on their schedule against Oregon, but if they win that, you could make the argument they have officially gone as far as their computer ratings along will take them. They now need Oklahoma State to lose to get past the Cowboys. They also could use a decent size margin of victory in next week's LSU-Alabama game to make sure pollsters don't keep the loser too close to the top.

The BCS formula combines human and computer rankings to devise the standings. The USA Today/Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll are voted on by humans each Sunday. The computer ratings include the Sagarin RatingsAnderson & HesterBillingsley ReportColley MatrixMassey Ratings, and Wolfe Ratings. Stanford rates as follows according to the computers:

A&H: 5
Billingsley: 4
Colley: 6
Massey: 8
Sagarin: 8
Wolfe: 5

The top rating of four and one of the bottom ratings of 8 are removed. Stanford's victory coupled with various other defeats increased their computer rankings percentage from .660 to .800. They do still have some room for growth in their computer rating, but not enough to surpass the top three teams ahead of them without a loss as well. And so, we sit and wait for next week's wild LSU-Alabama matchup and even the Oklahoma State-Kansas State matchup. We have entered the heart of the season and things are definitely getting interesting now.

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BCS Rankings, Week 10: Stanford Climbs Over Boise State In Standings

A day after the completion of another crazy week of college football, the week ten BCS rankings were released Sunday evening. Clemson and Kansas State joined the ranks of the beaten as they were knocked off by Georgia Tech and Oklahoma, respectively. Stanford barely escaped the LA Coliseum with their zero as they knocked off USC 56-48 in triple overtime. It was a crazy day that caused a bit more turmoil in the BCS rankings.

Stanford continues to gain ground with their improving computer ratings, but continues to be in a position where they do need some help to get into the BCS National Title game. Even if Stanford runs the table and specifically beats the Oregon Ducks in two weeks, they will need a couple of losses to happen.

First and foremost, they will get a shot at that with LSU and Alabama squaring off this coming Saturday. The battle of the top two teams will be an interesting test of the ratings, particularly if the game ends with a close score. If one team gets blown out it is much easier to drop the loser a decent amount. But a game decided by one possession could leave the loser still in the top two or three. I'd imagine Oklahoma State would climb past the losing team, but I wouldn't expect much more change if it is a close loss.

The Stanford also trail Oklahoma State but have passed the Boise State Broncos. Stanford is far enough back of the Oklahoma State Cowboys that they need an Oklahoma State loss to get past them. The Cowboys have a tough upcoming stretch of games including Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. If they get through the regular season undefeated they deserve that second spot in the national title game.

Here are the Top 10 teams in the Week Ten BCS Rankings:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Boise State
6. Oklahoma
7. Arkansas
8. Oregon
9. South Carolina
10. Nebraska

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College Football Rankings, Week 10: Harris Poll Sets Up Second Half Of BCS Rankings

The BCS rankings will be revealed in approximately four hours, which means the various polls and ratings involved in the BCS are now available. The Harris Interactive College Football Poll is the second human poll along with the USA Today/Coaches Poll. After Stanford maintained their No. 3 ranking the Coaches Poll, they also retained their number four ranking in the week ten Harris Poll. Stanford did lose some points to No. 3 Oklahoma State and they also lost a few points to No. 5 Boise State. It is not enough to do much damage, if any at all, but it does provide a very modest hit on the Cardinal BCS rating.

The big gainer this week was Nebraska, which climbed from No. 13 to No. 9.They climbed thanks to losses by Clemson, Michigan State, Kansas State and Wisconsin. Stanford held on for their thrilling victory over USC to maintain their No. 4 ranking. The victory did not help them in the human polls, but they will benefit in the computer ratings that make up one third of the BCS rating.

The Harris poll will see some shake-up as No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama square off next weekend in Tuscaloosa. A close game might not change things too much, but a big win by either team just about guarantees Oklahoma State will climb to number two if they defeat Kansas State.

Here are your top ten in the week ten Harris Interactive College Football Poll:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Boise State
6. Oregon
7. Oklahoma
8. Arkansas
9. Nebraska
10. Clemson

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College Football Rankings, Week 10: AP Poll Bumps Oklahoma Back Into Top Ten

The Associated Press has released their week ten college football rankings and Oklahoma is the big winner. The Sooners went into Manhattan, Kansas and destroyed the Kansas State Wildcats. A week after their tough loss to Texas Tech, the victory has OU climbing from No. 11 back to No. 7. The top five in the poll remains the same, while Oregon has climbed up to No. 6 following Clemson's loss.

Stanford hold steady at No. 4 this week following their triple-overtime victory against the USC Trojans. The AP Poll has no bearing on their spot in the week ten BCS rankings, but it does provide some thought on how the Harris Poll will situate later today. The Harris Poll replaced the AP Poll as the second human poll in the BCS rankings.

Stanford has a chance to gain some ground next week as No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama square off. If it ends up being a close game, we could very well see the loser drop no more than one spot. Stanford fans should be rooting for a big winner in that game just to get the loser a few spots down. Additionally, Stanford can be rooting for Kansas State to pull off the road upset against the third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. If Stanford finishes the season undefeated, they will need some help between now and the end of the season if they are going to end up in the national title game.

Here are your week ten AP rankings:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Boise State
6. Oregon
7. Oklahoma
8. Arkansas
9. Nebraska
10. South Carolina

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College Football Rankings, Week 10: USA Today/Coaches Poll Top Five Remains Steady

The week ten USA Today/Coaches poll is out and the top five remained steady while the rest of the poll saw some shake-up with the various upsets of the day. Clemson, Michigan State and Kansas State both lost, which allowed several other teams ot make a modest climb. Oregon, Oklahoma and Arkansas all moved up one spot, while Nebraska was the big gainer on the day, moving from No. 13 to No. 9.

At this point, Stanford has little room for movement in the human polls. They remain third in the coaches poll and likely will be fourth again in the Harris Poll. Their best bet for upward movement in the BCS comes from boosting their computer ratings. They did so with a thrilling 56-48 win over USC Saturday evening, and will have a second chance to do so against the Oregon Ducks in two weeks.

We get a chance for some real shakeup next week as No. 1 LSU battles No. 2 Alabama. What will be most interesting to see is how a close loss affects the loser of that game. Is it enough to get Stanford up into the number two spot if they beat Oregon State? Stanford fans should be rooting for a one-sided affair. If either team is a big loser, it is much easier to justify dropping them a couple spots.

Additionally, No. 4 Oklahoma State (third in the BCS) hosts Kansas State. The Wildcats were knocked from their undefeated perch by Oklahoma, but they remain dangerous.

Here are your top ten from the USA Today/Coaches Poll:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Stanford
4. Oklahoma State
5. Boise State
6. Oregon
7. Oklahoma
8. Arkansas
9. Nebraska
10. South Carolina

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BCS Rankings, Week 10: Sagarin BCS Computer Rating Gives Stanford Big Boost

Editor's Note: Complete BCS Rankings, Week 10 HERE

The Stanford Cardinal escaped Los Angeles with a 56-48 victory over the USC Trojans and they are already starting to reap some rewards. Stanford had been dealing with a poor strength of schedule to date but USC provided them with a chance to add a quality opponent to the slate. Stanford secured the late win and has seen their ratings begin improving accordingly.

Jeff Sagarin provides a weekly rating that is one of the six computer ratings included in the BCS rankings. He released his week ten ratings and has bumped Stanford from No. 21 to No. 8. If you go to that link, the ELO_CHESS column is what is used for the BCS because it does not factor in margin of victory.

The BCS drops the top and bottom computer rating for each team, and to date, the Sagarin rating had been Stanford's worst rating. Now that it climbs up to number eight, it will be interesting to see how the rest of their computer ratings are affected by their Sunday victory. They will pass Clemson due to the Tigers loss but the question now is whether they will also pass Boise State. the Broncos were idle while the Cardinal were taking care of business and the latest computer ratings might be enough to get Stanford past Boise State.

Oklahoma remains the other question mark. They lost last week but a victory over highly ranked Kansas State could be enough to get them back into the thick of things. Their national title hopes are slim at best but they remain somewhat in the mix.

Here are the top ten teams in the week ten Sagarin Ratings according to the ELO_CHESS column:

1. Oklahoma State
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Oklahoma
6. Boise State
7. Kansas State
8. Stanford
9. Clemson
10. South Carolina

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College Football Rankings, Week 10: BCS Rankings Should See Stanford Rise After Escape At USC

A week after Oklahoma and WIsconsin were both knocked from their unbeaten perch, week nine of the 2011 college football season was arguably just as crazy. We saw undefeated Clemson and Kansas State both take it on the chin and lose their zero. Add in the Stanford Cardinal barely escaping from USC in what might be the game of the year, and it was another wild weekend.

Stanford battled back from the brink of defeat to secure their 16th straight win and also maintain their candidacy for one half of the national title game. No. 5 Clemson losing at Georgia Tech only boosted Stanford's chances. The Cardinal have a monster test in two weeks against the Oregon Ducks, but they look to enter that game with a chance to make some more noise before all is said and done.

To date, the biggest obstacle for Stanford has been their strength of schedule. They boosted it this week but a poor first half of the schedule leaves them with the worst schedule at the top of the rankings. However, while they were busy boosting their strength with a win over USC, several teams around them lost games that will impact the six BCS computer ratings. Losses by teams like Texas A&M and Texas Tech both likely helped out Stanford. The Aggies and Red Raiders are both behind Stanford in the overall BCS rankings but ahead in some of the computer polls.

With Saturday in the books, here is an attempt to project the third BCS rankings. While awaiting the latest polls, the computer ratings will include the USA Today/Coaches PollHarris Interactive PollSagarin RatingsAnderson & HesterBillingsley ReportColleyMatrixMassey Ratings, and Wolfe Ratings. While we don't have computer ratings for these projections, here are my week ten BCS rankings projections nonetheless:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Boise State
4. Oklahoma State
5. Stanford
6. Oklahoma
7. 
Oregon
8. 
Arkansas
9. Clemson
10. Virginia Tech

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BCS Rankings: Kansas State Obliteration By Oklahoma Should Benefit Stanford

The Kansas St. Wildcats looked like a potential BCS buster when they cruised through the first two months of the season undefeated. That all ended when the Oklahoma Sooners detonated on Kansas State in Manhattan for 35 second half points en route to a 58-17 victory.

This should help move up the Stanford Cardinal in the computer rankings, as Kansas State was ranked well above Stanford in the computers. Along with the upset of Texas A&M by Missouri, the Big 12 computer rankings could be significantly impacted when Stanford's computer rankings start to move up as they get into the meat of their schedule.

Kansas State leaves only the Oklahoma St. Cowboys as the lone Big 12 undefeated team. Oklahoma State dropped Baylor in a 59-24 rout in Stillwater, but the Cowboys do still have to play both Kansas State and Oklahoma. If Stanford remains undefeated, Oklahoma State is likely the biggest threat to the Cardinal obtaining that second BCS title spot. They'll probably need one more upset in the Big 12.

For more on Stanford football, hit up Rule of Tree.

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Michigan State Trampled By Nebraska; Stanford Should Trump Big Ten Champion In BCS Rankings

Another Big Ten BCS contender bit the dust on Saturday. This time it was the Michigan St. Spartans, who went to Lincoln and were locked down by the Nebraska Cornhuskers 24-3. Michigan State was the lone undefeated Big 10 team left after upsetting Wisconsin in dramatic fashion last week, but now they might have to settle for winning the conference and going to the Rose Bowl (such an awful consolation prize).

The Stanford Cardinal are going to to have one less conference to worry about now if they keep on winning their games. The Big Ten champion will not be undefeated, so that means that the Cardinal should be able to stay ahead of them in the BCS rankings. Stanford's main competition for the final BCS title spot (assuming the LSU-Alabama winner wins out) now becomes Clemson (still undefeated) and whoever wins the Big 12, particularly Oklahoma State or Kansas State if they stay undefeated.

For more on Stanford football, go to Rule of Tree.

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Missouri Upsets Texas A&M: How It Impacts Stanford And BCS Rankings

The Texas A&M Aggies will probably not be seeing a Big 12 championship after being stunned by the Missouri Tigers at home in College Station. A&M was up 28-14 before giving up 17 unanswered points to fall behind 31-28, although they did rally to tie things and send the game into overtime. The Tigers then scored the first touchdown of overtime and stuffed the Aggies on 4th down to win things.

You might not think that it impacts the Stanford Cardinal that much, but it should provide an incremental improvement. Stanford was still trailing Texas A&M in two of the computer polls, and could get enough of a decent boost to move the Cardinal into a more solid position in every area of the BCS rankings. This could also depress the quality of victories for other Big 12 teams like Oklahoma State and Kansas State, who are still in contention to go undefeated in their conference and would potentially be competitors for a BCS title spot with the Cardinal.

For more on Stanford football, go to Rule of Tree.

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Week 9 College Football Schedule: Games That Could Impact Stanford And BCS Rankings

We break down some of the week nine college football games that will impact Stanford in their attempts to climb up the BCS rankings. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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