Week two of the BCS rankings and the only thing that is for sure is that LSU and Alabama have a date with destiny in two weeks. With both teams on a bye this coming Saturday, there is very little that will stop the momentum of this BCS top 2 showdown on November 5th.
LSU remains at the top of the BCS rankings after a 45-10 beat down on then #20 Auburn. With such a decisive victory, LSU pulls ahead a bit in its lead over #2 Alabama by .0075. For the first time this season, LSU is ranked #1 in both the Harris and the USA Today poll, thanks in part to a dramatic upset in Norman. The Tigers are in 3rd in the computer polls, behind Oklahoma State and Alabama. But, the human factor gives the Tigers the edge in the quality of their wins.
Alabama remains at #2 this week, after a solid win over Tennessee at home. However, with a shaky start to the game and a halftime score of 6-6, some voters may feel Alabama is beginning to show some chinks in the armor. But again, with the Crimson Tide heading into a week off, they have plenty of time to prove to everyone that they alone should stand at the top of the polls.
Arkansas drops one spot to #10 in the BCS. After a 59-21 beat down of in-state rival Kansas, Kansas State jumps ahead of the Hogs to #8. While Arkansas took the win on Saturday against Ole Miss in Oxford, they had to do it from a 17-point deficit at halftime. Had it not been for a late game interception to stop an Ole Miss drive in the final seconds, Arkansas would have lost a lot more than just one spot. They should regroup this weekend against Vanderbilt in Nashville, but Vandy is a better team than the Rebels.
South Carolina gains one spot to #13. Idle this week, the Gamecocks enjoyed the misfortune of teams around them in the ranks, namely Wisconsin. With a trip to Knoxville this week to meet up with Tennessee, South Carolina better be ready for a Tennessee defense that was surprisingly tough against Alabama (at least for the first 30 minutes of play).
At #22 this week, Georgia re-enters the ranks after doing, well, absolutely nothing. On a bi-week, Georgia benefitted from a lot of shake up in the Top 25. Both Georgia and Arizona State enter the rankings on bi-weeks, which goes to show sometimes the best way to win is to sit back and watch the other guys beat up on each other. The Bulldogs now have a date with a liming Florida team in Athens, come this weekend.
Auburn stays in the polls at #23 after a deafening loss to the LSU Tigers. However, the “other” Tiger team only dropped three spots in the polls, even with the lopsided loss. If you’re going to lose a game, it might as well be to the #1 team in the country. But, Auburn should recover this week in Oxford against the Ole Miss Rebels. But, judging from the Rebel’s performance against Arkansas this week, maybe the Auburn faithful should be a little worried?