Ranking the BCS contenders
Which teams in championship mix need the most help to make title game?
- Getty Images, Icon SMIAlabama has a clear path to the title game, while Baylor and Ohio State need some help.
Discussion about the national championship race has intensified since the release of the initial BCS standings Sunday. Some pundits have debated the strength or merit of one contender compared to another, but this article will attempt to do neither. The goal here is simply to measure the position of each top-10 team within the scope of the BCS formula, and try to determine where that team really stands, regardless of its current ranking.
The question is this: If we assume a team wins out (a big assumption in many cases), how much outside help does that team need to reach the BCS title game? Here are my answers, ordered from least help needed to the most:
What a team did in previous seasons is not supposed to matter to poll voters, but it sure seems as though it does with Alabama. Through the Crimson Tide's early-season struggles, to Oregon's impressive win over Washington, to Florida State's dominance of Clemson, nothing has weakened Bama's stranglehold on the No. 1 spot. So we have to assume that's not going to change as long as the Tide keep winning. And with the polls counting for two-thirds of the BCS formula, it seems like a safe assumption that Alabama requires no assistance to reach the title game. The Tide control their destiny.
To read the rest of Brad Edwards' BCS pecking order, you must be an Insider.
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Nebraska, Pelini agree to one-year extension
- NCAA considering football early signing period
- Former Vols coach Majors in stable condition
- FSU's Fisher: 'We're not defending anything'
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
College Football on Insider
Travis Haney looks at the 10 most compelling spring QB storylines.
- NCAAF Home
- CFB Nation
- Awards Tracker
- BCS Standings
- Bowl Projections
- Pick Center
- Power Rankings
- Revenue and Expenses
- Weekly Leaders
- FCS Insider