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LSU-Bama #1 And #2 Heading Into Super-Mega-Uber-Showdown

There were no surprises atop this week’s BCS standings.  LSU and Alabama — off this weekend — maintained their grasp on the top two slots on the BCS table.  (The fact that I referred to the standings as the “table,” tells me I’ve been watching to much Barclay’s Premier League soccer.)

Oklahoma State remains third on the list, followed by Stanford and Boise State.  Oklahoma is back up to #6 after a loss last weekend. 

Bobby Petrino’s Arkansas Razorbacks have climbed all the way to #7 in the latest standings.  At this point, Hog fans should be pulling for Alabama — who’s already beaten Arkansas this season — to knock off LSU this weekend.  If the Hogs can win out and best LSU in their season finale, the Razorbacks would likely find themselves back in a BCS bowl.  (That scenario seems more likely than Alabama losing to LSU and to someone else before the close of the season.)

Oregon is #8 in this week’s poll and South Carolina — despite an ugly offensive performance on Saturday — is up to #9.  Nebraska rounds out the Top 10.  Following an upset loss to Georgia Tech, Clemson tumbled all the way from 5th to 11th.

If you’re keep count, nine weeks into the season the SEC has four teams ranked in the BCS Top 10.  The Big 12 has two, the Pac-12 two, and the Big Ten and Mountain West one each.

The SEC is dominant as ever.  Except in the computer polls.  While humans give the clear edge to LSU and Alabama, six of the seven computer services used in the formula rank Oklahoma State as the #1 team in the country. 

You can expect fans from all regions outside the South to say that the computers are objective while the human voters are simply biased in favor of the SEC.

And perhaps they are.  That’s what five straight national championships will do for you.

 


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