The BCS standings for 2009 may not have much suspense today. But the first BCS standings of 2009 will officially get the new BCS mess under way. The BCS standings 2009 are certain to have the same three teams on top as the AP and USA Today polls. The top order of the BCS standings 2009 doesn’t even matter, if Florida and Alabama keep winning. But the main interest in the BCS standings 2009 debut tonight may be the order behind Florida, Alabama and Texas – and whether Texas’s place is as secure as it looks.
The BCS standings 2009 make their debut today, officially kicking off the latest national title controversy. But as of now, the controversy is subdued, since the top three teams keep winning. Despite various scares, Florida, Alabama and Texas all survived upset bids on Saturday, and should lead the BCS standings tonight in some order.
If Florida and Alabama keep winning, they will meet in the SEC title game and the winner will get one title game bid. The winner will face Texas, if the Longhorns stay undefeated. However, Texas hasn’t looked that impressive the last two weeks. Therefore, the BCS standings 2009 will be interesting, if only to see if Texas is that far ahead of teams that aren’t Florida and Alabama.
Virginia Tech and Ohio State knocked themselves out of the BCS title game picture with losses yesterday. So the number of challengers to Florida, Texas and Alabama is getting smaller. The BCS standings 2009 are likely to have USC as the highest ranked team behind the top three, after they held off Notre Dame yesterday. One slipup from the Longhorns, and the Trojans will have the drivers seat towards a title shot.
Beyond that, the BCS will have to deal with three wild cards in the mix. Boise State, Cincinnati and TCU are all unbeaten, all lurking in the top 10 – and all of them have little respect so far. If all three keep winning, then the BCS glass ceiling will have a hard time staying intact. Below them, teams like Miami, Iowa, LSU and Oregon could still make some noise.
The BCS standings 2009 stand to be nice and orderly to start off. But if Florida or Alabama gets knocked off before the SEC title game, and if Texas doesn’t hold on, all bets are off. And if Boise State, Cincinnati and TCU are still among the last teams standing in late November, then the BCS bosses – and TV executives – will go into a full on panic.
The final BCS standings for 2009 could be very easy to settle, or it could be the mess to end all messes – which is saying something. The process officially begins later today, when the standings are released this afternoon.
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