Boise, Oregon, TCU
Los Angeles Times
The first BCS standings got two of them right, but No. 1 is not Oklahoma — at least not yet. The Sooners are getting overpaid for an impressive win over Florida State and a victory against a Texas team that lost at home to UCLA, which just lost 35-7 to Cal, which had just lost 42-0 to USC.
The Harris poll got the right teams — Oregon, Boise State and Texas Christian — just in the wrong order.
I have had Boise State No. 1 since day one, and the Broncos have done nothing to knock them off that perch. Next up is Oregon. The Ducks routed Stanford, which is not getting nearly the love it deserves.
My No. 3 is TCU, which would have been my preseason No. 1 had the Horned Frogs beaten Boise State last season in the Fiesta Bowl. Wouldn't it be something if Boise State and TCU met again in the same stadium, this time for the national title?
Oklahoma, Boise, Oregon
So here's the question: Do you care about margin of victory? Does a 40-point mauling mean more to you than a two-point scare?
I say it shouldn't, and here's why. Look at Oklahoma's resume, and you'll see three seemingly unimpressive results: a seven-point victory over Utah State, a three-pointer versus Air Force and a two-point squeaker over Cincinnati. But the Sooners had comfortable fourth-quarter leads in all three games. Oklahoma also drubbed a Florida State team that's unbeaten in its six other games.
So if you go strictly by results — and I do — it's an easy call: Boomer Sooner bats first, followed by Boise State (sweet wins over Virginia Tech and Oregon State) and Oregon.
'Bama, Oregon, Boise
No. 1 is Alabama: As an AP voter, I took a lot of flak last week for putting the Tide at No. 3 after their loss to South Carolina, but I don't think there's any doubt Alabama is the best team with the best player (Mark Ingram) and best coach (Nick Saban). The Gamecocks got lucky. No one else will.
No. 2 is Oregon: First, congratulations to the Ducks for their first No. 1 AP ranking in their 115-year history. The offense is averaging 54 points. That's a problem for defenses because there is a lot of talent producing all those points. Oregon won't lose unless it beats itself.
No. 3 is Boise State: We know the Broncos are one of the few programs against whom you have to defend the entire length and width of the field at all times. This year is no different, but the Broncos are also third in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 12.3 points per game. That defense looks good enough to shut down anyone — well, maybe not Oregon.
Oregon, Boise, TCU
The Harris poll voters got it right. Boise State should join Oregon on top, rather than Oklahoma, which leads the BCS standings.
1. Oregon. The Ducks are deservedly tops in the AP poll and second in the BCS. They have the nation's best offense, give up 16.3 points per game and soundly beat a quality opponent in Stanford.
2. Boise State. The vitriol against the Broncos should be directed only at their strength of schedule and not the quality of the team. They rank first nationally in total defense and fourth in total offense.
3. TCU. Four games of giving up a touchdown or less have the Horned Frogs allowing a nation's best 9.3 points per game. Oh, and the offense is pretty darn good too. It ranks seventh in scoring.