College Football: Initial BCS Standings Released

October 19th, 2008

Mid-October in college football means one thing: the first week of the standings that will determine which two teams play for the national championship in January. Of course, the destination is Miami on January 8th, and traditional powers Texas and Alabama are at the top of the poll this week. What does that all mean? Could mean alot, or it could mean absolutely nothing at all. The top five in the first BCS standings last season were Ohio State, South Florida, Boston College, LSU and Oklahoma. Of those five teams, three made the BCS (with LSU beating Ohio State for the national title) while the other two didn't even play on New Year's Day. But given the crazy nature of college football in recent years, the race isn't over for the likes of Penn State, Oklahoma and USC, even though the gap from 2 to 3 is a sizable one. Here are the first BCS rankings for 2008.

1. Texas 7-0
2. Alabama 7-0
3. Penn State 8-0
4. Oklahoma 6-1
5. USC 5-1
6. Oklahoma State 7-0
7. Georgia 6-1
8. Texas Tech 7-0
9. Ohio State 7-1
10. Florida 5-1
11. Utah 8-0
12. Boise State 6-0
13. LSU 5-1
14. TCU 7-1
15. Missouri 5-2
16. South Florida 6-1
17. Pitt 5-1
18. Georgia Tech 6-1
19. Tulsa 7-0
20. Ball State 7-0
21. BYU 6-1
22. Northwestern 6-1
23. Kansas 5-2
24. Minnesota 6-1
25. Florida State 5-1

- In other news, Boston College LB Brian Toal is out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg. It's a tough set of circumstances for the senior from New Jersey, who sat out last season due to a shoulder injury. Senior Robert Francois, who saw a lot of action last season, will replace Toal in the lineup.

- Clemson QB Cullen Harper had surgery today on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, and is expected to be ready when the Tigers visit Boston College on November 1st. Clemson has a bye this week, something the turbulent program was in desperate need of without taking into account the injuries to Harper, Willy Korn (shoulder) and C.J. Spiller (hamstring).

- Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer passed his concussion test today, a good sign after a hard hit in the second quarter sidelined him for the remainder of the Spartans' 45-7 loss to Ohio State. As a result, Hoyer will start on Saturday when Michigan State visits rival Michigan.

- Georgia DT Brandon Wood was suspended for the Bulldogs' game at LSU on Saturday due to an arrest for driving under the influence. Head coach Mark Richt refused comment on Wood's status for the showdown with rival Florida on November 1st in Jacksonville.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this blog.