Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Brave New World

After Bloody Saturday, the BCS standings have been transformed as it's never been before. Honestly, who'd thought Boston College, South Florida and Kentucky would be in the Top 10 in the Week 5 unofficial BCS standings?

But that's exactly where we are, even if the top of the standings remains unchanged. LSU, for a second consecutive week, held onto the top spot. USC stays at No. 2, even though the Trojans are still No. 1 in both polls. Cal made a quantum leap from No. 8 to No. 3, and will be itching for its shot at USC on Nov. 10 in Strawberry Canyon.

The biggest jump, though, belongs to South Florida. This program was born just 11 years ago, and made the big time, sort of, by joining the Big East. But today, the Bulls, at No. 7, is the top ranked team in the State of Florida. Yes, ahead of Florida State, ahead of Miami, and ahead of defending national champion Florida.

While the Gators stayed in the Top 10 after losing to Auburn, West Virginia dropped to No. 11 after the loss to South Florida. Oklahoma's last-second loss to Colorado dropped the Sooners to No. 13; and fellow Big 12 South member Texas fell from No. 7 to No. 19. Next week's Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl is suddenly just another game between two one-loss teams.

Some luster also came off next Saturday's showdown between LSU and Florida. The Gators now must win to keep their slim repeat hopes alive. A loss will ensure that the football Gators will not duplicate the feat accomplished by the basketball Gators the last two seasons.

And finally, don't look now, but Hawai'i is creeping up to No. 18. With five of their final seven games at home, the Warriors will claim a BCS bowl spot if they can stay undefeated.

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