Sunday, September 9, 2007

A New No. 1: LSU edges USC

After Saturday night's thumping of Virginia Tech, LSU has leapfrogged USC to take over the No. 1 ranking in the Week 2 unofficial BCS standings. Both teams are comfortably ahead of the field, though.

The Bayou Tigers closed the gap on USC, who was idle this week, in both the coaches poll and the Associated Press poll. LSU also took over the top spot in both computer rankings available at this time. Florida, the previous week's No. 2, dropped to No. 5. Oklahoma jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 after an impressive victory over Miami (Fla.), while Texas moved up to No. 4

Wisconsin, West Virginia, California, UCLA and Ohio State round out the top 10 in the new standings.

These standings are a close facsimile to the actual BCS standings, using the same methodology, with minor alterations necessitated by circumstances. First, the AP poll is used in the standings in place of the Harris Interactive Poll, which will debut in late September. Second, Peter Wolfe and Anderson & Hester, who do not release their rankings until later in the season, are excluded from the computer ratings. Finally, Colley Matrix is also excluded because its data is unavailable.

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