A couple of upsets, a few near misses, and a baseball game that just would not end made for an interesting Saturday, the eve of the 2009 season's first BCS Standings.
Florida and Alabama both escaped with tough home wins against SEC foes. Texas held off Oklahoma again. And USC withstood an Irish rally to win its eighth straight against Notre Dame.
Virginia Tech and Ohio State weren't as fortunate. The Hokies are now officially out of the BCS title chase, and perhaps even the one for the ACC Coastal title, after an upset loss at Georgia Tech. Ohio State had a worse loss, getting bested by unranked Purdue at West Lafayette.
All this caused the top of the BCS Standings to undergo a little bit of a shakeup. The unbeaten ranks have further shrunk to just seven. The actual BCS title contenders number somewhere around a dozen, with a few 1-loss teams still very much in the mix.
The first BCS Standings will be announced Sunday afternoon, and of course, as a public service, the Guru will once again make projections for the top 15 teams on Saturday night. (If you want to see my track record, go right ahead.)
As a public service, this is Fox's BCS Standings release schedule, in its usual, we-will-just-tuck-it-in-between-some-NFL-games-because-we-don't-really-give-a-flying-hoot special kind of way. It's different every week, so this reference guide should come in handy:
(All Times Eastern)
Oct. 18 - Between 4 and 4:30 p.m. (after Fox's early NFL game)
Oct. 25 - 7:15-8 p.m. (during Fox's OT show)
Nov. 1 - 7:15-8 p.m. (during the OT show)
Nov. 8 - 4-4:30 (after early NFL game)
Nov. 15 - 7:15-8 p.m. (during the OT show)
Nov. 22 - 4-4:30 p.m. (after early NFL game)
Nov. 29 - 7:15-8 p.m. (during the OT show)
Dec. 6 - 8 p.m.
The good news is, after this season, Fox's four-year reign of terror on the BCS will be over.
And without further ado, here's the projected BCS Standings:
1. Florida, 2. Alabama, 3. Texas, 4. Boise State, 5. USC, 6. Iowa, 7. LSU, 8. Cincinnati, 9. TCU, 10. Miami (Fla.), 11. Oregon, 12. Georgia Tech, 13. Virginia Tech, 14. Penn State, 15. Oklahoma State.