The voters in the coaches and Harris polls probably got a proper shock last week when they found out that, had there been a BCS standings last week, Boise State would've been ranked No. 1. Some of them probably would've been OK with that, but many of them wouldn't.
Well, circumstances allowed them to "rectify" things this week. With upsets of poll No. 1 Ohio State and also top 5 Nebraska, Oregon is expected to ascend to No. 1 in both of the BCS polls this week. But the idle Ducks won't be top-ranked in the first official BCS standings ... and neither will Boise State, which is expected to check in at No. 2 after walloping San Jose State.
Oklahoma, coming off a 52-0 pasting of Iowa State, is projected to open the 2010 BCS standings at No. 1. The Sooners will be behind Boise State in the polls, but the slim deficits there won't offset OU's lead in the computer ratings. The Broncos will still have a robust computer score even though San Jose State is now 1-6 - because the Spartans have played a top 5-ranked schedule thus far. Boise's computer advantage will keep it ahead of Oregon.
So what does all this mean going forward? Expect lots of shifts in the BCS standings in the coming weeks because both the polls and computer scores will remain volatile for some time. With losses by Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada, the unbeaten ranks have now dwindled to just 10. Four of them are guaranteed to lose, two as soon as next week, as a pair of unbeatens will be matched up (Oklahoma at Missouri, LSU at Auburn).
We're just getting warmed up.
The Guru's projected BCS standings: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Boise State, 3. Oregon, 4. TCU, 5. Auburn, 6. LSU, 7. Michigan State, 8. Alabama, 9. Nebraska, 10. Ohio State, 11. Wisconsin, 12. Utah, 13. Stanford, 14. Missouri, 15. Oklahoma State.
And two P.S.'s:
1) Follow the Guru on Twitter, as I will be tweeting every Saturday night, shortly after the end of the final relevant game, followed by a full post.
2) The Guru will grudgingly give the World Wide Leader some respect for putting together a weekly show at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN each Sunday. This is the way to go, as opposed to the abomination that we had to suffer through the past four years. I don't think much of the analysis on the program (particularly the guy with two first names), but it's better than the weekly 90-second sham on Fox's NFL post game show.