Now that the BCS rankings are out this year, we can begin discussing how the computer gets things wrong. The rankings should be based on which team would likely beat those ranked below it.
1. LSU, no argument here, LSU looks like an NFL team compared to every other college team. Barring key injuries this team should roll over every other team in the country.
2. Alabama, no 2? This is a definate maybe as Alabama is definately a strong team, but the coaches poll (the one based on the most knowledgeabel voters) places Alabama behind both Oklahoma and LSU. Nothing that Okla. or Ala. has done on the field this year makes Ala. look any better than Okla. For that matter, Stanford and Boise State look as good as Alabama.
3. Oklahoma (see Alabama, above).
4. Oklahoma State. This has to be the 2nd worst ranking by the computer. This team beat Texas, so what. Texas isn't really that good (just look at the score of the Oklahoma-Texas game). Both the AP and coaches rank Oklahoma State 6th behing Wisconsin and either Stanford or Boise State.
5. Boise State. This is probably the correct ranking for Boise State. As always the ranking is hurt by "strength of schedule" but the reality is Boise State has been so good for so long, and Kellen Moore is so good that Boise can stand head and shoulders with any team (except LSU).
6. Wisconsin. A real powerhouse on paper, running up scores against weak opponents. In reality most of us realize we've seen this before with Wisconsin, Ohio State or Michigan, only to see the big-10 "powerhouse" get crushed when they make it to a bowl game. Expect to see that happen this year if Wisconsin meets Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
7. Clemson. Clemson, really? Do you honestly believe Clemson could even beat any other team ranked in the top 10? Thought not.
8. Stanford. I said Oklahoma State was the 2nd worst ranking, this is the worst. Stanford has the longest winning streak in the country and the best player in the country. They won easily this weekend yet get no credit for their wins.
What the rankings should be:
3. tie, Alabama and Stanford
5. Boise State
7. Oklahoma State