The first BCS rankings are set to be released on Sunday and there are some puzzling results at the top of the computer rankings. Consensus number one team — the Alabama Crimson Tide — would not take the top spot in the BCS rankings. In fact, they barely make the top five.
In anticipation of the first BCS rankings of the season, computer rankings are being analyzed. Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports took a look at five of the six computer systems and Alabama was left out of the top spot.
Who was the number one team in the nation according to the BCS computers? The Florida Gators.
Here comes the outrage.
Out of the five computer polls, four different number one teams are listed – Alabama (Sagarin), Florida (Anderson & Hester), Oregon (Billingsley) and Notre Dame (Colley and Massey). Billingsley is the only poll that lists Oregon higher than sixth and Notre Dame is the only team to be ranked number one in more than a single computer poll.
Here is the current top five according to averages from the BCS computers:
- Florida Gators
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- South Carolina Gamecocks
- West Virginia Mountaineers
- Alabama Crimson Tide
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Alabama isn’t as highly thought of by the computers. The Crimson Tide have had a cupcake schedule and their most impressive wins are against Michigan and Arkansas — two of the most disappointing teams in college football this season.
If Alabama hopes to get to number one in the computer rankings, they will likely need to win out and win impressively.
It should be fun to see how fans across the nation react to the first BCS poll if these five computer rankings give us any indication of how the top five will pan out.