The first BCS rankings of 2007, that is.
It’s interesting to note that, with one exception, the undefeated teams in the rankings have a fairly easy road ahead of them, although, given the number of upsets we’ve seen to date this season, perhaps this should be discounted.
Here’s the list:
- Ohio State (1) – 1 ranked opponent (Michigan); three home, two road games remaining; no conference championship game
- South Florida (2) – 1 ranked opponent (Cincinnati); two home, four road games remaining; no conference championship game
- Boston College (3) – 1 ranked opponent (@ Virginia Tech); two home, three road games remaining; conference championship game
- Arizona State (8) – 3 ranked opponents (Cal, @ Oregon, USC); three home, two road games remaining; no conference championship game
- Kansas (9) – 1 ranked opponent (Missouri); three home, three road games remaining; conference championship game
- Hawaii (18) – no ranked opponents; four home, one road game remaining; no conference championship game
Everybody knocks Hawaii’s pathetic schedule, but Kansas’ is hardly one to brag about. The Jayhawks managed to avoid Texas and Oklahoma in the regular season, although if they make it to the Big 12 championship they’re likely to face the Sooners.
Arizona State has quite a gauntlet to run. If ASU emerges undefeated at season’s end, you’d have to think it would stand a very good chance of crashing the top two in the rankings.
The top three have pretty straight stretches in front of them, although Boston College has to travel to #11 Virginia Tech and play in the ACC conference championship on its road to the BCS. South Florida and Ohio State both play only one ranked opponent each – lower ranked than Virginia Tech in both cases – and don’t have to go through a conference championship game to make it to the BCS.
In other words, it’s quite possible that #s 1 and 2 could hold up, especially considering that #s 4, 6 and 7 in the rankings still have the balance of their SEC slates to run through.
Oklahoma, sitting at #5, is another school to watch. The Sooners have a ranked team left on the schedule (Texas Tech) and may play another (Kansas) in the Big 12 championship game. That’s more than South Florida will see. The question is whether that will be enough to pull Oklahoma into the top two.