West Virginia’s run as the best story in college football came to a messy end this week when the Mountaineers fell by 35 points to a tough Texas Tech squad. The most interesting part of this defeat wasn’t the manner in which the Red Raiders dominated from the second quarter onward, nor was it the way Geno Smith couldn’t get anything going (275 yards and a touchdown), it was the fact that this was the first time West Virginia looked this inept.

Everything that caused this particular meltdown had been a problem throughout (read: mostly defense), and yet, the Mountaineers won on a consistent basis anyway. Against better teams, no less. What does that tell us? It tells us that this wasn’t a case of Smith and his boys being overrated; this was just their time to lose, plain and simple.

WVU-Texas Tech was one of the two major Big 12-related stories we came away with after this weekend.  The other one, undoubtedly, was the way Oklahoma systematically destroyed Texas. Mind you, at one point this year, the Longhorns looked like a sleeper squad that could surprise a lot of people as the year progressed. But then they lost to West Virginia last week and, apparently, they have decided to completely regress now. David Ash threw two picks; the running game couldn’t get anything going; the defense was porous. This was just an embarrassing effort by Texas, any which way you want to look at it.

Over in the SEC: LSU clearly earned the biggest win of the weekend when they took down South Carolina at home. The Tigers, of course, were coming off a tough loss against Florida – and the Gamecocks have been very iffy on the road this season. That said, this was still an impressive victory for Les Miles and Co., and a heartbreaking loss for South Carolina. With Florida on the agenda this week (on the road), South Carolina better get it together quickly before this team’s title hopes completely dissipate. 

USC beat Washington on Saturday; however, seeing as Stanford fell to Notre Dame, you can’t help but feel as though the Trojans are fighting a losing battle right now. Oregon State continued to quietly handle business – this time with a nifty little 18-point victory over BYU. This squad’s next legitimate game comes on Nov. 10 versus Stanford.

Ohio State continues to run the Big Ten, but it doesn’t matter because the Buckeyes can’t play in a BCS game this year. With a win against Michigan State this weekend, Iowa put itself in position to be the best team in the conference not currently banned from anything. With games against Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan and Nebraska ahead, though, it’s hard to imagine the Hawkeyes hanging on to that noble title.

The BCS standings came out this week, however, because Oregon didn’t play, it’s hard to really derive much value from how things break down. Generally speaking, the layout of the first BCS is never really indicative of how things will play out anyway. It’s best to view them the way you would any other poll – a snapshot in time.

With all that in mind, here is how this week’s rankings look:


1. Alabama

2. Florida

3. Oregon

4. Kansas State

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. South Carolina

8. Oregon State

9. Oklahoma

10. USC

11. Georgia

12. Mississippi State

13. West Virginia

14. Florida State

15. Rutgers

16. Louisville

17. Texas Tech

18. Texas A&M

19. Clemson

20. Stanford

21. Cincinnati

22. Boise State

23. TCU

24. Iowa State

25. Texas


1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Florida

4. Kansas State

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Ohio State

8. Oregon State

9. South Carolina

10. Oklahoma

11. USC

12. Florida State

13. Georgia

14. Clemson

15. Mississippi State

16. Louisville

17. West Virginia

18. Texas Tech

19. Rutgers

20. Texas A&M

21. Cincinnati

22. Stanford

23. Michigan

24. Boise State

25. Ohio

USA Today

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Kansas State

4. Florida

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Oklahoma

8. South Carolina

9. USC

10. Florida State

11. Oregon State

12. Georgia

13. Clemson

14. Louisville

15. West Virginia

16. Mississippi State

 17. Rutgers

18. Cincinnati

19. Texas A&M

20. Texas Tech

21. TCU

22. Boise State

23. Stanford

24. Arizona State

25. Michigan

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