Notably, undefeated Wisconsin, ranked #4 in both the AP and Coaches Polls, came in at #6 in the BCS. The Badgers, who lead the nation in scoring, did okay in the Harris and Coaches columns of the BCS formula but were slaughtered by the computer ranks, which had them as low at 17th.
Instead of expounding on Massey’s broken design, I devoted a separate post to it here.
Other interesting BCS outcomes include 1-loss Oregon being ranked behind 1-loss Arkansas, with undefeated Kansas State being ranked behind both. Michigan State, fresh off a win over previously unbeaten Michigan, is buried at #16 behind an uninspiring South Carolina team.
Fortunately, the Tailgater is not beholden to the BCS. We can provide rankings that are, at least in our warped minds, defensible.
Our week 7 numbers:
The individual rankings that contributed were:
Rank Strobl Rank Mitchell Rank Bigalke 1 Alabama 1 Alabama 1 LSU 2 LSU 2 LSU 2 Alabama 3 Wisconsin 3 Oklahoma 3 Wisconsin 4 Oklahoma 4 Wisconsin 4 Boise State 5 Oklahoma State 5 Oklahoma State 5 Oklahoma State 6 Clemson 6 Boise State 6 Stanford 7 Stanford 7 Stanford 7 Clemson 8 Boise State 8 Clemson 8 Oklahoma 9 Kansas State 9 Kansas State 9 Oregon 10 Oregon 10 Oregon 10 Houston Next 3 Next 3 Next 3 Arkansas Arkansas Kansas State Michigan State West Virginia Arkansas Virginia Tech Michigan State Michigan State Last out Last out Last out Georgia Tech Michigan Illinois
We’ll be back each week with updated rankings as part of the Tailgater series.
*About the Composite Rankings: Composite Rankings are determined by tabulating the rankings provided by each of the three Tailgater contributors. Teams receive between 1 and 13 points for their respective positions in a given “Top 10″ or “Next 3″ list. Higher point totals equal better rankings. Ties are broken based on how the respective teams were ranked by each contributor.