Kansas is number 1.
If you are the only undefeated team in a BCS conference after the 11th week of play, you should be number 1. Period.
Sure their opposition hasn’t been stellar thus far. Neither had been Ohio State’s, yet people were willing to rank them number one with little difficulty. For Kansas, one of two things is going to happen –
1. They will lose. If they lose, they won’t be number 1 anymore.
2. They will go undefeated and win the Big 12, in which case they will play for the BCS title.
If you aren’t ranking Kansas number 1 right now because you think the first option above might happen, then exactly how the hell can you justify anyone else you have number 1? LSU might lose another game too. If there is anything we have learned about this year, it is that our collective predictions have been crapola. Don’t tell me you know what “might” happen, or I’ll go pull your old Blog Polls and make a fool of you.
I’m perfectly comfortable putting Kansas number 1 even though they might yet lose. In that case, they will be demoted appropriately. Plus, even though their opponents have been less than top-tier, they have done excellent against them. Note the following –
NCAA Rankings –
Kansas – Ranked 2 at 45.9 ppg
Kansas – Ranked 2 at 14.9 ppg
That folks is top flight play thus far.
An undefeated team in a BCS conference this late in the season should be the only team capable of controlling its destiny – otherwise this is all total unadulterated bullshit.
The rest -
As for the others, I gauged both quality of wins and losses. LSU has the most quality wins, and only that overtime loss on the road. Missouri comes in next with the best quality loss of the group (to 1 loss Oklahoma on the road). I have no problem ranking Oklahoma behind a team they beat in Missouri – Oklahoma’s road loss at Colorado was far worse than the Tigers.
For West Virginia, that loss to USF looks worse all the time. Ohio State, as the only 1 loss team with that loss at home, is the last in BCS conference 1 loss rankings.
Georgia gets my “1st” spot for a two-loss team, and Florida the “1st” for a three loss team.
That is all for now. Let me know what you think.