The second BCS rankings weren’t altered by chaos on Oct. 27. Week 1 of the BCS came after multiple upsets, whereas these rankings underwent a milder shake up. However, these are still standings in which the No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles had a 35-point first quarter on Oct. 26, and dropped to No. 3 anyway.
The Oregon Ducks weren’t impressive for about 40 minutes against the UCLA Bruins. But because the Ducks scored the last 28 points and beat the No. 12 ranked team in the BCS, they went from a close No. 3 to a safe No. 2 over the Seminoles.
The Seminoles likely won’t get the same break if they manhandle the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes on Nov. 2, even with the Ducks off. If they do, Oregon can come right back by beating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road on Nov. 7. Of course, this great debate can end if either Oregon or Florida State lose.
While all this goes on, the Alabama Crimson Tide are still above the fray at No. 1, at least until their own showdown with LSU on Nov. 9. The Tide, Ducks and Seminoles all have major opponents coming up to boost their strength of schedule -- whereas the unbeaten, No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes do not and are still languishing behind.
Even if the Buckeyes get help, the Cardinal and Hurricanes can always jump them by knocking off the Ducks and Seminoles. For that matter, so could the No. 6 Baylor Bears, with their own showdowns ahead against the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
No matter the result, the BCS deck will be severely reshuffled in the next two weeks, making these peaceful rankings an anomaly. Here is a list of the top 10 after Oct. 27, with at least half of it set to cancel each other out soon.