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Road To The BCS Open Thread

Today at 8:15 p.m. eastern time on ESPN, they will have a 45 minute BCS unveiling show for the rankings, and then an extra 30 minutes on ESPNU. This is much, much, much, much better then the two minutes or so Fox gave to the rankings at the end of their NFL post game show.

We will see how long they drag this thing out, but hopefully there will be some good talk and debate. With little or no bashing on how Boise is number one.

SB Nation's resident BCS figure-outer puts his projected rankings and extra nuggets right here:

1) Boise State Broncos

Boise State lead the simulated standings this week and only Ohio State had any hope of passing them this week. That obviously did not happen. This would be the first time a team from outside the six automatic qualifying conferences holds the number one spot in the official BCS standings.

2) Oregon Ducks

Oregon had the week off, but no team around it had a schedule that endangered the Ducks' ranking. Oregon has the favor of the human polls, but is behind in the computers.

3) TCU Horned Frogs

Here is the 1-2 punch, two teams from outside automatic qualifying conference in the top three. This sets up an interesting experiment to see if they can hold these spots through the end of the year. More on that below.

4) Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is a surprise favorite among the computers, giving them a nice push in the BCS standings relative to the human polls. With their remaining schedule, this should only get stronger.

5) Auburn Tigers

Auburn survived a shootout against highly-ranked Arkansas. Auburn and Oklahoma are very close and could be reversed in this weeks standings. Regardless of this week's order, next week will be conclusive, as Auburn will move up in the standings with a win over LSU, or down with a loss.

6) LSU Tigers

LSU might fall due to their performance this week, but had significant padding behind them. There may be a large gap between the fourth and sixth teams, and the question will be which one LSU is closer to this week. The way LSU is playing, the question should be settled against them soon enough.

Come chat it up tonight and bring some reaction to these initial standings, and just remember it is still early and there are a lot of games to be played.

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