Horns Open At No. 2 In The BCS

UT's consensus No. 2 ranking in the human polls held up in the inaugural BCS rankings released Monday. Consensus poll No. 1 USC earned the top spot in the BCS.

"We told our guys that if we're No. 2 or No. 3, it really didn't matter," Mack Brown said. "There were teams talking about the BCS last week that got beat (Penn State, Florida State) and then you look at the fact that USC and Alabama nearly got beat. It's really too early. Let's do our business and worry about the BCS at the end."

"The BCS will take care of the BCS," Longhorn cornerback Tarell Brown added. "We just have to keep playing and keep winning."

Although the Horns are No. 2 overall, the six propellerheads have Texas anywhere from first (Kenneth Massey) to fourth (Colley Matrix). The Horns are second in Anderson & Hester, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe and third in Richard Billingsley.

Teams are assigned an inverse point total (25 for #1, 24 for #2, etc.) for each of their respective computer poll rankings to determine the overall computer component. The highest and lowest ranking for each team is dropped, and the sum total of the remaining four rankings is divided by 100 (the maximum possible points). This figure produces a Computer Rankings Percentage, which is a third of the BCS formula. The Computer Rankings Percentage figure is then averaged with the poll percentage of both the Harris and USA Today Coaches polls. The poll percentages figures are derived by taking a team's point total in each poll and dividing by a maximum 2825 possible points in the Harris Interactive Poll and 1525 possible points in USA Today.

Got it? If not, you're not the only one.

"I can't understand (the BCS)," the Texas head coach said. "How in the world do you know how it's going to come out? I hear this stuff and I can't figure it out."

"I can't even get on my own computer," Brown said on understanding the ‘computer element' of the rankings.

Well, even if the formula remains a bit difficult to describe and understand, the results of the first rankings are clear. USC's BCS average of .9923 is tops, followed by four other undefeateds in No. 2 Texas (.9591), No. 3 Virginia Tech (.9067), No. 4 Georgia (.8933) and No. 5 Alabama (.8220). One-loss LSU opens at No. 6 (.7078), just ahead of the Horns' next opponent, BCS No. 7 Texas Tech (.7034). No. 8 Miami (.6928), No. 9 UCLA (.6675) and No. 10 Penn State (.5860) round out the top 10.

Nebraska is the only other Big 12 team in the rankings. The Huskers check in at No. 23 (.1296).

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The top two teams in the final BCS standings, released on Sunday, Dec. 4, will square off in the Rose Bowl for the national title on Jan. 4, 2006. The champions of six leagues -- the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and the SEC -- receive automatic berths in one of the four BCS bowls (Orange, Sugar, Rose and Fiesta). There are also two at-large berths available to non-league champion teams from BCS conferences, to independents and to teams from non-BCS leagues.

Match-ups this week with top level BCS implications:

USC (1) at Washington

Texas Tech (7) at Texas (2)

Virginia Tech (3) at Maryland (Thursday)

Arkansas at Georgia (4)

Tennessee (19) at Alabama (5)

Auburn (18) at LSU (6)

Georgia Tech at Miami (8)

Oregon State at UCLA (9)

Penn State (10) at Illinois

Note: Texas opened last season's BCS rankings at No. 11 but moved up to No. 4 in the final rankings, earning an automatic berth.


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