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Oregon State is No. 1 in two BCS computer rankings

October 01, 2012|By Chris Dufresne
  • Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion has completed 82 passes for 1,088 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion has completed 82 passes for 1,088… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

Rolling Tide, meet Beaver Dam.

Alabama, it turns out, does not have a mortal lock on the No. 1 spot in college football.

Oregon State, which is off to a 3-0 start, is No. 1 in two of the computer indexes used in the BCS standings formula.

The Beavers are tops in the ColleyMatrix, which boasts "Bias Free Matrix Rankings."

If Colley had its way, Oregon State today would play No. 2 Notre Dame for the national title. This would not bring back fond memories for Notre Dame, handed a humiliating 41-9 loss by Oregon State in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

Florida is No. 3 in Colley's rankings, followed by Alabama (oh yeah, those guys), Florida State, South Carolina and Kansas State.

UCLA fans will be thrilled to know the Bruins are No. 24, well ahead of No. 45 USC.

Ken Massey's BCS rankings also have Oregon State and Notre Dame in the first two spots, followed by Texas Tech (what?), Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, Texas and . ..Alabama.

UCLA is No. 19 in Massey's report, while USC is 45.

We'll go out on a limb and say some of these numbers may fluctuate greatly between now and December. Maybe between now and next Monday.

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