Oregon St. quarterback Sean Mannion. via Los Angeles Times.
If the thought of the use of computer rankings to help calculate the BCS standings makes your blood boil, then you probably are not going to like this news. Two computer rankings, the Colley Matrix and the Massey rankings, have Oregon State as the top team in the nation.
"Oregon State is ranked No. 1 in the Colley Matrix, which makes sense since "rankings" of overall opponents are a big factor.
The Beavers beat three teams that were ranked in the top 25 at some
point this season, which has to be a huge deal compared to the weak
strength of schedule for most opponents early in September.The same thing happens with Massey, where strength of schedule is so important. The Beavers have always been known to schedule tough, and so far this year it looks like it's paid off."
For the record, the Colley Matrix top five is Oregon St., Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama, and Florida St. (Massey was down for maintenance at t...