In an attempt to further turn the world of college football rankings into a complete circus, ESPN has announced a 45-minute show to unveil the weekly BCS standings, beginning October 10th and running every Sunday thereafter.â†µ
The October 10 show will be a preview show, while each successive week will involve an announcement of that week's Top 25 along with analysis and discussion by the ESPN talking heads. 2010 is the first year of the new contract between ESPN and the BCS. ESPN has the television rights to the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, and BCS National Championship games.â†µ
The BCS is not an easy creature to understand.â†µ
The statistical rating system used to determine the teams that will participate in the championship game of the Bowl Championship Series consists of three components and each will count as 1/3rd of the final BCS formula - subjective polls of Harris Interactive (replaces AP) and coaches (USA Today) and six computer rankings.â†µ
As it stands right now, all three local teams would find themselves outside the BCS rankings. Over the next two Saturdays, Pitt, Penn State, and West Virginia can make a push for recognition. Pitt (2-2 overall) travels to Notre Dame and Syracuse, while West Virginia (3-1) plays host to UNLV and South Florida. Penn State (3-2) hosts Illinois then has a week off.â†µ
West Virginia (No. 28 in the current USA Today/Coaches poll) and Penn State (No. 30) have the best opportunities to move into the BCS standings.