The 7-0 Rutgers Scarlet Knights held steady at No. 15 in the latest BCS rankings after their 35-10 win over the Temple Owls this weekend. Rutgers suffered an early scare against Temple, falling behind 10-0 before scoring 35 unanswered points in the second half.
Rutgers also comes in at No. 15 in the Harris Poll and Coaches Poll. The computers ranked the Scarlet Knights anywhere from 10 to 17, with three of the rankings systems putting them at 11. Peter Wolf's ranking has the Scarlet Knights at No. 10.
Rutgers faces a tough MAC opponent next weekend in the 6-1 Kent State Golden Flashes.
There was one shakeup in the top five of the rankings, with Kansas State taking Oregon's spot at No. 3 and the Ducks falling back to No. 4. Alabama and Florida remained the top two teams after dominant wins, while Notre Dame continues to hold down the No.5 spot.
Here are the full rankings:
- Fun facts from the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Ohio. A total of 85 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin. • Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 23 TCU, No. 24 Iowa State.
• The No. 1 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game 10 times, including the last two (Auburn - 2010, LSU - 2011).
• The No. 2 team in the second week of the BCS Standings has gone on to play in the BCS National Championship Game seven times, including the last three (Alabama - 2009, Oregon - 2010, Alabama - 2011).
• The Southeastern Conference has had at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 34 of the last 35 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has tied its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (1998).
• Notre Dame was ranked No. 5 for the second consecutive week, marking the sixth time in the history of the BCS Standings that the Irish have appeared in the top five. The Irish have not been ranked No. 5 in consecutive weeks since Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, 2006.
• The first two weeks of the BCS Standings mark the first time intrastate rivals Oregon (No. 4) and Oregon State (No. 7) have been ranked in the top 10 since 2000; the first time two Big East schools have been ranked inside the top 20 since 2009; and the first time a MAC school has been ranked in the Standings since 2010.
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