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The people who run the BCS have released the following:
"The BCS will announce its first standings of the season on Oct. 19.
The BCS standings formula consists three components, each weighted equally: the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe)."
The release date is earlier than in the past few years, when the first BCS Standings came out after Week 7. This year's first release is due out after Week 8. That means that BYU will just have played TCU on national TV in the days before the first standings release--no better chance for BYU to make a strong impression on the pollsters (and the computers) than on Thursday, October 16th. Assuming BYU wins all of its games between now and October 19th, the 7-0 Cougars would have a great shot at being in the Top 12 in the first standings release. The highest-ranked non-BCS conference champ is guaranteed a BCS Bowl berth with a Top 12 finish in the final regular season standings.
Earlier in the week, I noted that BYU had not allowed an opening drive touchdown in 28 consecutive games. The number is actually 29 straight games, and I made the change on the original entry.
Regarding Bronco Mendenhall's upcoming interview feature on ESPN's "College Gameday" program this Saturday, Bronco told me a few things about the session the other night.
He said ESPN sent a producer and camera/technical staff to ask and record some scripted questions, but no identifiable ESPN reporter or anchor was present. He says he gave quite a bit of information, and the feature could be very positive or edging toward the controversial (Washington redux, anyone?), depending on the direction ESPN wants to take it. He said he'll be curious to hear how it turns out, and I will be, too, since I'll be at a daughter's soccer game and will miss the show. And, since I am one of the few American men without a TiVo (and that won't be changing anytime soon), I'll have to find out second-hand how it all went.