Originally Published: October 25, 2010

On the ballot

By Mark Schlabach
ESPN.com

Americans will cast their votes on Tuesday's Election Day.

Here's your chance to vote for the candidates and issues concerning college football's national championship.

Which team is the best team in the country? Which matchup would you most like to see in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10? Which playoff format do you prefer for determining the sport's national champion?

Cast your vote, and On The Mark will tally the results:

The candidates

Which team is most worthy of being No. 1 in the BCS standings today?
1. Oregon (8-0)
The high-scoring Ducks have scored 40 or more points in each of their games, including a 52-31 victory over No. 13 Stanford and a 53-32 win at Southern California.

2. Auburn (9-0)
The Tigers have defeated four teams ranked in the top 20 of the BCS standings: No. 10 LSU, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 19 South Carolina and No. 20 Mississippi State.

3. TCU (9-0)
The Horned Frogs lead the country in scoring defense, allowing only 8.7 points per game, and they've allowed seven or fewer points in each of their past five games.

4. Boise State (7-0)
The Broncos defeated No. 22 Virginia Tech 33-30 in their Labor Day opener and have won each of their past four games by 29 or more points.

5. Utah (8-0)
The Utes defeated Big East leader Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime in their Sept. 2 opener and rank third nationally in scoring offense (45.3 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (14.1 points).

Which matchup would you most prefer to watch in the BCS National Championship Game?
1. Oregon versus Auburn
It might be the most entertaining game for fans to watch, as the Ducks and Tigers combine to average 94.9 points per game. (Their opponents average 42.2 points.)

2. Oregon versus Boise State
A rematch of the Broncos' 19-8 victory over the Ducks in last year's opener minus LeGarrette Blount's postgame punch.

3. Auburn versus Boise State
It might turn into a shootout between two of the country's best quarterbacks -- Auburn's Cameron Newton and Boise State's Kellen Moore.

4. Boise State versus TCU
It would be a rematch of this past January's Fiesta Bowl, which the Broncos won 17-10 after using a fake punt to set up the winning touchdown.

5. Boise State versus Alabama
The Crimson Tide didn't fare too well the last time they played a team from a non-BCS league in a bowl game, falling 31-17 to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

Which is the best one-loss team in the country?
1. Alabama (7-1)
The defending BCS national champions had their 19-game win streak end with a 35-21 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 9.

2. Nebraska (7-1)
The Cornhuskers defeated Oklahoma State 51-41 and Missouri 31-17 after losing to Texas 20-13 on Oct. 16.

3. Oklahoma (7-1)
The Sooners walloped Florida State 47-17 at home on Sept. 11 and climbed to No. 1 in the country before losing at Missouri 36-27 on Oct. 23.

4. Wisconsin (7-1)
The Badgers, whose only loss came 34-24 at Michigan State, have upset then-No. 1 Ohio State 31-18 and then-No. 15 Iowa 31-30 in their past two games.

5. LSU (7-1)
Tigers coach Les Miles' magic finally ran out in a 24-17 loss at Auburn on Oct. 23.

If Alabama finishes 12-1, is it more deserving of playing in the BCS National Championship Game than undefeated Boise State?
Yes

No

If TCU finishes undefeated, is it more deserving of playing in the BCS National Championship Game than undefeated Boise State?
Yes

No


The issues

Which postseason format would you most prefer for determining college football's national champion?
1. Current BCS bowl games
Using the current format, the top two teams in the final BCS standings play in the BCS National Championship Game.

2. Plus-one game
The No. 1 team in the final BCS standings would play the No. 4 team, and the No. 2 team would play the No. 3 team. The winners of the semifinal games would play in the BCS National Championship Game.

3. Eight-team playoff
The top eight teams in the final BCS standings would determine the national championship with three rounds of playoff games.

4. Sixteen-team playoff
The top 16 teams in the final BCS standings would determine the national championship with four rounds of playoff games.

Should a conference champion have to finish in the Top 25 of the final BCS standings to receive an automatic berth into a BCS bowl game?
Yes

No

Should the Big East Conference lose its automatic berth into a BCS bowl game?
Yes

No

Should the BCS be expanded to include an automatic berth for the Mountain West Conference champion?
Yes

No

Should the BCS be expanded to include an automatic berth for the Western Athletic Conference champion?
Yes

No

Conference rankings

By Mark Schlabach
ESPN.com

Ranking the BCS conferences after nine weeks of the 2010 college football season:

1. SEC
The SEC has six teams ranked in the top 20 of the BCS standings, including three in the top 10. No. 2 Auburn still has control of the SEC West after winning 51-31 at Ole Miss, and No. 6 Alabama and No. 10 LSU will play an elimination game in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. No. 19 South Carolina controls its fate in the SEC East after beating Tennessee 38-24 at home.

2. Big 12
Oklahoma and Texas aren't as good as they've been in the recent past, but the Big 12 still has five teams ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS standings. Who would have guessed No. 21 Baylor would be in the driver's seat in the Big 12 South after defeating Texas 30-22 on Saturday? The Bears will play at No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. No. 7 Nebraska took control of the Big 12 North with a 31-17 victory over Missouri.

3. Big Ten
Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten teams with an ugly 37-6 loss at Iowa. The Spartans are still in decent shape to reach the Rose Bowl, but No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Ohio State are playing like the best teams in the league. The No. 16 Hawkeyes might be the best two-loss team in the country.

4. Pac-10
Oregon is the No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press poll, coaches' poll and BCS standings after routing Southern California 53-32 at the Coliseum on Saturday night. The Ducks probably won't be tested until their final two games -- against No. 15 Arizona on Nov. 26 and at rival Oregon State in the Civil War on Dec. 4. No. 13 Stanford might be a Rose Bowl candidate if it keeps winning -- and if Oregon plays in the BCS National Championship Game.

5. ACC
No. 24 Florida State blew a golden opportunity to take control of the Atlantic Division, fumbling at NC State's 4-yard line in the final minutes of a 28-24 loss Thursday night. The Seminoles, No. 25 Wolfpack and Maryland each have one loss in ACC play. No. 22 Virginia Tech has a two-game lead over Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina in the loss column of the Coastal Division standings. The Hokies can go a long way toward winning the division by defeating the Yellow Jackets at home on Thursday night.

6. Big East
There isn't a Big East team ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS standings again; Syracuse and Pitt are receiving votes in the Harris and coaches' poll. The Panthers have a one-game lead over the Orange in the loss column of the league standings and own the tiebreaker after winning 45-14 at Syracuse on Oct. 16. On Friday night, West Virginia lost its second straight game, 16-13 at Connecticut.

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