Bowl Championship Series Rankings
Week 3: November 11, 1998
For the third time in as many weeks there is a new team atop the Bowl Championship Series rankings. This week's leader is Tennesse who claimed the No. 1 spot in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls after they beat Alabama-Birmingham, 37-13, and former No. 1 Ohio State was upset, 28-24, by Michigan State on Saturday. Ohio State fell to eighth in the BCS rankings and out of the national title picture. UCLA pulled off another miracle finish and beat Oregon State in the game's final minute to move up to second place in the BCS rankings. Kansas State crushed Baylor 49-6 but could only jump up one spot.
PAvg.— The average of the Associated Pressmedia poll and ESPN-USA Today coaches poll. Others receiving votes are calculated in order received.
CAvg.— The average of The Hester & Anderson/Seattle Times, Jeff Sagarin's rankings and New York Times rankings. In order to prevent differences in individual formulas, a maximum adjusted deviation of no greater than 50 percent of the average of the two lowest computer rankings is utilized.
Quartile Rank— Rank of schedule strength compared to other Division I-A teams divided by 25. The component is calculated by determining the cumulative won/loss records of the team's opponent (66.6 percent) and the cumulative won/loss record of the team's opponent's opponents (33.3 percent).
Losses— One point for each loss during the season.
Notes: BCS rankings each week will list the top 15 or down to the lowest-ranked BCS-affiliated conference leader.