The Sporting News distributes a daily email to subscribers and part of its weekly college football coverage is a breakdown of the BCS conferences by writers Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis.The packages feature 3-4 notes and up-to-date power rankings for each league. The ratings are a quick, real-time league analysis which changes week-to-week according to recent results While consuming Curtis’ Wednesday report, I saw that Iowa State was listed No. 3 in the Big 12 conference call. Leading the list was Nebraska and Oklahoma State. After ISU, came Texas A&M, Missouri, Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas and Colorado. That got me to research which BCS schools have most “overachieved” to this point in the season, based upon what TSN projected in the preseason. Iowa State was listed 11th in the TSN’s Big 12 projections, so its current third-place position is a gain of eight slots. No other BCS school surpasses that differential between prediction and today’s reality. Here are the BCS league overachievers to this point. Big 12: Iowa State was picked 11th and is third in the league’s current power poll (+8).
SEC: Mississippi State was picked 11th and is fifth in the league’s current power poll (+6).
Pac-10: Stanford was picked 7th and is second in the league’s current power poll (+5).
ACC: North Carolina State was picked 7th and is second in the league’s current power poll (+5).
Big East: Syracuse, South Florida and Louisville are all tied(+4).
Big Ten: Michigan State was picked 7th and is fourth in the league’s current power poll (+3). Iowa State was listed #82 nationally in TSN’s preseason Top 100. With a couple of games left, it will be fun to see if Iowa State can be the school that most exceeds the predictions of the experts at TSN. Reader feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow