AP College Football Poll 2012: Week 6 Standings Projected for BCS Title Chase

Jeremy Eckstein@https://twitter.com/#!/JeremyEckstein1Featured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers shakes hands after the game against the Baylor Bears on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  WVU defeated Baylor 70-63.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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College football’s AP poll will reveal the complete 2012 standings with Week 5 results now archived. There were few surprises in “Unspectacular Saturday,” but survival is imperative on the drive for the BCS title.

No. 1 Alabama will continue to dominate the rankings after a routine win over Ole Miss. Next up, the Crimson Tide will travel to Missouri with their defense primed to take on the spread offense.

There will continue to be much debate about the No. 2 team in the country. Oregon, LSU, Florida St. and Georgia all make cases for that slot because of the unique things their teams can do, but all are regarded as less complete than BCS champion Alabama.

Here is a look at how the AP poll could shape their rankings, with brief commentary and outlooks on key games and BCS possibilities.

1. Alabama                 'Bama wants a big SEC game to stay sharp.

2. Oregon                   Just the usual 51 points after taking WSU’s best shot.

3. LSU                         CBS game at Florida: Are the Tigers underdogs?              

4. Florida St.              Right on track as the ACC front-runner.

5. Georgia                  Was Georgia’s defense exposed?                    

6. South Carolina      Hosts Georgia next week for SEC co-game of the week.

7. Kansas St.              Mark down October 20 at West Virginia for Big-12 showdown.

8. West Virginia         Love the offense, but no BCS without a lockdown defense.

9. Notre Dame           Danger game next week versus Miami’s athletes.

10. Florida                 Time to prove that the Swamp is ready to host LSU.

11. Texas                    Big win over dangerous Oklahoma St.

12. USC                      Thursday night battle coming with Utah on ESPN.

13. Ohio St.                Braxton Miller’s training for the 2014 BCS title.

14. TCU                      Win now because schedule will become very tough.

15. Oklahoma            Still overrated? Oklahoma never out of the BCS hunt.          

16. Clemson               Off the radar, but should keep winning and moving up.

17. Oregon St.            All three wins decided by average of 4.3 points.        

18. Mississippi St.      Another underrated story but will get 'Bama and LSU.          

19. Texas A&M          Aggies offense now making some noise.

20. Nebraska              Solid top 20 team, but the '90s were long ago.

21. Louisville             Survived the sloppy weather but struggling.

22. Stanford               They could be a spoiler, but roses seem unlikely.       

23. Rutgers                 Another soft schedule opportunity to sneak into BCS.

24. Northwestern      Can they run the table? Fitzgerald’s genius underrated.

25. Boise St.              Nobody talks about Boise St. anymore. I won’t either.


Bear Market

Stanford is a good, physical team, but life without Andrew Luck has brought them down to Earth. They will struggle to keep up with more high-powered offenses in the Pac-12. No more BCS bowls on their horizon.

Michigan St.’s receivers drop passes in the scoring-deficient Big Ten. No wonder they are out.

Baylor’s Swiss cheese defense will put pressure on its offense to score 50 each game.

Oklahoma St. and Wisconsin are long-removed from their BCS appearances last year. It will be tough for them to rebound with an impressive run for a big bowl.


BCS Bowl Market

Georgia at South Carolina could decide the SEC East next week and keep alive the winner’s dreams for a national championship. Both teams will be ready after each survived some erratic play. Georgia’s defense will match up better against South Carolina.

Florida looks primed to take down LSU in the swamp. If so, it could remove the luster of the LSU-'Bama showdown in November. Expect LSU to come out with its best effort of the season. They are too good for a letdown.

Big 12 now has undefeated Texas looking up at West Virginia and Kansas St. It promises to be an entertaining conference, but it may be difficult to run the table and put forth a national championship contender.

Oregon appears to be the best chance out West, but they are not a lock to get through the Pac-12. Washington brings a dangerous offense and improved defense to Autzen Stadium for the night game on ESPN.

Notre Dame will face an athletic test in the Miami Hurricanes, though it hardly conjures up the late '80s rivalry of championships past.


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