BCS Rankings: Teams That Will Move into Top 10 Before First Standings Come out

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IISeptember 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans makes a pass during the game against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The BCS rankings will be released for the first time during the eighth week of the season, but not all the teams currently in the Top 10 will be able to keep their spots before that point in the season.

Stanford was the only ranked team in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll to lose this week, causing West Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida all to move up one spot.

But with conference play continuing as teams move forward with their schedules, more teams will run into tough tests. While Alabama and Oregon look invincible, the other eight teams all have weaknesses that can be exploited.

Here are the teams that will take advantage of losses from the teams currently topping the AP poll.


No. 12 Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns are at the most crucial point in their season.

On the cusp of breaking into the Top 10 of the national polls, the team faces No. 8 West Virginia and No. 17 Oklahoma in consecutive weeks.

While Geno Smith and the Mountaineers offense have been spectacular thus far, they have not faced a team as talented as Texas. With a win in this game, the Longhorns will likely move into the Top 10.

Texas must then defend its ranking in one of college football’s great rivalries. With wins in these two games, the Longhorns will be in excellent position to be one of the nation’s elite teams when the BCS rankings are released. 


No. 13 USC Trojans 

The Trojans had the highest hopes for this season when they were ranked No. 1 overall in the AP preseason poll, but their campaign took a disappointing turn when they lost to Stanford in Week 3.

With quarterback Matt Barkley throwing to wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquis Lee, it seemed impossible to stop USC’s high-powered offense. But the Cardinal held them to just 14 points.

The Trojans bounced back with a win over Cal, and after a week off, the team will continue Pac-12 play against No. 23 Washington. With a convincing victory in this game, USC will be able to jump back into the Top 10.

With a roster packed with talent, this team will continue to dominate until a showdown with Oregon in Week 10.


No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs

No. 14 Ohio State cannot reach the postseason or be featured in the BCS rankings this season due to the sanctions imposed on them this year.

No. 11 Florida will likely not be raising its rank this coming weekend, as it takes on No. 4 LSU. If a spot opens up in the Top 10 by Week 8, TCU will still be undefeated and will fill the void.

The Horned Frogs are on a 12-game winning streak dating back to last season, and they will take on Iowa State and Baylor in the next two weeks. Baylor’s explosive offense will give TCU its toughest test of the season, and a victory will help prove the team is capable of continuing its success during its first season in the Big 12. 

The tougher test for this team will come later in the season, as it finishes its campaign with consecutive games against West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma. But before that brutal stretch, the Horned Frogs will keep winning and move into the Top 10.