BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the First 2012 BCS Rankings

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BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the First 2012 BCS Rankings
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The BCS rankings are set to be released next Sunday on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. The BCS Countdown show will once again host the rankings' release. 

With a week’s worth of competition left ahead, it’s time to predict the first BCS rankings for the 2012 season. 

The No. 1 team will undoubtedly be the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide travels to Missouri this Saturday, but with starter James Franklin out for an already struggling Missouri squad, the Tide should be heavily favored and slide into the No.1 position. 

After the Tide there are some toss-up-type scenarios ahead. Oregon is playing great football, but so is South Carolina. At this point, those two seem to be interchangeable behind Alabama.

There are a number of factors that play into the BCS formula, and the South Carolina strength of schedule may give them favor early. Here is a look at the projected Top 25 for the first 2012 BCS poll.

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