As college football teams enter the home stretch of the season, the BCS Rankings will soon be coming into play. Although the sport will have a playoff system beginning in 2014, fans have to continue to deal with the system that many have grown to hate with a passion.
But while it seems everyone has a strong feeling about the BCS, everybody is always wondering where their team is ranked after each week. That is because this poll plays a huge part in where each team ends up at the end of the year, whether it is in the BCS National Championship or one of the other prestigious BCS bowls.
With soon to be seven weeks of college football in the books, here is everything you need to know about the BCS Rankings for 2012.
The first BCS Rankings will be released on October 14, 2012. The remaining BCS Rankings will be released every Sunday leading up to the BCS bowl selection process through December 2.
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How the BCS Determines the Rankings
There is a lot that goes into this whacky system, which is one of the reasons there will no longer be a BCS process in a couple of years. According to the BCS website, the USA Today Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive College Football Poll and the average of six other computer rankings each count for one-third of every teams overall ranking in the BCS Poll.
The Harris Interactive College Football Poll ends up replacing the current AP Poll that is in place during the first half of the year.
In both human polls, each team receives points from 1 to 25 in reverse order, so the No. 1 team in each ballot would receive 25 points. This system is the same that takes place during the computer process as well.
The Harris Interactive College Football Poll has 115 active voters (2,875 is the maximum points one team can earn), while the USA Today Coaches Poll has 59 voters (1,475 is the maximum points a team can earn).
The computers then comes up with an average percentage by dropping the highest and lowest ranked scores out of the six and divide the rest by 100, which is the highest possible total.
Each percentage of every component is then averaged out and combined for the overall teams ranking in the BCS.
Teams That the BCS Will Love
1. Alabama - The defending national champions not only have the best defense in the country for the second year in a row, but have won every game by at least 19 points.
2. Oregon - Oregon always gets love for the BCS, as it has reached three consecutive BCS bowls. With the way the Ducks have looked unstoppable in the first half of the year, we could see Chip Kelly and company in a national championship for the second time in three years.
3. South Carolina - The Gamecocks have a chance to do some serious damage in the next couple of weeks, with teams such as LSU and Florida on the schedule. Already with a win over Georgia in its pocket, South Carolina is peaking at the right time.
Teams That Could Get Screwed
1. Ohio State - The Buckeyes are currently ranked inside the Top 10 of the AP Poll and are looking like the best team in the Big Ten. But with the postseason ban in 2012, Ohio State will not be ranked in the BCS Rankings and will spend the rest of the year playing for pride.
2. Florida State - A team that had so much promise to begin the season let the ball drop again this year. Losing to North Carolina State will really hurt this clubs chance of reaching the big game, as the only ranked team the Seminoles have left on the schedule is Florida.
3. Georgia - The Bulldogs looked so bad against South Carolina last weekend that the voters will simply not forget it. But what makes things even worse for Georgia is the fact that there are many SEC teams ahead of them in the current polls and the weak schedule also doesn't help matters.