SEC Football: Where to Expect Top Teams to Land in First BCS Rankings

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 13, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Bennie Logan #18 of the LSU Tigers forces Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators to fumble during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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On Sunday night, the BCS will release its first set of rankings for the 2012 college football season, and as usual, fans of every powerhouse school beside the top-ranked team will complain about how unfair and unjust the BCS ranking system is. 

That being said, fans of the SEC have to be feeling confident about the conference's chances at having seven teams included in the first set of rankings. 

A lot can change between tomorrow night and the final set of rankings, but as The Washington Post pointed out, it's a reasonably accurate way of gauging which teams will be among the nation's best at season's end. 

"Since the BCS was implemented in 1998, only twice has neither of the teams ranked first or second in the initial standings reached the national title game."

Here's an early look at where the SEC's top teams will find themselves when the first set of BCS rankings are released tomorrow night.  



Given that the Crimson Tide are undefeated and have a stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in the AP and USA Today Polls, Alabama will almost undoubtedly be occupying the top spot in the first BCS rankings.

The Tide have rolled over the competition all season, and unless something extremely unexpected happens, they seem like a safe bet to be playing for another national championship title.  


South Carolina

The Gamecocks, ranked No. 3 in both the AP and USA Today Polls, are in prime position to seize one of the top three spots in the first BCS rankings. 

Undefeated through the season's first six games, Steve Spurrier's boys could potentially bump Oregon down from No. 2, but it appears more than likely that they'll be in the third spot when the rankings are released.  



Heading into their game against Vanderbilt, the Gators are undefeated, and they look to have an inside track for a top-5 spot in the first set of BCS rankings. 

Ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll, and No. 6 in the USA Today Poll, Florida made a statement by taking down LSU last weekend. 

They may be just outside the top-5 in the first set of rankings, but if the Gators keep winning, they'll be in contention for a spot in the BCS National Championship by the end of the year. 


Currently 14th in the AP Poll and 12th in the USA Today Poll, Georgia will be just outside the top-10 in the first set of rankings. 

Their loss to South Carolina will hurt, but the Bulldogs will have an opportunity to make up for it when they play the undefeated Florida Gators next weekend.  



As a top-10 team in both the AP and USA Today Polls, despite getting upset by Florida, the Tigers stand a good chance at staying in the top-10 in the first BCS rankings. 

However, if the Tigers fall to South Carolina on Saturday night, they'll be lucky to remain in the top-20, as there's currently only one team in the top-25 with two losses.  


Mississippi State

Going into their Saturday night game against Tennessee, the undefeated Bulldogs are in a good position to get a top-20 spot in the first BCS rankings. 

They'll have the opportunity to move up when they take on LSU and Alabama later in the season, but for now, they seem like a lock to be somewhere around No. 20.  


Texas A&M

After dropping their season opener to then-No. 23 Florida, the Aggies' chances at getting a spot in the top-20 took a big hit, but at No. 22 in the AP Poll, they'll likely still be a top-25 team in the first BCS rankings.

Like Mississippi State, the Aggies do have games against LSU and Alabama later in the year, so they'll have multiple opportunities to improve upon their initial ranking.