The Impact College Football's Week 7 Will Have on First BCS Standings of 2012
The big upsets from Week 7 will have a ripple effect in the upcoming Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls when they are released Sunday.
Those shockwaves will also be felt when the first BCS standings are released Sunday night.
Here is how last week's results will affect the first BCS standings.
West Virginia Will Start Outside of the Top 10
Coming into Week 7, West Virginia looked like a lock to be in the top five. They also appeared to be the favorite to come out of the Big 12 to challenge for the BCS title.
However, after WVU's shocking blowout loss at Texas Tech, 49-14, it looks as if the Mountaineers will fall outside of the top 10 when the first rankings come out.
WVU quarterback Geno Smith is still the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but this Mountaineers team took a huge step back in being the favorite to win their conference.
There is still a game against conference leader Kansas State in Morgantown, W.Va., but after Saturday's loss, this team looks less like a BCS contender and more like a good 10-2 team.
Alabama and Oregon Will Start as No. 1 and No. 2
Alabama—the defending BCS champion—continued its defense of its national championship with another blowout victory last week over Missouri, 42-10. The win padded its already-thick resume as to why the Crimson Tide will be No. 1 when the new standings come out.
Oregon—the 2010 loser in the BCS championship game—was off last week. However, because of South Carolina's loss to LSU, the Ducks will have no real threat to being knocked out of the second spot in the new standings.
The big question after the first standings are released will be: Will Alabama vs. Oregon be the 2013 BCS title game?
USC Will Start Barley in the Top 10 but Be a Threat to the BCS Title Game
The USC Trojans have one of the more talented teams in the country. They have a great quarterback in Matt Barkley, stud wide receivers in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods and a solid running game led by Silas Redd.
However, because of its loss to Stanford, the Trojans will start either at No. 9 or No. 8 when the first standings come out.
But despite the ranking, USC will still be a huge favorite to shoot up the polls and play for the BCS title. They still have games against quality opponents like Oregon, Arizona and UCLA, plus a huge game against Notre Dame to end its season.
If the Trojans can win out, plus defeat Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game, then you'll be seeing USC in the Superdome come January.
Notre Dame Will Open in the Top 5
Is Notre Dame back to being a team that can challenge for the BCS title? In one word, maybe.
The Fighting Irish have had impressive victories this year over Michigan, Michigan State and Stanford. However, this team still has one giant flaw that will hold it back from finishing its season at a perfect 12-0.
The offense stinks.
In the national rankings, the Notre Dame passing game ranks 86th and the rushing game ranks 47th. The Irish rank 69th in overall scoring, averaging 27.3 points per game, but that number is helped by beating up bad defenses like Navy and Miami.
However, for now, the Irish have been led by a great defense to a perfect record and a start in the top five of the first BCS standings.
The Big East Will Have 3 Teams in the Top 20
When the 2012 season started, the Big East had one team in either the AP or coaches' polls: Louisville, at No. 25 in the AP.
And in my opinion, that spot in the AP poll was more of a gift to save embarrassment to the conference.
But after seven weeks off football, the Big East has produced three quality teams that will start in the top 20 of the first standings: Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. Each of these schools has quality non-conference wins over ACC and SEC teams and have perfect records.
Say what you will about this conference, but its three teams are more than some other BCS conferences can claim to have in the first standings.
The Big Ten Will Have Zero Teams in the Top 20
And one of those conferences I was alluding to is the Big Ten.
This year, the Big Ten has been simply awful. Because Ohio State is dealing with NCAA sanctions against the football program, the conference will have zero teams in the top 20 of the first BCS standings.
That means they have no shot at contending for a BCS title this year.
The only team that the conference will see listed in the first standings will be Michigan. However, the Wolverines will limp their way into the standings somewhere between No. 22 and No. 24.
Florida Will Be Outside of the Top 3
For as much good as Florida has done this year, the Gators will be overlooked in the first BCS standings. They will still start out in great position at No. 4 in the first standings and have a tremendous shot at playing for the BCS title.
However, they beat up on Vanderbilt last week, which will not impress the voters in the polls and the computers that make up the BCS standings.
They will be the first team to say they got robbed in the new BCS standings.
LSU Will Be in the Top 3
Which moves into my next point: LSU's huge victory over then-No. 3 South Carolina at home will move the Tigers back up the polls and land them into the top three in the first BCS standings.
The Tigers will move past teams like Notre Dame, Kansas State and Florida because of how high the Gamecocks were when they were defeated by LSU.
Plus, the Tigers have a quality win over Washington and lost to Florida when the Gators were ranked at No. 10.
The Gators fans will not like it, but because of LSU's home victory during Week 7, it will move the Tigers back into BCS title contention.
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