BCS Standings 2012: 1-Loss Teams That Will Crack Top 10

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 14, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Ahmad Christian #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks walks off the field after a 23-21 loss against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Sunday night will mark the first official BCS Standings of the 2012 season. Let the race for the top two spots begin.

The Top 10 will be littered with undefeated teams, but there are a few one-loss teams who have legitimate gripes about cracking the list. 

Here are three teams that will crack the Top 10.



LSU's only loss of the season was at Florida, a team I believe should be ranked No. 2 when the BCS Standings come out Sunday night. No shame in that.

Winning road contests against stiff competition in the SEC is no easy task, and losers deserve a little bit of leeway.

LSU is coming off a narrow 23-21 victory vs. South Carolina at home on Saturday. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 3 in the country.

With that victory against a top-tier club and the loss at Florida, LSU has done enough to maintain a Top 10 ranking despite the one blemish. 


South Carolina

Another SEC team that lost on the road, South Carolina shouldn't be punished harshly for losing at LSU, a place where the Tigers are virtually unbeatable in recent years. The Gamecocks lost 23-21 in a hostile atmosphere against a team that lost the week before.

South Carolina has posted one of the better SEC victories of the season against Georgia in a 35-7 drubbing at home. 

Considering who the Gamecocks lost to, how many they lost by and recording one of the best victories of any team this season, South Carolina deserves to stay in the Top 10. 



The Red River Rivalry turned into the Red River beatdown Saturday, as Oklahoma destroyed Texas 63-21. The Sooners were great defensively and offensively en route to blowing out their rival.

Here are two reasons why Oklahoma deserves a Top 25 spot: The Sooners beat Texas Tech on the road by 21 points, and they lost to what will be a Top Five Kansas State team.

Oklahoma's only blemish was a five-point home loss to Kansas State. While it's never great to lose at home, there is a reason Kansas State is undefeated this year—the Wildcats are that good. 

Texas Tech did Oklahoma a favor Saturday as it put a hurting on No.5  West Virginia 49-14 to move to 5-1.

The victory only makes Oklahoma look stronger. Oklahoma dominated the Red Raiders the week prior in that same stadium. The Sooners deserve a Top 10 ranking. 


My predictions for the Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Florida

3. Oregon

4. Kansas State 

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Oklahoma

8. South Carolina

9. Oregon State

10. USC

11. Georgia

12. Clemson

13. Mississippi State

14. Louisville

15. West Virginia

16. Rutgers

17. Texas Tech

18. Cincinnati

19.. Texas A&M

20. Stanford

21. Arizona State

22. TCU

23. Boise State

24. Michigan

25. Iowa State