BCS Rankings 2012: Winners and Losers from Week 8 Rankings
After a wild first few weeks of the college football season, the BCS rankings have revealed Alabama to reign supreme, followed by three other SEC schools in the top 10.
Elsewhere, AP No. 2 Oregon is the first team to feel the wrath of the BCS, dropping behind Florida after spending the majority of the last three weeks as the consensus No. 2 team in the nation.
Although it won't matter after the SEC beats up on each other in the last five weeks of play and through the conference championship game, it's still disconcerting that teams like Oregon don't get the benefit of the doubt in these early editions.
Here's a look at the winners and losers of the first BCS poll and the steps we might see as the title contenders are eliminated down the stretch of the regular season.
The Wildcats enter as the No. 4 team in the country, and if you look at both the SEC and Pac-12, you'd have to imagine that Kansas State controls its own destiny the rest of the way.
Its remaining schedule is no joke. West Virginia all of a sudden has nothing to lose after falling to Texas Tech. Road games at TCU and Baylor won't be easy, either, since both will still be middle contenders for bowl games at that point in the season.
But should the Wildcats win out, the lowest they would finish in the rankings is No. 3, which probably won't happen with all the turnover in the Pac-12 still to be had and Alabama always the No. 1 target of SEC attention.
The obvious winners from Sunday's rankings were the undefeated Gators, who replace LSU as Alabama's counterpart toward a second consecutive all-SEC BCS championship (just kidding).
In all seriousness, all roads point to the SEC championship game, should Florida defeat South Carolina in the upcoming week.
The Gators also get upset-minded Georgia and Florida State over the last few weeks of the season, but coming up as the No. 2 team has to make Will Muschamp and his staff ecstatic.
After falling to Big 12 opponents in two out of three possible weeks, Iowa State is somehow still in the Top 25.
Coming in at No. 24, wins over Iowa and TCU apparently have swayed the computers to put QB Jared Barnett and the Cyclones in position to at least make some noise at the bottom of the rankings.
Chip Kelly's group can't catch a break. They'll be the No. 2 team in the nation if they win out, but this has to be another BCS slap in the face to the Ducks.
Apparently, the computers haven't been impressed with the schedule or wins over teams like Arizona, which Oregon handled easily. They'll have chances to change that with Stanford, USC and Oregon State all on the schedule in the next few weeks.
Which team was the biggest surprise in the BCS?
The Tigers' only loss was a 47-39 defeat at the hands of Florida State, in a game that was on the road no less. Although they're ranked 13th in the AP, the Tigers have gone all the way down to 19 in the BCS.
The computers aren't fond of the Seminoles or the Tigers, who both dipped well below their projections and into the loser category.
Their schedule doesn't lend them any favors to get back into the good graces of the voters, but a matchup with South Carolina at the end of the season bodes well for a late-season push as an at-large bid.
It's hard to feel sorry for Louisiana Tech after it lost at home to Texas A&M, but you have to feel like not being in the Top 25 after putting up 50-plus against the Aggies is hard to swallow.
They're still leading the WAC conference, and it won't be any surprise to see them run the table in the conference and sneak back into the Top 25, especially since they sit at No. 31 right now.
Still, the Bulldogs are a two-point conversion away from being the new Boise State, and the new rankings only reinforce that.
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