BCS Standings 2012: Teams Heading for Drop in Rankings on Saturday

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Without fail, the BCS rankings ruffle the feathers of college football fanbases across the country.

The first batch of rankings for this season were released on Sunday, prompting critics to lash out in all directions regarding their team's fortunate, or unfortunate, placement among the nation's best.

Don't worry. These rankings are going to change before the season's over, beginning with Week 8 on Saturday.

Many teams will hold their spots, but others won't be so lucky.

Let's take a look at three teams heading for disappointing falls in the BCS standings, but first let's look at the rankings in their entirety.


Week 8 BCS Rankings

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 Oregon
4 Kansas State
5 Notre Dame
7 South Carolina
8 Oregon State
9 Oklahoma
10 USC
11 Georgia
12 Mississippi State
13 West Virginia
14 Florida State
15 Rutgers
16 Louisville
17 Texas Tech
18 Texas A&M
19 Clemson
20 Stanford
21 Cincinnati
22 Boise State
23 TCU
24 Iowa State
25 Texas

No. 6 LSU Tigers

The Tigers' Week 8 matchup versus Texas A&M has trap game written all over it. Not only is LSU coming off an emotional win over South Carolina on Saturday, but Alabama looms immediately after its bye week in Week 9.

Prior to that they must travel to Kyle Field to play the Aggies. Death Valley is one of the nation's toughest venues to play in, but Kyle Field isn't far behind.

If LSU overlooked Johnny Manziel and this Aggies offense, they're going to be in trouble. Manziel is a dynamic presence with his arm or legs, and he's equipped to handle this Tigers defense.

Expect Texas A&M to be revved up for this one. At No. 18, it's looking to make a rankings climb of its own.

When you look at this matchup, LSU seems to be an easy choice based on pedigree alone, but Manziel is special.

I'm going upset special in College Station this weekend.


No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers

Beating West Virginia isn't easy, but the Mountaineers defense isn't stopping anyone anytime soon. That starts with the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Texas Tech in Week 7, West Virginia is reeling. Its terrible defense was exploited, this time resulting in a blemish on its win-loss record.

Kansas State can score as well. Led by quarterback Collin Klein, the Wildcats are the 15th scoring offense in the nation. On top of that, and worse for West Virginia, the team plays defense as well.

Bill Snyder will have his boys ready. Morgantown isn't an easy place to play, but we saw what a disruptive defense can do to Geno Smith.

Klein is underrated. Expect the Wildcats defense to make the difference, forcing West Virginia to make some stop of its own. Stops they won't be able to make.

I'm not sure how West Virginia is rated four spots higher than the Red Raiders, but after this week, it won't be.


No. 2 Florida Gators

Never fear Oregon fans, Florida will spend one week rated ahead of your coveted squad in the BCS standings.

The Gators game versus South Carolina on Saturday is going to be a war, with whichever team can make the most offensive plays coming out on top.

Despite having Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at its back, Florida will go down. The Gamecocks can match Florida's defensive intensity and they have the best offensive player on the field in Marcus Lattimore.

On top of that, this is a must-win for South Carolina. The same could be said for Florida, but a two-loss season eliminates any semblance of hope for Steve Spurrier's team.

Expect Jadeveon Clowney, Devin Taylor and Kelcy Quarles to contain Jeff Driskel's dual-threat ability, neutralizing much of Florida's offense in the process.

This is going to be a fun one, but Florida is heading for a tumble in BCS land.


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