BCS Poll 2012: Biggest Surprises in First Standings

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 13:  Solomon Patton #83 and Andre Debose #4 of the Florida Gators celebrate a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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All the analysis and predictions about what we might expect when the BCS standings came out has given way to all the talk about what it all means. Specifically, we get caught up in the surprises that get everyone talking. 

Given the volatile nature of the BCS, you are never going to have standings released that don't cause some controversy and shock with a fanbase. Frankly, things would be boring if that was how this system worked. 

Therefore, as we move toward the most difficult part of the schedule for a lot of teams, here is our take on the first BCS standings released on Sunday night. 


No. 2 Florida Gators

After a few down years, the Gators appear to be back where they were during the Urban Meyer-Tim Tebow era. Obviously, this team doesn't have the hardware those teams did, but they are building toward that level. 

This particular iteration of the Gators strikes me as a better version of what we expect LSU to be. They don't have a dynamic passing game, but Jeff Driskel does enough, the running game is spectacular and that defense is ferocious and intense. 

Even though the Gators are ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Poll, I expected them to be closer to No. 4 or No. 5 in these standings. That said, I have no argument against them being here. A very pleasant surprise for a great team. 


No. 7 South Carolina

Another SEC team, South Carolina struck me as the one really good team in that conference that was going to suffer after losing on Saturday at LSU. 

There is nothing wrong with losing to LSU—the Tigers still boast one of the best defenses in the country, even if their offense can't do anything to support that unit—but the fact that it just happened could have left a bad taste in the BCS' mouth. 

Instead, the Gamecocks get bumped right behind LSU in the standings and remain firmly in BCS title contention. They do have a dominating signature win over Georgia last week on their resume, which undoubtedly helped maintain their lofty status. 


No. 13 West Virginia

Is it just me, or do the BCS computers really want West Virginia to be better than it really is?

Granted, basing your whole argument against a team based on one game is not fair and ignores all the other good things they have done, but what has West Virginia really done to warrant a Top-15 ranking right now?

Geno Smith might be the best quarterback in the country. Other than that, what have the Mountaineers done? They beat Baylor and Texas by 10 points while giving up 108 points in those two games combined. 

They look exactly like those Oklahoma State teams who are capable of putting up 70 points in a given week, but who are also ready to allow 70 points to a mediocre team that same week. That is not the mark of one of the best teams in the country. 


 1. Alabama
 2. Florida
 3. Oregon
 4. Kansas State
 5. Notre Dame
 6. LSU
 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