Teams That Will Plummet from Their Initial BCS Rankings

Eric EdelmanCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2012

October 13, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Spencer Ware (11) is brought down by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Chaz Sutton (90) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE
Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

Following the seventh week of college football action, the updated BCS standings have been released. Which ranked teams will see a decline in their ranking?


Kansas State Wildcats

K. State has looked solid, but after an unimpressive win against an unranked Iowa State team, Kansas has looked far from perfect. They will face off against West Virginia this week as 2.5-point road dogs in a matchup that could be ripe for a West Virginia victory.

Assuming Kansas State can maintain their composure, they will avert disaster, but it remains to be seen if the Wildcats can hold their ranking.


South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks find themselves ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings after an upset loss to LSU this past weekend. After enduring their first loss of the season, the Gamecocks will look to avoid back-to-back losses as they take on No. 2 Florida Gators as three-point road dogs.

It's do-or-die for a South Carolina team that needs to stave off an untimely decline if they are to have any hope of hanging on to its ranking. 


USC Trojans

The Trojans were one of the big-time favorites to win a title this year, and aside from an upset against Stanford, they have looked solid. With key matchups down the road against third-ranked Oregon in early November, and fifth-ranked Notre Dame in late November, the Trojans need to crush the weaker competition and beat key opponents.

USC isn't exactly in panic mode, but they should certainly be concerned about maintaining a foothold on their current Top 10 ranking.