BCS Standings 2012: Underrated Offenses That Will Keep Teams in Contention

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

AMES, IA- OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats waves to fans in the crowd after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones 27-21 on October 13, 2012 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.   (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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The initial BCS rankings are going to change many times before the season ends, leaving some teams in the dust while others ascend through the standings.

Second-half schedules, elite defenses and powerful offenses will all play a role in a team's path from here, with a little luck thrown in there as well.

For now, let's focus on a few underrated offenses. Being able to score points at will will allow a few teams to stay afloat in tight conference races and in the national picture.

Before we get to those teams, here's a look at the BCS standings in its entirety.


Week 8 BCS Standings

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


Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats aren't going to air it out repeatedly like many of their Big 12 counterparts, but they still score points.

Collin Klein is among the nation's most overlooked players. Style points won't ever be high on his list, instead opting for grit, determination and a devastating pair of feet.

Kansas State heads into its matchup versus West Virginia on Saturday as the game's second-best offense, but don't sleep on them. Klein's 17 total touchdowns combined with John Hubert's eight scores on the ground give the Wildcats more than enough to work with.

Bill Snyder coaches gritty, lunch-pail football. It's not going to be pretty, but his team will outwork you on both sides of the ball.

When you combine that inspired work ethic with Klein's Heisman Trophy-type ability, you have yourself a very dangerous team.


Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia has gotten swallowed up among teams like Alabama, LSU, Florida and South Carolina lately, but Mark Richt's squad isn't going anywhere. With only one ranked team (Florida) remaining on its schedule, Georgia has a shot to run the table from here.

An explosive ground game is a big reason for that. Anytime you have two true freshman running backs who can carry the ball like Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, you're in business. So far, the duo has combined for 1,040 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Add in an experienced quarterback in Aaron Murray, and this offense is ready to go. Murray lacks a dynamic target on the outside, but he's got the ground game to lean on instead.

The Bulldogs are efficient, well-coached and capable of gouging your front seven better than any team in the nation.

If they can get by the Gators, which is a home game, this team is far from out of the SEC East rat race.

Florida State Seminoles

Florida State's schedule is nothing short of embarrassing. However, if you want to talk pure physical talent, the Seminoles are second to none.

Everyone likes to talk about Florida State's defense. Laden with NFL prospects, it's an easy unit to talk about. But don't sleep on the 'Noles attack either.

E.J. Manuel is one of the nation's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, and he has a stable of weapons around him. Chris Thompson and James Wilder Jr. are a thunder-and-lightning duo, combining for 960 yard and 11 touchdowns so far this year.

At receiver, a plethora of athletes—namely Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin and Rodney Smith—make his job much easier.

The Seminoles will get one more chance to prove their worth this season against the Florida Gators in their final game. If they can score a big win there, depending on how other dominoes fall, don't rule this team out of BCS conversations.


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