BCS Rankings: Teams Guaranteed to Drop After Saturday
Last week, both South Carolina and West Virginia suffered losses that sent them tumbling down in the Top 25 rankings. This week of college football may also feature several Top 10 teams taking a drop.
Four of the Top 10 teams in the current BCS rankings are playing other ranked teams. And we'll see No. 7 South Carolina face off against No. 2 Florida, which is guaranteed to shuffle the Top 10.
There's still plenty of Saturday action remaining, but here are four teams that are likely to suffer losses that will shake up the BCS.
No. 18 Texas A&M (vs. 6 LSU)
Texas A&M has been impressive in 2012, especially considering that the Aggies are still adjusting to their first season in the SEC. They are 5-1—2-1 in the conference—and their only loss was against No. 2 Florida.
The Aggies currently trail LSU by only two points, but they are expected to lose for the second time this season.
There's no shame in losing to LSU, but a loss could knock A&M down a slot or two in the rankings.
No. 7 South Carolina (vs. No. 2 Florida)
South Carolina was ranked No. 3 in the nation before suffering a loss to LSU last Saturday. But the team will have a shot at redemption this Saturday against No. 2 Florida.
It will surely be a can't-miss game. However, Florida has been unstoppable this season and will likely come away with a victory, which will sink South Carolina at least a slot or two.
And the fact that South Carolina is missing star running back Marcus Lattimore makes an upset somewhat unlikely.
South Carolina star RB Marcus Lattimore missed practice Wed. (hip), status Sat. vs 2 Florida uncertain. --> es.pn/RHflCx— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2012
Meanwhile, the Gators will gain five starters who were absent from the lineup a week ago due to injuries (according to ESPN via Twitter):
CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 16, 2012
No. 4 Kansas St. (vs. No. 13 West Virginia)
Kansas State has been very impressive this season. The Wildcats were launched into the Top 10 after defeating Oklahoma, but that victory against the Sooners remains their only win against a ranked opponent (Iowa State was unranked when the two teams met).
Now, the Wildcats will face their second real test of the season against West Virginia and Heisman hopeful Geno Smith
West Virginia is coming off a shocking 49-14 loss to Texas Tech that dropped the team out of the Top 10. So the Mountaineers will surely be hungry for a victory.
Smith will look to continue his Heisman-worthy season against Kansas State. He also has a shot at breaking the NCAA record for consecutive attempts without an interception:
WVU Geno Smith 259 attempts this season without an INT. FBS record for consecutive attempts in a season w/o INT? 271 by Trent Dilfer, 1993— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 20, 2012
No. 24 Iowa State (vs. Oklahoma State)
The fourth quarter is underway, and the No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones are trailing unranked Oklahoma State 24-10.
There's still time for Iowa State to put together a comeback, as the team is down by only two scores, but there's still plenty of work to do.
If the Cyclones lose the games, it will likely result in them falling out of the Top 25.
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