BCS Rankings: Teams That Will Plummet After Poor Week 8 Showing

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 21, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 20:  Quarterback Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws the ball against the Florida Gators  at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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South Carolina and West Virginia are going to continue the free fall they began last week. Both schools suffered a second-straight loss, and both looked completely inept this week. 

At least they will still be in the BCS rankings for Week 9 when they are released. The same cannot be said for our third team: Iowa State. 

Check it all out below. 

No. 7 South Carolina 

Week 8 Result: Florida 44, South Carolina 11

How far away the national title aspirations buzzing around the Gamecocks just two weeks ago feel now.

After getting dominated in the late stages of a loss to LSU last week, South Carolina came out and was dominated in "The Swamp." Any hope Steve Spurrier had of winning this one were quickly eliminated. 

Florida scored their first touchdown less than a minute into the game and they took a 21-6 lead into halftime. 

South Carolina's lack of a legitimate passing game has been completely exposed, and while this flawed team won't get hit two badly in the computers given the strength of their opponent, voters will be able to see how completely outclassed this team was. 

Expected Week 9 Rank: 14

No. 13 West Virginia 

Week 8 Result: Kansas State 55, West Virginia 14

At no point this season was there any misconception about West Virginia's defense being good, but I doubt few realized it was this bad. 

This defense was an embarrassment on Saturday. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was completing passes like there was no defense on the field. He went 19-for-21 for 323 yards and three touchdowns, and he added another 50 yards and four touchdowns rushing. None of it looked particularly challenging.

Just as damning for West Virginia though was the fact that, for the second-straight week, Geno Smith and the offense was held to just 14 points.

If this offense is not elite, this team has no chance.

Expected Week 9 Rank: 21

No. 24 Iowa State

Week 8 Result: Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10

Iowa State lost to an unranked team by 21. They are in for a long fall. Well, the good news is that, since they were No. 24, they can't fall that far, but rest assured if the rankings went to 50, this team would be found somewhere in the 40s.

Iowa State came in off two solid performances with a nice win over TCU and a six-point loss to Kansas State, but the fact, which is now apparent, is that those performances were over achievements.

This team was largely being carried by its defense, but as Oklahoma State and their 625 yards of offense on Saturday will tell, that defense is not elite.

This Iowa State team will be bounced from the BCS standings and they won't be back again this year. 

Expected Week 9 Rank: Unranked

Week 8 BCS Rankings



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


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