NCAA Football Rankings 2012: BCS Predictions for Oregon, LSU and Other Top Teams

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers and his team celebrate their 12-10 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Oregon, LSU and Kansas State are three teams whose rankings in the new BCS standings will create much debate and discussion over the next week.

All three teams are national title contenders, and each deserves a high ranking when the new BCS standings are unveiled Sunday evening.

Let's look at some predictions for a few top teams before the second BCS standings of the season are announced.


Oregon Ducks (7-0)

Chip Kelly's Oregon team was ranked third in the initial BCS standings last week and will not climb any further up the standings with Alabama and Florida maintaining their unbeaten records in a difficult SEC.

The Ducks haven't played any elite teams yet, but their schedule is about to get a lot tougher in the next few weeks.

Oregon's final four games are against USC, California, Stanford and Oregon State. None of these teams are "elite," but these are four tough matchups that will tell us a lot about the strength of this Ducks team.

Unfortunately for Oregon, they won't climb any higher in the BCS until Florida or Alabama loses, which may not happen until December if both of these SEC powerhouses meet in the conference title game.

Even then, a one-loss Florida or Alabama team would still have a better resume than an undefeated Ducks squad.

New BCS Standings Prediction: Drop to No. 4


Kansas State (7-0)

The Wildcats already have impressive wins against Oklahoma and West Virginia and should feel like they deserve to leapfrog Oregon in the BCS standings.

Kansas State has more quality wins than Oregon and has played a more challenging out-of-conference schedule that includes a dominating victory over Miami (FL).

The Wildcats are a balanced team that is ranked 10th in points scored and 14th in points against.

It's going to be hard for Kansas State to move up to first or second in the BCS standings, but after Saturday's 55-14 victory over the Mountaineers, the Wildcats deserve to move ahead of Oregon in the new rankings.

New BCS Standings Prediction: Move up to No. 3


LSU (7-1)

Another victory against a ranked team on Saturday has strengthened LSU's resume, but its clash against No. 1 Alabama next week will ultimately determine if Les Miles' team is going to be a national title contender for the rest of the season.

Following an easy early-season schedule, the Tigers are now in the midst of five straight games against currently ranked teams. Thus far, LSU is 2-1 in these games, with wins against South Carolina and Texas A&M in addition to a defeat against Florida.

LSU does have a strong case to climb up to fifth place over Notre Dame in the new BCS standings. The Fighting Irish's best wins are against Stanford, Michigan and Michigan State. None of these teams are elite squads.

The Tigers' have a slightly better resume than Notre Dame at the moment, but that could change dramatically next week when LSU hosts Alabama and the Fighting Irish travel to Oklahoma.

New BCS Standings Prediction: Move up to No. 5


Nicholas Goss' BCS Predictions for Sunday, October 21

1) Alabama
2) Florida
3) Kansas State
4) Oregon
5) LSU
6) Notre Dame
7) Oklahoma
8) Oregon State
9) USC
10) Georgia
11) Clemson
12) Mississippi State
13) Florida State
14) Louisville
15) Texas Tech
16) Rutgers
17) South Carolina
18) West Virginia
19) Cincinnati
20) Boise State
21) Texas
22) Stanford
23) TCU
24) Michigan
25) Ohio