BCS Rankings: Teams That Helped Themselves the Most in Week 8

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 20:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats directs the offense against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on October 20, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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A few college football teams really kicked their season into gear with a big Week 8 performance.

Saturday was not great for everyone, but a couple of squads will like what they see in the newest polls.

These programs are all looking to reach at least a BCS game, and their chances should be better after this weekend. 


The game was not always pretty, and the offense only managed 183 total yards, but a 44-11 final score over the No. 7 team in the country is quite impressive. 

Florida proved that it has an elite defense that can not only stop opponents from moving the ball, but also force turnovers in key situations.

After the win over South Carolina, the Gators should have even better computer numbers than a week ago. This should secure them as the No. 2 team in the BCS and even give them some leeway in case of a loss.

Kansas State

It has taken some time, but it seems people are finally realizing that Kansas State is really good. The defense is elite, and Collin Klein should now be the favorite to win the Heisman trophy. The quarterback totaled seven touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Geno Smith was held under 200 passing yards for the first time this season and threw his first two interceptions of the year.

This game lost a little luster after the Mountaineers lost the week before, but the Wildcats completely dismantled the No. 13 team in the country on both sides of the football. 

Kansas State has closed the gap behind Oregon and could pass the Ducks for the important No. 2 spot once one of the SEC teams eventually loses. 


The Scarlet Knights are a long shot to be a part of the national title discussion. However, an undefeated record keeps them alive.

Rutgers got out to a bad start and was behind 10-0 at the half, but it took care of business and left with a 35-10 victory.

This team will need Louisville to stay undefeated before the two meet into the final game of the season, as well as plenty of help from around the country. Still, the team has the No. 3 scoring defense in the nation and will continue to turn some heads as the season progresses.

Projected BCS Standings

1. Alabama

2. Florida

3. Oregon

4. Kansas State

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Oregon State

8. Oklahoma

9. USC

10. Georgia

11. Mississippi State

12. Florida State

13. Rutgers

14. Texas Tech

15. Louisville

16. South Carolina

17. Clemson

18. Stanford

19. Texas

20. Texas A&M

21. Michigan

22. West Virginia

23. Ohio

24. Texas

25. Wisconsin


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