BCS Standings 2012: Biggest Winners & Losers from Week 9 Rankings

Ethan GrantAnalyst IOctober 21, 2012

No change at the top in the BCS rankings, as No. 1 Alabama still holds a commanding lead at the top of the list. Behind the Crimson Tide, though, there are several notable changes in the second week of BCS standings.

From an undefeated Kansas State squad to the suddenly reeling South Carolina Gamecocks, there is plenty of turmoil across college football that needs to be addressed.

Here are the biggest winners and losers from this week's rankings, including a look at all 25 teams vying for that No. 1 BCS spot.



Kansas State

Leapfrogging the Oregon Ducks after an impressive dismantling of West Virginia in Morgantown, the Wildcats now control their own fate. The only roadblock left is No. 14 Texas Tech, who gets the challenge of slowing down quarterback Collin Klein this weekend. 

For now, Kansas State gets a major confidence boost from the computers, and is now poised to take care of business during the rest of its conference slate. Klein and this offense have been very impressive, and the defense for coach Bill Snyder has been getting it done, too, picking off Heisman favorite Geno Smith twice this weekend.



The home loss to the Wildcats is a major blemish on their record, as the Sooners would likely be sitting at No. 3 if not for that loss.

But with No. 5 Notre Dame getting ready to come to Norman, the Sooners have an opportunity to climb in the standings and put themselves in a position to contend for a national championship.

They will need help from Kansas State and some key losses in both the SEC and Pac-12, but the Sooners are still a dark-horse candidate to make the title game. If you told Bob Stoops he would be sitting at No. 8 after the K-State loss, I will guarantee you that he would be smiling.

On the inside, at least. 



South Carolina

An embarrassing loss to Florida drops them all the way to No. 13 behind ACC favorite Florida State. Despite having two losses, it's a shame for this team to fall out of favor with the computers.

After losing to LSU in a close game, they completely fell off the wagon against Florida. Not a good week for Steve Spurrier's group, and South Carolina will need a lot of help to have any shot at a BCS at-large bid.


Texas Tech

Oddly, the Red Raiders find themselves in the same position they did during the infamous "three-way tie" season of 2009.

Should they beat No. 3 Kansas State on Saturday, you could make the claim that they should be the best team in the Big 12, and the rankings would reflect that. However, in similar fashion to 2009, the Red Raiders were blown out against the Sooners at home three weeks ago, handing them the only blemish on their resume so far.

Should OU beat Notre Dame, though, they will be in a similar position with the BCS rankings as they were in 2009, the only difference being that Kansas State replaces Texas in this scenario. You can't project Texas Tech as a better team than Oklahoma, even though the win against Kansas State would be possibly the biggest upset of this season so far.


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1. Alabama

2. Florida

3. Kansas State

4. Oregon

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Oregon State

8. Oklahoma

9. USC

10. Georgia

11. Mississippi State

12. Florida State

13. South Carolina

14. Texas Tech

15. Rutgers

16. Louisville

17. Stanford

18. Clemson

19. West Virginia

20. Texas A&M

21. Boise State

22. Michigan

23. Texas

24. Ohio

25. Wisconsin