BCS Rankings: Teams Who Deserved Higher Placement in Latest Standings

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 22, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With many big wins and upset losses this weekend, there was no shortage of teams who fell too far in the newest BCS polls and deserved a higher spot in the rankings.

Each conference boasted a big game, and the balance of power was certainly shifted in each and every conference. That translated to the national rankings as things have shaken up tremendously. 

The full standings can be found here (via ESPN), and at the bottom of the page.

While teams like Florida, Kansas State and Notre Dame had statement wins, other teams weren't so fortunate and the computers punished them. There were even a few teams that were passed over even after notching big wins.

Let's take a look at the teams who fell too far in the rankings and deserve a much higher spot, despite suffering big losses in some cases.


South Carolina Gamecocks

The South Carolina Gamecocks, led by legendary head coach and former Florida great Steve Spurrier, were trounced by the SEC East rival Gators on the road this weekend. But when you look more closely at the game, it isn't apparent that they deserved to fall as harshly as they did.

The Gamecocks fell to No. 13 this week after going into the weekend at No. 7.

Losing two straight games will never be easy on your national ranking, but the quality of opponents they played should give them some credit. They lost to a very balanced LSU team last week before the odd game against Florida on Saturday.

Two of Florida's first-half touchdowns were on drives of three yards or less, which outlines that the Gators took advantage of South Carolina's costly turnovers. The Gamecocks actually out-gained the Gators in total yards, but to no avail as they couldn't get scoring drives going.

Regardless, South Carolina hung with a top five team and was far from whooped up on in The Swamp. Just because they lost two straight games doesn't indicate that they deserve such a harsh drop in the rankings, as an attention to detail is important when grading the Gamecocks.


Oregon Ducks

Oregon had another impressive performance Saturday by toppling Arizona State in what was one of their strongest wins of the season, but the BCS rankings didn't do them any favors by dropping them under Kansas State in this week's rankings.

The Ducks fell from No. 3 to No. 4 as the Wildcats jumped the Pac-12's giant.

Kansas State has their Heisman contender in Collin Klein and a very balanced team, but it's surprising that they were preferred over Oregon, who has been penciled into the BCS National Championship Game since the season began.

It was surprising enough that the first BCS rankings of the year featured the Florida Gators at No. 2, and the computers have done Oregon wrong yet again this week. The meat of their schedule is at the end of the year, and it seems that the computers are noticing that and acting on it.


West Virginia Mountaineers

No one is doubting the horrifying performances that the West Virginia offense has shown the past two games, but there's no way they deserved the fall from grace that they experienced in the latest poll.

After being No. 13 in Week 8's BCS standings, the Mountaineers have fallen to No. 19 in this week's rankings.

Geno Smith has been downright horrible in recent weeks, but we've seen his capabilities and we'd be foolish to assume that he can't get back to his old ways. The defense hasn't shown us much either, but we do know that Smith's electrifying play is enough to negate that disadvantage.

Though the Mountaineers deserve a decent fall from grace, it's too extreme. 


BCS Week 9 Top 25 Rankings (according to ESPN)

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


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