BCS Rankings 2012: Teams That Don't Deserve Their Spot After Week 8

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With another wild week of college football in the books and another BCS rankings reveal out of the way, it’s time to determine which teams don’t deserve their spot after Week 8 of the 2012 season.

As great as many of the teams in the Top 25 are, there are many overrated programs that are just included in the BCS standings because of the clout their university carries.

That’s what you get when you leave a computer in charge.

The BCS computer may be buying into the merit of the following programs, but none deserve to be ranked as high as they are or even ranked at all. While we can’t change the rankings, we can still voice our distaste for the blatant favoritism.


No. 22 Michigan Wolverines

While there is no doubt that the Michigan faithful will be out in force to protect their team, the Wolverines don’t deserve their No. 22 ranking and do not belong in the BCS Top 25 at all.

The only two teams that Michigan squared off against in 2012 with any real merit beat them (Alabama and Notre Dame), and its schedule looks easier by the week. While the loss to the Fighting Irish wasn’t a blowout, the fact that the team has yet to beat any school in BCS contention proves the Wolverines got into the Top 25 on name alone.

Looking at the rest of Michigan's schedule, there is a good chance that the team has two losses added to its record after likely falling to Nebraska in Week 9 and Ohio State in the last game of the season.


No. 23 Texas Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns started the season on the right track, but it was just a matter of time before they ran into real competition and were exposed.

Two huge losses later, and the Longhorns are overexposed and overrated.

Even at No. 23 in BCS Top 25, there are many smaller schools with better records that deserve to be placed higher in the standings than Texas. Too bad it feels like the BCS computer uses school income as a determining factor in making its Top 25.

Texas has only played two ranked teams all season and was embarrassed by both. Not only did Oklahoma’s 63-21 beating ruin any pride or confidence the Longhorns had, their tight loss to West Virginia is nothing now that the Mountaineers have been exposed as well.

Texas should be outside the BCS Top 25 looking in.


No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks

There is no team in the nation more overrated than the South Carolina Gamecocks and their less-than-impressive performances against real competition. While the university may have a big win in Georgia, the victory is tainted because of the injuries the Bulldogs were dealing with.

After running through the easy schedule the Gamecocks gave themselves, South Carolina hit the tough patch of its season and has fallen flat on its face. With two straight losses to Top 25 teams, Steve Spurrier and the boys have been exposed as BCS frauds.

Add the two losses to the fact that their schedule is ridiculously easy besides the mandatory SEC competition, and South Carolina deserves to be ranked No. 18 at best. The fact that the school sits at No. 13 is just a microcosm of why the BCS has become a complete joke.


 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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