Predicting What Final Top 5 in 2012 BCS Standings Will Look Like
While there haven’t been many changes up top, we are sure to see a few teams either climb or fall out of the national championship picture with schedules increasing in difficulty and the level of competition rising.
The top five teams in the BCS are all currently undefeated, but that list is certainly going to shrink in the next couple of weeks, when many of those teams will be tested harder than they have been so far.
With only a few games left in the regular season and conference championships taking place soon after, here is how the Top Five in the BCS rankings might look with the rest of the season played out.
Current BCS Ranking: No. 2
Remaining Games: vs. Georgia (neutral site), vs. Missouri, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, vs. Jacksonville State, at Florida State and possible SEC championship game
Florida is looking more and more like the LSU team from a year ago, playing remarkable defense, running the football successfully and boasting one of the best special teams units in the country.
If quarterback Jeff Driskel can become a consistent threat with his arm, I do see the Gators giving Alabama a run for its money in the SEC championship game.
However, look for Florida to lose in the big game and take a slight fall in the poll.
Current BCS Ranking: No. 8
Remaining Games: vs. Notre Dame, at Iowa State, vs. Baylor, at West Virginia, vs. Oklahoma State and at TCU
Is this the point when everybody falls in love with Oklahoma again?
The offense has really turned on the light switch lately, and the Sooners are easily looking like one of the best teams in the country at the moment.
With a team that is capable of playing extremely well on both sides of the ball, there is no reason this squad couldn’t run the table the rest of the way.
With that being said, that still may not be good enough to enter the national championship conversation.
3. Kansas State
Current BCS Ranking: No. 3
Remaining Games: vs. Texas Tech, vs. Oklahoma State, at TCU, at Baylor and vs. Texas
If you weren't a believer in Kansas State before, you should be by now.
Quarterback Collin Klein should be the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, and there is not a game on the remaining schedule that I see the Wildcats losing.
Having already knocked off two of the top teams in the Big 12 on the road, Kansas State should be considered a true title contender.
They may not be one of the flashiest teams in the country, but discipline and a terrific running game can certainly go a long way.
Current BCS Ranking: No. 4
Remaining Games: vs. Colorado, at USC, at California, vs. Stanford, at Oregon State and possible Pac-12 championship game
The Ducks may feel like they are being disrespected at the moment, but everything will straighten itself out as long as they continue to win.
With the inconsistency of the Pac-12, Oregon looks like the best team by far and is more than capable of possibly beating a USC team twice in one season to run the table.
The offense has looked unstoppable in every game so far, and the defense has forced 21 turnovers in just seven games.
This is easily the best overall team Chip Kelly has had in his four years of coaching the Oregon Ducks.
Current BCS Ranking: No. 1
Remaining Games: vs. Mississippi State, at LSU, vs. Texas A&M, vs. Western Carolina, vs. Auburn and possible SEC championship game
Alabama has been the favorite in college football for quite some time now. The team received 59 of the 60 first-place votes in the latest AP poll.
Not only is the defense once again the best college football has to offer, but the offense is making huge strides with the terrific play of quarterback A.J. McCarron and a running game that is averaging over 200 yards per contest.
Until somebody finds a way to knock off the Crimson Tide, it's clear this will remain the team to beat.