BCS Standings: Teams That Will Enter Week 10 Rankings with Big Wins
As Week 10 of the college football season promises to give us marquee matchups inside the Top 10, the rest of the BCS standings also promise to give us something to debate about, specifically towards the bottom of the list.
Teams like West Virginia and Wisconsin are puzzling members of the 25-team group, so it's not out of the question to think some of the fringe teams in the country are waiting to pounce with big wins of their own.
There will be turmoil at the top of the standings. Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia and Mississippi State are all in action, against each other at that. Barring 50-point blowouts, all of those teams will still be ranked at the end of the weekend.
It's the bottom feeders like Texas, Ohio and Louisiana Tech that should be worried, as these three teams are coming for spots in college football's most elusive poll.
The Horned Frogs have found their QB of the future in Trevone Boykin, who has almost already equaled the output of former starter Casey Pachall.
A bad loss to Iowa State looms on their former schedule, but they had a chance to beat Texas Tech before the Seth Doege show took over.
This weekend's matchup against a depleted Oklahoma State team favors the Horned Frogs, who've really hit their stride on offense. If they can post a big win in Stillwater and have some help at the bottom of the BCS standings, they'll be back in the Top 25 mix on Sunday evening.
North Carolina State
The Wolfpack boast a big win over Florida State on their schedule. They also boast losses to Tennessee and Miami, unranked teams who've fallen out of favor with voters due to bad conference records.
However, as Florida State keeps winning, North Carolina State has a chance to piggy-back off the Seminoles' success.
Playing on the road against in-state rival North Carolina, the Wolfpack can make a huge statement with a win. Like TCU, they'll need help to enter the BCS rankings, but with a 6-2 mark and a signature win against Florida State on their resume, it's not out of the realm of possibilities to suggest this team has a shot at the ACC conference championship.
If they can beat No. 18 Clemson in two weeks, then things will really heat up.
After reeling the first two weeks of the season against Ohio and Virginia, Penn State has responded by ripping off five straight wins.
It appears Bill O'Brien has exorcised at least a few of the demons surrounding the football program, and as the old saying goes, winning cures all.
Which team has the best shot at a BCS Top 25 Ranking in Week 10?
A contest against Ohio State, who will reportedly have Heisman candidate Braxton Miller available after he suffered a head injury against Purdue in Week 8, awaits the Nittany Lions.
Although Penn State is undefeated, it hasn't had a true test against a team on the verge of cracking the BCS standings. It isn't far-fetched to think the Nittany Lions can capitalize on Ohio State's ill-fortune, and steal a win against a team struggling to stay motivated without a postseason berth in its line of vision.
For a complete list of the BCS rankings, numbers and computer values click here. Here's the Top 25 in the BCS standings heading into Week 10.
WEEK 9 BCS STANDINGS
3. Kansas State
5. Notre Dame
7. Oregon State
11. Mississippi State
12. Florida State
13. South Carolina
14. Texas Tech
19. West Virginia
20. Texas A&M
21. Boise State
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a member of the Breaking News Team.
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