BCS Rankings: How Saturday's Games Will Impact Standings

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BCS Rankings: How Saturday's Games Will Impact Standings
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The Wildcats are making a push to secure a national title trip.

Several of the top teams in college football will have opportunities to secure their place in the BCS rankings this weekend. Four of the Top 5 teams play against highly-ranked opponents which could lead to some big movements in the rankings.

The final BCS standings are beginning to take shape and it appears that a quality undefeated team could be left out of championship game.

Here is a look at the top BCS teams and their weekend matchups.

 

Top 10 Schedule

No. 9 USC at Arizona

Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: ABC or ESPN2 (coverage map) streaming live on Watch ESPN

Spread: USC -6.5 (odds via OddsShark)


No. 7 Oregon State at Washington

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:15 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Network

Spread: Oregon State -3


No. 6 LSU - Bye

 

Top 5

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No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma

Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

Spread: Oklahoma -10

The Fighting Irish have narrowly escaped in close games the prior two weeks.

The team with seven home games is making a rare appearance on hostile ground on Saturday. If they forget to bring along their renowned luck this game could get ugly.

This game will be a big test for Notre Dame and a win would pose a real threat on the national title picture.

Prediction: Oklahoma 24, Notre Dame 20 

 

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Oregon will try to leap back into the top 3 and in position to play for the national title.

Colorado at No. 4 Oregon

WhereAutzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:00 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Network

Spread: Oregon -45.5

Oregon could slide another spot this week even with a win. They took a commanding 43-0 lead over a decent 5-1 team last week with 11:33 left to play...in the first half.

They called off the dogs and cruised to a 43-21 win.

But Kansas State beat a defensive-deficient West Virginia and moved into the third spot.

Oregon has their easiest game of the year on Saturday. They may feel the need to shoot for the century mark to protect their ranking from Notre Dame.

Prediction: Oregon 68, Colorado 3

 

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No. 14 Texas Tech at No. 3 Kansas State

Where: Bill Snyder Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m ET

TV: FOX

Spread: Kansas State -7

This is a game the Red Raiders could win at home. But life in Manhattan, Kansas is difficult for visiting teams. 

The Wildcats will be ready for this game, though. A win here will pave the way for an undefeated season and a possible trip to play for the national title. The two teams above them will have to face each other if they remain unbeaten.

Prediction: Kansas State 34, Texas Tech 24

 

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Can Georgia pull the upset?

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia

WhereEverbank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Spread: Florida -7

A win on Saturday guarantees the Gators a trip to the SEC Championship Game. Georgia would also clinch a spot in the title game if they win out.

Florida has responded well to their sophomore quarterback and a new offensive coordinator. They will look to their ground game to control the action on a neutral field and maintain their No. 2 ranking.

Prediction: Florida 35, Georgia 24

 

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No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN and streaming live on Watch ESPN

Spread: Alabama -24.5

Alabama just needs to win to keep their place atop the BCS standings. They'll do that and more as they cover the 24-point spread against a very good Mississippi State team.

What this game will show is there is a very big difference between very good and the top elite teams.

Prediction: Alabama 40, Mississippi State 13

 

Florida won't close the gap with Alabama this weekend but it won't matter. These two teams seemed destined for an SEC Championship Game showdown and a trip to the Discover BCS National Championship will likely await the winner.

Oregon State may crack the Top 5 on Sunday. It would take some work to move past the idle Tigers, but a loss by Notre Dame could allow the move to happen.

 

2012 BCS Standings

RK

TEAM

AVG

PVS

1

Alabama

.9625

1

2

Florida

.9310

2

3

Kansas State

.9111

4

4

Oregon

.8966

3

5

Notre Dame

.8512

5

6

LSU

.7862

6

7

Oregon State

.7421

8

8

Oklahoma

.7126

9

9

USC

.5767

10

10

Georgia

.5379

11

11

Mississippi State

.5265

12

12

Florida State

.4925

14

13

South Carolina

.4797

7

14

Texas Tech

.4736

17

15

Rutgers

.4703

15

16

Louisville

.4196

16

17

Stanford

.3850

20

18

Clemson

.3692

19

19

West Virginia

.2178

13

20

Texas A&M

.2123

18

21

Boise State

.2070

22

22

Michigan

.1898

NR

23

Texas

.1221

25

24

Ohio

.1171

NR

25

Wisconsin

.0593

NR

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.

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