2012 NCAA College Football Polls: Week 10 BCS Rankings for Notre Dame or Oregon

Jeremy Eckstein@https://twitter.com/#!/JeremyEckstein1Featured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 27:   Cierre Wood #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs for a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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New week 10 BCS standings will show late-October chaos, with seven of the top 15 teams defeated. The USA Today Coaches poll and the Harris Interactive poll are expected to show surprising effects that could launch Notre Dame past Oregon for the third slot should the Ducks lose several second place votes to Kansas St. and Notre Dame.

Notre Dame’s rise comes with its big victory at Oklahoma, which could very well bolster the Fighting Irish to gain even more points in the human polls. Next, a Notre Dame victory at USC on Thanksgiving weekend could very well clinch a BCS national title shot.

Kansas St. has peaked with its strength of schedule and BCS points and may have to watch this week’s impressive BCS standing slowly evaporate if Oregon and Notre Dame run the table.

Oregon, despite a 70-14 victory beatdown of Colorado, suffered serious blows to its upcoming strength of schedule games. With USC picking up its second loss and Oregon St. losing at Washington, the Ducks will not have the strong lineup of opponents that was previously expected to satisfy the BCS computers. The Pac-12 took a blow.

The following calculations are first-take projections of the polls and BCS rankings. Stay tuned for Sunday’s BCS show on ESPN at 8:30 PM ET.

BCS Ranking/Team       Coaches Poll         Harris Poll          Computers

1.  Alabama         .9759            1.000                  .9976                   .9300                             

2.  Kansas St.       .9367            .9261                  .9238                   .9600

3.  Notre Dame    .9114            .8861                  .8880                   .9600

4.   Oregon            .9103            .9431                  .9478                   .8400

5.  LSU                   .8109            .8278                  .8250                   .7800

6.  Georgia           .7815            .7851                  .7993                   .7600

7.  Florida            .7246            .7200                  .7339                   .7200

8.  S. Carolina      .6455            .6597                  .6967                   .5800

9.  Louisville        .5393            .5831                  .6647                   .3700

10. Florida St.      .5298            .6766                 .6727                   .2400  

11. Oklahoma      .5271            .5356                 .5857                   .4600

12. Oregon St.      .4942            .4922                 .5005                   .4900

13. Stanford         .4909            .4346                 .4181                   .6200

14. Clemson         .4791            .6264                 .6010                   .2100

15. USC                  .4288            .4597                 .5468                   .2800

16. W. Virginia     .3964            .3275                 .4417                   .4200

17. Texas A&M     .3763            .3803                 .3287                   .4200

18. Boise St.         .3072            .4000                 .3715                    .1500

19. Miss. St.          .2565            .2739                 .1757                    .3200

20. Texas              .2310            .2258                 .2473                    .2200

Final Considerations

Alabama has been dominant with a soft schedule but will get its only true test next week at LSU. However, this is a game that suits the Crimson Tide. They face an opponent that has a lackluster offense. Saban’s defense will have plenty of time to line up and punish Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Alabama may only have Georgia and Notre Dame left to claim a national title. Unfortunately, the more explosive Oregon Ducks and Kansas St. Wildcats may not get a chance to battle the SEC.

The BCS four-team playoff is two years late in getting started. On the other hand, Alabama and Oregon could lose next week, and somehow the BCS madness could change course.

November has never disappointed for massive upset games. Folks out in Eugene and Manhattan can only play their schedules and hope. Tuscaloosa and South Bend just need to win out.


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