Week 9 of the 2012 college football season will be remembered for all of the teams that got cut down, giving us a clear picture of the BCS contenders and pretenders.
From Top 10 unbeatens, such as Florida and Oregon State, down to the fringe Top 25 teams, like Ohio, it seems that almost every faulty team had its flaws exposed.
It now looks like Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon are the four undefeated teams with the best chance to remain that way at the season’s end. It could be yet another controversial BCS national championship game, once again proving that the playoff system—which is still two years away—cannot come soon enough.
Outside of those four, there are now a handful of programs that have an outside shot at a national title appearance, but need some lucky breaks. Those include LSU (a team that plays Alabama in Week 10), Georgia (almost a lock to win the SEC East and appear in the conference championship game), Florida State and unbeaten Louisville.
After that elite group, it seems that the rest will be battling for a BCS bowl appearance and hoping not to have to settle with a second-tier playoff game.
With the Week 10 BCS rankings not set to be released until 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, let's take a look at where we think the best teams and the rest of the Top 25 fall in our BCS projections.
It would be shocking if any of these picks strayed too far from where the actual BCS computers and pollsters have the teams falling tonight.
Projected Week 10 BCS Rankings