BCS Rankings: Teams That Helped Themselves the Most in Week 9

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 20:  Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After the most exciting day of the college football season, only a few teams leave the weekend with an accomplished feeling. 

Five of the top 11 teams in the BCS Standings lost, causing a massive shakeup at the top of the polls.

However, the following teams had big days and now are all in great shape towards reaching a BCS game and possibly more.



If you play in the SEC and win games, good things happen.

Georgia re-entered the BCS discussion after an upset win over Florida on Saturday. The defense, which has struggled at times this year, forced six turnovers and held the Gators to only nine points.

Although Aaron Murray struggled, freshman Todd Gurley has proven that he is legitimate starter and one of the best running backs in the conference after his 118-yard performance against a tough defense.

The Bulldogs had no elite wins prior to the game, so this will help raise the computer numbers that were behind their SEC counterparts. The schedule gets easier at this point, so Georgia has put itself in position to be one of the top one-loss teams in college football.


Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish had already proven they had talent. Now we know that this squad is elite.

Notre Dame dominated Oklahoma physically and ended with a 30-13 road win. It silenced any critics who believed the offense was not strong enough to sustain a winning season. 

This team has already faced a difficult schedule, but the win should make the computer numbers of the BCS even better. Florida's loss should also help bring it up a spot in the rankings.

Over the next few games, Notre Dame has games against Pittsburgh, Boston College and Wake Forest. The Irish should be heavily favored in all of them, with the road game against USC being the biggest challenge for an undefeated season.

The Irish could use some help to get into the BCS Championship Game, but they have done a lot to help themselves this season.


Kansas State

Every time Kansas State is doubted, the Wildcats impress even more. After thrashing West Virginia 55-14 last week, the team followed it up with a 55-24 win over Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders came into the game ranked No. 14 in the BCS Standings, so this was not an easy win. Still, quarterback Collin Klein solidified his status as a Heisman candidate after throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for two more in the victory.

Kansas State has now beaten the toughest teams on the schedule and has put itself in position to reach the championship game if the squad continues to win. While Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are all capable of pulling off an upset, this team seems to be strong enough mentally to not have a poor performance.

With the No. 5 scoring offense in the nation along with the No. 13 defense, this team is capable of great things.


Projected BCS Standings

1. Alabama

2. Kansas State

3. Oregon

4. Notre Dame

5. LSU

6. Georgia

7. Florida State

8. Florida

9. South Carolina

10. Louisville

11. Clemson

12. Oklahoma

13. Mississippi State

14. Oregon State

15. Stanford

16. Boise State

17. Texas A&M

18. USC

19. West Virginia

20. Texas

21. Nebraska

22. Rutgers

23. Oklahoma State

24. UCLA

25. Louisiana Tech