The latest BCS rankings have been released and there are several teams that are enjoying their highest place in the standings this season, but will not be able to continue their climb any further.
Alabama held on to the top spot, so the Crimson Tide obviously qualifies as a team that has reached its peak in the standings.
But losses from Florida, Oregon State and Oklahoma and have allowed teams to leap to new heights this week, and for a few programs, their time at their current rank will be brief.
Here are the teams that will not move any higher in the rankings this season.
No. 5 LSU
The Tigers already have a loss on their record after dropping to Florida three weeks ago.
Les Miles has led his team to two impressive wins over difficult conference opponents in successive weeks. After defeating South Carolina, the Tigers went on the road and earned a victory over Texas A&M.
Unfortunately for LSU, the schedule does not get any easier, as they have to take on Alabama. This rivalry will not produce a close game like it did during the regular season last year, and the Crimson Tide will continue their dominance.
Alabama is significantly more balanced than the Tigers and even though the game is in Baton Rouge, the Tide will roll to another victory. A second loss will not allow LSU to move any higher than fifth in the standings.
No. 9 Florida State
The Seminoles made a significant leap due to losses by Oregon State, Oklahoma, USC and Mississippi State.
FSU has made serious progress since plummeting down the rankings after being upset by North Carolina State. But this is as high as the team will be ranked for the remainder of the season.
The teams ranked ahead of them are all playing incredibly well. While Florida State faces two matchups it should win as it takes on Virginia Tech and Maryland in its next two games, No. 7 Florida is their final regular season opponent.
The Seminoles will not be able to take down the Gators, and wins against unimpressive ACC teams will not be enough to bump them up the standings until that game happens.
No. 14 Stanford
The Cardinal have had to recover from an upset loss to Washington and a heart-breaking defeat to Notre Dame this season.
After climbing all the way to No. 14 in this week’s ranking, Stanford has fought back admirably, but the remaining schedule will not allow the team to move up any further.
Stanford will take on a lowly Colorado team before going against Oregon State and Oregon in successive weeks. Both the Beavers and the Ducks will be too much for Stanford to handle, and this will cause the team to once again drop down the rankings.
While the Cardinal have enjoyed a few uplifting victories this season, the rest of the season will be filled with disappointment.
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