The rankings focus has centered on the four unbeaten teams at the top, but several teams—with one loss—sit just behind them waiting to pounce.
With many high-profile games still left on the schedule, there’s a ton of shakeups yet to take place. As you'll see soon, the Florida-Florida State game looks, in particular, to have BCS implications.
Too many games left on the schedule to assume that this order is how it will sit in six weeks. Find out which teams will survive down the stretch and capture the computer’s admiration.
No. 7 Florida
The Gators’ national championship hopes took a serious blow last weekend in a de-facto SEC East championship loss to Georgia. Now Florida will need to win out and hope for a Georgia upset against Ole Miss or Auburn to play in the SEC Championship game.
A Sugar Bowl berth, though, looks like a likely destination for this team if they can run the table. A convincing win over Missouri and against Florida State in Tallahassee would catapult the Gators back into the Top 5.
They would certainly leap over Georgia if the Gators beat FSU and Georgia lost in the SEC Championship game. The BCS computers like the Gators too much to not put them towards the top.
No. 9 Florida State
The Seminoles national titles hopes may be hanging by the tiniest of threads, but they have a relatively easy path until their showdown with Florida on Nov. 24. They should dispose of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, as they don’t look their normal 10-win selves this year.
The ‘Noles have all the talent to not only be the class of the ACC, but contend with the top teams in college football. Their defense has top-five numbers in points against, while their rushing offense would give SEC defenses fits.
No. 11 Oregon State
The upset loss to Washington burns the Beavers BCS chances, but all hope isn’t lost. They have three quality games coming up against two Top 20 opponents at Stanford and home against Oregon.
Their Civil War showdown, in particular, would put a positive stamp on the season, but would also send them to the Rose Bowl.
Winning out may be their only option, but the Beavers are not done yet.