BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 10

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BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 10
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When the next BCS standings come out on Sunday night, we should see the same Top Two teams sitting at the top. 

Alabama rallied late against LSU, thus saving the SEC, at least this week, in its hopes of winning seven straight BCS championships. 

In fact, with the win, Alabama keeps its hopes alive as it looks to become the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships. 

But, there will be one big shakeup in the next installment of the standings.

In last week’s standings, the Oregon Ducks sat at No. 4 despite being ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. 

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However, with Notre Dame’s struggles against a bad Pittsburgh Panthers team—whose signature win came against the Virginia Tech Hokies—the Irish should drop down while Oregon jumps up to No. 3 in the next BCS standings. 

But those are just the four undefeated teams that should determine who plays in the BCS championship game this year.

With LSU’s loss, what kind of doors does it open to a number of one-loss teams that sit behind the Tigers?

And, which one of the remaining teams that make up the rest of the Top 10 has the best chance to replace Notre Dame, Oregon or Kansas State in the title game if those three happen to lose a game before their regular seasons are done? 

Here is a prediction as to what the BCS standings will look like when they’re released Sunday night on ESPN:

 

Team

Record

No. 1

Alabama

9-0

No. 2

Kansas State

9-0

No. 3

Oregon

9-0

No. 4

Notre Dame

9-0

No. 5

Georgia

8-1

No. 6

Florida

8-1

No. 7

South Carolina

7-2

No. 8

Florida State

8-1

No. 9

Louisville 

9-0

No. 10

Oregon State

7-1

No. 11

Oklahoma

6,2

No. 12

Clemson

8-1

No. 13

LSU

7-2

No. 14

Stanford

7-2

No. 15

Texas A&M

7-2

No. 16

Texas

7-2

No. 17

Nebraska

7-2

No. 18

Louisiana Tech

8-1

No. 19

Mississippi State

7-2

No. 20

Rutgers

7-1

No. 21

UCLA

7-2

No. 22

Michigan

6-3

No. 23

Northwestern

7-2

No. 24

Toledo

8-1

No. 25

USC

6-3

As you can see in the predicted standings, Georgia should replace LSU as the best one-loss team, followed by Florida, South Carolina and Florida State. Louisville sees its spot in the BCS standings continue to climb as the Cardinals stay perfect. 

LSU’s loss should drop the Tigers down outside of the Top 10 to No. 12. 

Other fallers in the next poll should be USC and Mississippi State, whereas West Virginia, Arizona, Boise State and Oklahoma State should all drop out of the standings with losses this week. 

However, the Big Ten should see an influx of teams storm into the polls, as Michigan and Northwestern will likely join Nebraska in the standings. 

And finally, Toledo should round out the new Top 25. 

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