BCS Bowl Predictions 2012: Projections for Top Teams

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BCS Bowl Predictions 2012: Projections for Top Teams
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Get ready for some BCS mayhem.

With Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon all surviving tough matchups on Saturday, it appears that we are on the train headed straight for controversy town. All teams have some toughies left on the schedule, but it's becoming more and more likely that each squad finishes undefeated.

If that happens, we're going to have two very unhappy teams. 

With the newest BCS standings now revealed, let's take a look at where each of these teams are headed to finish out the year. Or, you know, technically, start the new year. 

 

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide: BCS National Championship

Well, at least we know the Crimson Tide are beatable. 

No. 7 LSU took Nick Saban's squad to the wire on Saturday night, but some late-game heroics from A.J. McCarron, T.J. Yeldon—maybe everyone else on the team should just go by "X.".J.—and company helped keep the Crimson Tide stay undefeated. 

But while a tiny chink has been revealed in Alabama's armor, Texas A&M and the SEC Championship game present the "only" remaining hurdles. Unless something drastic happens, the Crimson Tide will finish the season undefeated while boasting the all-important SEC resume. 

 

No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats: Fiesta Bowl

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Kansas State is No. 2 right now, and while the Big 12 is getting a lot of respect from the computers, don't be surprised if the Wildcats fall to No. 3.

All they have left are games against a struggling TCU team without quarterback Casey Pachall, Baylor, which has one Big 12 win against a zero-Big 12-win team in Kansas and Texas, which has been far (read: very, very far) from dominant. 

The lack of a Big 12 championship game will further hurt the Wildcats' resume, which will end up being the deciding factor. 

 

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No. 3 Oregon Ducks: BCS National Championship

The Ducks have held onto the No. 2 spot in the AP and Coaches Poll for a long time, so they've already got the humans convinced that they deserve a spot in the final game.

Now it's time to convince those pesky computers. 

Saturday's win at No. 19 USC has already helped the Ducks' cause, moving them up from No. 4 to No. 3, and a home battle with No. 14 Stanford, a trip to No. 11 Oregon State and a spot in the Pac-12 championship will only further do so. 

Oregon has some tough work to it, but it controls its own fate. 

 

No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Fiesta Bowl

The Irish have some impressive wins. They've beaten Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Oklahoma and have a trip to Southern California remaining to take on the Trojans.

But not only is the rest of their schedule lacking top-notch opponents, the independent Irish have also failed to dominate teams.

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Seven-point win over Michigan. Seven-point overtime win over Stanford. Three-point win over BYU. Three-point three-overtime win at home against 4-5 Pittsburgh, which moved the Irish from No. 3 to No. 4.

That's not usually a big deal when you win all of those games, but with potentially four undefeated squads at the top of the season-end rankings, the Irish, who need all the help they can get, are already moving in the wrong direction.

With USC reeling, the Irish no longer control their own fate. 

 

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