BCS Rankings Week 11: Teams Who Fell Too Far in Latest Standings

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 4, 2012

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 03:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies avoids a tackle by Denico Autry #90 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Wade Davis Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The landscape of the national championship race was shaken up considerably in the latest week with many big-time games, but some teams fell too far in the rankings and deserve more credit.

Though the weekend was dominated by the Alabama-LSU and Oregon-USC games, the shock waves were felt further than that and the polls were indicative of another major week in college football.

Let's take a look at the teams that the BCS computer polls overlooked and should've given more credit for their performances so far this season.


No. 7 LSU Tigers

I know what you're saying, "They lost and only fell two spots—that's fair!"

No, it's not.

If you watched Saturday night's Alabama vs. LSU game—and I'm sorry for you if you didn't—then you know that this LSU team is much better than the seventh-best team in the country. They outplayed one of the best teams in college football for nearly the entire game, and it took a heroic final drive to steal victory from Les Miles' squad.

Many analysts had questions about the poise and skill of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, and he delivered despite the loss with many clutch throws against one of the nation's best defenses.


No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs

The first-half performance by Mississippi State this past weekend was sad to say the least, but the bad loss to Texas A&M should not have resulted in such a sharp decline in the rankings.

The Bulldogs fell from No. 15 to No. 21 after dropping their second consecutive game.

They also ran into one of the nation's hottest players in Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel. "Johnny Football" had an incredible first half against the Bulldogs and finished with 311 passing yards while completing 30 of his 36 passes. 

Perhaps Dan Mullen's team isn't an elite power in the SEC West like so many expected, but they're still a Top 20 team and shouldn't be discounted too much after being beat by a very talented Texas A&M team. 


No. 10 Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles also only fell one spot in the rankings, but it was undeserved as they had their bye this week and weren't able to face any competition.

I'm not a fan of dropping teams in the rankings after bye weeks, even if it means spurning a team who notched a big win. If they weren't able to make their statement on the field, leave them where they are. 

Florida State certainly showed their weaknesses earlier in the season against N.C. State, but they've since rebounded and should still be considered as the ninth-best team in the country.


Week 11 BCS Rankings (ESPN)

1. Alabama

2. Kansas State

3. Oregon

4. Notre Dame

5. Georgia

6. Florida

7. LSU

8. South Carolina

9. Louisville

10. Florida State

11. Oregon State

12. Oklahoma

13. Clemson

14. Stanford

15. Texas A&M

16. Nebraska

17. Texas

18. UCLA

19. USC

20. Louisiana Tech

21. Mississippi State

22. Texas Tech

23. Rutgers

24. Northwestern

25. Toledo