BCS Standings: How Saturday's Action Will Affect Top 25 Rankings

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of Alabama celebratesw after the extra point for the go ahead touchdown against LSU late in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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One ranked team has already fallen in Week 11 as No. 25 Toledo lost to Ball State. Every loss is magnified as the regular season winds to a close. Early in the season there's at least time to fight back from a loss. That's not the case any longer.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the big storylines that will emerge after Saturday's action. There are no shortage of crucial games on the schedule, including all of the top nine teams in the country taking the field. So it should be a terrific day of football.


Top 4 Remain Unchanged

No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Notre Dame should cruise to victory. The Ducks should reach the 60-point mark for the third straight week against a shaky California defense while the Fighting Irish should bounce back after a lackluster showing to rout Boston College.

Kansas State, currently ranked No. 2, is dealing with the uncertain status of star quarterback Collin Klein ahead of a clash with TCU. While the Heisman hopeful is expected to play, backup Daniel Sams will also be ready. The Wildcats should squeak by.

Top-ranked Alabama faces the toughest test in No. 15 Texas A&M. Although the Aggies have used a powerful offense to crush a lot of teams, their two games against elite competition ended in losses. That steak will continue.


Teams That Will Make Jumps

One week after a crushing loss to Alabama, No. 7 LSU gets an immediate opportunity to jump right back up the rankings in a clash with No. 21 Mississippi State. Star freshman Jeremy Hill should lead the victory charge, pushing the Tigers up a few spots.

The Pac-12 battle between No. 11 Oregon State and No. 14 Stanford will produce one of the weekend's biggest winners. The Cardinal have been on quite a roll since losing to Notre Dame and are at home. That should be enough to push them over the top and toward the Top 10.

No. 19 USC is another team to keep an eye on. The Trojans have faded out of the national spotlight after two straight losses, but a victory over Arizona State will put them in a favorable spot heading into marquee clashes with UCLA and Notre Dame.


Teams That Will Slide After Losses

The first team on upset alert is No. 12 Oklahoma. The Sooners secondary is going to have a lot of problems attempting to slow down Baylor's fifth-ranked passing attack led by Nick Florence, which is a bad sign ahead of an expected shootout.

Also in danger is No. 16 Nebraska against Penn State. The Nittany Lions have exceeded all expectations after a tumultuous offseason and two losses to open the campaign. They are built to go on the road and knock off the Cornhuskers.

Finally, No. 24 Northwestern's run in the Top 25 is in serious jeopardy. The Wildcats have to face a talented Michigan team that's still got its sights set on a Legends Division title. Expect the Wolverines to bolster those hopes with a victory.


 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