BCS Rankings 2012: Predicting the Biggest Risers in Week 12 Standings

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2, defensive back Dustin Harris #22 and wide receiver Kenric McNeal #5 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrate after the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  The Aggies beat the Crimson Tide 29-24.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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After a wild Saturday of action, the Week 12 BCS rankings that come out on Sunday night are sure to be full of big movers in both directions, with a new No. 1 team to be named and a revolving door of teams going in and out of the Top 25.

For those teams moving in the right direction, only a handful will see major improvement in their placement.

Let's take a look at the teams who are going to rise higher than the rest.


No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2): Defeated No. 1 Alabama (9-1), 29-24

When you beat the No. 1 team in the nation, it's an impressive feat that is deserving of major praise.

When you walk into Bryant-Denny Stadium and drop 20 unanswered points on a defense that many believed was capable of holding its own against a number of teams in the NFL—in the first quarter—it's incredibly impressive.

Even though the Crimson Tide battled back, the Aggies held on for the win, and that's all that matters.

A move into the Top 10 isn't the question; how far into the Top 10 is.

I see the Aggies landing at No. 8, behind a one-loss LSU squad but ahead of South Carolina.



Michigan (7-3): Defeated No. 24 Northwestern (7-3), 38-31

The Wolverines picked up their first win of the season against a ranked opponent and did it without starting quarterback Denard Robinson, who missed his second consecutive game with an elbow injury.

Michigan remains alive for the Legends Division in the Big Ten and a spot in the B1G Championship Game, and its win against the Wildcats will allow it to swap places, making its return to the BCS Top 25.



Boise State (8-2): Defeated Hawaii (1-8), 49-14

The Broncos were ranked as high as No. 19 in the BCS rankings before dropping a 21-19 contest to San Diego State in Week 10, costing them a spot in the Week 11 standings.

After its drubbing of Hawaii, and with a number of teams ahead of it, including Northwestern, Toledo and Mississippi State, losing this week, Boise State will find itself once again a Top 25 team, bringing up the rear of the BCS standings this week.