BCS Bowl Projections 2012: How Wild Week Shakes Up Rankings

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 18, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 17: Cornerback Ronnie Harris #23 and running back Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. Stanford won the game 17-14 in overtime. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The dust has settled from an insane, poll-rattling end to Week 12 of the college football season, and the top of the rankings look vastly different.

Just a week after falling from the nation's top spot, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be catapulted right back into the national championship picture after Kansas State and Oregon suffered equally stunning losses. 

Meanwhile, the undefeated Irish picked up a rare easy win and will now be firmly entrenched in the top spot. 

Top 2 Go Down

Kansas State and Oregon both laid giant eggs on Saturday. The Wildcats were on the road at Baylor, which figured to be a huge test for their defense. The fact that they allowed 52 points is not overly shocking, but the fact they only scored 24 against that weak defense is.

The Wildcats weren't even really competitive in that game. They were down 11 at halftime, and Baylor didn't even need to score in the fourth to run up their 52 points. They are now in for a big fall as a result. I expect them to be at the bottom of the top one-loss teams. 

Oregon's loss was stunning in that its high-powered offense was held to just 14 points in an overtime loss, and it came at home. Still, they were playing a quality Stanford team. So, while it will be close, I actually expect Oregon to jump ahead of the Wildcats as they both fall. 

It is also worth mentioning that Stanford is a questionable call against Notre Dame away from being the nation's most impressive one-loss team and Notre Dame being back in the pack. 

Notre Dame is in the Driver's Seat

The Fighting Irish cruised to an easy 38-0 over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are terrible, but by virtue of not falling on its face, Notre Dame will jump into the top spot in the rankings. And if they beat a sinking USC team next week to close out the regular season, they will be in the title game. 

They will travel to play the Trojans in a game that will be no cake walk for the Irish. Yet like it or not, this team is in full control of its own destiny. 

SEC Wins

As we discussed in the intro, Alabama made out like a bandit. It snuck in its loss the week before Oregon and Kansas State. Given that the Crimson Tide were at the top of the one-loss teams last week, Alabama is a lock to now move to No. 2, with two SEC teams behind. 

And in terms of the national championship game, this is important. If Notre Dame does lose to USC, we would be facing the possibility of an all SEC title game. 

What a wild week. Check out my projections for the top 25. 

Week 13 BCS Standings Projections

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Florida
  5. Oregon 
  6. Kansas State
  7. LSU
  8. Florida State
  9. Stanford
  10. Texas A&M
  11. South Carolina
  12. Clemson
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Nebraska
  15. Texas
  16. Oregon State
  17. UCLA
  18. Louisville 
  19. Michigan
  20. Rutgers
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Boise State
  23. Northern Illinois
  24. Kent State
  25. Washington