BCS Rankings 2012: What to Expect from November 18 Poll

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IINovember 18, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: John Goodman #81 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Robby Toma #9 celebrate as they run off of the field after Goodmans' touchdown catch against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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There is generally one weekend of the college football season when fans sit back and say, "Did that just happen?"

Week 12 was that weekend.

With No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both falling one week after Alabama fell, the BCS doors are wide open for the taking.

Here is what you can expect from the Nov. 18 BCS poll. 


Notre Dame and Alabama on top

College football never ceases to amaze sometimes. You never know what's going to happen on any given Saturday. 

Kansas State and Oregon both lost in shocking fashion—one by blowout to a team with a losing record and the other in overtime. 

The losses leave the top two spots in the rankings open for Notre Dame and Alabama.

When the rankings are released on Sunday night, Notre Dame will be the No. 1 team in the country and in complete control of its destiny.

Do we remember that one team that got lit up by Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M? That seems like a distant memory now, because that loss won't matter anymore. Alabama will be back in the Top Two of the standings when the rankings are released.

Notre Dame vs. Alabama could be the national title game if things stay the same.  


Florida, Georgia in shouting distance, with Bulldogs controlling their destiny

Florida is kicking itself for losing to Georgia on Oct. 27, because the Gators could have been in the top spot when the rankings come out.

Nevertheless, Georgia did beat Florida, and the Bulldogs now control their own destiny. Florida, meanwhile, will be waiting in the wings should the Bulldogs be upset by Georgia Tech this Saturday. 

If Georgia defeats Georgia Tech, it will be in the SEC championship game with a chance to face Alabama. Win that game, and the Bulldogs could be playing for all the glory.  


"There should be a playoff!" talk

This will be the week that we all we hear about how much parity there is in college football and how any team can beat another. Why isn't there a playoff?

Those inpatient people will just have to wait for when the NCAA moves to the four-team bracket. Until then, this is as good as it gets. 

Why will we hear it this week? Because this is the perfect week to bring it up. 

Baylor blowing out Kansas State? Stanford going to Eugene to defeat Oregon? Is Notre Dame really the best team in college football?

We haven't heard that type of talk much this season, but get ready, because it's coming this week.  


My BCS Prediction

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Florida

5. Oregon

6. Kansas State

7. LSU

8. Texas A&M

9. Florida State

10. Clemson

11. Stanford

12. South Carolina

13. Oklahoma

14. UCLA

15. Oregon State

16. Nebraska

17. Texas

18. Louisville

19. Michigan 

20. Rutgers

21. Oklahoma State

22. Northern Illinois

23. Mississippi State

24. USC

25. Washington


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