BCS Standings: Teams Whose Records Are Deceiving the Rankings Process

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BCS Standings: Teams Whose Records Are Deceiving the Rankings Process
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The BCS standings predictably placed Notre Dame in the top spot, but how many people truly believe the Irish would beat Alabama or Georgia head to head?

According to the order of things, the Irish are undefeated and they deserve to be No. 1, but logically this team would be defeated by the Red Tide or the Bulldogs easily.

The Irish are largely a one-dimensional offense. A run-dominant attack without a proven passer doesn't match up well with Alabama. The Tide are still third in the nation against the run, so you aren't going to line up and blow through them on the ground.

The main reasons the Tide lost to Texas A&M—and struggled with LSU the previous week—is because of quarterback play. Johnny Manziel and Zach Mettenberger had passing games that neither Everett Golson or Tommy Rees are capable of having against Alabama.

Georgia's run defense isn't quite as stout as Alabama's, but they are more well-rounded than 'Bama on offense.

Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs' offense are scoring 37.6 points per game. Like it or not, those points are being scored against better competition than the Irish are producing their 27.2 points against.

Notre Dame will play in the national championship if they manage to beat USC next week, but they will be handed a defeat against Alabama or Georgia.

 

Two Losses Not As Bad As It Looks 

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Sure, LSU and Texas A&M have two losses, but these teams are definitely among the top five teams in the nation.

A&M's win over Tuscaloosa is the single most impressive win of the season. The only other win close to it is Alabama's victory in Baton Rouge.

The Aggies also knocked off 15th-ranked Mississippi State on the road and No. 23 Louisiana Tech. Their only losses came to LSU and Florida.

Trust me, no team in the nation wants to to play the Aggies in a bowl game.

LSU dropped games to Florida and Alabama, but their wins over South Carolina, A&M and Mississippi State are huge. It's clear the overall toughness of the SEC is causing the teams to beat up on themselves.

Because of this, we'll only see one SEC team in the national championship—despite the fact that the two best teams in the country are likely still in the conference.

Which two teams are the best?

Take your pick from a group that includes Alabama, Georgia, Florida and maybe even LSU. No matter who you believe to be the best, all of them are better than Notre Dame.

Sorry Golden Domers.

Here are the complete BCS standings:

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

 

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