BCS Standings: Dangerous Teams Lurking Outside Top 2

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 19, 2012

If there's one thing we've learned over the past two weeks, it's this: No one is safe.

Not Alabama. Not Kansas State. Not Oregon. 

So, even though new BCS No.1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama are sitting pretty, don't go assuming it will be the Irish and Crimson Tide in the National Championship. Because you know what assuming does. 

Notre Dame still has to go into the Coliseum and knock off an inconsistent but dangerous USC squad. Alabama still has to get through Auburn in the Iron Bowl and No. 3 Georgia in the SEC championship.

Thanksgiving may be just around the corner, but there are still a caboodle of teams in the national title hunt. Let's take a look at the most dangerous ones. 


No. 5 Oregon Ducks

Chip Kelly's squad may have been exposed against a tough, overly-physical Stanford team, but there's no question that the Ducks are still dangerous.

Of course, teams that score 51.1 points per game and have some of the best speed in the country tend to be dangerous. 

In addition to needing a ton of help at the top of the rankings, the Ducks still have some work to do themselves. They need to go into Corvallis and win the Civil War against the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers and then they need UCLA to beat Stanford so they can play and win the Pac-12 Championship. 

It's a long shot, but it's hard to believe anyone wants to go up against Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and this offense. 


No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs

Because the Bulldogs are an SEC team, people tend to look at them and immediately think "defense," but Mark Richt's team is surprisingly efficient on the offensive end. 

Quarterback Aaron Murray leads the way with 2,986 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions en route to the best passer rating in the nation. His favorite receiver is home-run threat Tavarres King (20.8 yards per catch) while running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (both averaging over 6.0 yards per carry) round out a balanced attack.

The Bulldogs are third in the SEC in points per game, fourth in passing yards per game, third in completion percentage, third in yards per carry and third in rushing yards per game. 

Throw in a defense led by Jarvis Jones, arguably the hardest player in the nation to block (10.5 sacks, 24 in his career), and it's hard to find many holes in this 10-1 Georgia squad.

Now all it has to do is beat Alabama in the SEC championship. 


No. 4 Florida Gators

Unlike the first two teams on this list, the Gators' most dangerous strength lies on the defensive side of the ball.

Florida is second in the SEC in points per game allowed, second in yards per game allowed. They are also 47th in the country in sacks and 10th in interceptions.

Those numbers aren't surprising, either, as Will Muschamp's defense is loaded with NFL talent. Safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebackers Jon Bostic, Jelani Jenkins, Lerentee McCray and defensive end Dominique Easley, among others, all have legitimate next-level skills. 

Quarterback Jeff Driskel's (depending on his health) dual-threat ability and Mike Gillislee leading a solid running game are just added bonuses for this terrific team. 

In order to put this defense on display in the national title game, the Gators need to beat Florida State and hope Notre Dame falls to USC. 


Here are the BCS standings after 12 weeks of college football.


 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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