BCS Standings: Most-Talented Teams Lurking Outside of Top 5

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

Chaos. Mayhem. Drama.

Whatever you want to call it, the BCS standings spiraled out of control on Saturday evening with No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both falling. 

Notre Dame is now the BCS' No. 1 team for the first time in team history.

On Saturday, the Fighting Irish must vanquish Southern California. An injury to Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (via Pedro Moura of ESPNLosAngeles.com) should make that much easier.

Certain teams aren't sitting at the top, but we've already seen that crazy things can happen. With one week of regular-season games and conference championships up for grabs, things aren't quite over yet.

Let's take a look at three talented teams sitting outside of the top five.


No. 9 Texas A&M

The Aggies have lost to LSU and Florida by a combined eight points. Without that, who knows where this team would be?

This squad's talent comes down to Johnny Manziel. He makes the entire offense better with his dynamic dual-threat play, and he receives plenty of help from Mike Evans on the outside. Christine Michael and Ben Malena do a solid job out of the backfield as well.

Defensively, Texas A&M isn't perfect, but it does have Damontre Moore. The defensive end is a force of nature, changing games all by himself week after week.

Johnny Football makes this team must-watch television every week. This is a very dangerous squad. Just ask Alabama.


No. 7 LSU

LSU is always talented. Without T.J. Yeldon's last-minute touchdown, the Tigers would have beaten Alabama in Death Valley and would be sitting pretty right now.

Nevertheless, he scored, and the Tigers are now stuck behind No. 6 Kansas State and five other teams.

However, I'd put this group against most others. As long as Zach Mettenberger gets time to throw, he can do damage down the field. A collection of athletic wide receivers makes his job easier, as does a stable of downhill runners in the backfield.

Defensively, the story is the same as most years. Ridiculous specimens patrol all three levels, making life extremely difficult on the opposing offense. The NFL will come calling for many of these guys, especially defensive end Sam Montgomery.

Mettenberger is the X-factor, but he's definitely getting better. When he plays well, this team's talent really shines through.


No. 10 Florida State

Maybe I'm out of my mind, but I've been saying it all year long. The 'Noles can play with anyone. Their schedule may not prove it, but they will have a chance to show it against No. 4 Florida on Saturday.

If it wasn't for a one-point loss to N.C. State earlier in the season, Florida State would be sitting pretty. Instead, the Wolfpack won, and the Seminoles are considered the No. 17 team in the nation according to the rankings' computers.

Lapses in focus aside, E.J. Manuel is one of the most electric quarterbacks in the nation. He has a well-rounded backfield to work with, led by James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman, and he has a plethora of uber-athletic receiving targets to work with.

Defensively, the Seminoles have an embarrassment of riches. Whether it be Bjoern Werner, Xavier Rhodes, Christian Jones or any other frightening athlete, this defense absolutely flies around the field.

Weak schedule or not, this team can play. Too bad they will only get one chance to prove it this season.


Here are the 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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