BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 13

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BCS Standings 2012: Predicting the Top 25 After Week 13
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For the first time in three weeks, the top five of the BCS Standings should look exactly the same as the prior week’s standings. However, when the next-to-final standings come out on Sunday night on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET, No. 15-25 will see a major shake up.

In fact, an entire conference should be left out of the next BCS Standings. 

The Big East had two teams among the top 25 when games began in Week 13. However, after No. 18 Rutgers embarrassed themselves on the road at Pittsburgh, losing 27-6, and No. 20 Louisville lost in overtime at home to 5-6 UCONN 23-20, the BCS conference should be held out of the next standings. 

But Rutgers and Louisville will not be the only two teams that will be dropped out of the next standings. 

No. 24 Arizona lost at home to in-state rival Arizona State 41-34, and No. 25 Washington lost to its in-state rival Washington State on the road in overtime 31-28. 

Here is how Week 14’s BCS Standings should look when they’re released on Sunday:

 

Team

Record

No. 1

Notre Dame

12-0

No. 2

Alabama

11-1

No. 3

Georgia 

11-1

No. 4

Florida

11-1

No. 5

Oregon

11-1

No. 6

Kansas State

10-1

No. 7

LSU

10-2

No. 8

Stanford

10-2

No. 9

Texas A&M

10-2

No. 10

South Carolina

10-2

No. 11

Oklahoma

9-2

No. 12

Nebraska 

10-2

No. 13

Florida State

10-2

No. 14

Clemson

10-2

No. 15

Boise State

9-2

No. 16

Oregon State

8-3

No. 17

Texas

8-3

No. 18

UCLA

9-3

No. 19

Kent State

11-1

No. 20

Oklahoma State

7-4

No. 21

Northwestern

9-3

No. 22

Northern Illinois

11-1

No. 23

Michigan

8-4

No. 24

Utah State

10-2

No. 25

San Jose State 

10-2

As you can see in the standings, aside from the bottom half, there will not be that much change. But from No. 15 through 25, the standings look completely different from the previous week. 

Because of the amount of teams that lost last week, teams like Texas, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Oregon State will not be dropping out. 

In fact, because of the utter chaos at the back end of the standings, teams like the Longhorns, Cowboys and Bruins more than likely will barely even drop from its previous ranking.

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But what is impressive about the next ranking is the amount of non-BCS schools that will enter the next standings.

Teams like San Jose State, Utah State, Northern Illinois, Kent State and non-BCS darling Boise State should make up a large portion of the next standings. 

If Boise does happen to creep inside of the Top 16 then they will steal the automatic berth into a BCS game over a team from the Big East. However, even if that doesn't happen it is still an amazing sight to see all of these teams from smaller conferences among the top teams in the nation.

But, the next standings should have No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama still as the projected BCS Championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami, FL; with No. 3 Georgia lurking in the shadows poised to crash the title game party. 

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