BCS Rankings: Predicting Where Each Team Will Stand in Week 14 Poll
We are one week closer to determining who will play for the BCS National Championship.
With Notre Dame's victory at USC on Saturday night, the Fighting Irish will likely remain in the No. 1 spot but who will finish No. 2? How will the rest of the top 25 turn out?
Let's take a deeper looking into the BCS Rankings for Week 14.
1. Notre Dame (12-0)
Last Week: No. 1
For the first time in three weeks the nation's No. 1 team didn't fall.
Notre Dame now finds themselves in the perfect situation to finish with one of the top two spots in the BCS because they don't play in a championship game.
With a cupcake schedule down the stretch that featured the likes of Boston College, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh, Notre Dame's biggest challenge came against USC on Saturday night.
USC played without star quarterback Matt Barkley, and redshirt freshman Max Wittek attempted to fill his void but was unsuccessful, throwing two interceptions.
Despite an easier road down the stretch, Notre Dame beat the teams in front of them and its undefeated season is deserving to play in the championship game.
2. Alabama (11-1)
Last Week: No. 2
Alabama was shell shocked by Texas A&M three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa. It was one of the biggest upsets of the year, although the Aggies could easily make the case that they are the hottest team in the country.
Since that game, however, Alabama has outscored its opponents 98-0 in the past two games. It appears like they are back on track, and with a victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game they will have a great argument for the top spot.
3. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
Last Week: No. 3
Defeat Alabama and you're in the national championship game. Sounds much easier than what it will be.
All Georgia needs to do is defeat the Crimson Tide and they will be playing in the BCS Championship Game.
Controlling your own destiny at this point of the season is all you could ask for.
4. Florida (11-1)
Last Week: No. 4
SEC faithful and the like will be watching the final week of the regular season wondering what if. However, the Gators' résumé stacks up against any team in the nation, including Notre Dame, so maybe they have an argument?
Florida defeated three top-10 teams this season (at the time), and that's not including Texas A&M who is ranked No. 9 this week.
They didn't play great against Florida State on Saturday, but they managed to force turnovers and make enough plays to win that the game.
5. Oregon (11-1)
Last Week: No. 5
Oregon's demolishing of rival Oregon State won't push them any higher in the rankings because nobody lost in front of them.
Unfortunately for them, the season was lost when they allowed Stanford to roll into its building for the upset last week.
At least they will have a BCS bowl game to play in, I guess?
6. Kansas State (10-1)
Last Week: No. 6
With Texas remaining on its schedule and no BCS championship on the horizon, the Wildcats will look to finish out the season on a good note.
After blowing it at Baylor last week, a BCS bowl game will likely be on the schedule. It may not be the bowl they wanted, but it will do.
7. LSU Tigers (10-2)
Last Week: No. 7
Mel Kiper Jr. thinks LSU is the best team in college football right now. I'm not kidding; he said it on ESPN Radio.
Well, his No. 1 team in the country struggled to defeat Ole Miss (41-35) and Arkansas (20-13) in the past two weeks.
LSU is a good team, but not even close to being the best team in the country.
8. Stanford (10-2)
Last Week: No. 8
Stanford would be a scary team to play if there was a larger playoff picture in college football.
They went into UCLA and dismantled the Bruins on Saturday, and they will have another chance to do that this week.
Right now, Stanford is playing some of the best football in the country, and they continue to improve in all facets of the game.
9. Texas A&M (10-2)
Last Week: No. 9
Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M would be another dangerous team to play in a larger playoff picture. They are hot, have a great quarterback and the team is playing exceptionally well as a whole.
Unfortunately, no other team lost in front of them this week, so they should stand pat at No. 9.
10. South Carolina (10-2)
Last Week: No. 12
South Carolina will crack the top 10 once again following its victory over rival Clemson. The Gamecocks have only lost two games this season and that was to two top-10 teams—Florida and LSU.
Not a bad season at all, but still not where Steve Spurrier wanted them to be at the end of the year.
11. Oklahoma (9-2)
Last Week: No. 13
Oklahoma should have lost to its rival Oklahoma State, but you have to give them credit for squeaking out the victory.
Similar to South Carolina, Oklahoma has lost two games this year and both were against quality competition.
12. Nebraska (10-2)
Last Week: No. 14
Nebraska won the Legends side of the Big Ten standings this season with a 7-1 in-conference record following its 13-7 victory at Iowa this past Saturday.
With teams' sanctions and others being unable to live up to expectations, Nebraska has quietly put themselves in a great position to make a BCS bowl.
13. Florida State (10-2)
Last Week: No. 10
Florida State was screaming and yelling about how low it was ranked in the BCS. Well, they had a chance to prove to the world why they thought that way when Florida came to town on Saturday.
Five turnovers and a double-digit loss later and they have little to complain about. The chance to make real noise was there and they blew it.
14. Clemson (10-2)
Last Week: No. 11
Another ACC team with beef and another disappointing result. Welcome to the ACC in 2012.
Clemson had rival South Carolina at Memorial Stadium and couldn't make enough plays when they needed to be made.
15. Oregon State (8-3)
Last Week: No. 15
Oregon State was yet another victim to Oregon's offensive attack on Saturday as they gave up 48 points to the Ducks.
Despite struggling to compete with Oregon, the Beavers will most likely stay put in the rankings because no team behind them made a strong push this week.
16. UCLA (9-3)
Last Week: No. 17
UCLA got blown out on Saturday by Stanford but should be moving up the BCS rankings? Yes, they should.
While losses are generally detrimental to your rankings, UCLA's loss was one of the better losses of the week and no team behind them made enough of a push to be slated ahead of the Bruins.
17. Boise State (9-2)
Last Week: No. 22
Boise State will make the biggest jump of any team this week despite not playing.
The Broncos will be the beneficiary of so many teams around this position losing this past weekend.
18. Texas (8-3)
Last Week: No. 16
Texas, its four turnovers and a loss against TCU will find itself down the poll slightly.
The Longhorns lost at home and looked bad doing it, but will be very lucky not to slide out of the top 20. They can thank the rest of the teams in this position for looking worse.
19. Michigan (8-4)
Last Week: No. 19
One of the better losses of the weekend was Michigan losing at Ohio State. The Wolverines' attempt to ruin Oho State's perfect record fell short as the Buckeyes squeaked out a 26-21 victory.
Michigan should stay put following its narrow defeat.
20. Kent State (11-1)
Last Week: No. 23
Let's give the MAC some love.
One of the most underrated conferences in college football on a yearly basis, the MAC has two teams with 11 victories and both will be in the BCS rankings in Week 14.
Kent State hasn't lost this season in conference, and its rushing attack is averaging more than 240 yards per game.
Dri Archer and Trayion Durham each have more than 1,176 yards rushing and both have 14 touchdowns on the season.
21. Northern Illinois (11-1)
Last Week: Unranked
Northern Illinois is the other undefeated in-conference team in the MAC, and they have 11 wins too. The Huskies only loss of the season was a one-point loss to Iowa to open the 2012 campaign.
The Huskies average 245 yards per game on the ground, a statistic that ranks No. 9 in the country.
22. Utah State (10-2)
Last Week: Unranked
Utah State's two losses this season came on the road to Wisconsin and BYU. Aside from that, the Aggies are a team that won the WAC championship outright by winning out.
The Aggies boast one of the better defenses in terms of points allowed in the country.
23. Oklahoma State (7-4)
Last Week: No. 21
Oklahoma State had rival Oklahoma dead to rights on Saturday before blowing a fourth-quarter lead. Nevertheless, the Cowboys deserve to stay in the top-25 rankings.
With one of the better offenses in the country, the Cowboys are a team nobody wants to see in a bowl game.
24. Rutgers (9-2)
Last Week: No. 18
Rutgers went into Pittsburgh with everything to play for and laid an egg to the Panthers at Heinz Field. It was a performance to forget as the Panthers pushed themselves into a must-win game next week to become bowl eligible.
Despite only scoring six points against Pittsburgh, the Scarlet Knights will find a way to crack the top 25.
25. Louisville (9-2)
Last Week: No. 20
Somebody has to win the Big East, right? It has to happen, unfortunately.
Louisville had Connecticut at home and allowed the Huskies to squeak out a victory, 23-20, in triple overtime.
Another disappointing year from a disappointing conference.
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