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BCS Bowl Predictions 2012: Teams Who Hurt Bowl Chances After Week 13 Loss

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 24:  Brison Williams #12 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after making an interception with teammate Devin Taylor #98 as DeAndre Hopkins #6 of the Clemson Tigers walks off the field during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

There are the strong and there are the weak, and the two differences were brought to light in Week 13 of the college football season.

A handful of teams had an opportunity to clinch a BCS bowl berth this past weekend but saw their chances disappear faster than a cheeseburger in front of Rex Ryan due to losses in Week 13.

Let's take a look:

 

Clemson 

The No. 14 Tigers needed a victory over No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday to keep their BCS hopes alive, especially given the fact that Florida State had lost to Florida.

But it didn't happen.

Clemson was downed 27-17 by the Gamecocks, presumably ending the Tigers' BCS bowl chances.

While there's still a small chance Clemson will receive an at-large bid, the play of junior QB Tajh Boyd sent Clemson fans angrily stampeding from Memorial Stadium.

After reeling off seven straight wins, the Tigers finally met their match in the Gamecocks and will likely be forced to sit out of a BCS bowl this winter.

 

Rutgers 

The Scarlet Knights still have an opportunity to win the Big East with a victory over Louisville on Thursday night, but an embarrassing loss to an unranked Pittsburgh team didn't help.

Rutgers entered the weekend ranked No. 18 in the nation but saw that change when Pitt downed the Scarlet Knights 27-6.

Sophomore QB Gary Nova was engulfed by the Panthers defense, completing just 18-of-37 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Rutgers' staunch defense forgot to show up as well, as they surrendered an uncharacteristic 27 points to an otherwise lackluster Pitt offense.

Rutgers has been impressive all season, but a loss against Louisville could doom all BCS hopes.

 

Texas 

The No. 18 Longhorns were cruising along and riding a four-game winning streak until TCU entered their house and handed Texas a 20-13 loss, making its BCS bowl chances a little bleaker entering the final week of the season.

The No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners' 51-48 win over No. 23 rival Oklahoma State has the Sooners back in business in the Big 12, while No. 6 Kansas State already sits atop the division at 10-1 overall.

The quarterback play of Case McCoy and David Ash doomed the Longhorns, as the two QBs combined for three interceptions and zero touchdowns, combining for a 21-of-38 performance.

And it doesn't get much brighter for Texas, who will face Collin Klein and Kansas State on Saturday.

 

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