BCS Rankings 2013: Projecting BCS Bowl Teams as of Week 7

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Christion Jones (22) carries the ball against the Georgia State Panthers during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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The BCS will not announce its initial rankings for a few more weeks, but much of the data used to generate the standings is already publicly available.

Because of that, it is possible to make accurate projections on how the Top 25 will look as early as Week 7.

Sites such as BCSGuru.com—which I’ve used to pull the most accurate ranking possible for each of the top teams across the nation—formulate these Top 25 lists by compiling a number of different data sets.

Let’s take a look at the latest standings and highlight a handful of interesting teams on the list.

 

Alabama Remains on Top of the World

The Crimson Tide is—unsurprisingly—the top-ranked team in the nation. They have everything going for them at this juncture and are currently projected to head back to the national championship with a chance at the rare three-peat.

Much of the credit goes to head coach Nick Saban, who isn’t afraid to demand excellence from his players and constantly has them prepared for every single game, regardless of how insignificant the opponent is.

‘Bama is now 5-0, with the only contest ever in question coming against Texas A&M back in Week 3. Of course, the Tide found a way to roll past Johnny Manziel and the rest of the Aggies—getting revenge for their only shortcoming of 2012.

Looking ahead, only LSU poses a challenge to this program running through the regular season undefeated. The No. 10 ranked Tigers always play the Tide tough, but will have to be especially elite in order to knock this champion from the top.

 

Fresno State and Northern Illinois Could Bust BCS

Oct 5, 2013; Kent, OH, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies cornerback Paris Logan (29) and safety Jimmie Ward (15) celebrate during the fourth quarter at Dix Stadium. Northern Illinois beat Kent State 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulldogs and Huskies are the two programs from outside the traditional power conferences that are making noise inside the Top 25.

There is little doubt that both will make an appearance on the initial BCS rankings, as long as they can remain undefeated until they are first announced.

These two schools are hoping that they can play spoiler to the automatic-qualifying programs and continue to show that they have what it takes to do exactly that.

Fresno State won huge over Idaho in Week 6, as the Bulldogs dropped over 60 points in a 61-14 victory. Northern Illinois wasn’t too shabby either, edging Kent State on the road, 38-24.

As long as these two keep winning convincingly, there is a great chance they bust into the BCS and make a prominent bowl game at the end of the season.

 

Arizona State Still Alive

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05:  The Arizona State Sun Devils mascot during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Cowboys Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Sun Devils went up against some of the toughest competition over the last few weeks, which—despite two losses—is largely why this team is still alive in the BCS bowl conversation.

ASU had a chance to shoot up to the very top of the polls by running the table in consecutive games against Wisconsin, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame, but instead will have to settle for a respectable .500 during that span.

The team beat USC and Wisconsin in Tempe, but lost to Stanford on the road and was narrowly edged by Notre Dame in a neutral-site thriller.

As long as the Sun Devils can stay out of the loss column for the remainder of 2013, this program still has a great chance of making a run in the Pac-12 and possibly an appearance in a major bowl game.