BCS Rankings 2013 Projections: Full Predictions Heading into Week 7

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 12, 2013

College football fans will have to wait yet another week until the first batch of BCS standings are released, and Week 7's slate of games will have a big say in where the nation's best stand next Sunday. 

With so many undefeated squads remaining in the field, something's got to give before the BCS releases the first rankings, so this will be a pivotal weekend for all of the top-25 hopefuls. 

Heading into Week 7, here's a full projection of how the BCS rankings would look if released tomorrow, with each team's current record included, as well as a brief overview of why certain teams moved up or down in the standings. 


3Ohio State6-0
8Florida State5-0
9Texas A&M4-1
13Miami (FL)5-0
14South Carolina4-1
17Oklahoma State4-1
18Texas Tech5-0
21Fresno State5-0
22Virginia Tech5-1
23Northern Illinois5-0



Though Les Miles and LSU will face a talented Florida Gators squad today, the Tigers will bounce back in their first game against an elite opponent since falling to Georgia three weeks ago. 

Zach Mettenberger's thrown five touchdowns and one pick in his last two outings combined, and LSU's offense has been one of the nation's best thus far. 

Against the Gators, who boast arguably the country's stingiest defense through the first six weeks of the season, LSU will have to get production through the air, as well as a solid day out of Jeremy Hill, but the Tigers will prevail at home. 

With the win, LSU will move into national title contention, but the Tigers' true test will come on November 9 on the road against the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide. 

It will be close, but in the end, the Gators won't have enough to keep up with LSU. The loss won't be due to Florida's play on the defensive side of the ball.



Once Missouri falls to Georgia, the door will be open for another national power outside the top 25 to climb into the rankings, and with a win over Purdue, the Cornhuskers will do just that. 

The early loss to UCLA certainly hurt Nebraska, but after having come away with a pair of blowout victories in the team's last two outings, another victory, even over a rather lowly opponent would vault the Cornhuskers into the BCS standings. 

Ultimately, whether Taylor Martinez and company stay there depends on how they do in early November against a pair of top-25 foes in Michigan and Northwestern, but for now, a Big Ten triumph on the road will be a step in the right direction.



After rolling out to a 5-0 start, Michigan will head to Happy Valley to take on a Penn State team that has been very inconsistent thus far. 

Last weekend, the Nittany Lions got demolished by Indiana on the road, and though things will go better in Week 7, Penn State won't have enough to stop Devin Gardner and the Wolverines. 

Gardner's got to make an effort to limit the turnovers, but the Wolverines offense has enough weapons to put this game out of reach, unless Christian Hackenberg has a career-best day at home.  

With a victory, Brady Hoke's boys will move up a couple of spots in the rankings, but November will be a much tougher month for the Wolverines. 



It'll be another tough week for the Washington Huskies, who lost a heartbreaker to Stanford last Saturday. 

This weekend, Steve Sarkisian's bunch will be taking on the explosive Oregon Ducks, who are well on their way to cementing themselves as legitimate national title contenders. 

Unfortunately for the Huskies, while they do have talent offensively, Keith Price and company don't have quite enough firepower to keep pace with Oregon, even if star back De'Anthony Thomas isn't on the field.

That's because with Byron Marshall and one of the game's best quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota, this is a Ducks team that can put up points against anyone, even if the Huskies are undoubtedly the best team Oregon's faced thus far. 

With the defeat, the Huskies will continue to slide down the rankings, although it certainly helps that both losses will have come against top-10 teams. 




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