BCS Rankings 2013 Predictions: Projecting Top 5 Teams in Initial Standings

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 13, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Bralon Addison #11 of the Oregon Ducks is congratulated by wide receiver Keanon Lowe #7 after making a touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Washington Huskies on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The 2013 BCS rankings will officially come out for the first time on Sunday, October 20.  Now that a number of these big teams have struggled or lost, it's time to start projecting the top five teams in the standings.

We saw a number of big teams get upset on Saturday, which will shake up the initial rankings.  Stanford, Oklahoma, Georgia, Northwestern and Michigan were all upset, making it one of the wilder weekends of college football in quite some time.

With the first BCS rankings less than two weeks away, here are some predictions for who the top five teams will be, with a rundown of each team.


1. Alabama Crimson Tide

They had some problems during their first two weeks, but the Crimson Tide are doing just fine now. They'll be on top of the first BCS rankings.

AJ McCarron has been great this season, and he's beginning to look like a legitimate NFL prospect.  He's thrown for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 71.4 percent of his passes.

On defense, the Crimson Tide are as dominant as ever.  They've allowed just over 11 points per game, and if you take out the 42-point performance by Texas A&M, they've held their opponents to just 26 total points.

Nick Saban is looking for his third-straight national championship and fourth in five years. So far he looks like he has a really good chance to do it.


2. Oregon Ducks

I really wanted to put Oregon at the top, but Alabama is too good right now.  Oregon is still playing great, and it'll be a close second in these first rankings.

Marcus Mariota is without a doubt the front-runner for the Heisman trophy.  He's put up over 2,100 total yards, 25 total touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception.  The offense is averaging 56.8 points per game and simply looks unstoppable.

The big 45-24 win over Washington proves that this team is the real deal.  Even without De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks can put up points in bunches against strong opponents.

It may be Mark Helfrich's first season as the head coach, but the Ducks look as good as ever in 2013.


3. Clemson Tigers

Clemson did not get off to a good start against Boston College, but its impressive offense showed up late and that will keep the Tigers at the No. 3 spot in the rankings.

Tajh Boyd continues to play at a high level.  He had 367 total yards and two touchdowns in the win this week, which puts him at 20 total touchdowns and just two interceptions for the year.  Sammy Watkins continues to make big plays as well.  He's had 36 receptions for 582 yards and four touchdowns.

The Tigers already got one big statement win in Week 1 after taking down the Georgia Bulldogs, giving them some real credibility.  They will get their next big test next week, as they will be playing Florida State.


4. Florida State Seminoles

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 12: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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Speaking of Florida State, it gets the next spot in the BCS rankings after Stanford lost to Utah and Ohio State played a sloppy game against Northwestern.

The Seminoles proved they were a real contender last week, blowing out Maryland in a 63-0 win.  They're now 5-0 on the year, winning by an average of 40 points per game.

The clear highlight player has been Jameis Winston, who has been spectacular in his first season as the starting quarterback for Florida State.  He's completing 73.2 percent of his passes for 1,441 yards and has recorded 17 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions.  His passer rating of 213.9 is almost the best in the country.

If the Seminoles continue to average 53.6 points for and 12.0 points against per game, they're going to be in really good shape for the rest of the season.


5. Ohio State Buckeyes

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 5: Jameis Winston #5 of the  Florida State Seminoles winds up for a pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half on October 5, 2013 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles went to beat the Ter
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The Buckeyes will take a very slight drop to No. 5 once the BCS rankings come out, but they won't have to worry about falling any further with losses from Stanford and Georgia.

Braxton Miller had some issues taking care of the ball in his last game, turning the ball over three times with two fumbles and an interception.  He's played in two games since coming back from the knee injury, and he should hopefully turn things around soon. Otherwise he'll face a QB controversy between himself and Kenny Guiton.

The defense has struggled a bit since beginning Big Ten play, allowing 54 points against Wisconsin and Northwestern.  Still, it's allowing just 19.2 points per game, and it has some great playmakers on defense with Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier.

The Buckeyes need to turn it around after that sloppy performance.  They're still undefeated, and they have a real shot to go undefeated yet again and make their case for a national championship appearance.