BCS Rankings 2013 Predictions: Teams That Will Boost Their Stock in Week 8

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BCS Rankings 2013 Predictions: Teams That Will Boost Their Stock in Week 8
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The first edition of the 2013 BCS rankings will be released on Sunday, making Week 8 a perfect opportunity for teams to improve their stock.  

Of course, it won't be easy. Seven AP Top 25 teams lost over the weekend, and with four matchups between ranked teams in Week 8, the polls could shift dramatically. 

While some of college football's elite will stumble this week, look for the following teams to ride a win into the first BCS rankings of the season. 

 

No. 3 Clemson Tigers

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The Clemson Tigers face a major test on Saturday when Famous Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles come to town. 

FSU has been mowing down everyone in its path, winning by an average margin of 41.6 points per game. Last week, they destroyed then 25th-ranked Maryland 63-0. 

Despite the Seminoles' success, Tajh Boyd and the battle-tested Tigers have the upper hand here. After beating LSU 25-24 in the 2012 Chick-Fil-A bowl and taking down No. 5 Georgia 38-35 in this year's season opener, the Tigers have proven they can come through on the big stage. 

FSU will keep it close, but I'm expecting the senior leadership of Boyd to pay off for the Tigers at home. 

 

Texas A&M Aggies

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Johnny Manziel provided some late-game heroics on Saturday to save Texas A&M from an upset at the hands of Ole Miss. This week, Johnny Football and Co. face another tough SEC opponent. 

The No. 24 Auburn Tigers have rebounded well after their lone loss to LSU, beating a ranked Ole Miss team before blowing out Western Carolina 62-3. 

However, as good as Auburn as been, they haven't seen anything like the Texas A&M offense. Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans are the most dangerous passing combo in the country, leading the Aggies to 47.8 points per game this season. 

Auburn will make things interesting in the first half, but look for Manziel and the Aggies offense to overwhelm the Tigers D. 

 

Miami Hurricanes

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The 5-0 Miami Hurricanes are currently 11th in the USA Today Football Coaches Poll (one-third of the BCS formula), but I'm expecting them to sneak into the BCS top 10 with a win over North Carolina. 

The Hurricanes are in the top 10 in the nation in both points scored (45.2 per game) and points allowed (16.0 per game). Miami also has a signature win on its schedule after its 21-16 victory over No. 12 Florida in early September. 

The Hurricanes should have no trouble with the 1-4 Tar Heels, and if they can avoid an upset against Wake Forrest on Oct. 26, they will be 7-0 heading into a Nov. 2 showdown with Winston and the Seminoles.

 

Projected Rankings

Here's how I'm expecting the BCS rankings to look when they are released on Sunday, Oct. 20. 

*Team records are current

1.   Alabama Crimson Tide  6-0
2.   Oregon Ducks  6-0
3.  Clemson Tigers  6-0
4.  Ohio State Buckeyes  6-0
5.  Texas A&M Aggies  5-1
6.  Florida State Seminoles  6-0
7.  LSU Tigers  6-1
8.  Stanford Cardinal   5-1
9.  Louisville Cardinals  6-0
10.  Miami Hurricanes  5-0
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