BCS Rankings 2013 Projections: Teams That Will Benefit from Strong Conferences

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 19, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 07:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies leads his team onto the field against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field on September 7, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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There are sure to be a few teams ranked higher than they should be when the BCS Rankings are released on Sunday, Oct. 20, whatever happens in Saturday's slate of games.

Strength of schedule is such a key element in the calculations when tallying up BCS  points. Teams that are in strong conferences inevitably end up being ranked higher than small-conference schools—even when the little school is undefeated.

Here's a look at where teams are likely to land when the standings are revealed, followed by a closer look at a few teams that are ranked high simply because of their association with a strong conference.

Here's a hint: They're all from the SEC. 

Projected BCS Rankings
RankProjected BCSAP PollUSA Today Coaches Poll
1Alabama (6-0)Alabama (6-0)Alabama (6-0)
2Oregon (6-0)Oregon (6-0)Oregon (6-0)
3Clemson (6-0)Clemson (6-0)Ohio State (6-0)
4Ohio State (6-0)Ohio State (6-0)Clemson (6-0)
5Florida State (5-0)Florida State (5-0)Florida State (5-0)
6LSU (6-1)LSU (6-1)Louisville (6-0)
7Texas A&M (5-1)Texas A&M (5-1)Texas A&M (5-1)
8UCLA (5-0)Louisville (6-0)LSU (6-1)
9South Carolina (5-1)UCLA (5-0)South Carolina (5-1)
10Louisville (6-0)Miami (FL) [5-0]UCLA (5-0)
11Missouri (6-0)South Carolina (5-1)Miami (FL) [5-0]
12Stanford (5-1)Baylor (5-0)Baylor (5-0)
13Miami (FL) [5-0]Stanford (5-1)Stanford (5-1)
14Georgia (4-2)Missouri (6-0)Missouri (6-0)
15Baylor (5-0)Georgia (4-2)Texas Tech (6-0)
16Texas Tech (6-0)Texas Tech (6-0)Georgia (4-2)
17Oklahoma (5-1)Fresno State (5-0)Oklahoma State (4-1)
18Oklahoma State (4-1)Oklahoma (5-1)Oklahoma (5-1)
19Florida (4-2)Virginia Tech (6-1)Fresno State (5-0)
20Auburn (5-1)Washington (4-2)Virginia Tech (6-1)
21Virginia Tech (6-1)Oklahoma State (4-1)Nebraska (5-1)
22Fresno State (5-0)Florida (4-2)Florida (4-2)
23Northern Illinois (6-0)Northern Illinois (6-0)Northern Illinois (6-0)
24Michigan (5-1)Auburn (5-1)Michigan (5-1)
25Washington (4-2)Wisconsin (4-2)Washington (4-2)


Texas A&M

Record: 5-1

AP Rank: No. 7

Coaches Poll Rank: No. 7

The Aggies live and die by Johnny Manziel's right arm. 

If Johnny Football isn't on point, then his team doesn't win. 

Texas A&M features one of the nation's worst defenses. The Aggies give up 32 points per game, which ranks No. 96 in the country. Thankfully, the team's offense puts up points in bunches. 

Sounds just like another school—albeit one with a reduced chance of making it to one of the big bowl games this year.  

Fresno State, led by Derek Carr, is a mirror image of Texas A&M this year. Neither team can stop anyone from running up the score, but thankfully they both feature one of the nation's best quarterbacks. 

The biggest difference between Texas A&M and Fresno State is that the Bulldogs haven't lost a game. Oh, and the Aggies also play in the SEC—not the Mountain West. 


South Carolina

Record: 5-1

AP Rank: No. 11

Coaches Poll Rank: No. 9

South Carolina was abused by Georgia earlier this year, 41-30, in its only game against a ranked opponent to date.

Jadeveon Clowney is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the nation, but he can't defend the entire field by himself. South Carolina's defense hasn't impressed this year, allowing at least 25 points to inferior opponents in three of the last four games.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 12: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks yawns on the sidelines during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Gamecocks defeated the Razorbac
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Connor Shaw has been impressive this year, playing an efficient brand of football. He has 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. His lack of turnovers has been a big reason why South Carolina is 5-1 right now, but he doesn't run an explosive passing attack. 

When engaged in a shootout with a top team, South Carolina doesn't have the offense or the defense to come away with the victory. 


CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31:  Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images


Record: 4-2

AP Rank: No. 15

Coaches Poll Rank: No. 16

Aaron Murray has been brilliant in all but two games for Georgia. When he's hot, Georgia can hang with any team in the country. 

Unfortunately, when he's not hot, Georgia's defense can't pick up the slack like it did last year. 

This defense is atrocious. 

Only 18 teams in the nation allow more points per game than the Bulldogs. 

Heck, if it weren't for a freak play in which Alton Howard lost the ball just inches before scoring what would have been the game-winning touchdown for Tennessee in overtime, Georgia would be 3-3 instead of 4-2. 

Teams like Baylor, Texas Tech and Fresno State should be ranked higher, but they play in weaker conferences. 


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