BCS Rankings Predictions 2013: Projecting Initial Top 25 Standings

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 20, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 51-14 at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Because so many teams in the Top 25 fell on Saturday, the initial BCS Rankings are going to look a lot different than this previous week's AP poll.

We saw eight teams in the Top 25 lose, including four teams in the Top 10. Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M and UCLA all went down, which means that there might be more than a few new faces in the Top 10 next week.

Below are predictions for what the initial BCS standings will look like, followed by a breakdown of some of the biggest storylines based off of those rankings.


Projected BCS Standings
RankTeamCoaches PollHarris PollComputersPvs
2Florida State3314
4Ohio State4485
9Miami (Fla.)891014
12Texas A&M1011137
13Texas Tech13131916
14South Carolina14141812
17Virginia Tech19201618
18Northern Illinois21211722
20Fresno State18172319
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Florida State Looks Unstoppable

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after throwing a touchdown with teammate Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South C
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Going against two straight ranked opponents, the Florida State Seminoles have been absolutely dominant, and that will move them to No. 2 in the initial BCS rankings, jumping over Oregon.

A huge 51-14 win over No. 3 Clemson has officially proven that the Seminoles are the real deal. Jameis Winston was huge in the game, throwing for a career-high 444 yards and an interception along with four total touchdowns.

Winston is making a big case for the Heisman trophy this season. As a redshirt freshman, he has put up over 2,000 total yards, has gained 23 total touchdowns and has completed over 70 percent of his passes.

In six games, Florida State has put up 51.3 points per game—one of the best marks in the nation. Meanwhile, they're holding opponents to under 13 points per game.

The hardest part of the schedule is over now, but the Seminoles still have some tough games against Miami and Florida. If they can keep playing like they have been, they will be in great shape to go 12-0 and make a case for a national championship bid.


Baylor Keeps Lighting Up the Scoreboard

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Lache Seastrunk #25 of the Baylor Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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With all of the losses in the Top 10 and another huge night offensively for the Baylor Bears, they should have no problem climbing up as high as No. 6 in Sunday's rankings.

Baylor crushed yet another opponent on Saturday, winning 71-7 against Iowa State.  This marks the fourth time in six games that Baylor has scored at least 70 points.  They lead the nation in scoring with 64.7 points per game. They also average over 700 total yards per game, putting up another 714 yards on Saturday.

Lache Seastrunk continues to look like one of the best running backs in the country. He has run for 760 yards and 10 touchdowns in six games, averaging 9.2 yards per carry.

With how explosive this offense is, they deserve to be in the Top 10 on Sunday. It doesn't look like anyone can stop them right now, but with upcoming games against Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in November, we should see just how good this offense really is.


Georgia is Falling off of the Map

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Chris Conley #31 of the Georgia Bulldogs stands outside the locker room prior to facing the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The expectations were so high for the Georgia Bulldogs entering this season, but with all of the injuries, this team is starting to quickly fall out of the rankings.

There's a chance that Georgia completely falls out of the rankings, but with how wacky the rest of the Top 25 was on Saturday, they may be able to just hang on. However, things aren't good right now. The Bulldogs are 4-3 and have lost back-to-back games.  After losing this week to Vanderbilt, things have gotten serious.

Aaron Murray is doing what he can on offense, but his weapons are dropping like flies.  

Both Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have been out in the backfield, and there seem to be no more wide receivers for Murray to throw to at this point.

Big wins over LSU and South Carolina will keep the Bulldogs out of the Top 25 for now, and with upcoming games against Florida and Auburn, they will be seeing themselves out of the BCS standings for the remainder of the year.