Projected BCS Rankings 2013: Biggest Winners from Saturday's Action
Well, that was fun.
Week 8 of the 2013 college football season turned out to be the craziest one yet, with five top-10 teams losing on Friday and Saturday. With this season's first BCS rankings set to be released Sunday night, the timing of these losses couldn't have come at a more chaotic time.
The list of ranked teams that stumbled this week includes No. 3 Clemson, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 15 Georgia, No. 20 Washington and No. 22 Florida.
While this upset epidemic was unfortunate for the nine teams listed above, it helped put the following squads in great positions.
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide are clear winners this weekend.
Not only did they beat SEC rival Arkansas 52-0, they saw many of their national title threats go down. Clemson was embarrassed, LSU lost, Johnny Football and Texas A&M now have two losses.
Meanwhile, the Tide just keep on rolling.
No. 5 Florida State Seminoles
Florida State may have been the biggest winner from Saturday.
The Seminoles trashed Tajh Boyd and Clemson 51-14—and, really, Clemson's last touchdown was beyond meaningless—and should move up to at least No. 3 when the new polls come out on Sunday.
I don't know if they did enough to move ahead of Oregon, but with two blowout wins over ranked opponents—they beat then-No. 25 Maryland 63-0—they should unquestionably leapfrog Ohio State.
No. 10 Miami Hurricanes
The string of upsets almost started on Thursday, but the 'Canes were able to escape North Carolina with a 27-23 victory.
Miami is now 6-0 on the season, and with half of the top 10 losing this week, it could potentially move into the top five. However, with a strong one-loss team like LSU—and to a lesser extent Clemson—Miami will likely have to settle for sixth or seventh this week.
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B/R BCS Guru Samuel Chi
Current team rankings from ESPN.com's AP Top 25 poll.
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