Whether you love them or hate them, the BCS Rankings remain incredibly important for the 2013-14 college football season. The good news is fans will finally be able to see where their favorite team stands.
Obviously, everyone will immediately want to see which squads are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 as these would be the representatives in the BCS National Championship Game. Of course, we have already seen plenty of upsets in recent weeks, and the standings are certain to change over the next couple of months.
Still, the first rankings provide a starting point for which teams are in the driver's seat for the rest of the season.
Although the standings do not come out until Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Bleacher Report's BCS expert Samuel Chi provided a projected look at the upcoming rankings. Here is an overview of what to expect as well as a look at the most surprising teams on the list.
|Projected BCS Standings|
|Rank||Team||Coaches Poll||Harris Poll||Computers|
|via BCS Guru|
No. 2 Florida State
After being considered only an outside contender for a BCS title to start the year, Florida State sent a message to the rest of the country with its dismantling of Clemson on national television.
The Seminoles went into Death Valley and defeated the No. 3 team in the country by a score of 51-14. Quarterback Jameis Winston had yet another incredible day and the freshman made himself one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy.
However, the big story is the impact the game has on the BCS, as projections put the team above Oregon in the standings. Florida State's matchup against Clemson greatly improves its strength of schedule, which should remain high with Miami and Florida still to play.
As good as Oregon has been this year, it has not played any elite opponents. This will hurt in the computer numbers, although it will change with the Ducks facing both UCLA and Stanford in the next two games.
These two teams will remain in contention for that No. 2 spot all year, or as long as they both remain undefeated.
No. 5 Missouri
Few would have predicted that Missouri would be in the Top Five of the BCS at any point of the season, especially as the second-best team in the SEC. However, the last two games proved that the Tigers are for real.
After defeating Georgia on the road last week, Mizzou followed that up with a home win against Florida behind backup quarterback Maty Mauk. Next week, the Tigers will host South Carolina in yet another division battle. Amazingly, a win could almost seal the SEC East for the surprising squad.
With an undefeated record and a clearly difficult schedule, Missouri will get a lot of help from the computer rankings. As the team continues to get more credit from the human voters, it will become contenders for a national championship.
Considering the squad would have to beat Texas A&M in the final regular-season game and Alabama in the SEC Championship to remain undefeated, the Tigers should be able to play their way into the title game if they keep winning.
No. 6 Baylor
Many have questioned the strength of schedule for Baylor, but the losses to other top teams around the country give voters no choice but to keep moving the Bears up in the polls.
Statistically, Baylor has been as impressive as any team in the nation. A balanced attack that is among the top 10 in both passing and rushing yards per game helps the offense average 64.7 points per contest, which ranks first among FBS schools.
If Bryce Petty and company are capable of continuing these type of outbursts, it is hard to imagine anyone in the Big 12 stopping them. This would put the group squarely in the national-title race.
Unfortunately, Baylor has only played a single FBS school with a winning record: Buffalo.
Before the Bears can compare to Alabama, Oregon and everyone else, they will have to prove themselves against some tougher competition.
Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter for the latest breaking news and analysis.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!