Mere hours before the release of the 2013 BCS rankings, upsets were abundant throughout the college football landscape. Five of the Top 10 teams in the AP Poll and six of the Top 10 squads in the USA Today Coaches' Poll lost, and the postseason picture was altered in a major way.
The question is: What will the BCS rankings look like now that some of the most heavily favored teams in the nation have fallen?
The No. 3 Clemson Tigers, No. 6 LSU Tigers, No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies, No. 8 Louisville Cardinals, No. 9 UCLA Bruins, No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks, No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs, No. 20 Washington Huskies and No. 22 Florida Gators all fell on Saturday. Each squad had some form of title dreams, and most were dashed with shocking losses.
With a high number of ranked teams losing, the soon-to-be-released BCS rankings will look nothing like the previous AP and USA Today polls. Or so we think.
Multiple experts have weighed in on what could be, including BCS Guru Samuel Chi of Bleacher Report and Jerry Palm of CBS Sports. It's difficult to make a precise projection for the most heavily scrutinized computer system in professional sports, but both men have put together some compelling lists.
Here's how the experts believe it will shape up:
|Samuel Chi's Projected BCS Rankings|
|Rank||Team||Coaches Poll||Harris Poll||Computers||Pvs|
|Jerry Palm's Projected BCS Rankings|
|BCS RANK||TEAM||BCS AVG||HARRIS VOTES||HARRIS PCT||COACHES VOTES||COACHES PCT|
In both Chi's and Palm's respective rankings, the team that saw the most significant rise was the Missouri Tigers. Previously ranked No. 14 in the AP and USA Today polls, both Chi and Palm have the Tigers at No. 5 in their projected BCS rankings.
Two consecutive blowouts of Top 25 SEC opponents will do that.
Missouri toppled then-No. 7 Georgia 41-26 in Athens on Oct. 12 and followed the win with a 36-17 victory over then-No. 22 Florida on Oct. 19. It won't get any easier with South Carolina up next, but Missouri is one of two remaining undefeated SEC programs.
The other is the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
The other teams that made significant jumps are the Florida State Seminoles and Baylor Bears. Baylor is ranked No. 6 in both Chi and Palm's projected rankings, which comes just one week after it was No. 12 in both the AP and USA Today polls.
Florida State dominated then-No. 3 Clemson, using an explosive offense and smothering defense to win 51-14. That victory has both Palm and Chi convinced that the Seminoles will be ranked No. 2 in the BCS rankings.
Everything changed during Week 8, and no teams benefited more than Baylor, Florida State and Missouri.
As previously alluded to, numerous Top 25 teams from the AP, coaches and projected BCS rankings lost. This opened the door for programs to see significant rises in the rankings, but it also led to squads hitting a steep decline.
No team fell as hard as Georgia.
The leniency that the rankings had with the Bulldogs was a representation of voters favoring the SEC—sometimes blindly. Despite going 4-2 in its first six games, Georgia was ranked No. 15 in the AP and No. 16 in the coaches poll.
Georgia proceeded to lose to Vanderbilt and is now on the outside looking into both Chi and Palm's Top 20 BCS rankings.
The other notable declining contender is Louisville, which lost to UCF on Oct. 18. Playing a schedule that's void of ranked opponents, Louisville eliminated any slim chance that it had at reaching the BCS National Championship Game.
All in all, it was a bad day for the favorites and a huge one for the hopefuls.
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