The final BCS standings will look drastically different than the initial ones which were released on Sunday night.
That’s great news for teams outside of the championship picture, but many will only get further away than they are now. Here are three that will be ranked far from where they are now at season’s end, as well as the BCS standings according to ESPN.
The Gamecocks had been overrated all season. The nation should’ve seen their loss to Tennessee coming after they struggled to defeat now-1-5 Kentucky and UCF of the American Athletic Conference.
South Carolina will face off against No. 5 Missouri this upcoming Saturday. The Tigers just beat then-No. 7 Georgia and No. 22 Florida by a combined 34 points. That matchup, and the Gamecocks’ late-November date with No. 9 Clemson—who handled everyone not named No. 2 Florida State—are sure losses.
In fact, they may even struggle with now-unranked Florida, who at least competed with Missouri, No. 13 LSU and No. 7 Miami.
No. 15 Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s most impressive win this season came against Notre Dame, which is no longer ranked. Its schedule has been a cakewalk thus far and it couldn’t even sneak past a Texas team that lost to BYU and Ole Miss by a combined 40 points.
The Sooners’ schedule will finally start to heat up with No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 8 Baylor in back-to-back games. Both are undefeated, the Red Raiders beating teams by an average margin of 22.4 points per game and the Bears 48.5. Whether or not Oklahoma will still be ranked after those losses depends on if Texas Tech and Baylor maintain those merciless numbers.
No. 7 Miami Hurricanes
Is Miami more likely to skyrocket or plummet in the BCS standings?
Miami has had a great season, but it's shown vulnerability the past couple of weeks. Georgia Tech and North Carolina forced the Hurricanes to climb back from 10-point deficits. Once upon a time, Boston College had a 14-point lead over now No. 2 Florida State, but that was a freak occurrence.
The Seminoles are dominating their opponents by an average 40.9 points per game. No. 3 Clemson was supposed to put up a fight. It didn’t in a 51-14 slaughter, holding NFL first overall pick hopeful Tajh Boyd to 17-of-37 passing for 156 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Miami needs a miracle to upset overwhelming Florida State. The emotional hangover from a disappointing loss will also impair their ability to take care of business against No. 14 Virginia Tech the next week (see: three straight losses in bowl games following disappointing regular seasons).
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.