College Football Rankings 2013: BCS Teams That Will Lose in Week 9
Twenty-five teams were fortunate enough to find their names in the first 2013 BCS rankings, but a rain cloud is looming on the horizon for some.
Week 8 was upset city in college football, with five Top 10 and nine Top 25 teams going down. This Saturday probably won't feature that much chaos, but a few teams are definitely in trouble.
Look for the following BCS ranked schools to stumble this week.
No. 10 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders boast an impressive 7-0 record, and they deserve plenty of credit for ascending to the Top 10 of the first BCS rankings.
Unfortunately for the Red Raider faithful, their team is about to be exposed in Oklahoma.
Texas Tech has been feasting on lowly opponents, as its seven victories have come against teams with a combined record of 18-28. To make matters worse, a previously impressive win (over then-No. 24 TCU) has lost its power because of the Horned Frogs' recent struggles.
The Texas Tech D has allowed just 18.7 points per game, but with dual-threat quarterback Blake Bell and the No. 15 Sooners up next, you can expect that average to increase.
It will be a close game, but this is the week that Kliff Kingsbury's team comes up short.
No. 12 UCLA
The UCLA Bruins entered Week 8 with an unblemished record, but a hellish two-week stretch is putting Brett Hundley and Co. in a tough position.
After losing 24-10 to Stanford on Saturday, UCLA will look to recover this week. While I normally wouldn't doubt them, the fact that they will try to rebound against No. 3 Oregon is not an encouraging development.
The Ducks have been perhaps the most unstoppable team in the country, scoring 57.6 points per game on their way to a 7-0 record (4-0 Pac-12). They boast an average margin of victory of 40.2 points, and they've amassed that against some quality opponents.
UCLA is a talented team, and I would take the Bruins over most teams in the BCS Top 20. Unfortunately, Oregon is not most teams.
Look for Marcus Mariota and the Ducks to cruise to another convincing victory over a strong Pac-12 foe.
No. 21 South Carolina
South Carolina has been overrated for much of the season, and after several near-upsets, the Gamecocks were finally toppled by unranked Tennessee on Saturday.
Things don't get any easier for Jadeveon Clowney and Co., who will travel to take on No. 5 Missouri this week.
The Tigers haven't missed a beat since starting quarterback James Franklin was injured in their win over Georgia. With freshman Maty Mauk under center on Saturday, the Tigers rolled over then-No. 22 Florida 36-17.
Mauk was far from perfect (18-of-36, 295 yards, one touchdown, one interception), but he showed impressive composure for an inexperienced quarterback. I'm expecting him to ride that momentum to another solid performance.
If Mauk can take care of the ball and the Tigers defense continues to suffocate its opponents, they will improve to 8-0 and claim their third consecutive victory over a ranked SEC team.
Week 8 BCS Rankings
Rankings courtesy of the BCS
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