BCS Standings Predictions 2013: What Experts Are Predicting for Week 15 BCS Poll

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BCS Standings Predictions 2013: What Experts Are Predicting for Week 15 BCS Poll
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Leave it up to rivalry weekend for college football to be turned upside down. It appeared we were on a collision course to see Alabama and Florida State play for a national championship. Now, there's no telling who will earn a bid to the big game. Very few could also tell you who is a lock to appear in a BCS bowl. Although people complain about the BCS process, the format just helped college football get extremely interesting.

Help, most teams have finished their regular season, and nobody knows jack!

Maybe the experts can help. Where does Alabama fall to after falling asleep on a missed field goal? Does Ohio State finally move into the Top 2 and give Buckeyes fans what they want? Are there any dark horses that have sneaked into the Top 14 for a shot to qualify for a BCS bowl?

Samuel Chi, Bleacher Report's BCS guru, tried to answer some of those questions in his latest BCS projections, which can be viewed below:

Samuel Chi's BCS Projections
Rank Team Record Conference Pvs
1 Florida State 12-0 ACC 2
2 Ohio State 12-0 Big Ten 3
3 Auburn 11-1 SEC 4
4 Alabama 11-1 SEC 1
5 Missouri 11-1 SEC 5
6 Oklahoma State 10-1 Big 12 7
7 Stanford 10-2 Pac-12 8
8 Baylor 10-1 Big 12 9
9 South Carolina 10-2 SEC 10
10 Michigan State 11-1 Big Ten 11
11 Arizona State 10-2 Pac-12 12
12 Oregon 10-2 Pac-12 13
13 Clemson 10-2 ACC 6
14 Northern Illinois 12-0 MAC 14
15 LSU 9-3 SEC 17
16 Central Florida 10-1 American 19
17 Oklahoma 9-2 Big 12 18
18 UCLA 9-3 Pac-12 22
19 Louisville 10-1 American 20
20 Duke 10-2 ACC 24
21 Wisconsin 9-3 Big Ten 15
22 Fresno State 10-1 MWC 16
23 Cincinnati 9-2 American NR
24 Georgia 8-4 SEC NR
25 Texas 8-3 Big 12 NR

Samuel Chi

Did anybody have a Florida State-Ohio State national championship heading into the season? Better question: Who thought Missouri and Auburn would be playing for the SEC Championship Game and an outside shot for a national title? Anyone? This is why college football should never change. A playoff is cool and all, but the upsets and the endless possibilities make this sport worth waiting through a grueling offseason.

Many will want to know if the SEC champion will have done enough to surpass an undefeated Ohio State. While even the possibility would drive the Buckeyes over the edge, there are some out there who believe it could happen. Like ESPN's Brad Edwards, who told Pete Roussel of Coaching Search that Auburn could get all of the love from the computers if it wins the SEC.

That could put the Tigers in a position to play for a national championship. And at that point I consider Gus Malzahn to have pulled off the greatest one-year turnaround of the last 25 years. That's insane when you sit back and look at how brutal the Tigers were just 12 months ago.

Anyway, Edwards has a similar Top Five, except for a minor change at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, per Eleven Warriors:

What if Ohio State and Florida State both lose their conference championships? Does Alabama get a shot for a crystal football? Would the SEC really have two teams placed in the big game? Haven't we seen this movie before? With the way the last couple of weeks have gone, you'd be foolish at this point to rule anything out.

Ah, forget it.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports got in on the action and had nearly an identical Top 10, but he also couldn't agree with where Alabama should be ranked:

Jerry Palm's Top 10
Rank Team Record Conference Pvs
1 Florida State 12-0 ACC 2
2 Ohio State 12-0 Big Ten 3
3 Auburn 11-1 SEC 4
4 Missouri 11-1 SEC 5
5 Alabama 11-1 SEC 1
6 Oklahoma State 10-1 Big 12 7
7 Stanford 10-2 Pac-12 8
8 Baylor 10-1 Big 12 9
9 South Carolina 10-2 SEC 10
10 Michigan State 11-1 Big Ten 11

Jerry Palm

As usual, the real BCS rankings will be released at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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