BCS Rankings 2010: How Will Final BCS Differ from the First BCS Poll?

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 18, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: How Will Final BCS Differ from the First BCS Poll?

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    With the first BCS Rankings 2010 poll being released, there will be no shortage of opinions and debates around the water cooler come Monday morning.

    We won't agree on just about every team in the poll and where they stand. But the bigger debate will take place on just where these teams will be when the season starts to wrap up.

    That's what we're going to talk about right now. We'll go through all 25 teams that are in the BCS poll and we'll talk about what might trip them up and the players that are key for them to stay where they are or move up in the rankings.

    So, without further ado, let's get to it.

No. 25: Virginia Tech

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    Showcase game: Nov 20th at (25) Miami

    Trap game: Nov 13th at North Carolina

    Crucial player: Tyrod Taylor

    Where they'll end up: Are the Hokies the team that have reeled off five straight since losing their first two games of the season against Boise State and James Madison?

    Maybe, but they won't get higher than possibly 15th by season's end.

No. 24: Mississippi State

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    Showcase game: Nov 13th at Alabama

    Trap game: Oct. 30th vs Kentucky

    Crucial player: Vick Ballard

    Analysis: Mississippi State still has a tough schedule to face but picking up wins in their next few games leading up to Alabama will be a big confidence boost for them.

    Where they'll end up: Out of the rankings

No. 23: Arkansas

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th at South Carolina

    Trap game: Oct. 23rd vs Ole Miss

    Crucial player: Ryan Mallett

    Analysis: Arkansas has been just one play or a few breaks away from being one of the unbeaten teams. They could easily be a top 10 team if a few things had gone their way. But, that's why they play the game.

    Where they'll end up: 11th

No. 22: Kansas State

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    Showcase game: Oct. 30 vs Oklahoma State

    Trap game: Oct. 23rd at Baylor

    Crucial player: Daniel Thomas

    Analysis: Bill Snyder is impressing once more with this ball club but they still have a long ways to go. Let's see how they do over the next few weeks before we say they're for real.

    Where they'll end up: Out of the rankings

No. 21: South Carolina

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th vs Arkansas

    Trap game: Oct. 30th vs Tennessee

    Crucial player: Stephen Garcia

    Analysis: South Carolina upset the No.1 team in the land a week ago Saturday, then goes to Kentucky and loses? They haven't won on the road yet so I'm not sure what to think of them just yet.

    Where they'll end up: 17th

No. 20: West Virginia

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    Showcase game: Nov. 26th at Pitt

    Trap game: Oct. 29th at UConn

    Crucial player: Geno Smith

    Analysis: They did show something with just a six point loss to LSU but the rest of their schedule isn't the best I've seen. Three of the next five games will be on the road which could be a turning point to a good or mediocre season.

    Where they'll end up: Out of the rankings

No. 19: Texas

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    Showcase game: Nov. 13th vs Oklahoma State

    Trap game: Nov. 6th at Kansas State

    Crucial player: Garrett Gilbert

    Analysis: The Texas Longhorns redeemed themselves with a big win on the road against Nebraska, a win that a lot of people didn't think they'd get. There's still work to be done.

    Where they'll end up: 15th

No. 18: Arizona

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th at (14) Stanford

    Trap game: Oct. 23rd vs Washington

    Crucial player: Matt Scott

    Analysis: With Nick Foles out two to three weeks with a sprained knee, it's up to junior quarterback Mark Scott  to keep them rolling until Foles can make it back.

    Where they'll end up: 12th

No. 17: Florida State

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    Showcase game: Nov. 27th vs (22) Florida

    Trap game: Oct. 28th at NC State

    Crucial player: Christian Ponder

    Analysis: Florida State had an impressive win over in-state rival Miami and look better than they did when they were blown out by Oklahoma earlier in the season.

    Where they'll end up: Eighth

No. 16: Nebraska

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    Showcase game: Oct. 23rd at (17) Oklahoma State

    Trap game: Oct. 30th vs (21) Missouri

    Crucial player: Taylor Martinez

    Analysis: That picture says it all after the Cornhuskers "fell on their face" against Texas this past weekend especially at home. Tough loss but one they need to bounce back from.

    Where they'll end up: 17th

No. 15: Iowa

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    Showcase game: Nov. 20th at (10) Ohio State

    Trap game: Nov. 6th at Indiana

    Crucial player: Ricky Stanzi

    Analysis: It's Iowa's defense that they've been known for and it's been the one thing the Hawkeyes can count on against big opponents.

    Where they'll end up: Ninth

No. 14: Oklahoma State

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    Showcase game: Oct. 23rd vs Nebraska

    Trap game: Oct. 30th at Kansas State

    Crucial players: Kendall Hunter

    Analysis: Oklahoma State is good, but can they really prove how good they are when they face Nebraska next weekend?

    Where they'll end up: 18th

No. 13: Wisconsin

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    Showcase game: Oct. 23rd at (13) Iowa

    Trap game: Nov. 20th at Michigan

    Crucial player: John Clay

    Analysis: Wisconsin was impressive at home against the top team in the country, Ohio State. If they can get past Iowa, they're well on their way to a big season.

    Where they'll end up: Sixth

No. 12: Stanford

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th vs (15) Arizona

    Trap game: Oct. 30th at Washington

    Crucial player: Jake Locker

    Analysis: Next to their loss on the road to Oregon, Stanford has looked like a team that could make some waves toward the end of the season. They can win on the road and they're solid at home.

    Where they'll end up: 13th

No. 11: Missouri

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    Showcase game: Oct. 23rd vs (1) Oklahoma

    Trap game: Nov. 6th at Texas Tech

    Crucial player: Blaine Gabbert

    Analysis: The Missouri Tigers were a team that almost got beaten by San Diego State. I'm not sure they're going to be hanging around the rankings long.

    Where they'll end up: Out of the rankings

No. 10: Ohio State

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    Showcase game: Nov. 20th at (13) Iowa

    Trap game: Nov. 13th vs Penn State

    Crucial player: Terrelle Pryor

    Analysis: After a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, we'll watch as the Buckeyes will show why they were once ranked as the top team in the nation.

    Where they'll end up: Fourth

No. 9: Utah

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th vs (4) TCU

    Trap game: Oct. 30th at Air Force

    Crucial player: Jordan Wynn

    Analysis: The Utah Utes have an offense that can go head-to-head with just about any team they come across. Though you could say that they haven't faced a worthy foe as of yet.

    Where they'll end up: Eighth

No. 8: Alabama

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th at (5) LSU

    Trap game: Nov. 13th vs Mississippi State

    Crucial player: Mark Ingram

    Analysis: Despite Alabama's loss to South Carolina, they are still one of the best teams in the country with some of the best talent in the country. They'll be back.

    Where they'll end up: Third

No. 7: Michigan State

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    Showcase game: Oct. 30th at (13) Iowa

    Trap game: Nov. 27th at Penn State

    Crucial player: Kirk Cousins

    Analysis: Is Michigan State as good as we think they are after wins over Michigan and Wisconsin? Maybe, but there's still more to see before this season comes to a close.

    Where they'll end up: Sixth

No. 6: LSU

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    Showcase game: Oct. 23rd at (3) Auburn

    Trap game: Nov. 20th vs Ole Miss

    Crucial player: Les Miles

    Analysis: LSU continues to sneak away with wins but that streak could come to an end quickly.

    Where they'll end up: 20th

No. 5: TCU

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    Showcase game: Nov. 6th at (9) Utah

    Trap game: Oct. 23rd vs Air Force

    Crucial player: TCU defense

    Analysis: TCU's defense has stepped up to the plate and has been the one thing that has the Horned Frogs where they are at this moment. Not that they can't put up points with the best of them, but they can shut out the best of them as well.

    Where they'll end up: Fifth

No. 4: Auburn

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    Showcase game: Nov. 26th at (8) Alabama

    Trap game: Nov. 13th vs Georgia

    Crucial player: Cam Newton

    Analysis: Auburn has every reason to believe they can win out and sit at the top of the college football mountain. Cam Newton and the Tigers are playing that well right now.

    Where they'll end up: Second

No. 3: Boise State

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    Showcase game: Nov. 26th at Nevada

    Trap game: Nov. 6th vs Hawaii

    Crucial player: Kellen Moore

    Analysis: Boise State is arguably one of the most hated teams in college football but they seem to be okay with that.

    Where they'll end up: Eighth

No. 2: Oregon

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    Showcase game: Oct. 30th at USC

    Trap game: Nov. 13th at Cal

    Crucial: LaMichael James

    Analysis: The Oregon Ducks have one of the best offenses in college football and have been proving it all season long. If it wasn't for the BCS polls, they would be called the best team in college football.

    Where they'll end up: First

No. 1: Oklahoma

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    Showcase game: Nov. 13th vs Texas tech

    Trap game: Nov. 20th at Baylor

    Crucial player: DeMarco Murray

    Analysis: The Oklahoma Sooners have looked like the best team but, at times, haven't looked like a top 10 team. Where they end up will be up to them.

    Where they'll end up: Fourth