BCS Rankings 2010: How Will Current Rankings Change By Year's End?

Sam JacksonCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2010

DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Linebacker Travis Lewis #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a 28-20 win against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Our first look at the 2010 BCS Rankings gave us an interesting look at how the computers have seen this season go so far.

The Oklahoma Sooners sits atop the rankings, something that could be seen as a surprise to some. Behind them are the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos. The unbeaten Auburn Tigers and TCU Horned Frogs round out the top 5.

These rankings, however, will be very different when we look back at the end of the season, and I see numerous scenarios for what could happen. First off, the Oklahoma Sooners will not be No. 1 at the end of the season.

I see the Sooners falling in their quest to go unbeaten the Big 12. If it doesn't happen this week against Missouri, it could happen later in the year against Oklahoma State. If not, a loss in the Big 12 title game could be in their future.

This will leave the No.1 spot wide open for several teams to jump into. The Auburn Tigers are certainly a candidate, led by Heisman-contender Cam Newton. However, I see the Tigers getting by other SEC-undefeated LSU this week but getting tripped up later in the season.

This loss will come to big rival Alabama in the regular season finale and will likely dash the Tigers title hopes. Speaking of Alabama, I expect them to play good ball the rest of the way and end up back in a BCS bowl.

For Michigan State they are a great story out of the Big Ten and sit at No. 7 in the current rankings. Unfortunately for the boys from Lansing, the dream for an undefeated will end in a road game at Iowa.

How about No. 5 TCU? For this perennial winner, I think even an undefeated season will leave them short of their national championship aspirations. It's not always fair, but this year there will only be room for one mid-major team in the national championship game...which brings me to my prediction for will be in that game.

I think this is finally the year that Boise State goes undefeated and ends the season No. 2 in the rankings and has a shot at playing for the national championship. So who will the Broncos be matched up against?

If they can get by a tough road matchup at USC, I fully expect Oregon to run the table with their high-powered offense and end the season in that national championship game.

Some would consider this a dream game of high-powered offenses going back and forth combined with a David versus Goliath combat. However, no matter what happens we are still at the mercy of the computers and can only hope they give us a game we all deserve.