BCS Rankings: The 10 Best Teams That Won't Make It to a BCS Bowl

Bohdi SandersContributor IIINovember 24, 2010

BCS Rankings: The 10 Best Teams That Won't Make It to a BCS Bowl

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    There are a lot of good football teams which will not be going to a BCS bowl game this year. The 2010 football season is once again proving that the BCS system does not work.

    This year we will see either an 8-4 Pittsburgh team or a 9-3 West Virginia team go to a BCS bowl instead of the teams on this list. Do you really think that Pittsburgh and West Virginia are better than the 10 teams on this list? Shouldn't the best teams go to the best bowls?

    No matter; that is the system that we have at this time. So here are the 10 best teams that will not be playing in a BCS bowl this season, whether they deserve to or not. Be ready for some big surprises!

#10: The Florida State Seminoles

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    RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28:  Bert Reed #83 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    The Seminoles are only six points away from being 10-1, losing to North Carolina by two points and to NC State by four points. This team is greatly improved but will not win the ACC.

    I believe that Virginia Tech will win the ACC and go to a BCS bowl. The Seminoles will be a team to contend with next season, though.

#9: The Nevada Wolf Pack

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    EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 8:  Brandon Fragger #24 of the Nevada Wolf Pack carries the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 8, 2007 at Ryan Field at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Nevada has quietly played under the radar this season. At 10-1, the Wolf Pack is only six points away from entering Friday's game against Boise State undefeated, losing only in a close game to Hawaii.

    Nevada's game against Boise State is the biggest game of the year for the Wolf Pack. A win in this game would change the whole BCS picture, but I do not think that the Wolf Pack will be able to handle the Broncos. This is a good team nonetheless.

#8: The Missouri Tigers

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    COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 13, 2010 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    The Tigers should finish their season with a 10-2 record, losing only to Nebraska and Texas Tech in back-to-back games. They have looked good with the exception of these two games, defeating both Texas A & M and Oklahoma. This is another good team but just not quite good enough in a very competitive conference race in the Big 12.

#7: The Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Brandon Kinnie #84 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs after a catch against the Kansas Jayhawks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis
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    The Huskers have a good team. They have lost only two games by a combined total of only 10 points. Nebraska will, in all likelihood, end their regular season with a 10-2 record.

    I predict that Nebraska will not be going to a BCS bowl because that honor will go to the Oklahoma State Cowboys this year. The Cowboys just seem to have what it takes to win the Big 12 and get a ticket to the Fiesta Bowl.

#6: The Oklahoma Sooners

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    COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 23: Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners passes against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    At 9-2, the Sooners can still play a major role in the BCS bowl games this year. A win Saturday against Oklahoma State could throw a kink into things, but I do not think that will happen. In any case, Oklahoma is still a good team that can play with the best of them.

    I look for the Sooners to end the season at 9-3, but this team is actually better than their record indicates.

#5: The Arkansas Razorbacks

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    COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Razorbacks come into this week's game against LSU ranked No.12 with a 9-2 record. They are still holding out some outside hope of getting to a BCS game, but it is very doubtful that will happen.

    First, they must take care of No.5 LSU in Little Rock, which is no easy task. Arkansas is an explosive team, whose defense is not as bad as many people think. This is another team who can play with anyone in the country when they are playing at their best.

#4: The Alabama Crimson Tide

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide sets to pass against the Mississippi State Bulldogs November 13, 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Last year's champions have had a few problems this year, but they are still a very good team. They will not be going to a BCS bowl, but they will play a major role in who goes to the BCS Championship game.

    Alabama plays the No. 2 Auburn Tigers on Friday. A win against Auburn may send the Tigers into a downward spiral which will take them out of the BCS bowl picture and change the whole BCS landscape. Either way, the Crimson Tide will not be getting a ticket to one of the BCS bowls.

#3: The Michigan State Spartans

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30- Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans looks down field for a receiver during play against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michig
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    At 10-1, one would think that Michigan State would be going to the Rose Bowl, but not so fast. There is a three-way tie in the Big 10 and things are not looking good for the Spartans, as far as going to a BCS bowl. It looks as if Wisconsin will be headed to the Rose Bowl.

    All that Michigan State can do at this point is take care of business Saturday at Penn State and hope that everything falls into place for them. I have a feeling that Wisconsin is going to be the lucky ones though. No matter what happens, this is the best Spartan team in years.

#2: The Ohio State Buckeyes

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Ohio State is in the same boat as Michigan State, in that three-way tie in the Big 10. The 10-1 Buckeyes' only loss is to Wisconsin, who will be going to the Rose bowl. This is another good team from the Big 10, and another one which will be left out of the BCS.

The Best Team Left Out Of The BCS Bowls: The Auburn Tigers

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Yes, I know that this is going to completely blow your minds; I told you to be ready for some big surprises! Auburn has two more games to play, against Alabama and South Carolina.

    I believe that they will slip against Bama and then have a bit of a hangover the next week against South Carolina. Losing both of these games would send South Carolina to a BCS bowl and would place Auburn in a lesser bowl, making the Auburn Tigers the best team in the nation not going to a BCS bowl game.

    While this is a bold prediction, it is also very possible when you look at the overall situation, instead of simply the Xs and Os.

    This is the biggest game of the year for Alabama, and it will be very hard to defeat the same Steve Spurrier team twice in one season, especially if the Tigers are coming off a heart-breaking loss to their arch rivals. The ice is thin for the Tigers—beware!

Bohdi's BCS Game MatchUp Predictions

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Linebacker Billy Derome #25 of the Boise State Broncos leads his team onto the field before the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty I
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    Here are my predictions for the five BCS bowl games:

    The BCS Championship: Oregon vs Boise State

    The Sugar Bowl: South Carolina vs TCU

    The Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs LSU

    The Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs West Virginia

    The Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs Stanford

    Enjoy the games!

    Bohdi Sanders ~ www.TheWisdomWarrior.com