BCS Projections: Projecting Arkansas and 3 Big Risers

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 17:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs with the ball against the Troy Trojans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks beat the Trojans 38 to 28.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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It's that point of the college football season again, the time of year when we start trying to figure out what the BCS rankings will look like when they are finally released after Week 8 of the college football season.

It will of course be littered with familiar faces like LSU, Alabama and Boise State at the top.

But there will also be some surprises on the list like Oklahoma State and Illinois. These teams are having great years so far and the BCS rankings will reflect it.

For now though, let's take a look at which teams will rise the most in the BCS Guru's projected BCS rankings.

(Note: For this article, I'm using the BCS Guru projected BCS rankings instead of the AP or ESPN polls.)


No. 13 Arkansas (4-1) vs. No. 17 Auburn

Arkansas notched an impressive come-from-behind win against Texas A&M last weekend.

Their reward? A date against the comeback kids known as the Auburn Tigers.

The Tigers seemingly always find a way to win close games, but don't expect this game to be close. 

Arkansas will pass all over the bad Auburn defense and won't give Gene Chizik's crew a chance to pull off their trademark late-game comeback.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06:  Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinios Fighting Illini is tackled by Craig Roh #88 of the Michigan Wolverines as he tries a desperation pass in triple overtime to end the game at Michigan Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Ann Arb
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A win against another BCS-projected Top-25 team will probably move the Razorbacks into the top 10.

No. 14 Illinois (5-0) at Indiana

The Fighting Illini keep on rolling after defeating Northwestern in a thrilling shootout last weekend.

Nathan Scheelhaase, Jason Ford and A.J. Jenkins lead a powerful Illinois attack that can beat you both in the air and on the ground.

They create matchup problems all over the field and are hard to stop.

Beating Indiana won't be a quality win, but it'll be hard to ignore a 6-0 record for too much longer.

No. 26 Texas A&M (2-2) at No. 22 Texas Tech

The Aggies should have no trouble handling the overrated Red Raiders.

Ryan Tannehill and company will be looking to get back on track after two tough losses to Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

They'll find just what the doctor ordered against Texas Tech's suspect defense.

Look for plenty of points to be scored in this game, and look for the Aggies to jump back into the top 25 of the projected BCS rankings.