BCS Rankings 2011: Predicting the Final BCS Rankings of the Year

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BCS Rankings 2011: Predicting the Final BCS Rankings of the Year
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The initial BCS rankings come out tonight, but what will the standings look like at the end of the regular season?

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Trent Richardson will be the difference in a home win over LSU, which will prove to be the only real challenge for the best football team in the nation.

2. Oklahoma Sooners

A late-season win over a well-regarded Oklahoma State team, along with a victory in the Big 12 Championship will cap an undefeated year for the Sooners.

3. LSU Tigers

With one loss and without an opportunity in the SEC title game, LSU will be shut out of the BCS National Championship.

4. Clemson Tigers

Dabo Swinney’s boys will make it through the season undefeated and capture the ACC title; however, the relative weakness of Clemson’s conference will keep them from a shot at the national championship.

5. Wisconsin Badgers

A mid-season loss to Michigan State will be avenged with a win over the Spartans in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, earning the Badgers a Rose Bowl bid.

6. Stanford Cardinal

The Cardinal will roll through the Pac-12 undefeated, but a late-season upset at the hands of Notre Dame will dash Andrew Luck’s hopes for a national title.

7. Boise State Broncos

Kellen Moore and the Broncos will cruise to a spotless record, but as always, a weak schedule will doom Boise State’s title chances.

8. West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia will dominate its weak schedule, coasting to a Big East title and an automatic bid to the BCS.

9. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks will finish as the top two-loss team, with both losses coming against teams in the top three.

10. Oregon Ducks

Oregon will stomp all lesser competition, with or without LaMichael James, but falling short against LSU and Stanford will keep the Ducks on the fringe of the Top 10.

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame will bounce back from its disastrous start, running the table to get to 10-2 and capping the regular season with a road win over previously undefeated Stanford.

12. Virginia Tech Hokies

Two losses to undefeated Clemson will be the only blemishes on the Hokies' record, but a late loss in the ACC Championship will drop them in the rankings

13. Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans’ road loss to Notre Dame will look better and better each week, but MSU won’t be able to overcome Wisconsin in its quest for the Big Ten title.

14. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks will roll easily through the weak SEC East, only to be stomped by Alabama in the title game.

15. Oklahoma State Cowboys

After a hot start, Oklahoma State will stumble twice in Big 12 play before being humbled in a season-ending blowout at the hands of Oklahoma.

16. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska will have a solid first year in the Big Ten, but the Huskers will fail to reach the inaugural championship game.

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