BCS Standings 2011: Clemson Tigers and 6 Teams Sure to Improve Their Rankings
The wait is over. The BCS rankings are out, and six teams, including Clemson, should feel very confident about their chances to increase their rankings.
College football teams around the nation had to wait six long weeks for the release of the first BCS rankings of the 2011 season.
The LSU Tigers sit on top of the BCS rankings with an average of .9522.
The remaining 119 FBS schools will try to kick LSU off its throne and improve their individual rankings.
The following six teams seem to be the most likely to climb up in the rankings over the reminder of the season.
No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers
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The nation’s best offense and third best defense calls Madison, Wisconsin, its home. The 2011 Wisconsin Badgers score on average 50.2 points per game, and only allow 9.7 points per game.
The reason for this offensive success is Badgers’ quarterback Russell Wilson. The transfer from North Carolina State has been playing a Heisman-caliber season thus far.
Wilson has completed 74.2 percent of his passing attempts for a total of 1557 yards, including 14 touchdowns and only one interception.
Wisconsin should be able to move up a couple of spots in the BCS rankings if they can beat Michigan State this upcoming Saturday.
No. 7 Clemson Tigers
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Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech–those are the marquee wins for the 7-0 Clemson Tigers up to this point.
Not bad for a team who wasn't in the top 25 of any preseason poll.
The tandem of quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins has helped the Tigers to pull off those meaningful wins.
Boyd has thrown for over 2,000 yards in seven games, including 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Almost half of Boyd’s touchdown passes were caught by wideout Watkins.
The true freshman from Fort Myers, Florida, has caught 46 passes for 728 yards and eight touchdowns so far.
The Clemson Tigers might be a top five team at the end of the season if they can stay undefeated.
No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks
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The Razorbacks have a 5-1 record after the first six games of the regular season. Their biggest win so far has come against Texas A&M. The Hogs beat the Aggies 42-38 at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011.
The win against Texas A&M put Arkansas back on track after Alabama handed them a beat-down in Week 4.
Hogs head coach Bobby Petrino's team has already overcome moments of weakness and frustration. As a result, the team has gotten stronger and stronger each game.
A fairly easy schedule lies ahead and should help Arkansas advance to 10-1 before they head to Baton Rouge for the season finale against LSU.
It seems that Arkansas has a good chance of ending the season with a 10-2 record. This will help them increasing their chances of an at-large bid for a BCS bowl game.
No. 10 Oregon Ducks
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The Ducks have bounced back from their season-opening loss against LSU. Over the last five games, Oregon has outscored its opponents 245-100.
Freshman running back De’Anthony Thomas has already become a big part of head coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
The 18-year-old Thomas is the team’s leading receiver with 21 receptions for a total of 310 yards and four touchdowns.
The Ducks will most likely win out the rest of the season and return to the Rose Bowl for the second time in three years.
There's only one remaining obstacle on their way to Pasadena—Andrew Luck and his Stanford Cardinal team.
If Oregon finishes the season with a 12-1 record, it has to be right behind the unbeaten teams in the BCS rankings, maybe even before Boise State.
No. 15 West Virginia Mountaineers
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The Mountaineers will also win out the rest of their regular season games and defend their Big East conference title.
West Virginia has the fourth best passing attack in the country. The Mountaineers average 380.5 yards per game through the air.
Junior quarterback Geno Smith has already thrown for more than 2,100 yards. He also accumulated 16 touchdowns and three interceptions.
West Virginia will end the season in the top ten of the BCS standings.
No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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The last team on this list is the Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets have a 6-1 record and the second best running offense in the country. They average almost 350 yards per game on the ground.
Georgia Tech’s ground and pound offensive style will help them to finish the regular season with a 9-3 record and a spot in the ACC Championship game.
The Yellow Jackets will finish the season with a spot in the top 20. Maybe even top 15 if they can come up with another win and finish the regular season 10-2.