BCS Standings 2011: Clemson and 3 Dark Horse BCS Title Contenders

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 19, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers throws a pass while being pressured by defensive lineman David Mackall #11 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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There are several teams in college football capable of climbing the BCS rankings and earning a berth in the BCS title game in January.

Clemson is one of the teams that has a chance to rapidly climb the BCS rankings with an undefeated season.

With the top-four teams in the current BCS Rankings, (LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State respectively), having tough matchups to play this season, there is a chance for many teams in the top 10 to climb to the top.

Alabama and LSU play each other on Nov. 5, while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State battle on Dec. 3. This means two spots at the top could be up for grabs in the coming weeks.

Let's take a look at three darkhorse BCS title contenders.


1) Clemson

The Tigers are 7-0 with wins against Florida State, Auburn and Virginia Tech. This is also a team with only one tough matchup against Georgia Tech before the ACC championship game. Clemson is set up well to climb up the BCS rankings.

They are currently No. 7 in the BCS rankings.

Clemson has a high powered offense that can erase any deficit and could give the top SEC and Big 12 teams a run for their money.

The Tigers are well set up for an undefeated season and will surely benefit from their fellow BCS competitors playing tougher opponents in the final stretch.


2) Stanford

Stanford is a team that hasn't been tested yet, so we have not seen them in a real pressure game, but there is no denying that Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck is the best QB in the country.

Luck and the Stanford offense are so good they could beat top teams like Alabama and LSU. 

The Cardinal are currently 6-0, ranked No. 8 in the BCS standings and will have a good chance to improve their BCS computer ranking when they face the Oregon Ducks on Nov. 12.


3) Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks came away from a brutal stretch of opponents the last three weeks with a 2-1 record after wins against Auburn, Texas A&M and a loss against Alabama.

The Razorbacks are a very good team who play well on both sides of the ball. They have survived the toughest part of their schedule and if they beat South Carolina on Nov. 5, they will face a season finale against LSU that could launch them to the top of the BCS rankings.


Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for the latest sports news and updates.