BCS Rankings Week 9: Projected Standings for Next Week

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IOctober 22, 2011

How will the Wisconsin-Michigan State game impact the BCS rankings?
How will the Wisconsin-Michigan State game impact the BCS rankings?John Gress/Getty Images

So far this season, we've been waiting for that major upset to really shakeup the polls, but up until now, it hasn't materialized.

Of the ten teams that started the season in the Top 10, seven are still remaining.

It seems that for the most part, the season has gone pretty much according to plan with a few minor surprises along the way.

Now is the time when the top teams in college football will begin the process of pulling away from the rest of the pack, and we’ll finally get to separate the contenders from the pretenders over the coming weeks.

As we begin this eighth Saturday of the season, there are still 10 undefeated teams left in college football, eight of which that are ranked in the Top 10 of the current BCS standings.

Is the weekend we finally see that one big upset?

There are definitely a few Top 25 teams that have to be on wary, and don’t be shocked if you see one or two unbeaten teams bite the dust today.

Top 10 Teams like Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Clemson can't afford a sleepwalk performance today.

Here’s a look at how I think the Week 9 BCS rankings will look before the start of Saturday’s games get underway, but these ranking are based on if everything goes according to plan and there aren't any major upsets.

Since there are a few possible surprises looming, check back tomorrow morning for my official projections after today’s action has concluded.

1. LSU Tigers

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Oklahoma Sooners

4. Oklahoma State Cowoys

5. Wisconsin Badgers

6. Boise State Broncos

7. Clemson Tigers

8. Stanford Cardinal

9. Arkansas Razorbacks

10. Oregon Ducks

11. Kansas State Wildcats

12. Virginia Tech Hokies

13. Nebraska Cornhuskers

14. South Carolina Gamecocks

15. Texas A&M Aggies

16. Penn State Nittany Lions

17. Michigan State Spartans

18. Michigan Wolverines

19. Houston Cougars

20. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

21. Illinois Fighting Illini

22. Texas Longhorns

23. Georgia Bulldogs

24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

25. Arizona State Sun Devils