BCS Standings: 5 BCS Teams That Have Must—Win Games This Weekend

Matt BauerCorrespondent IIOctober 21, 2011

BCS Standings: 5 BCS Teams That Have Must—Win Games This Weekend

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    Last Sunday the BCS rankings were released, and quite a few teams were put in an early predicament.  For those teams, the upcoming game is more important than any they've played this season.

    Just one loss throughout the rest of the season, has the potential to destroy any team's chance at a BCS birth. 

    There are a few teams that can afford to lose one game and still qualify for one of the BCS bowls. Their opportunity to make the BCS National Championship Game, however, would be all but eliminated.

Kansas State

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    The Kansas State Wildcats are making believers out of more and more people every week.  The 'Cats are undefeated and are traveling to Lawrence to take on their in—state rivals, Kansas Jayhawks.

    K—State can't afford any type of loss right now, especially to one of the worst teams in the country, KU.  The Wildcats need to tally up as many wins prior to taking tougher opposition in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M, late in the season.

Michigan State

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    The Spartans are riding high after last week's victory over the Michigan Wolverines to reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy for the fourth straight year.  However, MSU's task doesn't get any easier this weekend when the Wisconsin Badgers come to town.

    Michigan State has a record of 5—1, so a second loss will definitely hinder Sparty's chances of appearing in a BCS bowl.  As difficult of a match—up this is for Michigan State, this is a must—win game.


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    The Fighting Illini fell short last week at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 17—7.  This week Ron Zook's football travels to the 3—3 Purdue Boilermakers, a team that can't find a way to win two games in a row.

    The Illini can't afford to drop two straight games, especially because both teams are not ranked in the Top 25.  This is a must—win for Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini.


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    According to Boston.com, LSU has suspended three players for Saturday's matinee against the Auburn Tigers.  Among those suspended is stud cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, the turnover machine.

    It seems as if the LSU Tigers season will be adjudged a failure unless they win the National Championship.  One regular season loss will kill those chances.  Even though the Tigers are without three starters, Saturday is still a must—win game for Les Miles' squad.


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    Stanford got somewhat shafted in the first BCS rankings, being placed a lowly eighth in the polls.  The Cardinals are going to need to do some serious damage over remainder of the season to climb up the standings, and they're going to have to hope the teams above them start to lose.

    Stanford can start doing damage this week by beating up on the 25th ranked Washington Huskies.  Stanford is at home, and I don't suspect they're going to lose.  So I guess you can say this is not a must—win game for Stanford, but it's a must—embarrass game for Stanford.

    Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense is going to have to run up the score week after week if they want to climb up the BCS polls.