BCS Rankings Projection: Predicting the Poll After Wisconsin and Oklahoma Losses

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

LSU continues to roll!
LSU continues to roll!Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Week 8 of the college football season brought all the wild games and crazy upsets that we have come to know and love.

Major upsets like Oklahoma's crushing home loss to Texas Tech and the wild and controversial manner in which Michigan State took down the Wisconsin Badgers, means a shake up at the top of the BCS polls. 

The BCS No. 15, West Virginia, were also upset on Friday night by the Syracuse Orange and Washington and Auburn, who were ranked in the BCS Top 25, will most likely lose their spots because they were also blown out by better teams. Georgia Tech lost to Virginia and Illinois was also upset by Purdue, meaning both will likely fall out of the BCS rankings.

Notre Dame and Rutgers were teams on the precipice of the rankings, but they disappointed in their losses over the weekend.

All of that equals a BCS shakeup, but who will take advantage?

With the human polls making up a large part of the BCS these days, the "eye-test" is certainly a large part of the equation and a number of teams in the BCS Top 10 impressed with their victories on Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Luck showed why he was every bit the quarterback as his BCS No. 8 Stanford Cardinal blew past Pac-12 opponent Washington 65-21. During the game, Luck tossed two more touchdowns while completing an impressive 16-21 passes.

Other teams could have taken advantage like Boise State, who came into the week ranked BCS No. 5 and struggled with Air Force, with just an 11-point margin of victory.

Wisconsin, who was the BCS No. 6, will obviously move down after its loss to Michigan State, but there were some others who will see their names climb up the BCS Top 10.

BCS No. 7 Clemson looked strong, using its dynamic offense to dismantle North Carolina 59-38, while BCS No. 5 OK State continued its strong play with an impressive road win over Missouri 45-24.

LSU and Alabama did nothing to disappoint and should hold on to their top two spots after impressive wins on Saturday.


Here is what the BCS Top 25 should look like:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. OK State

4. Stanford

5. Boise State

6. Clemson

7. Oregon

8. Kansas State

9. Arkansas

10. Oklahoma

11. Michigan State

12. Nebraska

13.Virginia Tech

14. Wisconsin

15. South Carolina

16. Texas A&M

17. Michigan

18. Penn State

19. Houston

20. Texas

21.Texas Tech

22. Arizona State

23. Georgia

24. Cincinnati

25. West Virginia