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Projected BCS Rankings 2011: Predicting What Standings Will Look Like on Dec. 4

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 29, 2011

It’s the last weekend in October, and that means it’s crunch time in college football.

A loss this late in the season will dash the title hopes of the unbeatens, and teams that lost early on are fighting to make their way back into the BCS picture.

With so many undefeated teams so late in the season—eight to be exact—no team with plans to play in January of 2012 can afford to slip up.

Because there is still no playoff in the FBS, the only ranking that really matters once the calendar turns to November is each team’s BCS number.

The No. 1 and No. 2 teams will take care of each other next week when LSU faces off against Alabama, leaving Oklahoma State, Boise State, Clemson, Stanford and even Kansas State with golden opportunities to catapult towards the top of the standings.

With favorable schedules (Wisconsin, Virginia Tech), key matchups (Oregon vs. Stanford, Arkansas vs. LSU) and conference championship games remaining, one-loss teams like the Badgers, Ducks, Razorbacks and Hokies can still climb their way back up near the top of the BCS.

And for a team like Houston that is stuck at No. 17 despite a perfect record because of its mid-major status, an undefeated season will inevitably move the Cougars into the top 10 by season’s end.

Keeping in mind that college football is wildly unpredictable, here’s a look at what the BCS standings could look like come December 4:

1. LSU

LSU has a great chance to run the table and finish No. 1.
LSU has a great chance to run the table and finish No. 1.Jamie Squire/Getty Images


2. Stanford

3. Clemson

4. Boise State

5. Oklahoma

6. Alabama

7. Wisconsin

8. Virginia Tech

9. Houston

10. Oklahoma State

11. Oregon

12. Arkansas

13. Michigan State

14. South Carolina

15. Arizona State

Clemson could finish unbeaten and still not make the title game.
Clemson could finish unbeaten and still not make the title game.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

16. West Virginia


17. Texas A&M

18. Georgia

19. Texas Tech

20. Nebraska

21. Southern Miss

22. Kansas State

23. Cincinnati

24. Penn State 

25. Michigan

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