BCS Rankings: Predicting the Biggest Disparities in the AP Poll & BCS

Dan Vasta@CI_StatsGuruSenior Writer IIINovember 13, 2011

BCS Rankings: Predicting the Biggest Disparities in the AP Poll & BCS

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    The BCS rankings are always a bit different than the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Of course, the BCS standings are made up from two-thirds of human opinion with the Harris and USA Today/Coaches Poll, with the other third coming from computer rankings.

    Which teams that are catching fire will be ranked higher in the BCS than they currently are in the AP Poll?

    Also, which teams may not be loved by the computers as much as the pollsters from the AP? Let's take a look.

Stanford Cardinal

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    The Cardinal only dropped five spots to number eight even though the computers absolutely despised them. Stanford was ranked number eight in last week's computer rankings and they were just fourth in the BCS.

    There was a decent chance that Stanford drops out of the top ten and there is a great chance they fall further than eighth.

    Clemson and Virginia Tech are arguably much more deserving and let us not forget about Houston and Georgia.

Georgia Bulldogs

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    The Bulldogs were ranked just 17th in the computer rankings and only 15th in the BCS, but after hammering the Auburn Tigers most have to think they will climb up significantly.

    Georgia's defense is playing better than arguably any team in the entire nation which includes LSU and Alabama. Plus, Aaron Murray is making every single play in the passing game for the Bulldogs.

    They have Malcolm Mitchell back at receiver which is only making this team that more explosive. If they knock off Kentucky they will clinch the SEC East and will be on their way to the SEC Championship.

Michigan State Spartans

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    This is your mystery team since some do not what to think of the Spartans. The computer rankings were not ranked highly by the computers (25) and even with their victory against Iowa at Kinnick Stadium, they more than likely will not move up anywhere close to the top ten.

    They were hammered by the Huskers and most think that Nebraka is the better team still.

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Razorbacks are soaring high in every poll, including the BCS Rankings, but the computer rankings have adored them since the ranking started.

    Arkansas's offense is unstoppable right now and they could be in the top five when they play the Bayou Bengals on the road.

    Tyler Wilson has a ton of options at receivers, but the defense has been sensational since the Alabama beatdown. Look for them to crack the top six and possibly the top five soon.

Houston Cougars

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    Don't look now, but Houston has the makings of playing in a BCS Bowl. They have Tulsa in the season finale before they should see an undefeated Southern Miss squad.

    If they were to go 13-0 they not only will finish in the top ten, but will probably be in the top eight and play in a BCS Bowl. The computers have not bought into this team yet, but I would expect to see them climb up in the polls.