BCS Rankings Week 13: The 5 Hottest Teams in the Country

Sean LansingContributor INovember 20, 2011

BCS Rankings Week 13: The 5 Hottest Teams in the Country

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    With all of the turmoil atop the BCS standings, it's easy to forget that there are a handful of teams in college football who are white-hot and peaking at the right time. 

    Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Boise State may have seen their seasons crumble over the past couple of weeks, but teams like Arkansas are riding high.

    Here are the five hottest teams in the country heading into the Week 13 BCS Rankings


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    No team has seen their lot improve as dramatically as Arkansas over the past few weeks. 

    The Hogs have won seven in a row, and they have a season ending matchup with arch rival LSU that could catapult them into the BCS national championship. 

    It's always better to lose early, and Arkansas is proving this year that one stumble doesn't necessarily mean no BCS. 


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    Just two months ago, Georgia head coach March Richt was wondering if he was going to have a job in November, let alone at the end of the season. 

    After ripping off nine straight wins, the Bulldogs have secured a spot in the SEC championship game, and they still have an outside shot at playing in New Orleans for the Coaches Trophy. 


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    At 11-0, Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars are officially this year's BCS buster.

    They're also the only undefeated FBS team that doesn't call Baton Rouge home. 

    If Houston can get by Tulsa next week and then win the Conference USA Championship game, they have a good shot at securing their first-ever BCS berth. 

Virginia Tech

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    Once again, Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech are quietly putting together one of the best seasons in the country. 

    The Hokies are 10-1, and they've won six in a row after losing to ACC Atlantic Division champion Clemson in October. 

    If Virginia Tech beats in-state rival Virginia next week, they will get a rematch with the Tigers in the ACC championship game for a spot in the BCS. 


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    Speaking of Virginia, second-year head coach Mike London has led the Cavaliers to a surprising 8-3 record so far this season, including wins at Miami and at Florida State.

    Virginia has won four straight and six of seven, and if the Cavaliers can upset rival Virginia Tech next week, they will face Clemson for the ACC title and an automatic BCS berth.