BCS Rankings: Predicting the BCS Top 25 Based on Latest AP and Coaches Polls

William PenfieldCorrespondent IINovember 20, 2011

BCS Rankings: Predicting the BCS Top 25 Based on Latest AP and Coaches Polls

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    With four of the Top 10 teams in the BCS rankings losing this past weekend, the rankings are going to look a lot different when they are revealed later tonight.

    No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 7 Clemson all fell to lesser opponents.

    The losses will open the door for the teams behind them to make big jumps in this week's rankings.

    Now that the latest AP and Coaches' Polls have been released, we can get a glimpse of what the new BCS rankings will look like. 

No. 25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    After falling out of the BCS rankings last week with a loss to Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets will make a return appearance this week after beating Duke 38-31.

    The Yellow Jackets will narrowly get into the BCS rankings at No. 25, but have an opportunity for an impressive win this upcoming Saturday when they play Georgia in Atlanta. 

No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers

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    West Virginia has been a volatile team this season, looking great at moments and terrible at others, but after their most recent victory over No. 23 Cincinnati, they will move back into the BCS rankings at No. 24.

    In all likelihood, the Mountaineers will get a bid to a BCS bowl as the Big East conference champions. 

No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers

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    Virginia has quietly put together one of the better seasons in the ACC and could go to the ACC Championship game with a win against Virginia Tech this Saturday.

    At 8-3, the Cavaliers will move into the BCS rankings at No. 23 when they are revealed tonight after a 14-13 win over Florida State yesterday. 

No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Nebraska has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country, as one week they look like one of the top teams in the Big Ten and the next they get blown out.

    The most recent blowout to Michigan will cause them to drop from No. 16 to No. 22 in the new BCS rankings, as they have had a disappointing first season in the Big Ten. 

No. 21 Notre Dame Irish

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    After winning their fourth game in a row, the Irish are quietly putting together a very nice season and now sit at 8-3.

    If the Irish win out, which would include beating Stanford, they would have an outside chance at playing in a BCS bowl, but for now they will jump into the rankings at No. 21. 

No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs

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    The TCU Horned Frogs could have laid an egg against Colorado State yesterday after knocking off No. 5 Boise State last week but instead won in decisive manner, 34-10.

    However, the Horned Frogs will drop a spot in the rankings when they are revealed tonight due to Baylor's win over Oklahoma. 

No. 19 Baylor Bears

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    The Baylor Bears' victory against the Oklahoma Sooners last night not only entered Robert Griffin III into the Heisman conversation, but will bump them three spots in the rankings to No. 19.

    With games remaining against Texas Tech and Texas, the Bears could finish the season at 9-3, one of their best in recent memory. 

No. 18 Clemson Tigers

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    For a while, the Clemson Tigers looked like they were the best team in the ACC and could challenge for the BCS National title, but all that has changed after two disappointing losses. 

    Their most recent loss, a blowout against unranked NC State, will force the Tigers to make the biggest fall in the BCS rankings from No. 7 to No. 18. 

No. 17 Penn State Nittany Lions

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    After all that has happened at Penn State, it is amazing that these players are even able to give full effort to win a college football game. 

    I'm sure they took advantage of the fact that they were on the road to get away from Happy Valley for a bit, and came away with a win against Ohio State.

    The win should boost the Nittany Lions to No. 17 in the rankings.

No. 16 Michigan Wolverines

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    After an impressive win over Nebraska yesterday, the Michigan Wolverines have proven they are for real this season after fading late in seasons past.

    The Wolverines now sit at 9-2 and should move up two spots in the new BCS rankings, with an outside shot at making a BCS bowl game if they win out. 

No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs

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    The Georgia Bulldogs have guaranteed themselves a spot in the SEC Championship with an SEC East division title, but an unimpressive victory over Kentucky will drop them one spot in the new BCS rankings.

    With an SEC title the Bulldogs could see themselves jump drastically, but first they have to get by Georgia Tech. 

No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers have found new life with a three game win streak, after losing two in a row to Michigan State and Ohio State.

    Win next Saturday, and they will go on to play the Spartans in the first-ever Big Ten title game. For now, they will jump three spots in the rankings to No. 14. 

No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks

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    The South Carolina Gamecocks are probably the most overrated team in the country, but somehow they just keep winning.

    Their latest came against the powerhouse the Citadel. The win against an unimpressive opponent will drop the Gamecocks a spot in the new BCS rankings. 

No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats

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    Kansas State seems to be in a close game every weekend, but somehow keep ending up victorious in the majority of them.

    They beat Texas yesterday, despite failing to record 200 total yards on offense.

    The win will move them up a spot in the BCS rankings when they are revealed later tonight. 

No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners

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    The Oklahoma Sooners have been one of the most disappointing teams in the nation this season. At one point, they were believed to be the nation's top team.

    But after a couple uninspired performances and some injuries, they now find themselves with two losses. Their most recent loss to Baylor will make the Sooners free fall from No. 5 in the BCS to No. 11.

No. 10 Michigan State Spartans

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    With a 55-3 win over Indiana on Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans guaranteed themselves a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game.

    The win will also move the Spartans up from No. 15 in the rankings to No. 10, and they could be on the verge of a BCS bowl bid with a couple more wins. 

No. 9 Boise State Broncos

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    The BCS' worst nightmare—two teams from non-qualifying conferences eligible for BCS bowl games.

    As long as both Boise State and Houston win out, they will likely be pitted against each other in a BCS game, but for now the Broncos will move up a spot in the rankings to No. 9. 

No. 8 Houston Cougars

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    The Houston Cougars are one of two remaining undefeated teams in college football this season, but their lack of a competitive schedule will keep them out of the BCS National Championship game.

    If they win out, the Cougars should get a berth in a BCS bowl and move up from No. 11 to No. 8 when the new rankings are released. 

No. 7 Oregon Ducks

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    After beating Stanford last week, the Oregon Ducks has a perfect opportunity to enter the BCS National Championship picture, but they blew that chance with a loss to USC last night.

    The Ducks should fall three spots in the rankings, but could move up if they go on to win the Pac-12 Championship. 

No. 6 Stanford Cardinal

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    Despite narrowly escaping the Cal Bears last night 31-28, Stanford will move up three spots in the new BCS rankings.

    The title hopes of the Cardinal are still very slim but if they win out, they should get a bid to a BCS bowl.

No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Virginia Tech is probably  the team that will benefit most from all of the losses this past weekend, as they should move into the Top 5 when the new BCS rankings are revealed. 

    Their biggest game of the season is next Saturday, when they battle in-state rival Virginia for the right to head to the ACC Championship game. 

No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    When Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State on Friday night, it seemed as though they would fall quite a bit in the new BCS rankings. But with so many top teams losing this past weekend, that will not be the case.

    Despite the loss, the Cowboys will only fall two spots to No. 4 in the rankings, and will have one more chance at proving themselves worthy of a BCS bid in two weeks when they face off against Oklahoma.

No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks

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    When the new BCS rankings are revealed tonight, it will be the first time in history that the top three will all come from the the same conference. 

    Not only will they come from the same conference, but they will come from the same division within the SEC.

    The losses of many of the nation's top teams have made this possible, and Arkansas will slot in at No. 3 in the new rankings.

    On Friday, the Razorbacks match up against LSU in one of the last games that could really shake things up in the BCS standings. 

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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    After Alabama lost to LSU a couple weeks ago, it seemed as though their BCS National Championship dreams were gone.

    But after losses to three of the Top 5 teams in the country, the Crimson Tide will slide back into the No. 2 spot when the rankings are released tonight, and are now the odds-on favorite to face LSU in the title game. 

No. 1 LSU Tigers

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    LSU has, without a doubt, been the best team in college football this season and remain one of only two undefeated teams in the nation.

    With a win against Arkansas on Friday, the Tigers will all but guarantee themselves a spot in the BCS National Championship game.