BCS Rankings: Predicting the Biggest Differences Between AP Poll and BCS Top 25
As the 2011-12 college football regular season winds down, the BCS standings are once again in disarray and nobody is quite sure who's going to be playing for the Coaches' Trophy in January.
Two Top 5 BCS teams fell this week—No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Oklahoma—and there are sure to be changes at the top.
Here are five possible big differences you can expect between the Week 13 AP Poll and BCS standings.
No. 4 Stanford
With a win over Cal this weekend, Stanford likely clawed its way back into the BCS Top 5.
However, don't be surprised if 10-1 Virginia Tech sits just ahead of the Cardinal in the rankings at No. 4.
No. 5 Oklahoma State
Like Wisconsin, Boise State and Stanford before them, expect Oklahoma State to experience a pretty serious drop in the BCS rankings after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of Iowa State.
The Cowboys might still be in the Top 10, but they certainly won't stay in the Top 5.
No. 11 Michigan State
The Spartans should continue to inch up the rankings, but they still might not crack the Top 10.
Eleven of the 14 teams ahead of Michigan State in the BCS won this weekend, and Sparty isn't going to get a major bump from beating Indiana.
No. 12 Oklahoma
If history holds true, expect a decent-sized fall in the standings for the Sooners.
One loss to an unranked Texas Tech team was bad enough, and two losses in four games for Bob Stoops' squad isn't going to win them any favor with the BCS.
No. 22 Nebraska
The teams behind Nebraska didn't fair too well this weekend either, but it's hard to believe that a third loss on the season won't drop the Huskers pretty far.
It also doesn't help that one of those losses came to 6-5 Northwestern.