It is fair to call Week 12 of the college football season the “BCS Storm”. As fans we watched in amazement as the No.2, No.4, No.5, and No.7 ranked teams in the BCS poll went down in defeat. Because of this surprise storm, the top three teams in the BCS rankings will be SEC members, LSU, Alabama and Arkansas.
The question we are now left with is, was that the end of the storm or just the beginning. With Rivalry week upon us it is possible that we will see more ranked teams defeated and their championship hopes dashed.
Here is a list of six BCS ranked schools that will lose this week.
No.3 Arkansas at No.1 LSU
We know that at least one of the top three teams is going to lose because No.1 LSU and No.3 Arkansas will square off in Baton Rogue. The Tigers come into the game 11-0 while the Razorbacks are 10-1.
Although the Tigers will be favored in this game, the Razorbacks have won three of the last four in this series. While I believe that Arkansas is a solid team, they are one dimensional on offense. The Razorbacks are too talented to have this exposed on lesser teams.
However, against a defense like the Tigers have you can be sure that they Razorbacks are headed for their second defeat of the season.
Because of Arkansas’ inability to establish the run because of the absence of Knile Davis, LSU will have too many options on defense and the Chief will expose every weakness the Razorbacks have.
No. 17 Clemson @ No. 12 South Carolina
Another game that pairs two BCS ranked teams is South Carolina versus Clemson. Both teams looked horrific last week, but South Carolina was able to pull their game out while Clemson was soundly defeated. This game could go either way, but I like South Carolina because of the game being played at William-Brice Stadium and Clemson has loss two of their last three games.
If the Gamecocks are able to win this game it has to be considered one of coach Steve Spurrier’s top jobs as a head coach considering the Stephen Garcia fiasco and the loss of Marcus Lattimore.
No.13 Georgia @ No. 23 Georgia Tech
Georgia is another BCS team on upset alert. The Bulldogs have won nine straight games this season and nine of their last 10 against Georgia Tech. However, they will have to travel to Atlanta to face a Yellow Jackets team that is ranked 23rd in the nation. The Yellow Jackets try to wear out the opposing defenses with their triple option offense.
Unfortunately for Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs have one of the top rushing defenses in the nation. Todd Grantham’s defense is only allowing 80 rushing yards per game. In the end, the Bulldogs will be victorious and the Yellow Jackets will have a short stay in the top 25.
No.22 Notre Dame @ No.6 Stanford
After a rough 0-2 start, the Fighting Irish have won eight of their last nine ball games. Stanford, on the other hand, is 10-1, but was dismantled by Oregon two weeks ago at home. This will be Andrew Luck’s last chance to make an impressing Heisman statement in front of the home crowd. Luck leads the balanced attack of the Cardinals, who are averaging 46.4 points per game.
The Irish have been pretty good on offense, averaging 33.6 points per game, but have yet to get the signature win they need under second-year coach Brian Kelly. Notre Dame is pretty good at home but playing at Stanford will be the difference and Stanford moves to 11-1.
No. 19 Penn State @ No.16 Wisconsin
One of the nation’s top defenses in Penn State will square off with one of the nation’s premier offenses to see which one cries mercy first. The Nittany Lions have the No. 3 ranked scoring defense in the nation, only giving up 13.9 points per game. The Badgers, on the other hand, are fourth in the nation in scoring at 46.5 points per game.
Russell Wilson has scored 30 total touchdowns this season, compared to only three interceptions. Over the last four games he has scored 12 touchdowns and has not thrown an interception. Scoring on the Nittany Lions might present a tougher challenge than usual. Penn State has only given up five touchdowns over the last three games.
Wisconsin will score below their season average. However, they will score enough to beat Penn State and their anemic offense.
No.2 Alabama @ No.24 Auburn
The 76th edition of the Iron Bowl will for the third straight season have national championship implications. The Tide are going to be heavy favorites as they attempt to win with the style points to hold off Oregon and Oklahoma, potentially setting up a rematch against LSU.
The Tide will be led by Heisman candidate Trent Richardson, who has rushed for 1,380 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns.
Auburn has been inconsistent all season but a win in this game would heal all disappointment. They are led by Michael Dyer who has rushed for 1,194 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Tide leads the series 40-34-1, but Auburn has won eight of the last 11. However, the Tide will get No. 41. Auburn will keep the game close in the first half, but will wear down the stretch.