BCS Rankings: We Know No. 1 and No. 2, but What Will No. 3-10 Look Like?

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IDecember 3, 2011

BCS Rankings: We Know No. 1 and No. 2, but What Will No. 3-10 Look Like?

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    When the week is completed, it is highly unlikely that the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the BCS Rankings will change.

    The LSU Tigers are the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, and even if they lose to the Georgia Bulldogs, they will most likely retain that position.

    The No. 2 position in the rankings belongs to the Alabama Crimson Tide and since they are not playing football this week, it will take a monstrous effort and some luck for another team to leap them in the standings.

    With that being said, the real mystery is which teams will inhabit the No. 3-10 spots in the BCS rankings.

No. 3: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys will lay their season on the line today in a heated rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

    The Cowboys fell hard against Iowa State in a game that cost them a shot at the national title. After losing that game, this team has regained its focus and will be prepared for the Sooners. The Sooners defense was dismantled against the Baylor Bears and now steps up in class in this high-flying Cowboys offense.

    Brandon Weeden will put on a show against the Sooners and that win will solidify the Cowboys as a solid No. 3 team.

No. 4: Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Head coach Frank Beamer has done it again.

    After a slow start to the season, it looked like Virginia Tech would not play a big role in the BCS Rankings.

    Yet the Hokies are in the mix and after a big win over Clemson to win the ACC, the Virginia Tech Hokies will be near the top of the rankings once again.

    The Hokies settle in at the No. 4 spot in the BCS Rankings.

No. 5: Stanford Cardinal

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    The Stanford Cardinal has the week off and the next time they take the field it will be in a bowl game.

    That week off actually hurt the Cardinal and leaves the door open for other teams, namely Virginia Tech, to leap them in the rankings.

    Andrew Luck and the Cardinal are too good to fall more than one spot, so they will occupy the No. 5 spot in the BCS rankings.

No. 6: Houston Cougars

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    The Houston Cougars are the only undefeated team in the country besides LSU and they deserve a spot in the top 10 of the BCS rankings.

    Quarterback Case Keenum is on a Heisman campaign and finishing with an undefeated season will keep the Cougars in the No. 6 spot and earn them a BCS bid. However, if they stumble against Southern Miss and lose, they could be ejected from the top 10.

No. 7 Boise State Broncos

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    When the Boise State Broncos lost to TCU, their national title hopes were dashed and many experts wrote this team off.

    Although they are playing a lackluster opponent in New Mexico on Saturday, a convincing win will keep the Broncos in the No. 7 spot in the BCS Rankings.

No. 8: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Arkansas Razorbacks get this Saturday off and could be in danger of being passed by in the BCS rankings.

    Fortunately for the Hogs, their schedule and impressive resume will keep them secure at No. 8 in the rankings. With only two losses on the season to the top two teams in the country, the Hogs stay put in the BCS rankings.

No. 9: Oregon Ducks

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    The Oregon Ducks are the Pac-12 champions, but playing against the UCLA Bruins won’t do much to impress the voters.

    The Ducks are one of the best teams in the country, but with two losses they cannot jump the Razorbacks in the rankings.

No. 10: Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers have the Big Ten title within their grasp and if they can win it, they will take the biggest jump in the rankings and move into the top 10.

    Montee Ball is playing like a man possessed and is now being mentioned as a Heisman candidate.  A win over Michigan State would be enough to launch the Badgers into the top 10.

    There is only a little time left to make a move in the BCS rankings and all of the teams will be giving it their all to move up and get noticed.

    James Brown is a B/R Featured Columnist and can be followed on Twitter. Feel free to contact James at jtsneaks@gmail.com.