BCS Standings 2012: Week 13 Rankings and Latest Bowl Game Projections

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

BCS Standings 2012: Week 13 Rankings and Latest Bowl Game Projections

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    Week 13 finished with a number of surprises as No. 1 and No. 2 fell within minutes of one another. What was expected to be a dull weekend for college football turned out to be one of the craziest of this unbelievable season. 

    The Alabama Crimson Tide were out of the national title picture just seven days ago, now they are in the lead to take on Notre Dame in the title game if they finish undefeated. 

    The Irish travel to a reeling USC team that is no longer in the Top 25, but the Trojans have the weapons to challenge the new No. 1 this week. 

    Here is a look at the BCS Top 25 and bowl projections for each team. 

No. 25 Washington Huskies

1 of 25

    Record: 7-4 (5-3 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Colorado, 38-3 

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 27 vs. No. 8 Stanford, 17-13

    Next Game: Nov. 23 at Washington State

    Bowl Game: Dec. 31 Sun Bowl 

    The Washington Huskies have found ways to land big wins this fall with two wins over Top 10 teams this fall. 

    The Huskies also battled closely with USC. The Keith Price led Huskies offense has been potent enough to win games they should, but they haven’t found ways to win games that they shouldn’t. 

    A game that looms against Washington State isn’t likely to cause much of a stir, but they are not a team that can be overlooked. If the Cougars could pull their one and only conference win against in-state rival Washington it would be a devastating blow to a moderately successful season for the Huskies. 

    Washington should finish the year with a win, and they should draw the No. 4 bid from the Pac-12, landing them in the Sun Bowl. 

No. 24 Arizona Wildcats

2 of 25

    Record: 7-4 (4-4 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Utah, 34-24

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 27 vs. No. 9 USC, 39-36

    Next Game: Nov. 23 vs. Arizona State

    Bowl Game: Dec. 22nd Las Vegas Bowl

    The Arizona Wildcats have been as inconsistent as the stock market this season, winning big and tumbling low throughout the year. 

    The Wildcats lost three in a row early in the season, but they have since lost only one game to Pac-12 South winner UCLA. The 4-1 stretch that the Wildcats are on includes a win over then-No. 9 USC.

    Matt Scott has become an elite dual-threat quarterback in the Rich Rodriguez offense, and he has led this team to some big wins this season. 

    The Wildcats will finish the year against Arizona State and a win will place them in the Las Vegas Bowl. This is a great start to a long winning tradition for Rich Rod in Tucson. 

No. 23 Kent State Golden Flashes

3 of 25

    Record: 10-1 (7-0 MAC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Bowling Green, 31-24

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 27 at No. 15 Rutgers, 35-23

    Next Game: Nov. 23 vs. Ohio 

    Bowl Game: January 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl

    The Kent State Golden Flashes have become one of the most electric teams in college football. Running back Dri Archer has been unstoppable from the backfield, rushing for 1,284 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this fall. 

    Archer achieved those stats while averaging 10.3 yards a carry. How he is not a part of the Heisman discussion is amazing. 

    The Golden Flashes will finish the year against Ohio and Northern Illinois—both MAC conference games. Kent State is expected to win both games, but they will be tough contests for the Flashes to walk away from unscathed. 

    The future could hold a MAC title for the Golden Flashes, and the path to Mobile, Ala. will be paved as the GoDaddy.com Bowl awaits. 

No. 22 Boise State Broncos

4 of 25

    Record: 9-2 (6-1 MWC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Colorado State, 42-14

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 13 vs. Fresno State, 20-10

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at Nevada

    Bowl Game: Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl

    The Broncos had their BCS busting hopes shattered in the first week of the year when they lost to Michigan State 17-13. Boise State has since lost one additional game with a loss coming to San Diego State at home. 

    Joe Southwick has stepped in for Kellen Moore and done an admirable job after his departure, but the Broncos have struggled to find the explosiveness on offense that seemed to follow Moore for years. 

    This team will finish its season against Nevada on the road in December which has traditionally been a toss-up type contest. The final game will be a battle for bowl position, but a win will bring the Broncos to Las Vegas.

No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Record: 7-3 (5-2 Big 12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. No. 23 Texas Tech, 59-21

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 10 vs. West Virginia, 55-34

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at No. 12 Oklahoma

    Bowl Game: Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 

    The Cowboys lost two of the biggest playmakers in the game in 2011 to the NFL, but the team has recovered relatively well. Oklahoma State has played four ranked opponents so far this season, knocking off two of them. 

    The Cowboys also convincingly dismantled West Virginia two weeks ago. The way that this team is beginning to win games is very impressive and has them pushing for a possible upset win over Oklahoma Thanksgiving weekend. 

    These Cowboys will finish against Oklahoma and then they travel to a tough Baylor team looking for bowl eligibility. The ride is still going strong for this team as the road ahead holds a tough couple of games. 

    Oklahoma State can prove they belong in the Top 25 elite with two big wins in the next couple of weeks. 

No. 20 Louisville Cardinals

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    Record: 9-1 (4-1 Big East)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 3 vs. Temple, 45-17

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 15 vs. North Carolina, 39-34

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Connecticut 

    Bowl Game: FedEx Orange Bowl 

    Louisville would have an outside argument at a national title bid this season if it weren’t for the drubbing they receiving against Syracuse on November 10. As the season draws to a close, the Cardinals still have a strong shot at finishing inside the BCS. 

    The Cardinals still have UConn and No. 22 Rutgers that remain on the schedule. Both are big conference matchups, but the game against Rutgers is the only one that brings a true concern for Louisville. 

    If the Cardinals can find a way to finish with two more wins, they will take the driver’s seat to the BCS from the Big East. What Charlie Strong has been able to accomplish with sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been impressive to watch unfold. 

    This Louisville team is a strong contender to pull out an upset win inside the BCS this season. 

No. 19 Michigan Wolverines

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    Record: 8-3 (6-1 Big Ten)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Iowa, 42-17

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 10 vs. No. 24 Northwestern, 38-31 (OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Ohio State

    Bowl Game: January 1 Capital One Bowl 

    Michigan started the year with a devastating loss to Alabama that pushed the Wolverines immediately from the national title discussion, but since this squad has won eight out of 10. 

    The Wolverines still have an outside shot at winning the Big Ten Legends Division, but they have to win the season ending game against Ohio State in Columbus. 

    This team has defeated only one Top 25 team out of three tries this year, but a recent resurgence from the quarterback position with Devin Gardner has the Wolverines competing with any team inside the Big Ten.

    Pitting this Michigan team with a SEC team in the Capital One Bowl will bring an explosive matchup to open the new year. 

No. 18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Record: 9-1 (5-0 Big East)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Cincinnati, 10-3

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 17 at Cincinnati, 10-3

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Pittsburgh

    Bowl Game: Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl 

    Rutgers is currently leading the Big East with a 5-0 conference record, but season ending games against Pitt and Louisville look to challenge the unblemished mark for the Scarlet Knights. 

    This team was able to secure a solid win against Cincinnati on the road this past weekend, but they only mounted 10 points in the game. Rutgers will need more offense to push for the Big East. 

    The final game against Louisville is a turning point for the Scarlet Knights season. If they can get a big win they will land in the BCS. A loss—which is likely to occur—places them in the Russell Athletic Bowl at seasons end. 

No. 17 UCLA Bruins

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    Record: 9-2 (6-2 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. No. 18 USC, 38-28

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 8 vs. No. 16 Nebraska, 36-30

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. No. 13 Stanford

    Bowl Game: Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl

    UCLA has been the surprise of the Pac-12 this fall, winning the South Division this season and pushing for a possible Pac-12 title to close the year. 

    The Bruins faced three ranked opponents this season and defeated all three in convincing wins. Against No. 22 Arizona, UCLA was able to pull out a 66-10 win. 

    The Bruins are adjusting to the new style of Jim Mora Jr., but it is apparent that this team is buying into the direction he has this program headed. The Bruins convincingly defeated cross-town rival USC and they stand the chance at landing in the Rose Bowl. 

    It has been a magical season in Los Angeles this year, but it happened on the campus that no one expected. 

No. 16 Texas Longhorns

10 of 25

    Record: 8-2 (5-2 Big 12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 10 vs. Iowa State, 33-7

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 3 at No. 18 Texas Tech, 31-22

    Next Game: Nov. 22 vs. TCU

    Bowl Game: January 4 Cotton Bowl 

    The Texas Longhorns have battled to return to the Top 25 after two devastating weeks of football during the first part of October. Since losing in the Red River Rivalry, the Longhorns have been a different football team. 

    There are still issues that are apparent with the Longhorns, but they are winning football games. Crucial conference matchups come in the next two weeks that will determine the bowl fate for this squad. 

    A home game against TCU will be a difficult win, but the road game to Kansas State to finish the year will bring the biggest challenge of the year to Texas. 

    Finishing in the Cotton Bowl would be a great end to a bumpy 2012 season.

No. 15 Oregon State Beavers

11 of 25

    Record: 8-2 (6-2 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Cal, 62-14

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 22 at No. 19 UCLA, 27-20

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Oregon

    Bowl Game: Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl 

    The Beavers have been the most impressive turnaround story of 2012 season in college football. This team was a three win squad in 2011, and now they are sitting with a possible 10-win finish to this year. 

    It has been an impressive rise to watch for the Beavers as they have pushed through their Pac-12 schedule. 

    A big season beginning win against Wisconsin started this year off on the right path for the Beavers. They went on a six game winning streak before falling by three to Washington. 

    They have since gone 2-2, with a big separation game coming this week against Oregon. If the Beavers can knock off the Ducks, they will cap off an amazing turnaround season.

No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers

12 of 25

    Record: 9-2 (6-1 Big Ten)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Minnesota, 38-14

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 27 vs. No. 22 Michigan, 23-9

    Next Game: Nov. 23 at Iowa 

    Bowl Game: Rose Bowl

    The Cornhuskers have marched to an impressive nine win season and have a shot at finishing with 10 wins and a conference championship only two seasons into their Big Ten affiliation. 

    Nebraska has gone 1-1 against ranked opponents this season with its ranked win coming over Michigan. 

    The Cornhuskers are in the lead in the Big Ten and unless they flop in the season finale against Iowa, they will win the Legends Division and face off with Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. 

    If the Cornhuskers can finish with a Big Ten title, they will finish in the country’s Top 10. 

No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners

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    Record: 8-2 (6-1 Big 12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at West Virginia 50-49

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 13 vs. No. 15 Texas, 63-21

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. No. 24 Oklahoma State

    Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl

    The Sooners are attempting to take back control of the Big 12, but without two big wins to close the season they won’t finish in the top spot in the conference. 

    Kansas State still has the lead in the conference and should stay there barring another major letdown to finish the year. What these Sooners have done to climb firmly back into the discussion has been impressive.:

    Landry Jones has not had the best senior season at Oklahoma, but he has done enough to keep this team in the front of the minds of the national college football following. An at-large bid appears to be in the works for the Sooners at seasons end. 

No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Record: 9-2 (6-2 SEC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Wofford, 24-7

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 6 vs. No. 5 Georgia, 35-7

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Clemson 

    Bowl Game: Jan. 1 Outback Bowl 

    South Carolina was playing some of the most elite defense in the country heading into this season, but after two big losses to Florida and LSU, the Gamecocks showed that their defense could be schemed against for wins. 

    There is an impressive 35-7 win over Georgia that came earlier this season, but there isn’t much else to celebrate for the Gamecocks in conference this season. 

    This team will finish No. 3 in the SEC East after being picked to possibly win the Division. A season ending game against Clemson will be a challenge, but the Gamecocks should escape with a win. 

    A showdown in the Outback Bowl appears to be in South Carolina’s future. 

No. 11 Clemson Tigers

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    Record: 10-1 (7-1 ACC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. N.C. State, 62-48

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 10 vs. Maryland, 45-10

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. South Carolina

    Bowl Game: Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl 

    Clemson was on the top of its game this fall and had a solid shot at winning an ACC title before it fell to Florida State near the mid-point in the season. 

    This Tigers team rebounded well, winning seven games in a row. With only a showdown remaining against South Carolina, there is plenty of time for this team to continue to increase its stock and shoot for an at-large bid into the BCS. 

    Clemson is one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the game, and they will take that skill set to Atlanta and face off with another SEC team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

No. 10 Florida State Seminoles

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    Record: 10-1 (7-1 ACC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Maryland, 41-14

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 22 vs. No. 10 Clemson, 49-37

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Florida

    Bowl Game: Orange Bowl 

    The Seminoles were shooting for a national title this fall but those hopes were shattered with an upset loss to N.C. State to begin October. 

    This team has crushed opposing defenses into submission on an every-weekend basis. The Seminoles are the favorite to finish the ACC as champion and represent the conference in the BCS. Their likely opponent will be the Big East champion, giving the Seminoles a nice shot at a BCS win. 

    A season ending game against Florida will be a very tough win, but with starting quarterback Jeff Driskel battling injuries for the Gators, Florida State will have the upper hand in the season ending game. 

No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies

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    Record: 9-2 (5-2 SEC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Sam Houston State, 47-28

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 10 at No. 1 Alabama, 29-24

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Missouri

    Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl 

    Texas A&M had the biggest win in modern history with the Aggies win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa in what appeared to be the a win that ended the Tide’s hopes at a national title. 

    The Aggies are sitting one win away from a 10-win season and Missouri is the team that stands in their way. 

    Kevin Sumlin has done one of the best jobs as a new head coach in the game this year bringing this A&M team to the top of the SEC West in their first year in the conference.

    Johnny Manziel has been an electric player from quarterback and he will continue to help Texas A&M win big in the future with his talents.

No. 8 Stanford Cardinal

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    Record: 9-2 (7-1 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 at Oregon, 17-14 (OT)

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 17 at Oregon 17-14 (OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at UCLA

    Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl

    The Cardinal jumped into the Top 10 with their big win over Oregon this past weekend. Stanford was able to play a time of possession type game and finished with a big win over the Ducks. 

    Stanford is in great shape to finish the year with an at-large bid into the BCS landing in the Fiesta Bowl. It will be a great finish to a strong season for this team. 

    There have been four games against ranked opponents for Stanford this year and the Cardinal has finished a remarkable 3-1 against those teams. 

    The Cardinal may not win the Pac-12, but they will finish this year as one of the best teams from the conference finishing the year in true BCS fashion. 

No. 7 LSU Tigers

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    Record: 9-2 (5-2 SEC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Ole Miss, 41-35 

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 20 vs. No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies, 24-19

    Next Game: Nov. 23 at Arkansas

    Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl

    The LSU Tigers were wanting to land in a BCS bowl this season, but they didn’t expect it to come with an Alabama team landing in the national title game and opening up a spot for the Tigers to climb into. 

    LSU started the season slowly and took time to develop their offensive attack over the year, but right now it is hitting on all cylinders. 

    The Tigers only losses came to Alabama and Florida this year, both are Top 5 teams and are battling for a possible national title berth. 

    The Bayou Bengals handled their schedule as good as anyone could have hoped and will look to continue to climb in the rankings as the season closes. As it stands today, this team lands in the Sugar Bowl. 

No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats

20 of 25

    Record: 10-1 (7-1 Big 12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 10 at TCU, 23-10

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 20 West Virginia, 55-14

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Texas 

    Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl 

    The Kansas State Wildcats were in the lead to the national title this season, but they got throttled by Baylor this past week. What was the No. 1 team is now scrambling to hold onto a Top Five ranking. 

    The Wildcats are now looking from the outside in and will remain that way through the rest of the season.

    When looking at the Wildcats schedule, it has been impressive what they have accomplished this season. Despite the most recent loss, the Wildcats have defeated four Top 25 teams this year. 

    Closing out the season in the Fiesta Bowl would be a great close to a disappointing finish. 

No. 5 Oregon Ducks

21 of 25

    Record: 10-1 (7-1 Pac-12)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 10 at Cal, 59-17

    Best Win So Far: Sept. 22 vs. Arizona, 49-0

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Oregon State 

    Bowl Game: Rose Bowl

    The Ducks were standing beside the Kansas State Wildcats on the way to a BCS national title until this past weekend ended both teams hopes at a title run. 

    Oregon still has the shot at a special season with Oregon State and a Pac-12 title game remaining. The Ducks should win the title and finish in the Rose Bowl.

    The Ducks have been amazing this season, especially with a freshman leading the offensive charge. This team may fall short of the title game this year, but they will be in the national elite again during the 2013 season. 

No. 4 Florida Gators

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    Record: 10-1 (7-1 SEC) 

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Jacksonville State, 23-0

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 20 vs. South Carolina, 44-11 

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Florida State

    Bowl Game: Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl

    The Florida Gators were on a remarkable run this year until their largest rival the Georgia Bulldogs knocked them off the undefeated run. The Gators are now second in the SEC East, sitting behind the Bulldogs. 

    Despite the lack of a shot at the SEC title game, this has been a great year for the Gators. Florida was able to defeat LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina this season. They will finish the year in Tallahassee against Florida State. 

    If the Gators can snatch a win away from the Seminoles, they may be able to make a push at an at-large bid into the BCS over LSU. 

No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs

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    Record: 10-1 (7-1 SEC)

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Georgia Southern, 45-14

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 27 vs. No.2 Florida, 17-9

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Georgia Tech

    Bowl Game: January 1 Capital One Bowl 

    Georgia has worked its way into the SEC title game, beating the Gators when it mattered and losing to the Gamecocks when it didn’t. 

    The Bulldogs have only beaten one ranked team all year and that was the win over then-No. 2 Florida. The schedule was not the most difficult lineup overall, but the wins piled up and this Georgia team is sitting at No. 3 in the country for a reason. 

    The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are waiting to finish the season against this team and Alabama is waiting for them in the SEC title game. Winning the remaining three games will not come easy, but the talent is in Athens to make the wins happen. 

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

24 of 25

    Record: 10-1 (6-1 SEC) 

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Western Carolina, 49-0

    Best Win So Far: Nov. 3 at No. 5 LSU, 21-17

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Auburn 

    Bowl Game: BCS National Title Game

    Alabama was counting its blessings this past Saturday when the No.1 and the No. 2 teams lost, pushing the Crimson Tide back into the national title discussion. Alabama faces two more games before the national title and must win out to get the chance to play Notre Dame. 

    There may be a national push to keep the SEC away from the national title game, but with Alabama landing as a consensus No. 2 there isn’t a path of discussion that leads away from the Crimson Tide playing for the title. 

    Alabama has its annual rivalry game against Auburn this coming weekend but the week Tigers should be an easy win for the Crimson Tide. 

    Georgia should pose a real threat, testing the Alabama secondary throughout the contest. Alabama controls its own fate again as it sits in the driver’s seat to the national championship with one week of regular season games remaining. 

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

25 of 25

    Record: 11-0

    Latest Victory: Nov. 17 vs. Wake Forest, 38-0 

    Best Win So Far: Oct. 27 at No. 8 Oklahoma, 30-13

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at USC 

    Bowl Game: BCS National Title Game

    Say what you will about the Fighting Irish, but they find ways to win football games. It may not always be in the prettiest or most predictable fashion, but their game plan works. 

    Brian Kelly has led this team to an undefeated record through the preseason No. 1 toughest schedule in the country. As the season has progressed some of those teams have been exposed, but overall it was still a very difficult lineup for the Irish to push through. 

    Notre Dame has a shot at a national title for the first time since the 1980’s. It has become a new age for a tradition rich program. 

    Notre Dame must win the upcoming game in Los Angeles to stay alive in the national title game. With not championship game left to play, the Irish are one win away from the BCS title game. 

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