Projected BCS Standings: Notre Dame Rises Above Chaos To No. 1 In Sixth BCS Rankings of 2012


Two weekends and three major upsets — November BCS chaos has struck again in 2012. Who is left standing?

Projected BCS Rankings
Rank Team
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Georgia Bulldogs
4 Florida Gators
5 Kansas State Wildcats
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This mid-November weekend it was BCS No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon that took the fall, leaving us anticipating a set of BCS rankings that will not resemble anything we’ve seen to this point.

When we finally do get these sixth BCS rankings, it will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that paces the rest of the FBS world. Yes, the 11-0 Irish will stake a claim to a top ranking in the BCS with just one test remaining, that being against USC next weekend.

Win, and the Irish can make their first appearance in a national championship game in the BCS era. That’s the luxury of the BCS’s top spot, and the Irish will be solidly there.

But lo and behold, right back in the conversation and again controlling their own destiny for a BCS title game berth will be tomorrow’s No. 2, Alabama. The Tide fell just to No. 4 after their shocking loss to Texas A&M last weekend, and despite a lopsided victory over an FCS team, the Tide will prosper greatly because of what happened around them.

The Tide had started an unprecedented grouping of six SEC teams in a row in spots four through nine in last week’s BCS rankings. This weekend, the group will spread out a bit, but not before two SEC squads — the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators — take the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the BCS rankings tomorrow.

Kansas State will interrupt the SEC party at No. 5, keeping a strong computer ranking after falling to a respectable Baylor squad. Oregon lands at the same general spot, given its loss to previously BCS No. 13 Stanford.

The SEC grabs two more spots in the top eight, with LSU and Texas A&M, before Stanford and Florida State round out the top 10. South Carolina and Oklahoma complete the top 12.

Remember, we’ll be here to take you through all of it, starting with tomorrow’s releases of the human polls, computer rankings and BCS. Follow along all day tomorrow @BCSKnowHow and right here to stay up to the second with projections, mathematical breakdowns of the computers, human polls and everything in between. Then follow along this week as we break down scenarios and implications.

Got all that? Hope so.

Here’s what the BCS standings will likely look like when they are released tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN:

Projected BCS Standings – BCS Week Six (November 18th)

Rank Team
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Georgia Bulldogs
4 Florida Gators
5 Kansas State Wildcats
6 Oregon Ducks
7 LSU Tigers
8 Texas A&M Aggies
9 Stanford Cardinal
10 Florida State Seminoles
11 South Carolina Gamecocks
12 Oklahoma Sooners



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  1. Jams

    I think you forgot to remove "readying to face off against one another next weekend" when you changed #12 from Clemson to Oklahoma in your projections.