The second installment of the BCS Standings have been released for the 2012 season and while there isn’t any change amongst the top two spots there has been movement in many of the other positions including a new team occupying the number three slot.
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators still maintain the top two spots respectively however the Kansas State Wildcats are now the number three team in the standings due to their huge 55-14 road victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers who know find themselves ranked 19th following their second consecutive loss of the year.
Despite earning a huge road victory of their own versus Arizona State (43-21), the Oregon Ducks find themselves slipping down to the number four spot largely due to the lack of respect from the computers (ranked sixth by the computers). Notre Dame once again rounds out the top five but can find themselves receiving a huge boost next week if they can find a way to knock off the eighth ranked Oklahoma Sooners in what should be the week’s best game.
The LSU Tigers are the highest ranked one loss team for the second week in a row sitting at number six and right behind them are the Oregon State Beavers at a perfect 6-0 and are seventh in the standings. The USC Trojans are the third Pac-12 team in the top 10 at ninth and still have a slim shot at claiming a BCS Title game berth as long as they win out the remainder of the schedule and receive a lot of help from the eight teams ahead of them. The Georgia Bulldogs round out the top 10 and is the fourth SEC team amongst the BCS’ 10 best after week eight of the season.
Despite being 7-0 and competing in the SEC the Mississippi State Bulldogs still aren’t getting the respect which they deserve sitting 11th in the standings however an impressive showing in a huge match up with Alabama this week could change all of that rapidly. The Florida State Seminoles are ranked 12th, the South Carolina Gamecocks are 13th following their second consecutive loss last week, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are 14th and continue to move up in the rankings following the second straight victory over a top 25 opponent. The 7-0 Rutgers Scarlet Knights sit at 15 and need some type of help in attempting to move higher up the standings due to playing in a very weak Big East conference.
The Louisville Cardinals are also in the Big East and have a record of 7-0; both them and Rutgers will probably battle it out for the conference title until they face each other on the final day of the season on November 29. The 5-2 Stanford Cardinal are 17th, the 6-1 Clemson Tigers are 18th and Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies are 20th following their second loss of the season last week to LSU.