BCS Ranking Projections, Post-Chaos

By Dan Irwin
South Bend, Ind.
A crowd a fans in South Bend, Ind. celebrate the news that both Kansas State and Oregon have lost, projecting their Notre Dame Fighting Irish into the No. 1 BCS Spot. Photo courtesy Sean Muserallo via Twitter.

Throw out everything you thought you knew about college football, because you and I couldn’t have seen this one coming.

In one of the most chaotic nights in college football history, both darlings projected for the BCS National Championship game fell on Saturday night, opening up the flood gates for every one-loss team who feels they’ve played well to make their case.

The one team that isn’t in any doubt any longer–at least for this week–are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who will without question be put into the No. 1 spot when the new BCS rankings are released on Sunday night.

Notre Dame will look to capture their first national championship since 1988.

With the losses of both the previously No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats and the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, there are several teams who will look to capitalize. The biggest winners are the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs, who now both control their own destiny for the No. 2 overall spot.

But with two more teams out of the way, other squads are now peaking their heads into the mix. The Florida Gators don’t want to be forgotten, and neither do the one-loss Florida State Seminoles. If Notre Dame were to lose, could the Alabama-Georgia winner face the Florida-Florida State winner for the BCS crown?

Sure would bring the playoffs in a little early.

For now though, fans in South Bend don’t want to hear about it…and after all, why should they? After being told that they simply weren’t good enough to get in, it’s now the Irish who sit squarely in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the season.

In the new projections seen below, you’ll note the obvious ups and downs of the winners and losers from Saturday. One of the bigger surprises–but maybe not–are the South Carolina Gamecocks who fell two spots after their win at home to the Wofford Terriers. South Carolina didn’t have this game under control until the fourth quarter, but it’s also the Stanford Cardinal‘s win and leap into the top-10 that pushed South Carolina down two spots instead of one.

Without any further talk or delay, the projected rankings are as follows:

 1.  Notre Dame Fighting Irish
 2. Alabama Crimson Tide
 3. Georgia Bulldogs
 4. Florida Gators
 5. Oregon Ducks
 6. Texas A&M Aggies
 7. LSU Tigers
 8. Kansas State Wildcats
 9. Florida State Seminoles
10. Stanford Cardinal
11.  South Carolina Gamecocks
12. Clemson Tigers
13. Oklahoma Sooners
14. UCLA Bruins
15. Nebraska Cornhuskers
16. Texas Longhorns
17. Oregon State Beavers
18. Louisville Cardinals
19. Michigan Wolverines
20.Rutgers Scarlet Knights
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys
22.Washington Huskies
23.Kent State Golden Flashes
24.Mississippi State Bulldogs
25.USC Trojans

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at “facebook.com/danirwin.sports“.

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