Projected BCS Standings: Kansas State climbs to No. 3 in second BCS rankings of 2012

Just two weeks into the BCS standings and the chase is on — it’s more than certain. That’s just what a weekend full of strong statement victories from the nation’s best will get you.

Projected BCS Rankings
Rank Team
1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 Florida Gators
3 Kansas State Wildcats
4 Oregon Ducks
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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So, are there any surprises in store for the second BCS rankings? Not many. But one could be on its way near the top.

When the first set of rankings were released, many were confused by an Oregon team that landed at No. 3. Somewhat a victim of not playing the weekend before and big victories from Florida and Kansas State, the Ducks landed at the unenviable position of the No. 3 spot in the BCS.

One weekend later, could they be headed down a spot again? They certainly wont be able to catch a Florida team coming off of a victory over previously BCS No. 7 South Carolina.

But more importantly, Kansas State registered a big victory over West Virginia. And not only that, it was box score big — important given voters habits. Votes will be split among the Gators, Ducks and Wildcats more strongly than they were last weekend. Combined with only slightly improved computer rankings, it could mean another knock down for Oregon and a bump up for Kansas State.

But there shouldn’t be much worry in Eugene. Games await the Ducks against USC and the surprisingly undefeated (and tomorrow’s likely BCS No. 7) Oregon State. Oregon has more than enough power to climb back to the No. 2 spot if the Ducks remain undefeated.

From there on down there isn’t a whole lot of shock to go around. LSU is likely to see a nice bump from a victory over Texas A&M, but is likely be unable to catch Notre Dame at No. 5. South Carolina’s loss sends them tumbling, allowing Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC to all climb up a spot.

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 Two (October 21)

Rank Team
1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 Florida Gators
3 Kansas State Wildcats
4 Oregon Ducks
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6 LSU Tigers
7 Oregon State Beavers
8 Oklahoma Sooners
9 USC Trojans
10 Mississippi State Bulldogs
11 Georgia Bulldogs
12 South Carolina Gamecocks

2 thoughts on “Projected BCS Standings: Kansas State climbs to No. 3 in second BCS rankings of 2012

  1. K state backed out of playing Oregon at Autzen this year!! They didnt want to getr beat by a team much better then them!! The BCS is A JOKE take out the C and it is PURE BS!! GO DUCKS

  2. Like the top four. Think ND is overrated but the Sooners will take care of that next week most certainly. In the meantime, OSU Beavs beat BYU by about 20 while ND barely squeaked by. So why the higher ranking for ND? Also a self correcting problem as OSU will probably end out with 2 losses (Stanford and Ducks).

    Agreed that if the Ducks go undefeated that they should have a shot but more so than K State or Florida? I don’t know. What I DO KNOW is that an Oregon Ducks v. Alabama Crimson Tide championship game sounds like a lot of fun.

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