BCS Rankings Week 8 Projections: Miami Beats Georgia Tech, May Enter BCS Top 25

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jacory Harris #12 hands the ball off to Damien Berry #20 of the Miami Hurricanes against the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 45-17. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Gazing into the magic 8-ball of BCS rankings to try and decode their mystery before the rankings are released Sunday night.

Several upsets of Top-10 teams will serve to rearrange the look of the BCS standings this week, just two weeks into the poll. LSU and Alabama, the current No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the poll should stay exactly where they are. Oklahoma, however, will drop from No. 3 in the poll to potentially out of the Top-10. Usually the fall wouldn't be as pronounced for a previously undefeated team, but the Sooners lost to an unranked Texas Tech squad while allowing 41 points at home. That won't look too good to the computers.

Oklahoma State by default should rise to the No. 3 spot vacated by their in-state rivals after another dominating performance without their top WR's. Filling the No. 4 spot should undoubtedly be the Boise State Broncos, as the Wisconsin Badgers can no longer stake claim to that spot. Rounding out the Top-5 will either be Clemson or Stanford. Clemson has struggled at times in recent weeks with sub-par competition, though the final score wouldn't indicate that. It's pretty much even-footing for that spot at the moment, but expect whoever is runner-up to be No. 6 in the poll.

Oregon should jump Arkansas to take the No. 7 spot due to the Razorbacks lackluster showing against a poor Ole Miss team and the Ducks continued dominance. No. 8 is a three-team battle between Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas State. I project that the Top-10 will be completed in that order. Virginia Tech should check in at the No. 11 spot, up one from last week followed by Nebraska at No. 12, also one up from last week.

Wisconsin should occupy the No. 13 spot, but could fall as far as No. 14. However, I believe that the idle South Carolina Gamecocks will stay in that spot for the time being, though they could experience stiff competition from Michigan State, who was No. 16 and knocked off the Badgers Saturday.

No. 15 West Virginia will almost certainly drop to the bottom of the poll or even out after an embarrassing loss to Syracuse on Friday night. No. 16 will most likely be occupied by Texas A&M, rising one spot from their previous rank. Likewise, Michigan benefiting from the Spartans win will move up one to No. 17, though Houston could jump the idle Wolverines after a 63-28 dismantling of Marshall. Penn State should show up at No. 19 with Texas rounding out the Top-20.

There are plenty candidates for the last five, but right now it's hard to tell who's deserving, as most of these teams from a week ago not only lost but were blown out. The contenders are Georgia, West Virginia, Auburn, Arizona State, TCU, Cincinnati and the University of Miami in no particular order. The Hurricanes are coming off of an impressive win over Georgia Tech, holding the Yellow Jackets to their lowest rushing total since 2009 against Iowa in the Orange Bowl, and have racked up consecutive wins over the Jackets and the North Carolina Tarheels. Illinois, Georgia Tech, Washington and perhaps Auburn should all be expected to drop out of the rankings.

Stay on SB Nation for more coverage of the release of the second week of the BCS standings Sunday night.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.