The week 12 college football rankings shouldn’t change the BCS that much. The week 12 college football rankings are very similar to what they were last week already, with the AP Top 25 Poll showing the same top nine teams as it did last week. While the AP Top 25 does not directly affect what we will see in the week 12 BCS rankings, it does shed light on what we can expect to see. Typically if the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll are very similar in nature, then the BCS standings are going to reveal themselves to be roughly the same. It is only when debate comes into play that things can change, and that may be bad news for some schools.
Looking at the week 12 AP Top 25 Poll, the Florida Gators remain the top team with 36 first place votes. They are followed again by Alabama with 13 first place votes and then Texas with 11 first place votes, even though those two teams are now only separated by a total of three points in the AP rankings. That’s not a lot, but in the whole scheme of things, the AP Poll is designed only for bragging rights, and it could actually mean that Texas leap-frogs Alabama when it comes to the week 12 BCS rankings. Neither really matters though, because everyone knows that Florida has to play Alabama for the SEC Championship, and Texas will see one of their rivals fall.
Following the “big three” are the three undefeated mid-level conference teams, of which none of them had a very rough week in college football. TCU is #4 at 11-0, Cincinnati is 10-0 at #5, and Boise State is still #6 at 11-0. All three of them are going to need some outside help as the season approaches the big BCS Bowl picture, and they are all hoping to be chosen as one of the at-large teams for a BCS Bowl bid. It’s not going to be easy to do though, and it has to have all of those schools worried about being the one left out in the cold. Don’t sleep on Georgia Tech at #7 either, because they have really come on strong lately, and sit at 10-1 themselves.
Beyond those top seven teams it would be really hard for anyone else to break into the BCS championship game, especially with Big Ten champ Ohio State sitting at #9 and Pac Ten champ Oregon sitting at #10 with two losses each. They will face each other in the Rose Bowl unless something huge changes in the coming weeks. Some other college football fans will be very happy that their teams are back on the radar for nice Bowl games as well, as Mississippi, California, and North Carolina appear in the AP Top 25 week 12 rankings now.
Week 12 AP Top 25 Rankings
6. Boise State
7. Georgia Tech
9. Ohio State
Week 12 AP Poll