BCS Standings 2012: Underrated Teams That Should Be Ranked Higher

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Head Coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Duck looks on during pre-game warm ups before their NCAA College football game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Week 12 of the college football regular season is out of the way, and the Week 13 BCS standings have shown just how much the landscape of the sport has changed in what has become the wildest weekend of the year.

With both the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in the nation falling—Kansas State and Oregon, respectively—the BCS Top 25 looks much different than it did last week. With so many teams switching spots, there were bound to be underrated teams that should have been ranked higher.

Despite the lack of respect from the BCS, these deserving universities will get the credit they worked hard for this season. All of the following teams deserve to be higher in the rankings.

For full BCS standings, check ESPN.com.

No. 23 Kent State Golden Flashes

While many college football fans haven’t heard of the Kent State Golden Flashes, it’s time to learn about them and give the team the respect it deserves. At 10-1 on the season and No. 1 in the MAC, the Golden Flashes are legitimate.

Kent State’s loss came in Week 2 against the Kentucky Wildcats and there is no denying how bad that loss was, but a convincing win over No. 18 Rutgers during a nine-game winning streak proves the Golden Flashes have been great when it counts.

There are only two games left on the schedule for Kent State, but if it can hold on and finish the season with just one loss, there is no doubt the BCS would have to show the team even more respect by having it climb the standings.

No. 11 Clemson Tigers

While the Clemson Tigers have a loss on the season—10-1 to start the year—the one defeat came at the hands of the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles. Both ACC schools should have been shown more respect and moved towards the Top Five of the BCS poll.

Clemson has improved defensively this year and minimized the mistakes that plagued it in 2011. With only 24.7 points allowed per game (47th in the nation) this season, the Tigers have been able to shut down their opponents to give the potent offensive attack a chance to shine.

And shine it has.

Led by the elite play of dual-threat quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clemson ranks ninth in the nation passing the ball (332 yards per game) and 30th rushing the ball (203.6 yards per game) for an unbelievable average of 44.6 points per game (fourth in college football).

Clemson should be a Top Five team in the BCS.

No. 5 Oregon Ducks

Despite a tough loss to the underrated Stanford Cardinal, the Oregon Ducks should be ranked No. 3 in the country; not relegated to No. 5 behind two less deserving SEC schools.

While there is no doubt Florida and Georgia have had great seasons so far (both 10-1), to jump the formerly No. 2 team in the nation after its first loss isn’t how it should be. There is even a case that Oregon should be ahead of Alabama at No. 2 with how mediocre the Crimson Tide looks now.

Factor in that that the loss was by just three points and shrouded in controversy, and the case against Oregon being at least No. 3 in the nation is invalid.

With a much improved defense and the second-most potent offense in the nation (51.1 points per game), the Ducks deserved better from the BCS.

 1. Notre Dame
 2. Alabama
 3. Georgia
 4. Florida
 5. Oregon
 6. Kansas State
 7. LSU
 8. Stanford
 9. Texas A&M
 10. Florida State
 11. Clemson
 12. South Carolina
 13. Oklahoma
 14. Nebraska
 15. Oregon State
 16. Texas
 17. UCLA
 18. Rutgers
 19. Michigan 
 20. Louisville
 21. Oklahoma State
 22. Boise State
 23. Kent State
 24. Arizona
 25. Washington

Check back for more on the NCAA Football as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s College Football page to get your fill of college football.


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