5 SEC teams projected to be in top 10 of BCS standings

The first BCS standings come out Sunday evening. Aren’t you excited? Ah, not really. However, an early look at projections shows the SEC clearly dominates the top 10.

ESPN’s BCS expert Brad Edwards projected the SEC to have five teams in the top 10. Of course, these rankings were based off last weekend’s results, and we’ll need to wait and see how things shake out this weekend.

Here are the SEC teams projected to be included in the top 10:

1. Alabama
3. South Carolina
5. Florida
8. LSU
10. Georgia

Obviously LSU-South Carolina play this weekend, so there will be a minor shakeup to the standings. But either way the SEC looks poised to get another team in the national championship. With FSU’s loss, the national title hunt narrows down to SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Notre Dame.

Edwards also discussed the possibility of a one-loss SEC team making into the championship game:

“If there’s a spot in the BCS title game available for a once-beaten team, the SEC figures to be leading that line, with the possible exception of USC or Oklahoma also being in contention. It comes down to how the remaining unbeatens fare the rest of the season. The Pac-12 has two unbeaten teams remaining — Oregon and Oregon State. The Big 12 has two unbeaten teams — West Virginia and Kansas State. And then there’s 5-0 Notre Dame. If four of those five teams lose a game by Dec. 1 — and two of them will lose because of head-to-head matchups — then the SEC, even if its champion has a loss, almost certainly will be playing for a seventh straight BCS title Jan. 7.”

It could get really interesting if Carolina beats LSU Saturday, because the SEC could argue it has the top two teams in the country, as Oregon might drop to #3.

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