The AP top 10 is probably a little different than how the BCS top 10 will shake out, but let’s talk about some predictions for what we know at this point. The BCS rankings will be released at 8:30 EST this evening.
No. 9 Clemson Tigers:
Florida State wiped Clemson out of the national title race with that dominating performance a little over a week ago, but the Tigers are far from done in the BCS race. In fact they may be the best one loss team out there, although Stanford has a strong argument. At any rate Clemson has the easier schedule remaining.
Nov. 2 – @ Virginia
Nov. 14 – Georgia Tech
Nov. 23 – The Citadel
Nov. 30 – #14 South Carolina
The Tigers should be able to handle those first three games fairly easily, although Virginia is an interesting road test and GT of course presents game plan challenges. Ultimately the speed of Clemson will be the deciding factors there, cementing an ACC title game appearance.
South Carolina is the interesting one. After being down and out for three quarters last night, the Gamecocks fought their way back into the East title race over Missouri. Not that it should matter in this game, but they should be playing for a BCS bid anyway when they meet Clemson. I give the edge to SC, but only because the game will be in Carolina.
If Mizzou wins out, even a win over Clemson could leave SC on the outside-looking-in at the BCS, while Clemson punched their ticket in the ACC title. That would be wild.