2012 College Football Season – Final BCS Standings

There weren’t that many questions left heading into the final weekend of the regular season in College Football, with one big mystery left to be solves – who joins Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game. Alabama, with a dramatic win over Georgia in the SEC Championship game, are the answer, giving Florida the boost it needed to make it into the Sugar Bowl.

1 Notre Dame .9978 1 1 2866 .9969 1 1470 .9966 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.000
2 Alabama .9441 2 2 2765 .9617 2 1417 .9607 3 4 2 4 3 3 3 .910
3 Florida .8984 4 4 2480 .8626 4 1287 .8725 2 2 6 2 2 2 2 .960
4 Oregon .8621 5 3 2548 .8863 3 1313 .8902 6 6 4 6 6 5 6 .810
5 Kansas State .8226 6 6 2332 .8111 6 1190 .8068 4 3 3 5 8 4 7 .850
6 Stanford .7683 8 7 2142 .7450 8 1047 .7098 4 5 5 3 5 6 4 .850
7 Georgia .7583 3 5 2388 .8306 5 1216 .8244 11 10 10 11 11 9 11 .620
8 LSU .7511 7 8 2128 .7402 7 1111 .7532 7 8 8 9 4 7 5 .760
9 Texas A&M .6756 9 9 1991 .6925 9 1039 .7044 10 11 11 10 9 11 9 .630
10 South Carolina .6604 10 10 1838 .6393 10 947 .6420 9 9 9 8 10 8 8 .700
11 Oklahoma .6502 11 11 1745 .6070 11 890 .6034 8 7 7 7 7 10 10 .730
12 Florida State .5047 13 12 1655 .5757 12 853 .5783 16 17 14 15 24 21 15 .360
13 Oregon State .4716 15 14 1280 .4452 14 663 .4495 12 13 15 13 13 12 13 .520
14 Clemson .4693 14 13 1485 .5165 13 769 .5214 15 15 13 14 20 NR 18 .370
15 Northern Illinois .3276 21 16 998 .3471 16 495 .3356 19 21 12 16 25 NR 12 .300
16 Nebraska .3264 12 18 710 .2470 21 328 .2224 13 12 20 12 12 15 14 .510
17 UCLA .2872 16 17 791 .2751 19 408 .2766 17 18 24 18 15 16 21 .310
18 Michigan .2537 19 22 525 .1826 22 278 .1885 14 16 22 19 14 14 16 .390
19 Boise State .2513 20 15 1058 .3680 15 569 .3858 31 NR 19 NR NR NR NR .000
20 Northwestern .2327 22 20 682 .2372 17 444 .3010 21 19 25 21 22 NR 20 .160
21 Louisville .1808 NR 19 705 .2452 18 409 .2773 29 24 NR 23 NR NR NR .020
22 Utah State .1787 24 21 660 .2296 20 334 .2264 23 NR 17 25 NR NR 19 .080
23 Texas .1519 18 24 230 .0800 25 97 .0658 17 14 21 22 16 13 24 .310
24 San Jose State .1346 25 24 110 .0746 20 20 18 17 NR 23 17 .260
25 Kent State .0772 17 23 330 .1148 NR 84 .0569 25 NR 16 20 NR NR NR .060

Northern Illinois, finishing the season as the MAC champions (beating Kent State 44-37 in a double overtime game) become the first non-AQ conference team to reach a BCS bowl (thanks to their #15 ranking, activating the automatic berth) despite having a loss this season.

This, plus the fact that a conference can’t have more than two teams in the BCS Bowls, has hurt a few teams expecting to find themselves in one of the big games after this weekend. The biggest upset in the whole arrangment are Oklahoma, who finish with an #11 ranking and their two losses coming against top 5 teams (Kansas State, Notre Dame). Still, the voters decided to give North Illinois just enough of a push to give them a BCS berth, while Oklahoma settle for the AT&T Cotton Bowl, facing Texas A&M, another team that felt they might have a shot at a BCS Bowl.

Not when Georgia, who were #3 in the nation heading into the weekend and get dropped after a 4 point loss to Alabama to #7, putting them in the Capital One Bowl vs Nebraska, another loser in a conference title game and the #16 team in the nation.

The Louisville Cardinals weren’t ranked last week but finish the season with a huge win over Rutgers, giving them a share of the BCS title and a place in a BCS Bowl, facing Florida in the BCS Bowl. Oklahoma State, who lost their final game of the season against Baylor, were the only team to drop out of the rankings.

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