- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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The initial BCS standings of the 2012 season come out Sunday evening, and they're expected to have a distinct SEC flavor.
Brad Edwards, ESPN's BCS standings expert, has Alabama No. 1, South Carolina No. 3 and Florida No. 5 in his mock BCS standings through Week 6. He also has LSU No. 8 and Georgia No. 10. South Carolina plays at LSU this coming Saturday, so there could be a shakeup if the Tigers win.
Either way, the SEC is in great shape to send a team to the Discover BCS National Championship Game and go for its seventh straight national title. Edwards said that Florida State's upset loss to North Carolina State last week was huge for the SEC, and he also feels like the national title hunt is down to the SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Notre Dame at this point.
As for the chances of a once-beaten SEC team making the BCS National Championship Game, this is what Edwards has to say:
"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."
And for South Carolina fans, Edwards thinks the Gamecocks have a pretty good chance to jump Oregon into the No. 2 spot in Sunday's first official BCS standings if they can win Saturday at LSU.