Potential BCS busters for 2013

These five teams have a shot at crashing the BCS in its final season

Updated: July 23, 2013, 2:19 PM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Derek CarrKevin Casey/Getty ImagesFresno State, led by QB Derek Carr, has the pieces in place to become a BCS buster in 2013.

Every year in my preview magazine, I rank the top non-AQ teams that have the best chances of becoming a BCS buster. This year, there are a couple of teams that have a great shot at going undefeated, and a few others are only an upset or two from busting the BCS.

Here are my top five BCS buster candidates for 2013:


1. Fresno State Bulldogs

I rank the Bulldogs just 41st overall in terms of talent heading into this season, and they have lost seven consecutive games to Boise State by an average of 31 points per game, but they are still my pick as the No. 1 BCS buster candidate. They return 16 starters from a 9-4 squad that last year outgained its Mountain West foes by an incredible 172 yards per game, which was 52 YPG better than Boise State and 156 YPG better than San Diego State, which, along with Fresno, finished 7-1 in the conference.

Phil Steele

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