Rivalry week went down pretty much as expected in the college football world. Every Top 5 team ended up winning, preventing any major shuffling in the BCS Championship chase, for now at least.
It was the bottom end of the rankings that saw the biggest shift as 11 of the bottom 15 teams all met defeat this week. Boise State and Kansas State were idle and will play next week in non-championship games.
A lot of this week’s losing teams lost to BCS contenders and all will not drop out of the Top 25 as a result. There were some new additions to the rankings in my projections and some high-risers as well.
Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia stayed locked in at the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions to virtually guarantee an Irish vs. SEC National Championship Game pending the result of the SEC title bout between the two.
There are no more upsets and shocks that will change that now. All that’s left is the uncertainty of the other BCS bowl selections.
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Boise State Broncos are two of the biggest benefactors of this week’s games. Boise State was idle and the Golden Flashes took down Ohio University, 28-6.
Overall, the BCS picture has begun to take shape. There is only one “BCS buster” right now this season and it’s a familiar face: the Boise State Broncos.
The Broncos are creeping up the standings and were idle in Week 13. They face Nevada next week with a win earning them a share of the Mountain West Conference Championship.
Boise State can still earn an automatic BCS bowl bid if it finishes in the top 16 of the BCS and ahead of an automatic qualifying conference winner (i.e. Florida State or Louisville/Rutgers).
From section 3B of the BCS selection procedures posted on BCSFootball.org:
Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.
There you have it.
New to Top 25: Northern Illinois (No. 19), Northwestern (No. 23), Utah State (No. 24)
Dropped out of Top 25: Louisville (No. 20), Arizona (No. 24), Washington (No. 25)
Projected Week 14 BCS Standings
1. Notre Dame Irish (12-0)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
3. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
4. Florida Gators (11-1)
5. Oregon Ducks (11-1)
6. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1)
7. Stanford Cardinal (10-2)
8. LSU Tigers (10-2)
9. Texas A&M Aggies (10-2)
10. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)
11. Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)
12. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-2)
13. Florida State Seminoles (10-2)
14. Clemson Tigers (10-2)
15. Boise State Broncos (9-2)
16. Oregon State Beavers (8-3)
17. Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1)
18. UCLA Bruins (9-3)
19. Northern Illinois (11-1)
20. Texas Longhorns (8-3)
21. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2)
22. Michigan Wolverines (8-4)
23. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3)
24. Utah State Aggies (10-2)
25. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-4)