The latest BCS rankings are relatively controversy-free, which is an achievement at this point in the 2012 season. That said, there are still some of the nation's currently elite teams that are being snubbed every so slightly in college football's current hierarchy.
Here is a look at three teams that have been underappreciated in Week 14, as the BCS picture continues to shape ahead of conference championship week.
Before breaking them down, though, here is a look at the updated standings, which were released Sunday evening:
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No. 8 Stanford
As much of a disappointment as the preseason No. 1 USC Trojans have been, their reign of superiority was initially upstaged by the Stanford Cardinal.
David Shaw's bunch had their expectations lowered significantly with the graduation of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, but the team found a way to get it done despite mediocre play from QB successor Josh Nunes.
Recently, a switch has been made to dual-threat redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, and it has paid massive dividends.
Hogan led the Cardinal to a road victory over previously second-ranked Oregon, and he played very efficiently in a blowout over UCLA, who they will face again in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Combine that with a fundamentally sound defense and the leadership of senior RB Stepfan Taylor, and Stanford has continued its recent excellence even in the absence of such an impact quarterback.
The only two losses on the year were to the Washington Huskies, who have proved to be a tough out at home and have been ranked frequently throughout the season. Oh, and the other fall was to current No. 1 Notre Dame, 20-13, in overtime on the road.
Based on the overall track record, Stanford deserves better—certainly to be ahead of the Oregon team it just beat two weeks ago.
No. 9 Texas A&M
With the exception of the Cardinal, the SEC should be dominating the entire rankings for the first seven slots. Johnny Manziel has to be considered the Heisman front-runner at this point, and he has had to endure an incredibly tough schedule in his first year under center for the Texas A&M Aggies.
As the year has progressed, instead of hitting a wall, Manziel has risen to the occasion and stepped up his play.
This Texas A&M team may be one of the hottest in the country, playing in the best conference to boot.
Even though LSU beat them earlier on, the Aggies look like the better team across the board at the moment. They shouldn't be ranked below them, and they certainly shouldn't be ranked below a one-loss team such as Kansas State.
Manziel and Co. lost to the No. 4 and No. 7 BCS teams, and beat the current national runner-up on the road. The Wildcats breezed through an easy schedule except for a beatdown in Waco at the hands of the 6-5 Baylor Bears and their horrendous defense.
Based more on their current success than some early adversity, the Aggies should reside in the Top Five or just outside of it.
No. 20 Boise State
The BCS computers are frequently polarizing, and it's once again hard to believe that the Boise State Broncos are penalized so heavily by those crazy formulas.
Calling Boise elite may be a bit of a stretch, but there's no denying Chris Petersen has ignited one of the winningest programs in college football in recent years.
Despite losses by Texas, UCLA and Michigan, all of those three teams sit ahead of Boise in the latest rankings. The Broncos rank as high as 15th in the USA TODAY coaches' poll, and 17th in the AP. But for some reason, their average in the computer system is 30th in the nation. Only one of the cogs has Boise in the Top 25.
Other than a narrow, four-point loss in the season opener at Michigan State and a 21-19 defeat at the hands of San Diego State, the Broncos have gone about their winning business as usual. They would be eligible for the BCS if they win the Mountain West and finish inside the Top 16.
According to the other polls' averages, that is precisely where Boise falls at the moment. For some reason, the computers are vehemently against such a notion.
Yet Kent State, who arguably has an easier schedule, is 19th in the computers and sits comfortably in 17th in the BCS.
None of this computer science ever makes much sense. Those formulas and math don't always seem to add up, and this is a classic case of just that. I don't know if the technological singularity is inevitable, but based on the decisions of these artificial intelligences, the Broncos had better hope it isn't.
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