BCS Standings 2012: Complete Analysis of Week 14 Rankings

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 17:  Blake Renaud #13 of the Boise State Broncos carries the hammer against the Colorado State Rams at Bronco Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The Week 14 BCS Rankings are out, and with it came tons of movement at the bottom of the standings, while the Top 10 saw only only change, with Florida State dropping from No. 10 to No. 12 while South Carolina moved up two spots to replace the Seminoles.

For the most part, there isn't much to argue with as far as the teams included go.

However, there's definitely an argument to be made that more of a shakeup should have occurred, not only in the Top 10, but throughout the Top 25.

Let's take a look at where the rankings goofed.


No. 4 Florida Gators (11-1)

Sure, the Gators lost to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) at the end of October—and Georgia will be playing Alabama in the SEC Championship Game—but the Gators deserve to be ranked ahead of the Bulldogs in the BCS Standings.

Florida has beaten four of the Top 13 teams in the country: No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina and No. 13 Florida State.

Georgia, on the other hand, has beaten only one of the Top 13 teams: No. 4 Florida.

Though the head-to-head loss doesn't help their case, it seems to me that the Gators have a much more impressive resume overall and that they belong ahead of the Bulldogs in the BCS.


No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (10-2)

The Cardinal have gotten to 10 wins on the back of senior RB Stepfan Taylor and an outstanding defense that has been overshadowed by those at Notre Dame and Alabama all year long.

A loss to the unranked Washington Huskies hurts, but Stanford has played four teams in the Top 16 of the BCS Standings and beat three of them, losing only to No. 1 Notre Dame in overtime.

Wins over No. 15 Oregon State, No. 16 UCLA and No. 5 Oregon should have pushed the Cardinal up the standings more than it has—certainly ahead of Oregon, who has played only two squads in the BCS Top 25, beating Oregon State and losing to Stanford.


No. 20 Boise State Broncos (9-2)

Boise State hasn't played anyone of note in 2012; that much is true. Its two losses came to an unranked Michigan State squad in the season opener and a San Diego State team that could make an argument to be ranked at the bottom of the BCS standings.

But Boise State has won its last two games, while UCLA, Texas and Michigan have all lost. Regardless, the trio remains ahead of the Broncos in the latest BCS Standings, coming in at No. 16, No. 18 and No. 19, respectively.

The Harris Poll has the Broncos at No. 17, while the USA Today Coaches' Poll puts them 15th in the nation. To be fair, the AP Poll has them 25th in the country, but that doesn't factor into the BCS standings.

The Broncos deserve to be ranked higher than they are—and with a legitimate shot to play the role of BCS Buster once again.


Week 14 BCS Rankings (via ESPN)

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Florida

5. Oregon

6. Kansas State

7. LSU

8. Stanford

9. Texas A&M

10. South Carolina

11. Oklahoma

12. Nebraska

13. Florida State

14. Clemson

15. Oregon State

16. UCLA

17. Kent State

18. Texas

19. Michigan

20. Boise State

21. Northern Illinois

22. Northwestern

23. Oklahoma State

24. Utah State

25. San Jose State