BCS Rankings 2013: Who's Too High, Too Low in Week 9 Standings?

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 21, 2013

BCS Rankings 2013: Who's Too High, Too Low in Week 9 Standings?

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    2013 is the swan song for the BCS, so the Week 9 release of the BCS standings is the beginning of the end for college football's soon-to-be-defunct rankings system.

    As expected, Alabama debuted at No. 1 and controls its own destiny to defend its back-to-back national titles. If the Crimson Tide carry on, they'll be the first team in college football history to notch three straight national titles.

    Florida State came in at No. 2 ahead of Oregon, which came as a surprise, but do the Seminoles really deserve the second spot? More importantly, will they be able to keep it going forward?

    Check out the full standings below and post in the comment section who should be higher and lower in the Week 9 BCS rankings.


    Week 9 BCS Standings

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Oregon
    4. Ohio State
    5. Missouri
    6. Stanford
    7. Miami (Fla.)
    8. Baylor
    9. Clemson
    10. Texas Tech
    11. Auburn
    12. UCLA
    13. LSU
    14. Virginia Tech
    15. Oklahoma
    16. Texas A&M
    17. Fresno State
    18. Northern Illinois
    19. Oklahoma State
    20. Louisville
    21. South Carolina
    22. Michigan
    23. UCF
    24. Nebraska
    25. Oregon State

High: Florida State

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    Week 9 ranking: No. 2

    Should be: No. 3

    Florida State earned its spot at No. 2 with a 51-14 drubbing of No. 9 Clemson last week.

    However, that doesn't mean the Seminoles will stay at No. 2. In the long run, No. 3 Oregon should win out, as the Ducks will take on No. 12 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford and No. 25 Oregon State this season.

    Oregon comes in at No. 2 in the AP Top 25, USA Today coaches poll and the Harris Poll, but was edged out in the computers by FSU.

    The 'Noles played out of their minds against Clemson and have been strong overall, though they showed some flaws in a close 48-34 win over Boston College. FSU has a great quarterback in Jameis Winston but can't just rely on the redshirt freshman to carry the load through the rest of the season.

    On the other hand, if Florida State plays like it did against Clemson every week, it may prove to be unbeatable.

Low: Oregon

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    Week 9 ranking: No. 3

    Should be: No. 2

    Oregon has done everything it is supposed to do this season, which is definitively beat every team that crosses its path.

    The Ducks have outscored their opponents by 282 points, 403-121. To put that in perspective, only 15 teams have scored a total of 282 points this year, while UO has scored that many more than it has allowed.

    Fortunately, this wrong will likely be righted before long, as the Ducks will have chances to impress and boost their strength of schedule in their next two contests against No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford.

    UO will lean on a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in Marcus Mariota but will also need strong play from its defense, which has become increasingly porous lately. 

High: Miami (Fla.)

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    Week 9 ranking: No. 7

    Should be: No. 9

    Miami (Fla.) has pretty much risen to No. 7 by default.

    The Hurricanes began leaping their way up in the polls after beating Florida early in the season. The 'Canes haven't been impressive since then, and that key win lost its luster.

    Florida fell from the rankings after dropping consecutive games to LSU and Missouri. Meanwhile, the 'Canes needed a 21-point fourth-quarter rally to hold off Georgia Tech and were then further exposed by North Carolina.

    The Tar Heels, who sit at an abysmal 1-5, had the 'Canes on the ropes in Chapel Hill. UNC led 23-20 inside the final 20 seconds, but Miami running back Dallas Crawford punched in a three-yard touchdown as The U escaped with a 27-23 win.

    Miami is very inconsistent and has some weaknesses that will be exposed sooner or later.

Low: Baylor

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    Week 9 ranking: No. 8

    Should be: No. 6

    Baylor has been as impressive as almost any team in the nation this season. The Bears are scoring nearly 65 points per game and cracked the Top Five of the USA Today coaches poll this week after destroying Iowa State 71-7.

    BU makes scoring 70 points look like a walk in the park. The Bears have had just one rough game this season, which was still a fairly decisive 35-25 win over Kansas State on the road.

    The Bears haven't played any truly tough competition yet, so more will be learned about them later in the season.

    They'll play their three biggest Big 12 competitors—Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State—in three consecutive games in November before closing out the season against the final conference hopeful, Texas.

    It won't be easy, but if the BU offense is clicking, no team in the Big 12 will be able to stop it.

High: Stanford

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    Week 9 Ranking: No. 6

    Should be: No. 11

    Stanford came in as the highest-rated one-loss team at No. 6 but shouldn't have been rated higher than unbeaten teams like Baylor, Miami and Texas Tech, or even some one-loss teams like Clemson and Auburn.

    The Cardinal have just the one loss, but it came to Utah, which isn't good. Meanwhile, Clemson's one loss came against No. 2 Florida State and Auburn's came to No. 13 LSU.

    It is likely that Stanford benefited from beating UCLA, which had an inflated ranking to begin with. The Bruins climbed the polls largely by default after teams in front of them lost.

    Regardless of their ranking now, the Cardinal will be put to the test this week against Oregon State and then on Nov. 7 versus Oregon.

Low: Auburn

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    Week 9 ranking: No. 11

    Should be: No. 8

    Auburn's low ranking mostly stems from its low ranking to start the season. The Tigers only cracked the Top 25 a week ago. With that considered, their rise is pretty impressive.

    However, after beating Texas A&M in College Station, Auburn sits as one of the few teams still capable of winning the SEC title.

    AU's road win over A&M is one of the most impressive victories by any team in the BCS standings. However, Auburn didn't receive quite the respect it earned from that win.

    The Tigers have a relatively smooth road from here out but will have to prove their ranking against Georgia before taking on Alabama at home in the Iron Bowl. If they win out, they'll be playing for the SEC title.

    Now who saw that coming?