BCS Championship 2014 Predictions: Buying or Selling Top Teams as Contenders

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

Oct 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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It's the time of year when more controversy than normal is drummed up in the sporting world thanks to the hotly debated BCS rankings.

While the BCS standings are set to go the way of the dinosaur sooner rather than later, the official first edition was released Sunday to what will surely be widespread outrage or praise depending on who is asked. 

Here's a look at the official BCS standings, with a few teams highlighted after the jump with a buy or sell verdict as it pertains to their national title hopes.

BCS Rankings (Week 9)
Rank Team Record BCS Average
1 Alabama 7-0 .984
2 Florida State 6-0 .935
3 Oregon 7-0 .932
4 Ohio State 7-0 .855
5 Missouri 7-0 .822
6 Stanford 6-1 .741
7 Miami (FL) 6-0 .720
8 Baylor 6-0 .712
9 Clemson 6-1 .625
10 Texas Tech 7-0 .622
11 Auburn 6-1 .506
12 UCLA 5-1 .481
13 LSU 6-2 .455
14 Virginia Tech 6-1 .441
15 Oklahoma 6-1 .420
16 Texas A&M 5-2 .367
17 Fresno State 6-0 .338
18 Northern Illinois 7-0 .303
19 Oklahoma State 5-1 .269
20 Louisville 6-1 .256
21 South Carolina 5-2 .216
22 Michigan 6-1 .164
23 UCF 5-1 .139
24 Nebraska 5-1 .135
25 Oregon State 6-1 .104


Florida State

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 19:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 51-14 at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Jimbo Fisher's team is on fire thanks to a guy by the name of Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to a jaw-dropping 51-14 victory over Clemson.

Despite his freshman status, Winston stands out as a No. 1 Heisman candidate after his 444 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Tigers.

Winston is helped by the best defense the Seminoles have fielded in years. The unit allows just 12.3 points per game, which makes it pretty simple for Winston—and his offense that averages 53.2 points per game—to emerge victorious.

As far as total packages go, Florida State is more than worthy of its lofty No. 2 rank and perhaps stands the best chance if it is lucky enough to enter the ring with the juggernaut known as Alabama. An ACC championship appears to be in the cards, as does a true test for the Crimson Tide.

Verdict: Buying



EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 19: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty
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The Oregon Ducks have a major Heisman contender at quarterback as well thanks to the elite play of Marcus Mariota this season.

Mariota has already thrown for more than 2,000 yards with 19 touchdowns and no interceptions, not to mention another 493 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.

Even more impressive, the Ducks have not had a victory decided by fewer than three scores this season, which is a great feat, but it also tells another story—the Ducks have yet to be truly tested this year.

That will change in a hurry with dates against No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford on the menu in the coming weeks, but for now, the Ducks appear to be legit. How any team can slow Mariota and the offense down remains to be seen.

Verdict: Buying


Ohio State

First of all, the gap between No. 3 and 4 on the first batch of BCS rankings is huge. Unfortunately for Urban Meyer, who has yet to lose a game after moving to Columbus, it appears the Buckeyes have little shot at playing for a championship.

Even if they did, the Buckeyes have not been overtly impressive this year. An average of 45 points a game, regardless of whether it's Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton under center is great, but Ohio State also has yet to face a true test.

Oct 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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With that in mind, two tests against Wisconsin and Northwestern were victories, but not exactly awe-inspiring blowouts that one would expect from a team headed to a national championship.

The Buckeyes have an extremely slim chance of sneaking into the national championship, and even if they somehow make it, a date with a team like the Crimson Tide won't be pretty.

Ohio State is another year out from contention both in the participation sense, and in the competitive one.

Verdict: Selling


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