BCS Rankings 2013 Week 10: Official Standings for Top 25 Announced
A week after Florida State leapfrogged Oregon for the No. 2 spot, creating controversy within the BCS standings, folks in Tallahassee are getting a taste of their own medicine.
The second iteration of the 2013 BCS standings were released Sunday, and they look mostly as expected following a calmer slate of games. Alabama, with yet another win over an overmatched SEC opponent, stuck around at No. 1.
But it's likely the No. 2 spot that will get everyone talking yet again.
Buoyed by their defeat of UCLA, the Oregon Ducks recouped some of their deficit in the computers and overtook the Seminoles for the coveted second spot.
This development was at least somewhat expected. The Ducks were only .003 points behind Florida State heading into this Saturday's slate of games, a margin so small that even the most minor shift can flip the rankings.
Oregon got the necessary boost in the most organic way possible: It defeated a ranked opponent.
The Ducks' 42-14 defeat of scuffling UCLA gave them their eighth consecutive impressive win of the season. With 248 total yards and a passing touchdown, Marcus Mariota didn't have his best outing of the season, but he got a ton of help from his running game. Byron Marshall rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and Thomas Tyner added 77 yards on 14 attempts.
Next up for Oregon could be the team's season-defining game against No. 5 Stanford. The Cardinal further cemented their status as the nation's top-ranked one-loss team this past week with a win over Oregon State. Both sides will take off next Saturday in preparation for their Thursday night showcase.
The Seminoles, meanwhile, are left looking up at Oregon despite a 49-17 defeat of N.C. State. Jameis Winston looked sensational again, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns despite spending much of the second half on the sidelines. Florida State extended its streak of 40-plus-point performances to seven games.
No. 7 Miami comes into Tallahassee next week after a second straight shaky win. The Hurricanes needed a Duke Johnson touchdown with 53 seconds remaining to score a 24-21 victory over Wake Forest, leading many to wonder whether they deserve to be in the national championship conversation. Next week's contest will likely determine which ACC contender merits discussion.
On the outskirts of the national championship fray, it was another big week for two squads that will need help going forward.
No. 6 Baylor's evisceration of the college football landscape continued Saturday. It went to Lawrence and defeated Kansas 59-14. Lache Seastrunk and Co. will have next week off before the Big 12 schedule starts testing their mettle. Beginning with a Nov. 7 visit from Oklahoma, the Bears will play three straight games against ranked opponents. The computer polls haven't been their friend thus far, so this upcoming stretch will loom large.
Ohio State also stayed undefeated, recording its 20th straight win under Urban Meyer against Penn State. The Buckeyes are led by Braxton Miller and a stellar offensive attack, but they've struggled with consistency for much of the season. They were firing on all cylinders against the Nittany Lions, though, scoring 42 points in the first half en route to a 63-14 evisceration.
Which team should be No. 2?
Missouri's heartbreaking two-overtime loss to South Carolina sent the Tigers back to No. 9 and opened the door for Stanford to return to the top five. The Cardinal had a scare of their own against Oregon State, needing to hold off the Beavers on four consecutive downs inside the red zone to score a 20-12 victory.
Clemson and Oklahoma round out the one-loss teams that still have an outside shot at the title game if things go right. The Sooners catapulted themselves to into the discussion with a defeat of then-undefeated Texas Tech.
You'll also notice that a couple BCS busters continue to quietly make their way up the ranks. Northern Illinois, led by the nation's most underappreciated quarterback, Jordan Lynch, continued its rampage to a second straight BCS bowl with a 59-20 win over Eastern Michigan. Fresno State also stayed unbeaten, defeating San Diego State in a game far closer than anyone expected.
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