Another installment of the BCS rankings hasn't brought with it any less controversy, as the picture at the top is still quite muddied.
In the first release of this season's rankings last week, it took just the top three teams for there to be outrage, as Florida State—thanks to a massive win over Clemson—climbed to the top of the computer polls in order to snag the No. 2 spot over Oregon, which was No. 2 in both human polls.
It didn't take long for those spots to reverse, however.
Alabama remains at the top, but the Ducks' 28-point home win over UCLA this week got them back in the favor of the computers and proved to be enough to leapfrog the Seminoles, who drop to No. 3 after making easy work of NC State.
Here's a look at the entire BCS Top 25, courtesy of ESPN.com:
|Week 10 BCS Rankings|
The Crimson Tide remain on the fast track for a spot in the national championship after easily taking care of Tennessee, which was fresh off an overtime loss to Georgia and an upset win over South Carolina.
Nick Saban's squad has two major hurdles before the SEC championship: at home vs. LSU and on the road against Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
After Oregon and Florida State, we've got Ohio State and Stanford rounding out the top five. The Buckeyes gave Penn State its worst loss since 1899 (not a typo), while Missouri lost to South Carolina in double overtime, clearing the way for the Cardinal, who impressively knocked off Oregon State on the road.
Oregon heads to Palo Alto to face Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 7, while Florida State hosts undefeated Miami, which sits at No. 7 and also right in the thick of the BCS race, on Saturday.
Those games should help clear things up a bit, but with how transcendent the top teams have looked lately, a playoff coming a year early doesn't sound so bad right now.
Outside of Stanford, which would entrench itself in the national title picture with a win over Oregon next Thursday, Auburn is one of the more intriguing one-loss teams to watch for in the BCS picture.
After a dreadful 2012, Gus Malzahn has already turned around the Tigers. They currently sit at No. 11, but looking at their schedule, it's conceivable they could be a top-five squad in late November when they host Alabama.
Throw in high-powered No. 6 Baylor, another undefeated squad, in the top 10, and things are quite crowded at the top.
As the saying goes, though, there is still lots of football left to be played. And lots of rational BCS debates—or screaming matches—left to be had.
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