The Florida State Seminoles did everything they were supposed to do against the unranked North Carolina State Wolfpack, but they still fell to No. 3 in the BCS rankings on Monday.
The Seminoles smashed the Wolfpack 49-17 behind 292 passing yards and three scoring tosses from freshman Jameis Winston. But with the No. 2-ranked Oregon Ducks smashing the then-No. 12 UCLA Bruins to smithereens in the second half on Saturday, the Ducks regained the second spot.
It is hard to argue with the move. The Seminoles leapfrogged the Ducks after going into Clemson and winning handily; thus, a stronger win from the Ducks in Week 9 gives them the edge.
Both teams have mammoth tests in their next games that could shake up the top of the BCS rankings. Oregon will the visit the No. 6-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 7, and the Seminoles renew acquaintances with their in-state rivals, the No. 7-ranked Miami Hurricanes.
The Noles may have an edge as they will be at home for their matchup. How did Week 9's developments affect the BCS bowl picture? Take a look.
On Top of the World...For Now
Where are the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in all this? Coasting along quite nicely after a 45-10 routing of the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. The Tide are a lock to remain No. 1, but they will have their first real test since Week 2 on Saturday.
The biggest rivalry in the SEC is renewed when the No. 13-ranked LSU Tigers invade Tuscaloosa, Ala., to try to knock the Tide off their perch.
With the Seminoles and Ducks playing so well this season, this game is everything for Alabama. Losing at home could shut them out of the national championship. If the Noles and Ducks run the table, a one-loss Alabama team probably wouldn't be able to make up the ground.
Still Creeping Up, Waiting to Pounce
The No. 4-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, the No. 5 Baylor Bears and the Hurricanes are all undefeated teams. Though they have climbed steadily or maintained top-five spots in the rankings, none of them have broken into the top two slots as of yet.
If the Tide, Ducks or Noles were to slip up in Week 10 or Week 11 in the Ducks' case, these squads would see their national championship hopes get a huge boost.
The Canes have a direct line to more serious contention as they play the Noles head-to-head. Baylor is the most untested team of the group, but that's about to change.
The Bears will face three straight ranked opponents beginning with home games against the No. 15-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, followed by the 10th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders in Week 11 and then on the road against the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys.
If the Bears emerge unscathed from this gauntlet of Big 12 heavyweights, few teams will have a better resume.
Ohio State is the highest-ranked team of the group for right now, but if the teams around them continue to win, the Buckeyes could slip. The Bucks don't play another ranked opponent until the season finale against No. 22 Michigan.
A weak schedule could ultimately cost the Bucks a trip to the national championship. Things are getting good in college football.
Here's a look at the projected Top 10 of the BCS rankings for Monday evening.
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