Some say the "C" in BCS stands for controversy. You won't hear any arguments from fans of the Florida State Seminoles after the Week 10 release of the 2013 BCS standings.
A week after the Seminoles surprisingly leapfrogged the Oregon Ducks despite coming in at No. 3 in both human polls, the script has essentially been flipped. The Ducks more than recouped their .003 deficit heading into the weekend and have moved to No. 2, with Florida State now looking up at them.
Alabama, to no one's surprise, sticks around at No. 1 after a dominating victory over Tennessee. Here's a look at how the entire Top 25 played out following ESPN's special broadcast:
Oregon can thank small bumps in the computer polls for its ascent. The Ducks were lagging behind Florida State in strength of schedule following the Seminoles' dominant win over Clemson, but moved up following this week's win against UCLA. Though Marcus Mariota and Co. got off to a slow start, they pulled away for a 42-14 win over the Bruins thanks to a three-touchdown performance from running back Byron Marshall.
With UCLA coming in this week ranked 12th in the nation, it was mostly expected that Oregon would make up the minuscule difference in the BCS standings.
That said, the Seminoles did nothing to prove they weren't national championship-worthy. Jameis Winston threw three first-quarter touchdown passes and watched most of the second half from the sidelines, as Florida State scored a 49-17 victory over N.C. State.
The chasm between the Ducks and the Seminoles caused a ton of controversy, as did No. 5 Stanford still being ahead of undefeated teams in Baylor and Miami. As always, with controversy comes social media movement. With that in mind, let's check around the Twittersphere to see what people are saying about the Week 10 BCS rankings.
Florida State will get an opportunity to make up some ground next week when it hosts seventh-ranked Miami. Desmond Howard of ESPN points out that the Hurricanes better come into Tallahassee motivated with the Seminoles likely feeling snubbed after falling to No. 3:
So Oregon and FSU flip in the BCS rankings. Ore is #2 and FSU is #3. That means only 1 thing...Canes better bring their A game Sat night.— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 28, 2013
ESPN's Paul Finebaum, meanwhile, is more worried about his colleague Danny Kanell, a former Seminoles quarterback who is a member of the school's Hall of Fame:
Would someone mind checking on @dannykanell after BCS has Bama and Oregon at 1&2. Hope he's okay.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2013
While Kanell and many others are understandably up in arms, the reality is that there are six undefeated teams from major conferences. Kevin McGuire of Fox Sports' Crystal Ball Run blog says we should all just chalk the BCS a year early and begin the College Football Playoff if the top-four teams finish unblemished:
If Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State all finish undefeated, why not just move to the College Football Playoff this year?— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 28, 2013
ESPN's Arash Markazi is less concerned with all that; he seems more excited about a possible Alabama-Oregon matchup in Pasadena:
Oregon back at No. 2 in the BCS. Alabama-Oregon in the BCS Title Game at the Rose Bowl would be fun.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 28, 2013
Miami-Florida State isn't the only major game in the offing. ESPN's Jake Trotter looks at the Nov. 7 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma as an upcoming showdown of the nation's elite:
Baylor-OU on Nov. 7 will likely be a showdown of top 10 teams. Baylor 6th in BCS; OU 10th— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 28, 2013
The next huge day in college football will likely come on that Nov. 7. Yes, you read that correctly. A Thursday. On said Thursday, not only does Baylor take on Oklahoma, but Oregon and Stanford also meet. Bleacher Report's Big 12 lead writer Ben Kercheval tends to think that's a big deal:
Also, in news to absolutely no one, Nov. 7 is going to be, uh, rather big.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) October 28, 2013
Oh, what's that you said, David Hale of ESPN? Alabama and LSU also play that weekend? Tell me more:
Assuming #FSU gets by Miami, the following weekend (Oregon-Stanford, Bama-LSU) will involve a lot of scoreboard watching.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 28, 2013
Speaking of the Bears, they come in at No. 6 in the rankings. While there are many questioning how an undefeated Big 12 team sits behind a one-loss Pac-12 squad, Baylor football's official Twitter feed notes this is the highest their Bears have ever been in the BCS:
ESPN's college football Twitter feed highlights the components that went into both Baylor's and Ohio State's rankings:
#4 Ohio State (8-0) and #6 Baylor (7-0) Resumes --> pic.twitter.com/F267Ln9p6I— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 28, 2013
Outside the national championship picture, Northern Illinois and Fresno State are waging an ongoing battle to be this year's BCS buster. Behind star quarterback Jordan Lynch, the Huskies scored a dominant 59-20 win over Eastern Michigan, but they are still one spot behind Fresno at No. 17.
Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report notes that's one of a select few truly important things at this early juncture:
Interesting that Northern Illinois is behind Fresno still. That actually is important.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) October 28, 2013
At this time one year ago, Auburn was 1-7 on its way to a wretched 3-9 campaign. Now the Tigers are 7-1 and ranked 11th in the nation. Still, Justin Hokanson of Rivals finds it strange that Auburn is still ranked behind one-loss Missouri, which lost this week to South Carolina:
Whether your team is in the national championship picture or not at this point, it's important to keep a level head. The college football season still has plenty of weeks and high-profile matchups remaining. Three weeks from now, the BCS standings will likely be unrecognizable in comparison to its predecessors.
Then again, good luck telling that to Seminoles fans.
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