Week 9 has come to a close, and the Week 10 BCS rankings have been revealed. The Alabama Crimson Tide remain atop the charts, but below the No. 1 team in the country is an ever-changing list of teams that are contending for the national championship.
The question is, what are the most surprising developments in the latest release of the BCS rankings?
Oregon Takes Major Lead over Florida State
When the Week 9 BCS Rankings were released, the Florida State Seminoles edged out the Oregon Ducks for No. 2 overall. Florida State tallied a BCS average of .9348 while Oregon came in at .9320, creating a difference of just .0028.
One week later, both Oregon and Florida State secured blowout victories. Surprisingly, the Ducks moved far ahead of the Seminoles.
Which team should be ranked higher in the BCS rankings?
Who saw that coming?
Oregon checked in at .9517, taking over the No. 2 spot behind Alabama. Florida State came in third, swapping spots with Oregon and tallying a BCS average of .9211.
That's a difference of .0306 after Florida State secured a 49-17 win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Oregon defeated the No. 19 UCLA Bruins 42-14.
The quality of Oregon's win was bound to push the Ducks into the No. 2 spot. The difference in BCS average is what's truly surprising, however, as both Oregon and Florida State are close in most statistical areas.
Oregon's next task is defeating the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on the road, while Florida State will face the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes.
Ohio State Continues to Get No Love
Entering Week 10 of the college football season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have won 20 consecutive games. That's the longest winning streak of any team in the nation, including the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
Should the Ohio State Buckeyes be ranked higher?
Still, Ohio State is a distant fourth behind Oregon and Florida State.
While Oregon checks in with a BCS average of .9517 and Florida State at .9211, Ohio State is all the way back at .8840. That distant difference paints a picture of the Buckeyes being able to catch either team in the pursuit of the BCS National Championship Game.
That's what Ohio State gets for going 12-0 in 2012 and 8-0 in 2013.
There's no question that the Buckeyes have played a less glamorous schedule than Florida State and Oregon. With four straight wins over Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State, the Buckeyes have overcome tough tasks, but the value in the computer rankings isn't convincing enough.
Until Oregon and Florida State falter, the Buckeyes won't enter the national title conversation. Not even if they win 24 straight games.
UCF Sees No Change
The UCF Knights made noise during the middle of September, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 34-31 at Beaver Stadium. Since then, UCF has built up its record to 6-1 with a road victory over Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville as well as a three-point loss to the No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks.
What do you think of UCF's ranking of No. 23?
Due to the underwhelming nature of the AAC, the BCS rankings don't have much respect for George O'Leary's crew.
For the second consecutive week, the Knights are ranked No. 23 in the BCS Rankings. This comes after UCF defeated the Connecticut Huskies 62-17 to move to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the AAC.
Connecticut may not be a stellar opponent, but a 45-point win is a 45-point win.
UCF will face the 6-1 Houston Cougars on Oct. 9, and a win in that game would offer some aid in the rankings. Still, the Knights have gone from a team that took an SEC power to the brink of an upset and knocked off a Top 10 opponent to an afterthought.
That's the trouble with playing in a conference that's as weak as the AAC.