The coveted top two spots of college football’s BCS rankings shifted in the second edition of the 2013 poll, although none of the top teams suffered a loss in Week 9.
Alabama continued to hold on to the top spot with another big win, scoring a staggering amount of points in its fourth consecutive game, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Alabama has scored at least 45 points in 4 straight games, tying the school record for longest streak streak set in 1920 and 1945.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2013
It was the No. 2 spot that experienced a shift this week. The Oregon Ducks struggled early but ended up routing UCLA. Despite winning big over North Carolina State, 49-17, the Florida State Seminoles dropped to the third spot as the Ducks leaped ahead into position to contend for a national championship.
Unfortunately for the Ohio State Buckeyes, a team that has won 20 consecutive games under the leadership of Urban Meyer, their 63-14 win over Penn State wasn’t enough to boost them into the top three. Strength of schedule matters, and the Buckeyes aren’t in good shape, as the Big Ten is seemingly not up to par for voters and the computers this season.
Stanford has a chance to make some noise if it can find a way to slow down the fast-paced and explosive Ducks in two weeks. Oregon has a week off to rest and prepare. Even with a win, its BCS title hopes appear to hinge on outside factors moving forward.
Baylor, despite being the most explosive offense in the country with 63.9 points per game, hasn’t played anyone with any clout to this point. That’s about to change with matchups against No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas Tech after getting a weekend to rest in Week 10.
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This weekend will make or break the Miami Hurricanes season. A loss to No. 3 Florida State won’t kill their chances of a BCS berth, but a win could help propel them into the top five. Either way, the Canes will likely get another crack at the Noles in the ACC title game, so they’ll have two chances to pull off the upset.
Clemson is on the outside looking in, for both a BCS berth and the ACC title. Without some serious help from the Hurricanes and another team on the Seminoles schedule, the Tigers will miss the ACC title game and don’t really have another legitimate opponent to justify a BCS bowl selection.
Despite a disappointing overtime loss to South Carolina after leading big in the fourth quarter, Missouri is still in an excellent position to win the remainder of its games and challenge the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game. Winning the rest of its games and upsetting 'Bama is a stretch, but it’s a possibility this Tigers team has to believe in after its Week 9 setback.
Rounding out the Top 10 is Oklahoma, fresh off of a big win over unbeaten Texas Tech. Despite losing a game, the Sooners are in a great position with No. 6 Baylor on their schedule next. A win over the Bears, although a daunting task, would vault them into BCS bowl conversations.
Below is a list of the entire second edition of the 2013 BCS rankings.