BCS Standings 2013: Full Rundown of Where Every Team Stands for Week 11
The final season of the Bowl Championship Series is becoming one of its most interesting to date. Although Alabama sits atop the standings, as the Crimson Tide have so often done during the BCS era, there's a fierce battle going on for the other spots.
Alabama enjoyed a bye in Week 10, giving the annual national championship contenders a week off to prepare for a stretch run that includes games against LSU and Auburn. Nick Saban's group controls its own destiny after a dominant first two months.
What will go on behind the Crimson Tide is anybody's guess. Between the other remaining unbeaten squads and some potential BCS busters, it should be a very interesting fight to the finish, which could allow the polarizing ranking system to go out on a high note.
Here are the updated BCS standings for Week 11:
|2||Florida State (8-0)||.9525|
|4||Ohio State (9-0)||.8720|
|11||Miami (FL) (7-1)||.5246|
|12||South Carolina (7-2)||.5111|
|14||Oklahoma State (7-1)||.4395|
|15||Texas A&M (7-2)||.4365|
|16||Fresno State (8-0)||.3675|
|17||Michigan State (8-1)||.3394|
|18||Northern Illinois (9-0)||.3169|
|22||Arizona State (6-2)||.1770|
|23||Notre Dame (7-2)||.1662|
|25||Texas Tech (7-2)||.0986|
The latest batch of rankings showcase the impact of marquee matchups. There weren't a ton in Week 10, but voters watched the battles between No. 2 Florida State and No. 11 Miami as well as No. 25 Texas Tech and No. 14 Oklahoma State.
Florida State certainly turned the most heads with its 41-14 victory over its previously unbeaten in-state rival. The Seminoles outscored Miami, 20-0, in the second half to prove that they are truly one of the best teams in the nation.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State earned a quality 52-34 road win over the Red Raiders and earned a boost in the polls as a result.
Moving forward, those are the type of games that will decide which teams sneak into the BCS picture and which ones fade. Any games against overmatched, unranked opponents aren't going to do much to impress the voters or the computers.
This is the case with No. 4 Ohio State, where a 56-0 win over 1-7 Purdue did not help the Buckeyes' cause. So-called style points can only do so much; it comes down to scoring big wins.
Looking ahead, No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 5 Stanford, No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Baylor and No. 13 LSU vs. No. 1 Alabama are the games that will likely take center stage next week.
Of course, with five weeks left in the regular season, the opportunity is there for a team to get hot and make a late charge toward the top. The margin for error is extremely thin, however.
With a trio of huge games on the slate, expect some new-look BCS standings next week.
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