BCS Rankings 2013 Week 11: Official Standings for Top 25 Announced
Another week, another controversy about who should be the second-ranked team in college football. And for the third straight Sunday, a different team will be sitting in the No. 2 hole.
The Florida State Seminoles, after another authoritative victory over a Top 25 opponent, have retaken the No. 2 spot with top-ranked Alabama and former No. 2 Oregon idle this week:
|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|
Behind 325 yards and a touchdown from Heisman candidate Jameis Winston, the Seminoles dominated 11th-ranked Miami on Saturday night. Florida State got out to a 21-7 lead, held on despite Winston's two interceptions and held Miami scoreless in its 41-14 win.
It was the second time in three weeks that Jimbo Fisher's squad dominated a Top 10 team. Coupled with their 51-14 victory over No. 7 Clemson, the Seminoles have two victories as impressive or more so than anything done by the teams ahead of them.
But with Oregon having the advantage in both the Harris Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, Florida State is seemingly fighting an uphill battle. The Ducks came into the season more highly touted and have done nothing to disprove their standing, making it hard for folks to move away from their preconceived notions.
With Oregon also gaining in the computers with more tough games to go, it will be difficult for Florida State to stay in the No. 2 spot. Same goes for No. 4 Ohio State, which pulled off its second straight massive Big Ten win on Saturday with a 56-0 win over Purdue. The Buckeyes should skate to 11-0 before their matchup against Michigan on Nov. 30. However, without an impressive win on their schedule, they're easily toward the back of the undefeated pecking order.
A majority of these rankings were bound to sit in a state of inertia. There were only three games between Top 25 foes and very few potential upsets on the slate. The result was a mostly quiet day of college football, with teams that were supposed to win getting the job done and those few high-profile contest satiating the excitement quotient.
Florida State-Miami was obviously at the top of the marquee, but No. 14 Oklahoma State looked impressive with its first Top 25 win of the season versus No. 25 Texas Tech. The Cowboys rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns while holding off Texas Tech's vaunted offense when it counted for the win.
No. 17 Michigan State also sees a bump in the rankings after its thumping of rival Michigan. The Spartans forced Devin Gardner into a miserable afternoon and held the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing on the afternoon.
Of course, this past Saturday was a mere prelude to what may be the most important week before conference championships are decided. It all begins Thursday when 10th-ranked Oklahoma travels to Waco to take on sixth-ranked Baylor. The Bears have rampaged through their first seven games, averaging an FBS-best 63.9 points per game after beginning the season unranked. They'll face their first of three straight challenges against the Sooners, though, a stretch of games that will determine whether Baylor has merely been a beneficiary of a weak schedule.
Thursday will also play host to Stanford's latest attempt at unseating Oregon from national title contention. The Cardinal ended Oregon's bid for an undefeated campaign last season, scoring a 17-13 victory in Eugene. Should Stanford do so again, it will find itself in prime real estate. David Shaw's club is already the highest one-loss team in the nation and stands to push even Ohio State if it stays unblemished.
With Alabama taking on rival LSU a couple of days later, it's safe to say we're far from figuring out this national title picture.
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