Another week, and another reminder that there are more than two elite teams in college football.
With Oregon and Alabama, the current No. 1 and 2 schools in the BCS, on a bye this week, No. 3 Florida State got a prime opportunity to sell itself to a national audience against No. 7 Miami on Saturday night.
The Seminoles started out slow at Doak Campbell Stadium, taking just a seven-point lead into halftime, but they established their dominance in the second half and cruised to a comprehensive 41-14 victory. When it was all said and done, they out-gained the Hurricanes, 517-275, and looked superior in just about every aspect of the game.
But did they do enough for the voters and computers to jump back into the second national title spot?
Here's a look at my projected Week 11 BCS rankings.
|Projected BCS Standings|
|4||Ohio State||9-0||Big Ten||4|
|15||Oklahoma State||7-1||Big 12||18|
|20||Michigan State||8-1||Big Ten||22|
|22||Texas Tech||7-2||Big 12||15|
|via B/R's Sam Chi|
Coming into the week, Oregon was No. 2 and Florida State was No. 3 in both human polls as well as the computer rankings, per ESPN.
A 27-point win over a top-10 opponent should easily be enough to push the Seminoles past the Ducks in the computers, and while it's always tough to decipher what those pesky humans will do, there will be enough movement to cover the rest of the gap.
Either way, though, it doesn't really matter. There is still lots of football to play.
And unfortunately for the Noles, winning out may not be enough.
They have just Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and Florida on the schedule before the ACC Championship, while Oregon plays No. 5 Stanford and Oregon State before a potential Pac-12 title game.
Of course, that means there are more chances for the Ducks to lose, but it also means the 'Noles, even if they climb to No. 2 this week, probably don't control their own fate.
The same goes for Ohio State, who just punished Purdue by eight touchdowns on Saturday and could very easily go undefeated and never get past No. 4 in the BCS.
Are we sure we have to wait until next season for a four-team playoff?