Alabama remains at No. 1 in the third edition of the 2013 BCS standings. However, the big story is at No. 2 after Florida State was able to jump Oregon.
The Seminoles dominated previously undefeated Miami 41-14 in the biggest game of Week 10 while Alabama and Oregon were on bye.
Still, the excitement goes beyond just the Top Three, as there were a number of changes throughout the Top 25, which can be seen here:
|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|
Week 10 of the college football season seemed to be a setup for the better matchups in Week 11. Alabama will have arguably its toughest test of the year when it hosts LSU on Saturday, although both sides were given the week off to prepare.
Meanwhile, Oregon and Stanford also had byes leading up to what should be an excellent showdown between the two top teams in the Pac-12 on Thursday night.
Another Thursday night game that could affect the national championship picture is No. 6 Baylor against No. 10 Oklahoma. The Bears have the best offense in the country, but they have had a rather soft schedule. A win over the Sooners would certainly put them in the title conversation.
Despite all of these teams getting the week off, there were still some impressive performances from Saturday.
Florida State certainly continued to turn heads with a rout over then-No. 7 Miami. While most of the season had been the Jameis Winston show, it was running back Devonta Freeman who scored three touchdowns to help lead the Seminoles to a victory.
College GameDay provided a rather telling statistic showcasing Florida State's dominance this year:
Florida State has scored 41 points for a school record 8 straight games. #MIAvsFSU— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 3, 2013
The Seminoles have now beaten two Top 10 teams by a combined score of 92-28. That remains difficult for voters to ignore.
Also looking for respect is Ohio State, who remains at No. 4 despite another big win over a weak Big Ten opponent. The Buckeyes defeated one-win Purdue by a score of 56-0. Then again, ESPN was scared it could have been worse:
Ohio State might beat Purdue by triple digits...— ESPN (@espn) November 2, 2013
Of course, when you are looking to impress voters, you have to continue to run up the score against inferior competition. Ohio State did that, but it was still not enough to pass the teams just above them. The Buckeyes will likely remain without a challenge until they face Michigan on the road on Nov. 30.
Much of the rest of the week was filled with teams looking to build themselves back up after losses. Clemson, Missouri and Auburn all had big victories to remain in contention for BCS bowls. Even if a national championship is out of the picture, each team is still on its way to a great season.
Then again, the competition for those BCS spots will be pretty tough if you also include the non-AQ teams quietly putting together great years.
Northern Illinois earned a 63-19 win over Massachusetts, as quarterback Jordan Lynch scored four rushing touchdowns. The possible Heisman contender brought his team to the Orange Bowl last year and is hoping for similar success this year after climbing up to No. 18 in the latest poll.
Also in the conversation is Fresno State, who moved to 8-0 with a 41-23 win over Nevada. Derek Carr threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns in the win, but the Bulldogs remain on the outside looking in at 16.
There will continue to be debate as to which teams are the best in college football for the remainder of the season. However, the amount of high-profile games in the next few weeks could certainly provide plenty of clarity.
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