Sunday evening marked the third release of the 2013 BCS standings, and while there was some movement in the Top 25, the most notable change came near the top of the rankings.
Four of the top six teams had bye weeks, including the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, who remain atop the rankings. The Oregon Ducks, who were ranked second last week, were also not playing, and it cost them.
The Florida State Seminoles were in action, making a big statement in a dominant 41-14 victory over the previous No. 7 Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes. It was enough to leapfrog the Ducks and position themselves for a possible national championship matchup.
Here is a glance at the rankings as they currently stand:
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Ohio State held firm in fourth, but beating a poor Purdue team 56-0 on the road, while important for a Big Ten championship run, won't earn the Buckeyes any style points that the BCS computers covet:
Head coach Urban Meyer may be 21-0 to kick off his tenure in Columbus, but Ohio State will be excluded from national title discussions as long as the teams ahead of them remain undefeated.
With the modest amount of turbulence in college football, the reaction on social media didn't reflect any revelatory sentiment. The BCS is often not short on controversy, but this week is a different matter.
The idle Stanford Cardinal and Baylor Bears didn't move out of their previous fifth or sixth slots respectively. However, this coming Thursday will go a long way in determining their fates moving forward.
Stanford hosts Oregon in a Pac-12 clash, with the Ducks hoping to avenge last year's loss, while the Bears do battle in the Big 12 with the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners in Waco.
If Oregon is able to emerge with a win away from Eugene, it is likely the Ducks will return to the No. 2 slot in next week's standings.
As for the social media reaction, ESPNU personality Danny Kanell brought up an excellent point concerning the Crimson Tide's schedule, which is comparable to that of Oregon and Florida State:
Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat, perhaps with a bit of home bias, believes that the Seminoles have proven themselves enough to be a legitimate No. 2 team, and it will be up to Oregon to prove otherwise:
That isn't likely to be a popular opinion, but it is at least food for thought considering Florida State's resume to date.
To foster the debate among the top-flight teams, ESPN's College Football Twitter account posted those programs' remaining schedules:
Brent Sobleski of USA Today believes that Baylor will defeat Oklahoma and jump over the Buckeyes for the No. 4 spot in next week's rankings as a result:
As for some of the other teams not among college football's elite, B/R BCS guru Samuel Chi provided his take on why Northern Illinois isn't placed higher despite a 9-0 record:
Fresno State noted its superiority in its spot in the Top 25, and the No. 21 spot for UCF marks the Knights' highest ranking ever:
In a look to the future, CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd provided his projections for which teams will play in the BCS bowl games:
The real winner overall, though, was yet again the two-time reigning national champion Crimson Tide. Head coach Nick Saban had a segment about him building the Alabama powerhouse on 60 Minutes while the BCS standings were being revealed:
Until any team proves capable of knocking off Alabama, Saban and Co. will remain in the top spot, leaving a second prospective opponent in the national championship game to be determined.