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BCS Rankings 2013: Biggest Snubs and Surprises of Week 11

Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) rushes for a touchdown during the third quarter against the UTEP Miners at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2016

The latest batch of BCS rankings was released to the public on Sunday, and the shocks and disappointments in the 2013 season continue. 

Of course, the major story was at the top, as the No. 2 and No. 3 spots were shuffled once more. Jameis Winston and Florida State take the second spot behind Alabama, while Oregon drops to No. 3.

Outside of the teams at the top, there were some interesting developments down the rest of the board. Whether it's a team losing rank after a win winning or a major jump for an unexpected riser, snubs and shockers litter the latest batch of rankings. 

Here's a look at the full list, followed by some highlights worth noting.

 

Week 11 BCS Rankings
RankingTeamBCS Average
1Alabama (8-0).9797
2Florida State (8-0).9525
3Oregon (8-0).9435
4Ohio State (9-0).8720
5Stanford (7-1).7930
6Baylor (7-0).7745
7Clemson (8-1).7277
8Missouri (8-1).6890
9Auburn (8-1).6686
10Oklahoma (7-1).6084
11Miami (FL) (7-1).5246
12South Carolina (7-2).5111
13LSU (7-2).4525
14Oklahoma State (7-1).4395
15Texas A&M (7-2).4365
16Fresno State (8-0).3675
17Michigan State (8-1).3394
18Northern Illinois (9-0).3169
19UCLA (6-2).2904
20Louisville (7-1).2510
21UCF (6-1).2151
22Arizona State (6-2).1770
23Notre Dame (7-2).1662
24Wisconsin (6-2).1288
25Texas Tech (7-2).0986
BCS

 

Surprise: Michigan State's Big Jump

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) changes the play at the line of scrimmage during the 2nd half of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carte
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans took care of business in a big way while defeating Michigan for the fifth time in six attempts thanks to the nation's best defense.

With Michigan at No. 21 and Michigan State at No. 22 before keeping the Paul Bunyan Trophy in East Lansing, it was hard to imagine the Spartans would be given their due credit for the huge victory.

The 29-6 win was huge in that the Spartans shut down a quality offense led by Devin Gardner, but it also showed that the Michigan State offense—with quarterback Connor Cook and his 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception—is starting to come around in a big way.

Michigan State is quietly one of the more dangerous teams in the country, and it's a nice surprise to see them treated as such.

 

Snub: Auburn's Lack of a Higher Rank

Nov 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre mason (21) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Auburn defeated Arkansas 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

What more does Auburn have to do?

On one hand, it is hard to complain about a No. 9 rank for the Tigers, but we are talking about a team that has not lost in five games and in that time span has won those contests by a combined score of 217-93, with 41 of those points coming from an elite Texas A&M offense.

Last week against Arkansas, the Tigers only needed to attempt nine passes in a 35-17 victory in which the team racked up 233 rushing yards on the ground.

The Tigers lost by two scores to LSU back in September, but No. 8 Missouri lost two games ago, as did No. 7 Clemson by a 51-14 margin.

Auburn is an elite team with a borderline top-five rushing attack. At the end of November, we'll truly find out if the Tigers deserve to be ranked higher after a matchup with Alabama.

 

Snub: Texas A&M's Drop

Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Fans cheer as Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the UTEP Miners at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Get this: Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M beat UTEP 57-7 behind 340 total yards and six touchdowns from Manziel, and the Aggies drop three spots in the BCS.

Right.

South Carolina jumps the Aggies thanks to a 34-16 win over Mississippi State, LSU stays put with a bye, and Oklahoma State rightfully jumps with a win over ranked competition.

Something's off. The Aggies defense has been horrible, with 29.8 points and 443.1 yards surrendered per game, but Manziel and the offense, despite two losses of their own, should not be ranked below other two-loss teams.

There's a case to be made that UTEP is such horrendous competition that A&M deserved to drop, but plenty of top teams should have received the same treatment all year if that's the case.

The Aggies will likely bounce back in the ranks, but this seemingly unnecessary drop does some damage to the overall hopes of the team.

 

 

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