BCS Rankings 2013: Biggest Snubs and Surprises of Week 11
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.
|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|
Surprise: Michigan State's Big Jump
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
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
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.
Not bad since this is only his played 22 games. RT @skhanjr Tonight is 9th time Johnny Manziel has accounted for at least 5 TDs in a game.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) November 3, 2013
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.
Should Texas A&M be ranked higher?
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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