BCS Rankings 2013: In-Depth Look at Top 25 After Week 11 Standings Released

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 4, 2013

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks runs against the UCLA Bruins  on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The latest BCS rankings came out for Week 11, and while there weren't any shocking surprises, there were some interesting changes in the Top 25 standings.

It was no surprise that Alabama was able to keep its top spot, but Florida State jumped over Oregon for the No. 2 spot after the Ducks had done the same to the Seminoles in Week 10.  The Seminoles certainly made a strong case for that spot after winning 41-14 over the Miami Hurricanes.

Let's go ahead and take a look at the latest BCS standings, followed by a more in-depth look at what has changed over the past seven days.

Week 11 BCS Standings
2.Florida State8-03
4.Ohio State9-04
11.Miami (FL)7-17
12.South Carolina7-214
14.Oklahoma State7-118
15.Texas A&M7-212
16.Fresno State8-016
17.Michigan State8-122
18.Northern Illinois9-017
22.Arizona State6-2NR
23.Notre Dame7-225
25.Texas Tech7-215


Biggest Risers

The only team to move into the Top 10 this week was the Auburn Tigers.  After struggling so much in 2012, the Tigers have completely turned it around this year, going 8-1 with just three games remaining.

Nov 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) rushes during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Auburn defeated Arkansas 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sp
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The one loss for Auburn came against LSU, while they've posted big wins over Ole Miss and Texas A&M.  Tre Mason has been big in the ground game, running for 921 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

Oklahoma State moved up four spots from No. 18 all the way up to No. 14 after taking down the Texas Tech Red Raiders.  The Cowboys scored 52 points in the win after running for 281 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.  Quarterback Clint Chelf had a big game, posting over 300 total yards and four total touchdowns.

While a number of teams were able to move up, no team moved up more than the Michigan State Spartans, who were able to beat their in-state rivals.

Michigan State took down the Michigan Wolverines 29-6, not allowing their opponents to score a single touchdown in a rather dominating win.  The Spartans have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 210.2 yards and 11.6 points per game.

Offensively, the Spartans are scoring just 29.8 points per game, but that hasn't been an issue.  Jeremy Langford has been huge for the team on offense, running for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.


Biggest Fallers

Nov 2, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) bobbles a kickoff during the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

After starting the season without a single loss, the Hurricanes finally lost their first game and dropped out of the Top 10.

This wasn't a big surprise to anyone, as the Seminoles really look like one of the best teams in the country.  It seemed like only a matter of time before Miami lost after winning its previous two games in the final minute.  

Now, things have gone from bad to worse for the Hurricanes, as they've lost starting running back Duke Johnson.  Stewart Mandel from SI.com reported that Johnson had a broken ankle and would miss the rest of the season.

Strangely enough, the Texas A&M Aggies dropped three spots after dominating UTEP and winning 57-7.  Johnny Manziel finished with six total touchdowns, and while he certainly helped his Heisman stock, the team still dropped to No. 15.

Texas Tech had the biggest drop, moving almost completely out of the Top 25 but taking that last spot at the bottom of the rankings.  After starting the season with a 7-0 record, the Red Raiders have lost their last two games, and now there's a good chance that they could completely fall out of the BCS rankings by the end of the season.


New Faces

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 31:  Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils carries the ball between defenders Ione Gauta #95 and Cyrus Cohen #42 of the Washington State Cougars during the game at Martin Stadium on October 31, 2013 in Pullman, Washington.
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There is only one new face in this week's rankings, and it's the Arizona State Sun Devils, who were able to make an entrance and move all the way up to No. 22 this week.

Three straight wins have helped the Sun Devils move into the rankings, and the offense has stepped up big.  In four of its last five games, Arizona State has scored at least 53 points, even scoring 62 against USC back in September.

Marion Grice entered this season as one of the best running backs in the country, and he's lived up to those expectations so far.  He's already put up 647 rushing yards, 333 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns this season.  Quarterback Taylor Kelly has been strong as well, posting over 2,800 total yards and 28 total touchdowns.

The Pac-12 is a tough conference to play in, but the Sun Devils have had a strong season and certainly deserved to move into the latest rankings.


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