Week 11 of the college football season is in the books, and, as expected, the results from many of these contests have drastically shifted the BCS landscape.
With only a few weeks left before bowl games get underway, there isn’t much time to gain ground on the top remaining squads.
Let’s take a look at which teams are left standing at the top in the Week 12 edition of the latest BCS rankings while also recapping this past week’s action and more.
|2013 BCS Rankings - Week 12|
|2||Florida State (9-0)||.962|
|3||Ohio State (9-0)||.893|
|10||South Carolina (7-2)||.558|
|11||Texas A&M (8-2)||.547|
|12||Oklahoma State (8-1)||.467|
|14||Fresno State (9-0)||.432|
|15||Northern Illinois (9-0)||.351|
|16||Michigan State (8-1)||.342|
|19||Arizona State (7-2)||.283|
|23||Miami (FL) (7-2)||.147|
Alabama remains at the top after a big victory over LSU on Saturday night. The No. 1 Crimson Tide dismantled the now-No. 21 Tigers in a much-anticipated showdown between SEC West foes. 'Bama ripped off three-straight second-half touchdowns to bury its rival, 38-17.
‘Bama is now one major step closer to a third-straight national championship and only has to finish out the year against Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn.
Stanford is moving back up the rankings, as the Cardinal surprised the world with a solid victory against Oregon on Thursday night. The Ducks have dropped back to No. 6, while Stanford is looking at an outside shot at a national championship appearance at No. 4. However, they will have to hope that Florida State falters in order to have any shot.
That doesn't appear likely, as FSU retained the No. 2 ranking this week after decimating Wake Forest, 59-3, on Saturday. The Demon Deacons simply offered too little resistance to stop this Seminoles squad that seems destined for a championship run in 2013.
No. 3 Ohio State held onto a spot in the standings after a bye in Week 11. The Buckeyes resume play this coming Saturday against Illinois.
Baylor may be sniffing out a spot, as the No. 5 Bears proved they are for real by taking care of business against now-No. 18 Oklahoma on Thursday night. This Waco-based program boasts one of the most dynamic offenses and a tough defense, so expect it to go bowling with the BCS at the end of the year.
Rounding out the top 10 this week is No. 7 Auburn, No. 8 Clemson, No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 South Carolina. Each of these teams won their matchups handily this week (except for Clemson, which was on a bye) and remain dark-horse contenders to make a run in the unlikely case that a contender at the top falls.
Other notable Week 11 results include Virginia Tech's victory over No. 23 Miami. This was the Hurricanes second-straight loss and has sent them spiraling down the Top 25.
Notre Dame and Texas Tech were also bounced from the rankings, as both of these fringe-Top 25 programs failed to win on Saturday.
This was an intense week of college football, and it is one that will certainly have an impact on the BCS bowl picture in the coming weeks.
Hopefully, the remaining slate of contests can live up to the precedent that has been set in Week 11 and the drama will continue right up until the final whistle of the 2013 season.