Week 11 was a prime example of the type of action college football fans yearn to see. Several games featured top teams against each other to see which side deserves to move up the BCS rankings, which is far more interesting than a slate full of blowouts over unranked foes.
The week was highlighted by Alabama reaffirming its spot atop the rankings with a convincing victory over LSU. The combination of AJ McCarron and T.J. Yeldon was simply too much for the Tigers defense as the Crimson Tide continue to roll on.
Other spotlight games included Stanford ending Oregon's bid for a perfect season by withstanding a late Ducks rally to score a 26-20 victory. Baylor also bolstered its BCS case with a blowout triumph over Oklahoma, 41-12. Both of those results had an impact on the standings.
Now that the dust has settled, here's a look at the fourth BCS release:
|Week 12 BCS Standings|
|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|
Looking ahead to Week 12, the trend of marquee matchups isn't going to continue. Most of the teams near the top of the rankings are set to face opponents they should beat with relative ease, meaning an unexpected upset alert is the best chance for excitement.
A likely shootout between Baylor and Texas Tech should be interesting. Stanford and Auburn could face some challenges against USC and Georgia, respectively. South Carolina will need to get past a struggling but potent Florida squad as the Gamecocks look to make a late charge.
All of those games carry some intrigue, but the week doesn't feature those one or two huge matchups college football usually thrives on.
Outside the top group, perhaps the top game to watch features potential BCS buster Northern Illinois facing its toughest MAC test to date from Ball State. Dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch is proving himself as one of the nation's most exciting players and a potential Heisman candidate.
All told, there should be some games that have a minor impact on next week's BCS standings, and a major shakeup is always one upset away.
It will be tough to live up to the loaded Week 11 slate that fans just witnessed, though.