With several marquee matchups highlighting the Week 11 slate, there was no shortage of excitement this past weekend. Several top-flight programs continued their march to BCS glory while one perennial contender had its hopes dashed.
The usual suspects form the Top 10 heading into Week 12, but there was some notable movement as well:
|Week 12 BCS Rankings|
|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|
Two high-stakes showdowns on Thursday night altered the national championship race. Stanford's 26-20 victory over Oregon has seemingly sunk the Ducks' title hopes and has given the Cardinal new life. Meanwhile, Baylor's dominant win over Oklahoma in Waco on Thursday has propelled the Bears into the championship picture while eliminating the Sooners from the conversation.
But neither Stanford nor Baylor controls its own destiny.
No. 1 Alabama remains atop the BCS throne after beating LSU for the third consecutive time on Saturday night. The victory means that Nick Saban's Crimson Tide should be in the clear for the next two weeks before they close out the regular season at Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
Gus Malzahn's Tigers only have one loss this season, so Alabama will have to win out in the SEC to ensure a spot in the conference championship game in December.
For the ninth time this season, No. 2 Florida State rolled to an impressive victory, routing Wake Forest to improve to 7-0 in the ACC and 9-0 overall. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston tossed a pair of touchdowns as he powered the Seminoles to a stunning 42-0 halftime lead and ultimate 59-3 victory.
Urban Meyer's undefeated No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes were idle in Week 11 but will have another chance to build on their resume this coming weekend against Illinois. Unfortunately for Ohio State fans, both of the Buckeyes' next two opponents sport losing records. Therefore, Braxton Miller and company will need to win in convincing fashion and hope for some more top teams to stumble in November.
Ohio State's only real test remaining is its regular-season finale at Michigan on Nov. 30.
While Week 11 produced plenty of surprises, there are sure to be even more in store in Week 12 as the nation's top teams return to action.
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