If you wanted huge matchups, Week 11 of college football was for you.
On Thursday night alone, we saw Oregon face Stanford and Baylor take on Oklahoma in two marquee battles. Then, there was the SEC showdown Saturday night that saw Alabama host LSU. Coming into the week, we expected that these games would not only be excellent matchups but would also shake up the BCS rankings.
We weren't disappointed.
Let's take a look at the Week 12 BCS rankings and look back at this week's action.
|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 (Fla.) (7-2)||.147|
The biggest game of the week was Stanford hosting Oregon, and the Cardinal seriously damaged the Ducks' national championship hopes, winning 26-20. Stanford dominated the majority of the game by controlling the line of scrimmage, though Oregon did make a late push.
But it was all for naught, and now, the door leading to the national championship has opened up for contenders like No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State.
It looks likely that No. 1 Alabama will be waiting for one of them. The Crimson Tide solidified their No. 1 ranking with a 38-17 win over LSU. Among their remaining games, a matchup against No. 7 Auburn still looms—along with a likely trip to the SEC championship—but it looks likely Alabama will be returning to the national championship.
No. 5 Baylor certainly kept itself in the BCS championship conversation, easily handling Oklahoma, 41-12. The schedule is about to get pretty unforgiving for the Bears, however, as they face Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas down the stretch.
While those were the spotlight games of the week, the rankings also took a turn after a few upsets among Top 25 teams. No. 23 Miami took a nosedive down the rankings after falling to Virginia Tech, while both Notre Dame and Texas Tech were upset as well.
But all eyes will be on Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State moving forward, as all three teams make their case to play for the BCS championship.
November always has a few surprises up its sleeve. It will be interesting to see if any of the top teams lose and open up the No. 2 spot for one-loss teams like Stanford or Oregon.