There were some incredibly exciting games in college football on Thursday night, and they'll certainly shake up the current BCS rankings.
The Oregon Ducks fell 26-20 to the Stanford Cardinal, ending their undefeated season. Meanwhile, the Baylor Bears kept their undefeated season intact, blowing out the Oklahoma Sooners 41-12 and moving to 8-0 on the season.
With those two games now out of the way, let's take a look at what the BCS rankings would look like if they were released before Saturday's games, followed by a breakdown of why the top teams moved to where the did.
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Starting off, Alabama and Florida State stay put for obvious reasons, as they're still undefeated and now there isn't much debate as to who should be the top two teams in the nation right now.
After that, things start getting more complicated with the No. 3 spot, as Ohio State, Stanford and Baylor all have respectable claims for the spot.
The Buckeyes won't be playing this week, but they're still currently undefeated, winning their last two games by a combined score of 119-14. Braxton Miller has been big in the two games, putting up nine total touchdowns and just one interception. Ohio State hasn't lost a game in the past two seasons, and it should be able to take the No. 3 spot due to that unblemished record.
For Stanford, the team is now coming off of the biggest win of its season over Oregon. The Cardinal have respectable wins over Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon. But at the same time, they also have an ugly loss against Utah, and that could keep them from leaping over Ohio State.
Baylor has its own case with an undefeated record and the highest-scoring offense in the nation, but the win over Oklahoma is the only solid one for the Bears this season. Their other games have been against teams like Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia. The next few weeks should say a lot about this team, and that could help Baylor down the road, but for now it won't be able to beat out Stanford.
Oregon will drop to No. 6, but the Ducks should stay in front of Clemson, which has been struggling recently to pull out convincing wins over weaker teams. While the Ducks did lose, this is their only loss, and it was against a very good opponent.
The only other move was for Oklahoma after losing to Baylor. Previously No. 10, the Sooners had to fall in the rankings, but the question was how far. They do have two losses, but one was against Baylor while the other came against a Texas team that has completely turned it around recently.
Miami, South Carolina and LSU all had to jump the Sooners, as they've all had impressive seasons. The Hurricanes only have one loss, and that came to Florida State. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks and Tigers have played difficult schedules in the SEC, and they've remained relatively unscathed.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys also move up a spot due to a better overall and Big 12 record. The Cowboys do have one loss that came against West Virginia, but they've also taken down Mississippi State, TCU and most recently Texas Tech. Based off of how close of a decision it was between these two teams, it made sense to put the Sooners just behind them.
There are bound to be more upsets and shakeups in the BCS standings on Saturday, so these rankings will certainly change. However, if the BCS poll was released on Friday, it would certainly have looked like this.
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