BCS Rankings 2013 Week 12: Where Each Team Sits After Unveiling

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 09:  T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide affirmed their place atop the BCS rankings with a 21-point blowout win over rival LSU. The loss sent LSU reeling outside of the Top 15. Barring a loss in the Iron Bowl or the SEC Championship Game, the Tide are on track to get a chance to defend their national championship. Here's a look at the BCS standings after Week 11.

Week 12 BCS Standings
2Florida State9-02
3Ohio State9-04
10South Carolina7-212
11Texas A&M8-215
12Oklahoma State8-114
14Fresno State9-016
15Northern Illinois9-018
16Michigan State8-117
17Central Florida7-121
19Arizona State7-222
23Miami (FL)7-211

Turn-Up Thursday

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks fumbles the ball as he is tackled by David Parry #58, A.J. Tarpley #17 and Jarek Lancaster #35 of the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The biggest news of the week took place on Thursday when the then-No. 3 Oregon Ducks forgot about the then-No.5 Stanford Cardinal. Oregon ran into a buzz saw, and the Cardinal defense completely shut the Ducks down in the first half. 

Withstanding a second-half comeback attempt, the Cardinal held on for a 26-20 win. The loss was a crushing blow for Oregon. After losing head-to-head against Stanford, the Ducks aren't even the highest rated one-loss team.

Elsewhere in the top five, Baylor proved its mettle by manhandling Oklahoma 41-12 in Waco, Texas. Many around the college football world were questioning if the explosive Bears would be as effective against a legitimate defense. The Bears offense passed the test with flying colors. 

Bryce Petty and Co. didn't turn the ball over once en route to 459 total yards of offense. Baylor's defense also proved to be noteworthy as well. It held Oklahoma to just 237 total yards and a season-low 12 points. The Bears must be taken seriously. That said, their tough road to perfection has just begun. 

Baylor has Texas Tech on Saturday and No. 12 Oklahoma State the following week.

Seminoles Sitting Pretty

WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 09:  A detailed view of a helmet of the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on November 9, 2013 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

No. 2-ranked Florida State has to like its current position. Not only did Jameis Winston and Co. smash Wake Forest 59-3 on Saturday, but the Seminoles don't have a ranked team left on their schedule. Their opponent in the ACC Championship Game doesn't figure to be a hugely difficult matchup—at least on paper. If the season ended today, the Noles would take on unranked Georgia Tech.

When you look at their schedule, the Noles look to have the easiest path to the BCS title game.

Ohio State Waiting in the Wings

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Ohio State Buckeyes still haven't lost a game under Urban Meyer, but the team has yet to ascend to the top spot in the polls. In 2012, they were ineligible; this season, a relatively soft schedule has prevented the Bucks from rising above the top teams.

If either Bama or Florida State slips up, the Buckeyes will likely seize a spot in the BCS title game. The team could get a stiff test from No. 16 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game if things hold as they are now. But Ohio State looks like a safe bet to finish the season undefeated for the second year in a row. 

One-Loss Teams With a Shot At Playing for a National Championship

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 2:  Head Coach Gus Malzahn congratulates Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers after a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbac
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

No. 4 Stanford, No. 7 Auburn, No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Missouri have some hopes of playing for a national championship despite having one loss. Obviously, they all need some help. 

Stanford would need at least two of the top three teams to lose, but the Cardinal would obviously be the first one-loss team into the BCS title game if things really broke down. Clemson's chances were hurt by Stanford's win on Thursday, but if absolute mayhem ensues, the Tigers could possibly get in.

Two of the most interesting cases are Missouri and Auburn. If both teams can maintain their current position, both will likely have a shot at Alabama. Auburn will definitely get its rivals in the Iron Bowl, and Missouri is on target to take on the Tide in the SEC title game.

If either team hands Bama its first loss, it could vault them ahead of Stanford among the one-loss teams. It is going to be an exciting final four weeks of the college football season as the BCS title picture comes into focus.


    Jags-Vikes Is SB We Don't Want, but Probably Deserve

    Featured logo

    Jags-Vikes Is SB We Don't Want, but Probably Deserve

    Mike Tanier
    via Bleacher Report

    The Price of U.S. Soccer's Failure

    Featured logo

    The Price of U.S. Soccer's Failure

    Jesus Jimenez
    via Bleacher Report

    Frosh Only NBA Scouts Are Talking About

    Featured logo

    Frosh Only NBA Scouts Are Talking About

    Jonathan Wasserman
    via Bleacher Report

    Realistic NBA Trades Based On Latest Buzz

    Featured logo

    Realistic NBA Trades Based On Latest Buzz

    Dan Favale
    via Bleacher Report