The BCS standings have been released for Week 12, and there was plenty of movement near the top after a wild weekend of action around the nation.
There's no doubt about which team deserves the top spot in the rankings after Alabama dismantled LSU on Saturday night.
The Tigers hung tough through 30 minutes of play, trailing by just three points at halftime. But a 21-3 second-half run by the Crimson Tide gave 'Bama a 38-17 win, as cleverly noted by College GameDay:
Alabama utilized a heavy dose of T.J. Yeldon to soften up LSU's secondary, and A.J. McCarron took advantage with three touchdown passes.
It was a huge statement by the No. 1 team in the nation, and it appears Nick Saban's powerhouse team will get a chance to three-peat as national champs in January.
After the Crimson Tide at the top, however, the waters get a bit muddy in the BCS standings.
Florida State would have likely fallen in the standings if Oregon had been able to pull out a win on the road at Stanford on Thursday night, as the Cardinal entered Week 11 as the No. 5 team in the standings. However, Oregon was brutally taken down by Stanford.
The final score of 26-20 doesn't do justice to the way the Cardinal shut down the Ducks. Oregon was shut out completely until scoring 20 points in garbage time—six of which came after a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown.
With the loss, Oregon lost substantial status in the rankings.
Florida State, on the other hand, was able to hang on to the second spot, thanks to a blowout victory on the road over Wake Forest, 59-3. Jameis Winston didn't have a banner day, throwing two touchdowns and an interception, but his defense forced seven turnovers, helping the Seminoles cruise to victory.
Baylor answered a lot of questions on Thursday night, crushing Oklahoma 41-12 to move up in the rankings—albeit only slightly.
Bryce Petty scored five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing) to power the Bears over the Sooners, and Baylor's underrated defense forced two interceptions and held Oklahoma's offense to just 237 total yards.
Miami took a huge tumble after losing its second straight game. Florida State crushed the Hurricanes in Week 10, and then the Virginia Tech Hokies did the same on Saturday, winning 42-24.
Fresno State continued its climb up the rankings with a 48-10 win over Wyoming. The Mountain West isn't conducive to a high ranking in the BCS standings, but the Bulldogs are setting themselves up for a lucrative bowl game with continued strong play in the final weeks.
UCLA, UCF, Arizona State and Wisconsin all pulled out tough wins to stay visible in the bottom half of the rankings, while Notre Dame and Texas Tech fell off the radar with losses.
With a few weeks left in the regular season, there's still a lot of football left to be played. The standings are sure to see some significant changes as upsets occur, and the final games will be full of excitement as teams attempt to make their final marks on the 2013 campaign.
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