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BCS Rankings 2013: Which Teams Got Screwed in Week 12 Standings?

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2013

BCS Rankings 2013: Which Teams Got Screwed in Week 12 Standings?

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    Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

    No set of rankings can make everyone happy, and college football's BCS standings are no different.

    The Week 12 standings are out, and while the top two spots went as expected, there were plenty of team placements that didn't completely make sense considering the most recent results.

    If you haven't seen the latest standings, here's how they look:

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Ohio State
    4. Stanford
    5. Baylor
    6. Oregon
    7. Auburn
    8. Clemson
    9. Missouri
    10. South Carolina
    11. Texas A&M
    12. Oklahoma State
    13. UCLA
    14. Fresno State
    15. Northern Illinois
    16. Michigan State
    17. UCF
    18. Oklahoma
    19. Arizona State
    20. Louisville
    21. LSU
    22. Wisconsin
    23. Miami (Fla.)
    24. Texas
    25. Georgia

    So, who got screwed this time around? Check out the slideshow to see what we think, then let us know what you think in the comments section.

Baylor Bears

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    Baylor (8-0) did what it was asked to do. Faced with its first "challenge" after a ridiculously easy first seven games of the season, the Bears thumped Oklahoma 41-12 on Thursday night to solidify its placement in the BCS title race.

    But apparently the BCS voters—and possibly the computer models—changed the channel in the second half to catch Stanford's win over Oregon, thus erasing any memory of Baylor's impressive win.

    Yes, Baylor moved up from sixth to fifth in the latest standings, but one-loss Stanford remains ahead of it at No. 4. The Bears are closer to the Cardinal than they were before this past ranking, but they still have to deal with the very real possibility that, even with winning out, they could not make the title game over a not-perfect Stanford team if a spot in the championship is up for grabs.

Clemson Tigers

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    Clemson's league schedule is dictated by the ACC, not just who the Tigers play, but where they face them and when.

    So why did Clemson (8-1) seemingly get punished for the fact it had a bye week after thumping listless Virginia 59-10 the week before? Was a 49-point victory and then some time off really worthy of dropping from seventh to eighth in the latest BCS standings, not to mention getting leapfrogged by fellow one-loss team Auburn (which beat only-slightly-better Tennessee)?

    Using that logic, beating Georgia Tech at home this Thursday might lead to no better than a status quo seventh-place position, regardless of what else happens in college football.

Missouri Tigers

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    What is this, an anti-Tiger movement?

    The same situation that befell Clemson also impacted Missouri (9-1), who dropped from eighth to ninth (also getting passed over by Auburn) despite a 48-17 win at Kentucky.

    Missouri goes out on the road again next weekend, playing at Ole Miss. Hopefully for the Tigers, the Rebels' 6-3 record will be enough (assuming a victory) to keep them from falling further.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Oklahoma State (8-1) technically played a game on Saturday, but because it was at home and against Kansas, it didn't count as an actual competition. At least, that's how it seems in the eyes of the BCS rankings.

    The Cowboys moved up from 14th to 12th this week, thanks to Oklahoma and Miami (Fla.) each dropping a second game. But at the same time, OSU was passed by another two-loss team, Texas A&M, which had a less-than-dominant performance in a 51-41 home win over Mississippi State.

    Pity OSU for falling victim to the "We Want Johnny Manziel in a BCS bowl" factor.

Michigan State Spartans

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    Michigan State (8-1) had a weekend off after its dominant win over Michigan on Nov. 2, a time the Spartans likely used to set up a precise game plan for Saturday's trip to Nebraska.

    Taking a week off is not allowed, says the BCS ranking system. Well, unless you're Northern Illinois, who passed the Spartans in the rankings this week despite neither team taking the field.

    Good thing for the Spartans they play each of the next three weeks, and possibly in the Big Ten title game. Who knows what would happen as a result of more time off?

Wisconsin Badgers

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    Wisconsin (7-2) just keeps on winning, despite how that fits into the rankings. You might say in spite of those rankings.

    The Badgers got a key 27-17 win over a very good BYU team over the weekend, which boosted them from 24th to 22nd in the latest BCS standings. But that's still a long way from the spot they'll need to be at the end of the season to be in contention for an at-large berth.

    The prospects don't look good when you're still trailing a team with three losses, as is the case with LSU sitting at 20th. If having that many defeats with a month left isn't grounds for BCS elimination, it sure as heck should be.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Poor, poor Minnesota.

    The Gophers (8-2) had a bad two-week stretch of football in late September and early October, but since then, they've done nothing but win. Home or away, it hasn't mattered, Minnesota is 4-0 since that two-game skid.

    None of that seems to matter to the BCS rankings, which still have the Gophers outside of the top 25. Yet a pair of three-loss teams are in there, including Georgia, which moved into the rankings this week on the wave of the mother of all triumphs, a 45-6 win over an FCS opponent that's redshirting many of its top players in anticipation of moving to FBS next season.

    So, looks like there is some real benefit in SEC teams playing those November cupcake games. Maybe Minnesota will start adjusting future schedules to mirror that approach.

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