BCS Rankings 2013 Week 12: Landing Spots for Each Top 25 Program

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2013

WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 09:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles prepares with teammates before 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)
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There were no surprises in the BCS rankings. The No.1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide proved their mettle by turning away LSU, 38-17. Florida State is sitting pretty at No. 2 after throttling Wake Forest, 59-3. The 'Noles don't have another ranked team left on their regular-season schedule. 

They clinched a berth in the ACC Championship Game, and if the season ended today, their opponent would be unranked Georgia Tech. The Tide and 'Noles would be an interesting BCS title game, but both will likely have to win out to make it to Pasadena.

Here's a look at the rankings that were unveiled on Sunday night:

BCS Rankings for Week 12
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, Fla7-211
Per footballfoundation.org


'Bama's Tough Road

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 19:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks off the field after their 52-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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If the Crimson Tide make it to a third straight BCS National Championship Game, they will have earned their spot. 'Bama takes on archrival Auburn in the Iron Bowl in the regular-season finale. As long as it beats Mississippi State on Saturday and Auburn on Nov. 30, Alabama would play in the SEC Championship Game.

That could be a tough battle against the Missouri Tigers. These games are far from gimmes. As maligned as 'Bama's early schedule has been, no one can dispute the level of difficulty they'll face in their last two games.


Wounded Ducks

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.
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Oregon likely squandered any chance of making the BCS title game. The Ducks' 26-20 loss to Stanford on Thursday makes them just the second-highest rated one-loss team. They need a ton of help to get back into one of the top two spots. Honestly speaking, the feat seems nearly impossible.

Looks like another wasted opportunity for the guys from Eugene.


Hoping for a Break

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)
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There is a chance we could see four undefeated teams shut out of the BCS title game. Fresno State and Northern Illinois haven't lost, but because neither school belongs to a major conference, their ascension into the Top Five was always a long shot.

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Baylor Bears may have a more agonizing experience. The teams are third and fifth in the BCS rankings, respectively. Baylor still has two relatively difficult games ahead with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on the ledger in the next two contests.

Because their schedule is stronger than the Buckeyes', the Bears could move past the Bucks in the next two weeks without Urban Meyer's team losing. That said, if 'Bama and Florida State run the table, equalling the feat won't be enough to move Baylor into the Top Two.

If this happens, you can bet you'll have at least two programs wishing the playoff system began a year earlier.