BCS Standings 2013 Week 12: Most Surprising Developments of Recent Release

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2013

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The updated BCS Rankings have been released. As always seems to be the case with one of the most heavily criticized systems in the history of sports, there were a number of shocking developments.

The question is, which rankings were the most surprising?

Week 12 BCS Standings
BCS RankTeamBCS AverageAPCoaches
1.Alabama.995811
2.Florida State.961922
3.Ohio State.892633
4.Stanford.868955
5.Baylor.861844
6.Oregon.766557
7.Auburn.720679
8.Clemson.720086
9.Missouri.711898
10.South Carolina.55841112
11.Texas A&M.54731011
12.Oklahoma State.46711210
13.UCLA.45481315
14.Fresno State.43171614
15.Northern Illinois.35052021
16.Michigan State.34171416
17.UCF.34111519
18.Oklahoma.29262217
19.Arizona State.28332122
20.Louisville.28061913
http://www.bcsfootball.org/ & http://collegefootball.ap.org/poll & http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/polls/

Stanford over Baylor

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Shayne Skov #11 of the Stanford Cardinal tries to get the crowd to make more noise during the fourth quarter of their game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by
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During Week 11 of the 2013 college football season, the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal and No. 5 Baylor Bears earned signature wins. One-loss Stanford ran through the No. 6 Oregon Ducks 26-20, while undefeated Baylor dominated the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners 41-12.

With all due respect to Stanford and its outstanding win, the fact that it's ranked above Baylor is an atrocity.

Baylor is 8-0 overall with a 5-0 record in the Big 12. It ranks No. 1 in scoring offense, No. 6 in scoring defense, No. 3 in passing offense and No. 9 in rushing yards per game. Its resume may not be mind-blowing, but the Bears are undefeated with a balanced and explosive roster.

To move Baylor down in the rankings after blowing Oklahoma out by 29 points is senseless.

This is no slight on Stanford, which could potentially beat Baylor if it were to face off in a neutral-site game. That speculation is trumped by the fact that the Cardinal lost a game and the Bears are still undefeated at this point.

Forgive me for being old fashioned, but 8-0 is more impressive than 8-1. A 29-point win over the rival Sooners is also comparable to a dominant defensive performance by Stanford against Oregon.

Stanford is elite, and Baylor may not have a proven track record, but the Bears deserve to be No. 4.

 

Two-Loss Love

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates with fans after the Aggies defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 51-41 at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty
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Apparently losing two games to SEC opponents is a better result than losing one game to anyone else. That's what the most recent release of the BCS Rankings are telling us, at least.

Just take a quick look.

The 7-2 South Carolina Gamecocks are No. 10 and 8-2 Texas A&M Aggies are No. 11 in the most recent release of the BCS Rankings. Joining those SEC teams is the No. 13 UCLA Bruins, which currently rest at 7-2.

Who said every loss counts in the pursuit of a BCS Bowl Game appearance?

That puts those three two-loss teams ahead of the 8-1 Oklahoma State Cowboys and 8-1 Michigan State Spartans, amongst others. For what it's worth, the 9-0 Fresno State Bulldogs and 9-0 Northern Illinois Huskies are also trailing those two-loss squads.

It's less surprising once you name the teams behind the two-loss squads, but to see teams with that many defeats in the Top 13 is surprising after just 12 weeks of action.

 

Fresno State, Northern Illinois Get Love

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs throws the ball against the San Diego State Aztecs during their game on October 26, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The BCS system appears to be attempting to make up for past wrongs done to mid-major schools. This week's edition honored the under-the-radar squads, with the Fresno State Bulldogs ranked at No. 14 and Northern Illinois Huskies at No. 15.

The AP and USA Today Coaches Polls don't agree.

The AP Poll currently has Fresno State at No. 16 and Northern Illinois at No. 20. The Coaches Polls acknowledged Fresno State at the position of No. 14, but ranked the Huskies all the way down at No. 21.

The BCS' level of appreciation for Fresno State and Northern Illinois is something that few expected to see.

The Bulldogs are led by an NFL-caliber quarterback in Derek Carr, while Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch shines for Northern Illinois. Both teams are strong enough to compete, but it's quite unclear whether or not they're true contenders due to their level of competition.

Two-loss teams are strong, undefeated teams aren't good enough to top one-loss contenders and mid-major schools are in the Top 15. It's been another wild week with the BCS.