In sports, there is perhaps nothing more controversial or more hotly debated than the BCS standings.
As it turns out, people don't exactly like it when their teams' futures are decided by computers.
Adding to the controversy this year, the final season the BCS system is in play, there are currently four undefeated teams at the top (who all look more than capable of finishing the season that way) along with one-loss Stanford, which most recently shook up the standings with a massive win over then-No. 3 Oregon.
Here's a look at how the updated top 25 stands:
|2||Florida State (9-0)||.962|
|3||Ohio State (9-0)||.893|
|10||South Carolina (7-2)||.558|
|11||Texas A&M (8-2)||.547|
|12||Oklahoma State (8-1)||.467|
|14||Fresno State (9-0)||.432|
|15||Northern Illinois (9-0)||.351|
|16||Michigan State (8-1)||.342|
|19||Arizona State (7-2)||.283|
|23||Miami (FL) (7-2)||.147|
With Oregon's departure from the top three, the chances of a red-and-white matchup in the championship are at an all-time high right now, courtesy of Brett Moore:
Ho-hum, just another week at the top for Alabama. According to Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee, the Tide's reign at or near the summit of college football has reached an astounding 20 weeks in a row:
No. 1 Alabama has been ranked No. 4 or higher in the BCS for 20 consecutive weeks.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 11, 2013
Alabama (.996) and Florida State (.962) are head and shoulders above No. 3 Ohio State (.983) right now, but as ESPN's Brett McMurphy points out, history doesn't suggest those two will make it to the title game:
For Alabama & FSU: in only 7 of 15 years did both No. 1 & 2 teams in 4th BCS poll reach BCS title game— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 11, 2013
That's bad news for the Seminoles, as McMurphy notes the No. 1 team at this juncture is far more likely to advance to the 'ship:
Alabama looking good for Pasadena? 13 of 15 teams ranked No. 1 in 4th BCS poll reached title game— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 11, 2013
Nevertheless, none of those historical facts should have any bearing on the Tide or 'Noles right now. At this point, they both have one simple job: win out, as suggested by the Panama City News' Brad Milner:
For Alabama, that will consist of wins over Mississippi State, Chattanooga, No. 7 Auburn, as well as a victory in the SEC title game. The Seminoles, meanwhile, will have to beat Syracuse, Idaho, Florida and their opponent in the ACC title game.
Should either team lose, there are several really good ones waiting in the wings.
The Buckeyes, for one, moved up after a 56-point road win over Purdue. Per Sallee, it is their first time this high in the polls since 2007:
Ohio State (No. 3) is ranked in top three of the BCS for the first time since 2007.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 11, 2013
For what it's worth, OSU made it to the national championship that season.
No. 5 Baylor is also close behind after dismantling then-No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday night. ESPN's college football Twitter feed compares the remaining schedules for the two "other" undefeated sides in the top five:
That tweet was from Saturday. Texas Tech is now unranked, while Oklahoma State is up to No. 12.
Rounding out the top five, you have Stanford at No. 4. As College Game Day's Twitter pointed out, the Cardinal would be loving life right now if this worked like college basketball's selection process:
Projected Top-5 BCS Teams. pic.twitter.com/lEky1kH2LT— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 9, 2013
Of course, they've also lost to 4-5 Utah, forcing some to wonder if they should even be as high as their current spot:
I really dont get why Stanford is ranked so high. They have some nice wins, but they lost to Utah.— Rizzmiggizz (@RizzWrites) November 11, 2013
Clearly, every team is too high, and every team is too low. Also, every team is ranked just right. It wouldn't be the BCS if there wasn't controversy and mass disagreements.
There is, however, one thing we can all agree on. There is still lots of football to play and several crucial top-five and top-10 matchups remaining on the slate.
Things are going to change.