The latest batch of BCS rankings is here and come with plenty of surprises and controversies.
The expected is here—and boring.
Oregon takes a nosedive after an ugly loss to Stanford, while Oklahoma falls in an even worse way after being humbled at the hands of Baylor.
But that's the boring part of the new release. What follows is the full listing, and fans will find the biggest hits and misses from the latest standings. Enjoy.
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Hit: Stanford Remains Above Baylor
Yes, No. 5 Baylor impressively destroyed then-No. 10 Oklahoma, touts the nation's best offense at over 60 points per game, has scored 70 or more points in four games and is undefeated.
That doesn't mean a jump over No. 4 Stanford is justified.
Stanford has one loss, but its schedule has been more difficult, The Cardinal's win last week over then-No. 2 Oregon, owner of the nation's No. 3 offense and a top-10 defense, is much more impressive than a win over the Sooners.
The argument of one-loss team versus undefeated squad could go all night, but it appears the polls have decided—the Cardinal now have wins over five ranked teams, and unless the Bears win out, that's enough to permanently stay in front.
Miss: Texas A&M Still Disrespected
Look, it's hard to complain about a four-spot jump in the BCS polls for any team, but No. 11 Texas A&M is still underrated.
As the weeks wear on, it's easy to see that the Aggies' two losses should in no way do such immense damage to the team's rank.
A loss to then-No. 24 Auburn by four points is fine considering the Tigers are now ranked No. 7 and have a sound defense backed by a top-three rushing attack.
More importantly, a loss to No. 1 Alabama in mid-September is as sexy as a loss can get—the Crimson Tide tout the nation's best defense at 10.6 points per game, yet the Aggies put up 42 points, 628 yards and 8.8 yards per play behind the arm of Johnny Manziel.
The Aggies have two losses, but how much longer can that possibly be an excuse for the program that has played the best team in the nation the closest?
Hit: Auburn's Positive Climb
Speaking of Auburn, the No. 7 team in the land continues its steady rise up the ranks, this time on the heels of a 55-23 waxing of Tennessee.
Auburn ranks No. 3 in the nation at 320 rushing yards per game mostly thanks to star back Tre Mason, who has over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns with well over five yards per carry. Quarterback Nick Marshall has added over 700 yards and seven scores on the ground as well.
On the year, Auburn now has a 2-1 record against the Top 25 but has truly hit its stride as of late and can clearly play with any team in the nation.
In the last two weeks, Marshall has only thrown the ball 15 times, yet Auburn has racked up 677 rushing yards and outscored opponents 90-40.
Let that sink in for a bit.
Miss: UCLA's Questionable Rise
The Bruins rise six spots in the BCS rankings after a 31-26 victory over a 6-3 Arizona team?
UCLA is two games removed from a two-game losing streak to then-No. 13 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon. The Bruins' only victory of note came in their second game of the season in a victory over Nebraska.
So what gives? Meanwhile, an undefeated Fresno State team sits right below the Bruins, as does Northern Illinois. After that resides a Michigan State team with the third-best defense in the nation and one loss from six games ago.
We could go on, but an unfriendly end to the season with games against Washington, No. 19 Arizona State and USC will bring the Bruins back down to earth.
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