The Week 12 BCS rankings were released on Sunday night, and while there were few surprises, things are certainly getting more interesting as teams start to fall late in the year.
This past week, we saw Oregon lose to Stanford and Oklahoma fall to Baylor, shaking up the Top 10 teams. The Ducks didn't fall too far, moving to No. 6, but the Sooners took a bit of a hit, dropping eight spots.
Below are the complete Top 25 BCS standings for Week 12, followed by a breakdown of some of the teams that were able to move up the rankings.
|Week 12 BCS Rankings|
No. 7 Auburn Tigers
The Auburn Tigers only moved up two spots, but moving up two spots as a Top 10 team is huge.
A huge 55-23 win over Tennessee this past week probably helped. Nick Marshall only threw the ball seven times, but he finished with 214 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, while Tre Mason added another 117 yards and three scores on the ground.
After winning just three games in 2012, Auburn is already 9-1 this season and just behind Alabama in the SEC West. The Tigers have key wins over Texas A&M and Ole Miss, while their only loss came against LSU.
However, the final two games in the regular season are going to be very tough for the Tigers, as they will be playing Georgia and then Alabama. They may not finish in the Top 10, but at least they have quickly turned the program around.
No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies
I said last week that I thought the Texas A&M Aggies got snubbed. With Oklahoma, LSU and Miami all losing this past week, Texas A&M is now right where it should be.
The Aggies have won their past three games, scoring 50 points in each contest. During this win streak, Johnny Manziel has had 15 total touchdowns.
Manziel is back in the Heisman race after Marcus Mariota struggled against Stanford. This season, Manziel has put up 3,924 total yards, 39 total touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He may not always take care of the ball, but he's certainly the most exciting player to watch in college football.
The big concern with the Aggies is their defense. While they're scoring 49.2 points per game, they're also allowing 30.9, giving up at least 40 to Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama.
Texas A&M will close the season with games against LSU and Missouri, so it will need to rely on Manziel to keep making big plays if it wants to move into the Top 10.
No. 13 UCLA Bruins
The biggest risers in the latest BCS standings, the UCLA Bruins moved up six spots this week after a 31-26 win over Arizona. They likely moved due to the teams ahead of them falling and their two losses against Stanford and Oregon being more legitimate considering that they're now ranked No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.
The player of the game for UCLA this past week was Myles Jack, a freshman linebacker who also plays some running back. He blew everyone away in this one, running for 120 yards and an incredible 66-yard touchdown.
After being on the short list of Heisman candidates at the beginning of the season, Brett Hundley has fallen off of that list, although he's still having a pretty solid season. He's thrown for 2,225 yards and 18 touchdowns with eight interceptions this year, adding another 487 yards and seven scores on the ground.
The wins haven't been incredibly impressive for the Bruins, but their only losses came to two top-tier teams. They will play Washington, Arizona State and USC before the season is over, and those final three games could make or break this program.
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