The BCS rankings for Week 12 were released on Sunday night, and like every week, there were some winners and some losers.
A number of powerful programs went down this past week, including Oregon, Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. While there may not have been any shocking developments in the latest rankings, there were certainly a large numbers of changes with all of the Top 25 teams that lost.
Below are the updated BCS standings heading into Week 12, followed by a breakdown of the biggest winners and losers from this week's rankings based off of which teams got some BCS love and which teams were snubbed.
|Week 12 BCS Standings|
Texas A&M Aggies
After last week's rankings, I mentioned that I believed the Texas A&M Aggies were snubbed after a blowout win over UTEP. Well, after the three teams just ahead of them lost and they ran all over Mississippi State, the computers fixed that.
The Aggies have won three straight and scored at least 51 points in each game. Their defense ranks sixth in passing yards and fourth in points scored this season, averaging 379.2 yards and 49.2 points per game.
Of course, a lot of that offensive production is the result of Johnny Manziel and his terrific play for a second consecutive year. He's put up over 3,900 total yards and 39 touchdowns with 11 interceptions this season, making a serious case for his second Heisman Trophy.
The team's defense is what has likely held the Aggies back in the rankings. They're allowing 30.9 points per game and have given up at least 40 points on three different occasions.
Still, the Aggies were able to move up quite a few spots this week, and they'll be happy with that as they prepare for games against LSU and Missouri.
There wasn't another team that moved up more than the UCLA Bruins this week, going from No. 19 all the way to No. 13 in the Week 12 rankings.
It appears that the Bruins were holding out on us, unleashing their secret weapon in Myles Jack during their 31-26 win over Arizona. The freshman linebacker also showed that he is a running back, collecting 120 yards and a touchdown on just six carries.
While UCLA has two losses, they came against two top-tier teams in Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins haven't done anything specifically well, but they play all-around solid football and have quality wins over Nebraska and Arizona.
With upcoming games against Washington, Arizona State and USC, the Bruins have a chance to prove themselves once again and hope for a way to jump into the Top 10 before the season is over.
With an undefeated record and now a quality win over a strong opponent, the Baylor Bears still can't get much love in the latest rankings.
While Baylor is still a Top Five team, many will argue that the Bears deserve a higher ranking over Stanford, while others will say that they should also be ahead of Ohio State. The Bears are coming off of an incredibly convincing 41-12 win over Oklahoma where they allowed just 237 total yards and forced two turnovers.
There's no denying that the Bears have the nation's best offense. They average nearly 700 total yards of offense and 61 points per game, leading the nation in both categories. Even Bryce Petty isn't getting any love as a Heisman candidate, although he's put up 29 total touchdowns and just one interception.
It appears that Baylor fans will have to be patient, as they have upcoming big games against Oklahoma State and Texas. If they can win their next four games, the Bears should be able to move up.
Although they were able to beat the Kentucky Wildcats, 48-17, this past week, the Missouri Tigers still dropped one spot in the rankings, moving into No. 9.
The win was quite impressive for the Tigers, as freshman backup quarterback Maty Mauk threw for 203 yards and five touchdowns. Over the past two games, he's put up 504 total yards and eight touchdowns with zero interceptions.
The Tigers have just one loss, which came against the South Carolina Gamecocks in double overtime. They also have big wins over Georgia, Florida and a 31-3 blowout of Tennessee.
With Auburn moving ahead of them, the Tigers are going to have to keep winning with just two games remaining against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. If they win those, they'll be in the SEC Championship Game, likely against Alabama, and that will give them a chance to pull off the upset of the year.