BCS Rankings 2013: Reviewing Week 12 Standings

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 11, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 09:  Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers  in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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To nobody's surprise, Alabama sits comfortably atop the BCS Rankings heading into Week 12.

The Crimson Tide took LSU behind the woodshed on Saturday night with the nation watching, utilizing a 21-3 second-half run to dominate the Tigers 38-17.

It was a definitive display of dominance that shut up 'Bama's haters for the time being, and it's impossible to make a compelling argument that another team deserves the top spot.

Here's how the BCS standings currently look heading into Week 12:

BCS Standings Heading Into Week 12
RankTeamBCS Average
2Florida State.9619
3Ohio State.8926
10South Carolina.5584
11Texas A&M.5473
12Oklahoma State.4671
14Fresno State.4317
15Northern Illinois.3505
16Michigan State.3417
19Arizona State.2833
23Miami (FL).1471

Florida State solidified its status as the No. 2 team in the nation with a dominant 59-3 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. FSU was already the second-ranked team in the country, but if Oregon had beaten Stanford on Thursday night, the Ducks likely would have taken over.

Unfortunately for Oregon, Stanford dashed the program's BCS National Championship Game hopes into dust by overpowering the Ducks for the second year in a row, causing a huge rush onto the field by students attending the game, as shown by Stanford Football:

The Cardinal bullied their Pac-12 rival at home, piling up 274 rushing yards, thanks in part to Tyler Gaffney, who broke a school record by totaling 45 carries.

As a result of Stanford's effective run game, Oregon only had the ball for 17 minutes and 26 seconds. Stanford's defense also forced two turnovers. In the end, the Ducks lost by a respectable margin, 26-20, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

With Oregon's loss, Ohio State, Stanford and Baylor all bumped up one spot from the previous week, and the Ducks dropped from No. 3 to No. 6. 

Speaking of Baylor, the Bears made a huge statement by beating Oklahoma convincingly by a score of 41-12. Bryce Petty scored five touchdowns, and Baylor's defense allowed just one touchdown.

Auburn leapfrogged over Clemson, thanks to a thorough demolition job against Tennessee. The Auburn Tigers beat the Volunteers 55-23 while the Clemson Tigers took the week off. 

Auburn now has a chance to steal the SEC West from Alabama. All it'll take is a win against Georgia this Saturday and a miracle against the repeat national champs on Nov. 30. 

Predictably, LSU, Oklahoma and Miami all experienced huge plummets down the rankings after losing in Week 11. UCLA, Fresno State, Texas A&M, Northern Illinois, Arizona State and UCF all experienced slight bumps in the standings with their wins.

Georgia and Texas both jumped back up into the bottom of the rankings after spending some time out of the Top 25. 

All in all, Week 11 was just another thrilling example of the incredible excitement fans can expect every weekend. With big games in store for many of the top teams going forward, there is still a lot of potential for big moves up and down the rankings. 


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