An eventful week of college football produced an earthquake in the BCS rankings, forming an entirely new display of rankings entering Week 12.
For the second straight season, Oregon saw its championship hopes dissipate with a loss to Stanford, which is now a top-five team after downing the Ducks last Thursday night.
Although we lost one undefeated squad in Oregon, another perfect school in Baylor rose to relevancy on the same evening with a convincing win over Oklahoma.
Many of the top teams played musical chairs in the BCS standings, but other schools fell significantly. A couple clubs lost their top tenure completely by suffering one loss too many.
Here are the updated BCS rankings and top story arcs after a wild week of football.
|Week 12 BCS Standings|
Oregon Drops out of Title Hunt
No matter the results, Thursday night's gigantic showdowns figured to jumble up the top-10 order.
With No. 3 Oregon facing No. 5 Stanford, something had to give. Either Oregon would make a convincing case to surpass No. 2 Florida State, or Stanford would once again take down its rivals while moving up a spot or two.
The latter unfolded when the Cardinal limited the Ducks' juggernaut offense to 312 total yards in a 26-20 victory.
Oregon fought valiantly, scoring all of its points during a fourth-quarter rally, but it proved too little, too late against Stanford, which was led by Tyler Gaffney's 157 rushing yards on 45 carries. The loss all but eliminated Oregon's chances of making the BCS National Championship Game after it dropped to No. 6.
Stanford leaped ahead of its Pac-12 foes to No. 4, but don't expect the Cardinal to lunge even further with a loss on their ledger.
Baylor Proves it Belongs at Oklahoma's Expense
Oregon's loss may open the door for Baylor, who won over skeptics with a convincing 41-12 win over Oklahoma.
At 8-0, it's hard to now doubt the Bears, who held the Sooners to 237 offensive yards while plowing to 255 rushing yards of their own. They have averaged a 45.6 margin of victory while leading the FBS with 686 offensive yards per game.
The offense has never been questioned, but the defense held its end of the bargain in a major victory for Baylor. Blake Bell completed 15 of 35 passes, tallying 4.3 yards per attempt and two interceptions. An assortment of six Oklahoma rushers amassed 2.6 yards per carry on the evening.
While the AP poll rocketed Baylor up to No. 5, the BCS kept it behind Stanford at No. 5. If the Bears make easy work of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, it will be difficult not to move them up more.
On the other side of the coin, Oklahoma slid down to No. 18 after the embarrassing defeat. The AP Top 25 was much crueler, sinking the Sooners to No. 22.
Miami Plummets, Notre Dame and Texas Tech Vanish
A few more contenders were exposed as pretenders during the weekend.
Playing without injured running back Duke Johnson, Miami faltered on the ground, amassing 28 rushing yards through 24 carries. And that's with a 35-yard run from Dallas Crawford, who finished with 37 yards despite that one big play.
Johnson's absence contributed to the Hurricanes' offensive shortcomings, but it doesn't excuse their inability to stymie the Hokies' offensive attack. Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 25 of 31 passes for 366 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard strike to Joshua Stanford.
After Thomas guided Virginia Tech down the field, Trey Edmunds delivered the finishing punches with four rushing touchdowns in the 42-24 victory. Its second straight loss kicked Miami, who entered Week 10 ranked No. 7, all the way down to No. 23.
Another loss will remove the Hurricanes from the Top 25, which Notre Dame and Texas Tech can attest to. The Fighting Irish, who gained steam with four successive victories, fell back out of the fold with a 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.
A growing powerhouse making major noise in the Big 12, Texas Tech suddenly unraveled. Once upon a time sitting pretty at 7-0, the Red Raiders have since dropped three in a row to fall out. Leading the league in passing yards per game can only take a team so far when it surrenders 139 points through three contests.