The latest batch of the BCS rankings are out as we creep ever closer to bowl season.
Although this week of college football wasn't able to match last week's wall-to-wall action, fans were still treated to some exciting games. You had some scares, but mostly it was business as usual for the teams in the top half of the standings.
Here's a look at the rankings for Week 13, followed by a breakdown of the games that had the biggest impact on the standings.
|Week 13 BCS Rankings|
|2||Florida State (10-0)||.9661|
|3||Ohio State (10-0)||.8869|
|10||Oklahoma State (9-1)||.5890|
|11||South Carolina (8-2)||.5883|
|12||Texas A&M (8-2)||.5394|
|13||Michigan State (9-1)||.4646|
|15||Fresno State (9-0)||.4134|
|16||Northern Illinois (10-0)||.3729|
|17||Arizona State (8-2)||.3414|
|18||Central Florida (8-1)||.3033|
|23||Southern California (8-3)||.1070|
The big upset of the weekend was Stanford's loss to USC. Never before would you have thought you'd see Trojans fans rushing the field after a win over the Cardinal. As a result of that defeat, you knew Stanford would tumble down the standings.
The Cardinal fell to ninth, which isn't a bad outcome, when you consider their losses were to Utah and USC.
As expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide breezed past the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 20-7. The Tide move to 10-0 (6-0 SEC) on the season. It's getting a bit ridiculous the way that they're dispatching their opponents. Nick Saban has created a monster down in Tuscaloosa.
At least there's one sure thing about the Top Five of the standings. If the Crimson Tide win out, they'll be in the national title game. You can't say the same about Ohio State or Baylor, but maybe you can about Florida State.
The Seminoles knocked off the Syracuse Orange, 59-3, on Saturday. Although it's not as much of a lock as Alabama, FSU will surely book its place in the national championship with wins over Idaho and Florida and then a victory in the ACC Championship.
The Buckeyes and Bears are both on the outside looking in.
Ohio State got what many critics will argue is another hollow victory, taking apart Illinois, 60-35, to remain perfect. The Fighting Illini have a 3-7 record, so the win won't exactly strengthen the Buckeyes' place in the BCS.
At least Baylor helped itself out with a big win. While Texas Tech has taken a nosedive after its loss to Oklahoma, the Red Raiders represent a quality opponent. Beating them by 29 points is still a big statement from Baylor.
The team the Bears meet next week—Oklahoma State—got a win over Texas.
The Cowboys have a tough three-game stretch to end the season. It started with the Longhorns and then continues with games against Baylor and Oklahoma. Getting a victory on Saturday was big for OK State, as it impresses the voters and builds momentum for the end of the season.
Plus, at least Oklahoma State didn't need a last-minute Hail Mary to win, like Auburn did.
Yes, the Tigers beat Georgia, but the way in which they did it won't do them too many favors. Although Ricardo Louis' touchdown grab was a great moment, Auburn should've had that game locked up much earlier. It let the game slip late and needed that miracle Hail Mary in order to keep its hold in the Top 10.
The Tigers were able to go from seventh to sixth, so it was still a good weekend for them.
One of the funnier coincidences of Saturday's action was that the No. 23, 24 and 25 teams all lost. Defeats for Miami, Texas and Georgia opened up three places at the bottom of the standings for teams on the outside looking in.
Those three spots would end up going to USC, Ole Miss and Minnesota.
Although there's only a few more weeks left in the regular season, you can expect some moving and shaking until then.
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