Several schools will play leapfrog with the team in front of them in the 2013 BCS rankings in Week 13.
The fifth installment of standings is out. Here they are, along with the ballclubs that will be on the rise and why.
|BCS Rankings Week 13|
|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|
No. 4 Baylor
The Bears trail Ohio State by 0.0013 in the standings. That lead will evaporate after Baylor defeats No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
The Bears have beaten every team they've faced by double-digit points this season, including then-No. 10 Oklahoma by the score of 41-12. The Cowboys are talented, but they weren't talented enough to defeat a West Virginia squad that is now 4-7.
The Buckeyes will win this weekend as well, but they won't receive much of a ratings boost from beating 4-5 Indiana.
No. 12 Texas A&M
The only reason why South Carolina is ranked ahead of the Aggies is because Texas A&M hasn't gotten the opportunity to play half of the ranked teams that it's scheduled to face this season. The Aggies couldn't beat Alabama or Auburn (only losing by a combined 11 points), but the Gamecocks lost to now-unranked Georgia and Tennessee. Texas A&M is the superior ballclub.
It will prove just that, defeating No. 22 LSU at Death Valley on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers have lost two out of their last three games, while Johnny Manziel has scored 20 touchdowns in the Aggies' last four. LSU's No. 38-ranked defense will be no match.
Texas A&M will rise to No. 10 thanks to Oklahoma State's loss.
No. 19 Wisconsin
Wisconsin will climb at least two spots in the standings after taking care of No. 25 Minnesota. Iowa and Michigan, two teams that are now unranked, beat down the Golden Gophers earlier this season. Those two also have yet to defeat a team that remains ranked.
The Badgers share the latter resume weakness, but they only lost to No. 3 Ohio State and No. 17 Arizona State by a combined nine points. Wisconsin will leapfrog No. 18 UCF, which won't be significantly aided by beating 5-4 Rutgers. And speaking of the Sun Devils, the loser between them and No. 14 UCLA will also be surpassed by the Badgers.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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