BCS Rankings 2013: Which Teams Got Screwed in Week 13 Standings?

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

BCS Rankings 2013: Which Teams Got Screwed in Week 13 Standings?

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    The top of the BCS standings stayed the same for Week 13, though some teams got a little bit closer to each other than in past weeks.

    If you haven't seen the latest rankings, they look like this:

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Ohio State
    4. Baylor
    5. Oregon
    6. Auburn
    7. Clemson
    8. Missouri
    9. Stanford
    10. Oklahoma State
    11. South Carolina
    12. Texas A&M
    13. Michigan State
    14. UCLA
    15. Fresno State
    16. Northern Illinois
    17. Arizona State
    18. UCF
    19. Wisconsin
    20. Oklahoma
    21. Louisville
    22. LSU
    23. USC
    24. Ole Miss
    25. Minnesota

    Not all of the teams are likely happy with their placement, either because they fell too much or didn't rise high enough based on the perception of how their latest result should have impacted the rankings.

    Check out the slideshow to see who we think got screwed the most by this week's standings, then give us your take in the comments.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    All Ohio State (10-0) can do is keep on pounding the inferior competition it has left on the schedule. But those results just don't seem to be impressing the BCS machine enough, based on how the Buckeyes keep slipping despite continuing to win.

    And we're not just talking about the space between second and third. OSU is also seeing No. 4 Baylor creep closer; it will soon pass Ohio State for third place. The margin was .0308 last week, and now it's an oh-so-miniscule .0013 after Baylor crushed a seven-win (yet struggling) Texas Tech and Ohio State rolled past a weak Illinois team.

    And with Baylor playing at No. 10 Oklahoma State and OSU set to host 4-6 Indiana, it's almost a foregone conclusion the Buckeyes are going to drop out of third by this time next week.

Michigan State Spartans

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    With a convincing win at Nebraska, Michigan State (9-1) continued its stellar defense-driven season and now has complete control of the Big Ten's Legends Division.

    The win boosted the Spartans from 16th to 13th in the BCS standings, but they're still behind two-loss teams in Stanford, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

    The human poll faction of the BCS standings loves them some quirky tree mascot, Head Ball Coach and Johnny Manziel. Maybe they don't care so much for a hard-nosed defensive team.

Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Fresno State (9-0) didn't play last week, which as far as the BCS is concerned is almost like a loss. How else to explain the Bulldogs not only getting leapfrogged by one-loss Michigan State to fall from 14th to 15th, but also losing ground on the team they're most in competition with, Northern Illinois?

    Fresno can be a BCS buster if it's in the top 12 at the end of the season, or if it finishes in the top 16 and stays ahead of AAC leader UCF. But if NIU surpasses the Bulldogs, only one of those teams will get in, and it wouldn't be the West Coast team.

Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Northern Illinois (10-0) and the Mid-American Conference are in the midst of their annual takeover of the ESPN family of networks on mid-week November nights. The Huskies showcased their talents in a 48-27 win over Ball State, which was 9-1, with the viewers getting to see how electric QB Jordan Lynch can be.

    And that got NIU...nothing.

    NIU fell from 15th to 16th, and though it gained ground on fellow BCS buster Fresno State, the margin is still pretty large. The Huskies get another showcase game Wednesday at Toledo, but whether it will help their cause in the standings is uncertain.

Louisville Cardinals

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    Louisville (9-1) is a bad Friday night away from being unbeaten and in the discussion for the BCS title game.

    Instead, the Cardinals are mired in 21st place in the latest BCS standings, down from 20th the week before despite a win over a good Houston team. And they're behind seven teams with two losses, not to mention a pair of unbeaten teams from lesser conferences.

    Shows how devastating that one loss to UCF was. Odds are the Cardinals would win a rematch, the way UCF has looked of late, but that's not happening anytime soon.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Congrats, Minnesota. You've finally made the BCS standings. Make sure to thank Georgia, Miami and Texas for all losing.

    Yes, the Golden Gophers (8-2) are in at No. 25, but still far from the top-14 ranking that's required for an at-large BCS bowl berth. The Gophers are also behind two other new-to-the-rankings teams, Ole Miss and USC, both of whom have three losses.

    Seems like getting 25th was almost a backhanded compliment.

Duke Blue Devils

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    Don't look now, but Duke (8-2) has a pretty good football team, one that's beat Virginia Tech and Miami in the past three weeks.

    Someone tell the BCS, since it's apparently not aware of the Blue Devils. That's the only reason we can think of to explain how they're out, but three teams with three losses (LSU, Ole Miss and USC) are.

    Is this some sort of backlash from Duke being so good in basketball?