Bryce Petty has the Baylor Bears flirting with an appearance in the title game.
College football has taught fans one thing this season—no team is safe on a week-to-week basis.
The BCS rankings experienced another seismic shift in the Week 13 poll. Oregon was the team to plummet last week after a loss to Stanford—a team that takes the dive this week after a loss to then-unranked USC.
The chaos is the rankings is just beginning. Here's where each team currently stands.
|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|
For a team that now has two losses to the unranked, Stanford does pretty well here at No. 9—five wins over ranked opposition seem to keep David Shaw's team in the thick of things.
USC makes an appearance near the bottom as a result of the narrow victory. Interim head coach Ed Orgeron has his team on a four-game streak. He has also guided sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler through a rough patch. Kessler played well against the Cardinal with 288 yards and a touchdown.
Perhaps the biggest story of all has yet to unfold.
Neutal field—which team wins?
Acute fans can surely see the storm brewing on the horizon with Ohio State at No. 3 and Baylor nipping at the heels right below.
The Buckeyes still have a goose egg in the loss column, but the BCS machine is clearly not impressed. Ohio State has been nothing short of dominant in recent weeks, pounding inferior opposition by a combined score of 179-49.
In Week 12 the Buckeyes blew past Illinois by 25 points. Star quarterback Braxton Miller accounted for 334 total yards and three scores. Running back Carlos Hyde put up gaudy statistics with 246 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Yet, here come the Baylor Bears fresh off a 63-34 victory over a reeling Texas Tech team. The Bears have also had a questionable schedule to date but sit just .0013 behind the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will continue to be a victim of its schedule—the Buckeyes face Indiana and Michigan to close out the season. If Baylor can move past No. 10 Oklahoma State while Ohio State trounces Indiana, a swap in the polls seems guaranteed.
Once again, Jameis Winston and No. 2 Florida State arguably recorded the most dominant victory of all with a 59-3 drubbing of Syracuse.
Not every high-profile team notched sexy wins. No. 1 Alabama slipped by four-win Mississippi State 20-7. No. 6 Auburn needed a fluky Hail Mary to move past No. 25 Georgia:
Former No. 10 South Carolina needed two fourth-quarter field goals from Elliott Fry to move past four-win Florida.
A variety of one-loss teams continue to hang around. Teams such as No. 5 Oregon, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 Missouri and even No. 18 Central Florida still have something to say before bowl season kicks off.
Perhaps the team that should be most disgruntled with its position is No. 13 Michigan State. Mark Dantonio's team just bullied seven-win Nebraska 41-28 on the road and has not lost since mid-September.
The Spartans moved up three spots this week, but continue to sit behind two-loss teams such as No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 11 South Carolina.
Apparently the polls favor big names such as Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney. They also seem to dislike gritty, defensive-minded football (the Spartans rank in the top five with just 13.2 points allowed per game).
The rest of the rankings are standard fare. Oregon and Stanford have shown in consecutive weeks that any team has a chance to lose. This gives the teams on the outside looking in a fighter's chance as long as they keep their heads down and take care of business.
Plenty of football remains on the 2013 schedule. Countless possibilities litter the rankings in the coming weeks, so fans with teams in the conversation or just outside of it would be wise to check back in next week.