Another loss to a Top Five team has the BCS standings looking different yet again. Baylor entered the week as the undefeated No. 4 team in the country, but a loss to Oklahoma State provided a shakeup near the top.
While Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all had easy wins to remain in the top three spots, the Bears could not keep pace and ended up falling to No. 9. Oregon also fell to No. 13 after losing its second game of the year.
Here is a look at the full changes in the Week 14 rankings:
|2||Florida State (11-0)||.970|
|3||Ohio State (11-0)||.920|
|7||Oklahoma State (10-1)||.762|
|10||South Carolina (9-2)||.610|
|11||Michigan State (10-1)||.578|
|12||Airzona State (9-2)||.505|
|14||Northern Illinois (11-0)||.462|
|16||Fresno State (10-0)||.412|
|21||Texas A&M (8-3)||.224|
|25||Notre Dame (8-3)||.067|
The battle between Baylor and Oklahoma State was easily the most anticipated matchup of the weekend. Both teams came into game ranked in the Top 10 in the BCS with only one loss between them.
However, the Cowboys were able to come out with a lopsided 49-17 win behind quarterback Clint Chelf, who threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns. It's a significant victory for Oklahoma State and an even more damaging loss for Baylor.
Oregon also suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Arizona, with the Wildcats coming out on top 42-16. This upset saw Marcus Mariota throw his first two interceptions of the season, and the Ducks have likely fallen out of the title picture altogether with a second loss.
Meanwhile, the rest of the top contenders hardly received challenges in Week 13. Alabama had a home game against FCS opponent Chattanooga, while Florida State battled the one-win Idaho Vandals.
Neither one of them had any issue taking care of business against the weak competition. Still, rivalry games that can derail their perfect seasons loom in both cases. The Crimson Tide travel to face Auburn next Saturday, while the Seminoles have a road game against their reeling rival, Florida.
Ohio State still has work to do in its Week 14 game against Michigan after taking care of business with a 42-14 victory against Indiana.
Clemson moves up in the standings after blowing out Citadel, 52-6. With only one loss to Florida State, the Tigers remain an outside contender for a spot in the BCS Championship Game.
Also on display Saturday was a pair of high-quality SEC battles as Missouri faced Ole Miss and Texas A&M battled LSU. Mizzou and LSU came out as winners in these contests, and they each kept themselves alive for possible BCS bowl bids.
Arizona State also took a big step toward securing a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game after defeating UCLA.
Finally, Northern Illinois and Fresno State continue to battle for a bid to a BCS bowl after each improved upon its undefeated record this week. The Huskies defeated Toledo, 35-17, on Wednesday night, while Fresno State pulled away from New Mexico for a 69-28 win.
Time is running out for teams to move up the standings. Most top squads have only one or two games remaining on the schedule to make a positive or negative impact.
Still, the human and computer polls can continue to change until the final standings are announced on Dec. 8. Therefore, the debate over which team is the best remains far from over.
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