For No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State, Week 13 served as the calm before the storm. For a couple of other Top Five squads, it was an all-out monsoon.
The Crimson Tide and the Seminoles continued to hold down the national title spots with easy, no-nonsense wins Saturday over Chattanooga and Idaho, leaving just one remaining test before conference championship week.
Nick Saban's team now heads to Jordan-Hare Stadium, where the No. 4 Auburn Tigers are fresh off an instant-classic win over Georgia, while FSU goes to Gainesville to square off with Florida. The once high-ranked Gators, which have struggled immensely as of late and have lost six games in a row, shouldn't give the 'Noles many problems, but you cannot overlook rivalry games with this kind of importance.
Win those, and 'Bama and FSU will be just one victory away from the national championship—regardless of what anyone else in the country does.
Let's take a look at the newest BCS standings:
|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||Arizona 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|
Ohio State locked down the No. 3 spot with a beatdown of Indiana, and with just a struggling Michigan squad and No. 11 Michigan State (Big Ten title game) left on the slate, the Buckeyes will need some extra help to sneak into the national championship.
The rest of last week's Top Five didn't fare so well.
Baylor and Oregon were absolutely run off the gridiron. The Bears were crushed, 49-17, by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, while Mark Helfrich's squad lost by 26 points to an Arizona team that was coming off a loss to Washington State.
Art Briles' team now needs help from Oklahoma, which hosts OSU next week, to win the Big 12, and Oregon is officially out of the Pac-12 and BCS picture, leading to this joke from The Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo:
Hey guys, Oregon-Baylor Holiday Bowl. Whhhheeeeee!!— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 24, 2013
Auburn and Missouri took their spots at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, and the two SEC schools have the best chance of sending chaos throughout the top of the rankings.
What's your national championship prediction?
It's an incredibly tall task, but if the Tigers upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl next week, last year's three-game winners will be one SEC Championship win away from the national title game.
Mizzou stands in a similar position. A win over Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M next week puts the Tigers in the SEC Championship, where a win could potentially propel them into the Top Two.
With the strength of the conference, it's difficult to imagine the BCS championship featuring two non-SEC schools. However, a scenario in which two-loss South Carolina, which needs a Missouri loss and a win against Alabama or Auburn in the SEC Championship, may be enough to make that happen.
But all of those are thoughts for a situation that is nothing more than hypothetical right now. As it currently stands, Alabama and Florida State control their own destiny heading into a critical Week 14.