BCS Rankings 2013: Complete Standings for 6th Release

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 24, 2013

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 16:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands during pregame warmups prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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:

Week 14 BCS Standings
RankTeamBCS Average
1 Alabama (11-0) .988
2 Florida State (11-0) .970
3 Ohio State (11-0) .920
4 Auburn (10-1) .824
5 Missouri (10-1) .808
6 Clemson (10-1) .773
7 Oklahoma State (10-1) .762
8 Stanford (9-2) .667
9 Baylor (9-1) .646
10 South Carolina (9-2) .610
11 Michigan State (10-1) .578
12 Arizona State (9-2).505
13 Oregon (9-2) .495
14 Northern Illinois (11-0) .462
15 Wisconsin (9-2) .445
16 Fresno State (10-0) .412
17 LSU (8-3) .374
18 Oklahoma (9-2) .338
19 UCF (9-1) .336
20 Louisville (10-1) .252
21 Texas A&M (8-3) .224
22 UCLA (8-3) .192
23 USC (9-3) .178
24 Duke (9-2) .089
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:

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. 

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.