BCS Poll 2013: Top 25 Standings for Week 14 Release

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) is congratulated by tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) in the fourth quarter of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes beat Indiana Hoosiers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 2013 college football regular season creeping to its conclusion, more and more weight is added to the BCS standings each week.

There's little time left for teams to try to move up in the polls. Those on the outside looking in on the BCS will likely have to hope for the right kind of outcome in the conference title games.

Here's what the BCS looks like going into Week 14.

Week 14 BCS Standings
RankTeamBCS Avg.
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 Airzona 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

The game that had everybody talking was Baylor vs. Oklahoma State. The Bears went into Stillwater and hibernated for 60 minutes. Their offense was unusually quiet, while the Cowboys kept notching score after score.

As a result, everybody was eager to see how each team would be affected in the standings. Baylor unsurprisingly took a precipitous drop, going from No. 4 last week to No. 9. The Cowboys, on the other hand, jumped all the way up to seventh after being 10th a week prior.

There was also Oregon's upset at the hands of Arizona, which opens the door for Stanford to get into the Rose Bowl, as the Cardinal now have the advantage in the Pac-12 North. All they need to do is beat Notre Dame and likely either Arizona State or USC in the Pac-12 title game, and they'll be headed to Pasadena.

Aside from those two upsets, it was mostly business as usual.

Alabama had no difficulty getting past Chattanooga. Normally we don't see such one-sided nonconference games this late into the season, but if anything, it gave 'Bama a break before the real fun begins.

The Crimson Tide's win sets up that huge Iron Bowl against Auburn. The Tigers had a bye in Week 13, so they've been able to sit back for an extra week and prepare for the contest. It should be a thrilling affair that could possibly have massive ramifications on the BCS standings.

Like Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State breezed through their games against weaker competition. The Seminoles downed Idaho, 80-14, and the Buckeyes earned a 42-14 win over Indiana. Since FSU didn't show any sign of weakness on Saturday, there's no way it would have been overtaken in the standings.

Another game that had BCS implications was Texas A&M's loss to LSU in Death Valley. The Aggies could've sneaked into the Sugar Bowl, even with two defeats. Now, though, they've given either Auburn or Missouri a gold-paved road to New Orleans.  

With a win that big, you knew the Tigers were getting a boost, and they did, moving up to No. 17.

One of the bigger talking points was Northern Illinois' jump ahead of Fresno State. The Huskies moved up to 14th, at the expense of the 16th-ranked Bulldogs. That would mean Northern Illinois gets into the BCS as the highest-ranked non-AQ school, as long as UCF finishes outside the top 16.

Plenty are arguing whether a team whose biggest win is against 7-4 Iowa deserves to be in the BCS, especially after it was dispatched 31-10 in last year's Orange Bowl.

With just two more weeks before the conference title games, it will be interesting to see how things shake out. Could Alabama or Florida State falter and open the door for somebody else?