BCS Rankings 2013: Teams Sure to Drop in Standings After Week 13

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2013

Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
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Dreams are shattered each week in the BCS standings.

Look at No. 9 Stanford a week ago—a loss to then-unranked USC put what seems to be a permanent dash in the team's national title hopes.

This week will be no different.

While the variety of games on the schedule doesn't appear to present much of a challenge for the BCS hopefuls, three teams in particular face tough tasks and are locks to fall down the ranks after a loss.

Here is a look at the full Week 13 standings. After the jump, we'll take a closer look at three teams destined to lose and take a Stanford-esque dive down the rankings.


BCS Rankings Week 13
Rank Team BCS Average
1 Alabama (10-0) .9914
2 Florida State (10-0) .9661
3 Ohio State (10-0) .8869
4 Baylor (9-0) .8856
5 Oregon (9-1) .7917
6 Auburn (10-1) .7860
7 Clemson (9-1) .7681
8 Missouri (9-1) .7231
9 Stanford (8-2) .6238
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
14 UCLA (8-2) .4615
15 Fresno State (9-0) .4134
16 Northern Illinois (10-0) .3729
17 Arizona State (8-2) .3414
18 Central Florida (8-1) .3033
19 Wisconsin (8-2) .2907
20 Oklahoma (8-2) .2760
21 Louisville (9-1) .2664
22 LSU (7-3) .2645
23 Southern California (8-3) .1070
24 Mississippi (7-3) .1048
25 Minnesota (8-2) .0604


No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies

Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up before the game against the Auburn Tigers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies are a fun team to watch. That said, the Aggies have failed in arguably their two stiffest tests this season with losses to Alabama and Auburn.

On Saturday, the Aggies get another tough test in the form of a trip to Baton Rouge for a date with the No. 22 LSU Tigers.

The problem is not Manziel—it's a defense that allows over 210 rushing yards per game, good for the SEC’s second-worst rush defense.

That won't cut it against LSU's star running back Jeremy Hill, who has 964 yards and 13 touchdowns and leads the SEC with his 6.8 yards per carry average.

Last year, Hill gashed the Aggies defense for 127 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers won 24-19.

The Aggies will lose a close one like last season. Only three teams with three losses reside in the BCS rankings right now, so prepare for an Aggies nosedive.


No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Outside of a strange 30-21 loss to unranked West Virginia in late September, the No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys have been flying under the radar as a top team.

The No. 4 Baylor Bears are well known.

Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cowboys have two wins over ranked opposition this year primarily thanks to a stellar defensive unit that ranks in the top 15 with just 19 points allowed per game. In half of the team's games this season, the Cowboys defense has held the opposition to less than 14 points.

That won't happen Saturday.

Baylor touts the nation's best offense, scoring 61.2 points per game behind the arm of Heisman hopeful quarterback Bryce Petty. He has thrown for almost 3,000 yards, 24 touchdowns and one interception.

Even worse for the Cowboys, Baylor ranks in the top 10 with just 17.4 points allowed per game.

This one is going to get ugly. Oklahoma State won't fall far, but the loss will do some damage.


No. 8 Missouri Tigers

Nov 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) hands the ball off during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Missouri defeated Kentucky 47-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
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The No. 8 Missouri Tigers are the highest-ranked team that will take a dive when Week 13 is all said and done.

Quarterback James Franklin is back as the starter for the Tigers in Week 13 per CBS Sports:

That's great news—Franklin was a borderline Heisman candidate before he missed four games due to injury.

Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) passing against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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One problem—the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels are legit.

This is an Ole Miss team led by quarterback Bo Wallace (2,664 yards, 17 touchdowns to five interceptions) that played No. 1 Alabama tough, nearly upset then-ranked No. 9 Texas A&M 41-38 and did upset then-ranked No. 6 LSU 27-24 the week after.

Franklin is going to be rusty in his first game back, which will come on the road.

The Rebels have won four straight. Ole Miss is simply too hot to lose at this point and has played better teams tough.

Missouri loses on the road before taking a dive of its own.