Outside of the top two teams, fans need to forget everything they thought they knew about the BCS rankings.
Once again, another wacky weekend of action is sure to cause a similar reaction in the standings.
Week 13 saw highly ranked titans such as Texas A&M and Oregon lose, which only makes things harder to discern. Even Baylor lost, although defeat at the hands of a ranked opponent won't ruin the season. Meanwhile, underrated teams continue to pick up steam and will once again see a climb up the ranks.
Here is a look at a projected Week 14 BCS table with the action in the books, followed by a look at some of the week's biggest risers and fallers.
|Projected BCS Standings|
|3||Ohio State||11-0||Big Ten||3|
|7||Oklahoma State||10-1||Big 12||10|
|10||Michigan State||10-1||Big Ten||13|
That was rather predictable.
No. 22 LSU took care of business from Baton Rouge against Johnny Manziel and the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies Saturday.
Just like last season, the Tigers defense was simply too much for Manziel to handle. Manziel went just 16-of-41 for 224 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 34-10 loss.
LSU and running back Terrence Magee (149 yards and a touchdown) are sure to take a major jump in the rankings. The Tigers now sit at 8-3, with two losses coming against No. 1 Alabama and a tough Ole Miss squad.
It's always rough to see a three-loss team ranked inside the Top 20, but the timing of LSU's big win makes it likely.
Faller: Texas A&M
That's now three losses for Texas A&M, a team that entered the weekend with a glimmer of hope when it came to a BCS bowl.
Now? Forget it.
A 24-point loss to a three-loss team does major damage to the Aggies. Manziel and Co. have also dropped games to Alabama and Auburn—great competition, but no excuse for a team with a Heisman-caliber player under center.
Once again, the Aggies defense faltered when the team needed it most. LSU was able to gain 517 yards of total offense and hold on to the football for over 40 minutes of possession.
In a team sport, the Aggies simply are not good enough in 2013.
Look at No. 7 Clemson go.
Yes, the Tigers were the team that was absolutely embarrassed at the hands of Florida State 51-14 back in mid-October, but we were only just beginning to understand how dominant Jameis Winston and Co. truly are.
The Tigers have now won four straight. Week 13 was an impressive 52-6 win over Citadel during which the Tigers gained 558 total yards. Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 288 yards and five scores in the rout.
Even better, Oregon lost in Week 13, which guarantees that the Tigers will move up at least one spot in the rankings.
It's hard to forget Clemson's ugly loss, but it is the only one on the year for the Tigers.
What in the world was that?
No. 5 Oregon has now lost two games in the past three weeks despite the presence of a Heisman contender in Marcus Mariota and an offense that averaged over 50.9 points per game.
We're using past tense there for a reason—Mariota and the Ducks scored just 16 points in a 42-16 loss to unranked Arizona on Saturday.
Mariota took a bow out of the Heisman race with his 308 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day was the Oregon defense, which came into the game as a top-10 scoring unit. It allowed 482 total yards, with over 300 of those coming on the ground.
That's two losses on the year for an Oregon team with a rather easy schedule. It's one thing to get upset by an unranked team—it's another to get laughed off the field.
Oregon is in for the biggest drop of all.