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BCS Rankings Predictions 2013: How Week 13's Action Shook Up BCS Picture

Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears finally crack the top three, but who else were the movers and shakers of Week 13?
Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears finally crack the top three, but who else were the movers and shakers of Week 13?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIINovember 24, 2013

Another week of college football meant that more powerhouses took a tumble down the BCS rankings. The No. 5-ranked Oregon Ducks were dismantled by the Arizona Wildcats, and the previously undefeated Baylor Bears no longer hold that distinction.

But those aren’t the only teams that are on the move in the standings. Here is how the BCS rankings will look after Week 13’s results.

BCS Rankings Predictions - Week 14
RankTeamRecordConferencePvs
1Alabama11-0SEC1
2Florida State11-0ACC2
3Ohio State11-0Big Ten3
4Auburn10-1SEC6
5Clemson10-1ACC7
6Missouri10-1SEC8
7Oklahoma State10-1Big 1210
8Stanford9-2Pac-129
9South Carolina9-2SEC11
10Michigan State10-1Big Ten13
11Baylor9-1Big 124
12Oregon9-2Pac-125
13Arizona State9-2Pac-1217
14Wisconsin9-2Big Ten19
15LSU8-3SEC22
16Fresno State10-0MWC15
17Northern Illinois11-0MAC16
18Central Florida9-1AAC18
19Louisville10-1AAC21
20Oklahoma9-2Big 1220
21Texas A&M8-3SEC12
22USC9-3Pac-1223
23Duke9-2ACCNR
24UCLA8-3Pac-1214
25Georgia7-4SECNR
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There’s no change at the very top of the rankings, as Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State rolled to dominant victories over lesser teams.

A Baylor win over a top-10 team would probably have resulted in them leap-frogging the Buckeyes, but that's not how it all unfolded. The fourth- and fifth-ranked teams both lost (Oregon and Baylor), causing them both to drop seven spots.

With the dominant home victory over Baylor, the Oklahoma State Cowboys jump to the seventh spot as the fourth in a string of impressive 10-1 teams.

The losses by the Ducks and Bears allowed the South Carolina Gamecocks and Michigan State Spartans to creep into the top 10.

Johnny Manziel had a rough game, and A&M's third loss should take him out of the Heisman race
Johnny Manziel had a rough game, and A&M's third loss should take him out of the Heisman raceSean Gardner/Getty Images

Losses by both the UCLA Bruins and Texas A&M Aggies send both schools crashing down into the 20s, and the Aggies' loss is a big blow to Johnny Manziel's hopes of repeating as the Heisman winner. The teams that beat UCLA and Texas A&M (Arizona State and LSU respectively) soared into the top 15 ahead of some undefeated and one-loss teams on the strength of their schedules.

Fresno State, Northern Illinois and UCF all won but stayed put or even fell because of their lack of elite competition.

Finally, there are two new entrants into the Top 25 (at least, new in that they weren't ranked last week). One of them is the Georgia Bulldogs, who have managed to fight their way back into the Top 25 despite being decimated by injuries to key players.

Duke have earned their place in the BCS rankings with stellar play.
Duke have earned their place in the BCS rankings with stellar play.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Sliding in at No. 23 are the Duke Blue Devils, which is a huge accomplishment for the program that plays second-fiddle to the basketball team. Duke is atop the ACC Coastal division and playing excellent football, which earns them their spot in the rankings.

Week 13 was a crazy week of college football, and it resulted in a big change to the national-championship picture. With Baylor's loss, Ohio State is now poised to play in the title game if one of the two teams ahead of it falters.

All eyes will be on the Iron Bowl next week, as the fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers host the two-time defending champions with their minds set on knocking them out of the national-championship conversation.

 

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