Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears finally crack the top three, but who else were the movers and shakers of Week 13?
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.
|3||Ohio State||11-0||Big Ten||3|
|7||Oklahoma State||10-1||Big 12||10|
|10||Michigan State||10-1||Big Ten||13|
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.
Well, you can cross off Oregon in the BCS title hunt. #swooshed— ESPN The Magazine (@ESPNMag) November 24, 2013
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.
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.
Johnny Manziel's line vs. LSU: 16-for-41, 224 yards, two interceptions, one TD: http://t.co/QjsVmeasxu Probably out of the Heisman race.— SB Nation (@sbnation) November 24, 2013
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.
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.
Who will win the Iron Bowl?
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.