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

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

BCS Rankings Predictions - Week 14
Rank Team Record Conference Pvs
1 Alabama 11-0 SEC 1
2 Florida State 11-0 ACC 2
3 Ohio State 11-0 Big Ten 3
4 Auburn 10-1 SEC 6
5 Clemson 10-1 ACC 7
6 Missouri 10-1 SEC 8
7 Oklahoma State 10-1 Big 12 10
8 Stanford 9-2 Pac-12 9
9 South Carolina 9-2 SEC 11
10 Michigan State 10-1 Big Ten 13
11 Baylor 9-1 Big 12 4
12 Oregon 9-2 Pac-12 5
13 Arizona State 9-2 Pac-12 17
14 Wisconsin 9-2 Big Ten 19
15 LSU 8-3 SEC 22
16 Fresno State 10-0 MWC 15
17 Northern Illinois 11-0 MAC 16
18 Central Florida 9-1 AAC 18
19 Louisville 10-1 AAC 21
20 Oklahoma 9-2 Big 12 20
21 Texas A&M 8-3 SEC 12
22 USC 9-3 Pac-12 23
23 Duke 9-2 ACC NR
24 UCLA 8-3 Pac-12 14
25 Georgia 7-4 SEC NR

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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.

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

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.

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Duke have earned their place in the BCS rankings with stellar play.

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.

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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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