BCS Rankings 2013 Week 14: Full Review After Poll-Rattling Week

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 25, 2013

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 23:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears walks off the field after Tyler Patmon #26 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Somehow, college football always finds a way to sort itself out. That annual process was kicked into high gear this past weekend. 

Two teams in Week 13's top five fell on Saturday.

Baylor, previously undefeated and No. 4, was crushed by Oklahoma State, 49-17. Oregon, previously No. 5, was humbled, 42-16, by Arizona.

Baylor is now ninth in the BCS, and Oregon fell all the way to No. 13. 

This certainly helps simplify the bowl picture at the top of the rankings.

BCS Rankings Week 14
1Alabama (11-0).988
2Florida State (11-0).970
3Ohio State (11-0).920
4Auburn (10-1).824
5Missouri (10-1).808
6Clemson (10-1).773
7Oklahoma State (10-1).762
8Stanford (9-2).667
9Baylor (9-1).646
10South Carolina (9-2).610
11Michigan State (10-1).578
12Airzona State (9-2).505
13Oregon (9-2).495
14Northern Illinois (11-0).462
15Wisconsin (9-2).445
16Fresno State (10-0).412
17LSU (8-3).374
18Oklahoma (9-2).338
19UCF (9-1).336
20Louisville (10-1).252
21Texas A&M (8-3).224
22UCLA (8-3).192
23USC (9-3).178
24Duke (9-2).089
25Notre Dame (8-3).067
Source: BCS

It was just a couple of weeks ago when Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State and Baylor were all undefeated and looking like legitimate contenders for the BCS title game. With Baylor and Oregon out of the running, the title game picture has simplified. 

It will be No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State if those two win out.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 23:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide hugs head coach Nick Saban during the pregame ceremony honoring seniors prior to facing the Chattanooga Mocs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (
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If Alabama loses to No. 4 Auburn in the Iron Bowl, though, things could get interesting. There is a chance that No. 3 Ohio State would get snubbed in favor of a one-loss team. Still, with the way things seem to work out, my guess is that Ohio State or Florida State will pick up a surprise loss to simplify this process.

Of course, it isn't safe to write Auburn out of the equation for the title game. 

Auburn (10-1) was idle this past weekend but holds the distinction of being the highest-ranked one-loss team.  

Next week, it is the Iron Bowl and a showdown with No. 1 Alabama for the Tigers.

If Auburn can pull off a victory over Alabama and then a win the SEC Championship game, it is far from out of the question that the Tigers could pass Ohio State even if the Buckeyes do not lose. 

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, after an uncharacteristic poor performance, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and his Texas A&M Aggies can forget about getting a bid for a BCS game. The Aggies fell 34-10 to No. 17 LSU, and dropped to 21st in the rankings. 

Moving right into the middle of the discussion for a BCS bowl game are the No. 12 Arizona State Sun Devils. 

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates a 38-33 win over the UCLA Bruins with fans in the endzone at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Since losing to Notre Dame, 37-34, on Nov. 23, the Sun Devils have won six straight. That includes an impressive 38-33 road win over UCLA this Saturday. 

With the win, the Sun Devils clinched the Pac-12 South title.

Of course, before getting to the Pac-12 Championship game to battle for a berth in the Rose Bowl, the Sun Devils will have to take on Rich Rodriguez's Arizona team that just whooped on Oregon. 

Arizona State can lose that game and still play in the Rose Bowl by winning the conference championship game, but beating Arizona could be enough to keep the Sun Devils in the top 14, which they need in order to be eligible to grab an at-large BCS bid even if they do fall in the championship game. 

The college football season is winding down, but there are still some great matchups on tap that have the potential to alter the rankings in a big way. 


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