To nobody's surprise, Alabama and Florida State maintained the top two spots in the latest BCS rankings heading into Week 14, but there was plenty of movement below after college football's latest wild weekend.
Baylor and Oregon both lost badly on Saturday, setting up a huge shift for BCS bowl game position with the end of the season fast approaching.
Here's how the best teams in the nation stack up in the BCS standings after the latest release:
Alabama is clearly the lead dog, but a Week 14 matchup against Auburn to determine the 2013 Iron Bowl winner is looming. Auburn has only lost one game this year, and the Tigers have a chance to not only knock off the repeat national champs but to take the SEC West title as well.
Furthermore, if Ohio State were to lose to Michigan or Michigan State (not completely improbable), or if Florida State were to lose to Florida (not going to happen), then Auburn would suddenly be in the running for the BCS National Championship Game with a big win at home against the Crimson Tide.
Nick Marshall and his offensive teammates must play exceptionally well to beat 'Bama's defense, however. The Crimson Tide rolled over Chattanooga, 49-0, last weekend, which was the third time in 2013 that Alabama pitched a shutout, as noted by ESPN Stats and Info:
Alabama has now shut out 10 of its 38 opponents over the last 3 seasons, twice as many as the next-closest team in that span (Florida St)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 23, 2013
Both Baylor and Oregon took huge tumbles down the standings after getting hammered in Week 13.
The Bears were absolutely abused by Oklahoma State on Saturday night, 49-17, thanks to a superb effort by the Cowboys defense and by quarterback Clint Chelf, who passed for 370 yards and three touchdowns, as noted by Bleacher Report:
No. 10 Oklahoma State DOMINATES No. 4 Baylor 49-17. Cowboys QB Clint Chelf threw for 370 yards and 3 TDs in the win.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 24, 2013
As hot as Baylor has been on offense this year, the Bears were no match for Oklahoma State, which jumped up in the standings as a result of the impressive victory.
But the real stunner happened earlier in the day when Arizona took down Oregon, 42-16. Marcus Mariota's Heisman Trophy stock took a huge hit in this contest, as he threw two costly interceptions (one of which wasn't his fault) and was only able to lead two touchdown drives.
Mariota's first pass of the game turned into one of the most jaw-dropping defensive plays you'll ever see, as the Wildcats used the tip drill to perfection to force a miraculous turnover, as shown by College GameDay:
Arizona had lost two games in a row heading into the game, and the Wildcats hadn't beaten a ranked team all year until Saturday.
LSU took down Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M for the second year in a row, dropping the Aggies into the bottom half of the rankings. Manziel's repeat Heisman bid took a big hit, as he threw two interceptions and scored just once.
The undefeated team nobody's talking about—Fresno State—continued to put up remarkable offensive numbers in a 69-28 blowout win over New Mexico. Derek Carr passed for 527 yards and threw seven touchdown passes on Saturday, further solidifying himself as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender.
He's now tossed 39 touchdown passes this season with only four interceptions to his credit. If he's not amongst the top-five finalists in New York when the Heisman winner is announced, then it'll be a shame.
Northern Illinois also won again last week to improve to 11-0 on the season. Both small schools received moderate bumps in the BCS rankings, and given the big upsets we saw from some of the top teams, one or both could be featured in prominent bowl games at the end of the year.
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