BCS Rankings 2013: Updated Look at Top 25 Teams Heading into Week 14

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 24, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks away from AJ McCarron #10 in the final mintues of their 49-0 win over the Chattanooga Mocs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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:

BCS Rankings
RankTeamBCS Average
1Alabama.9881
2Florida State.9697
3Ohio State.9200
4Auburn.8236
5Missouri.8077
6Clemson.7726
7Oklahoma State.7615
8Stanford.6665
9Baylor.6456
10South Carolina.6101
11Michigan State.5780
12Arizona State.5052
13Oregon.4950
14Northern Illinois.4620
15Wisconsin.4448
16Fresno State.4124
17LSU.3737
18Oklahoma.3380
19UCF.3364
20Louisville.2522
21Texas A&M.2243
22UCLA.1921
23USC.1779
24Duke.0885
25Notre Dame.0674
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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:

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:

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. 

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks is hugged by defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli #90 on the sidelines during the final moments of the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on N
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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. 

FRESNO, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs reacts after throwing his six touchdown pass of the day against the New Mexico Lobos during the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Fresno, California. Fresno State
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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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