BCS Standings 2013: Biggest Hits and Misses from Most Recent Release

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BCS Standings 2013: Biggest Hits and Misses from Most Recent Release
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The updated edition of the 2013 BCS Rankings have been released. There were two new teams in the Top Five, dramatic changes throughout the Top 10 and an entirely new perspective on what could transpire come January.

For all that has changed, it's important that the college football community understands the severity of the most recent release. Teams will still rise and fall, but these rankings offer a close look at the potential matchups in BCS bowl games.

The question is, what were the biggest hits and misses from the most recent release?

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



Hit: Auburn, Missouri Crack the Top Five

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After Week 13 of the college football season, the biggest remaining question was: Which teams would crack the Top Five? The previously No. 4 Baylor Bears and No. 5 Oregon Ducks both lost in lopsided fashion, which opened the door for new teams to rise up.

The BCS got it right with the Auburn Tigers sliding in at No. 4 and the Missouri Tigers ranking No. 5.

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Auburn was on bye last week, but it's earned victories over the likes of the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies, Ole Miss Rebels and Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers' lone loss was to the No. 17 LSU Tigers, and in Week 14, Gus Malzahn's crew will host the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

If nothing else, the BCS created the most high-stakes game of the year with two Top Five teams squaring off with National Championship ramifications.

Missouri has been one of the biggest surprises of the year with a record of 10-1 entering its final game of the season. Gary Pinkel has led his squad to road victories over the previously ranked Georgia Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels, and lost its only game in overtime to the No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks.

Both of these teams are threats to win the SEC, and both deserve to be in the Top Five.


Miss: Michigan State Misses Top 10

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The Michigan State Spartans have put together quite an incredible turnaround since falling 17-13 on the road to the No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In that time, the Spartans have jumped out to 10-1 and put together some of the most dominant defensive performances of the year.

The Big Ten has proved to be stronger than it's getting credit for, and Michigan State deserves a spot in the Top 10 because of it.

The Spartans have held four of their past five opponents to six points or less. Including Michigan State, five teams in the Big Ten Legends division are 7-4 or better, and three have already lost to Mark Dantonio's crew.

Up next, the Spartans will take on the 8-3 Minnesota Golden Gophers before heading to the Big Ten Championship Game.

What's puzzling is that the South Carolina Gamecocks check in at No. 10 with a BCS average of .6101, while Michigan State is No. 11 at .5780. That large disparity creates the idea that Michigan State isn't very close to the level of the Gamecocks.

With the way the Spartans are playing defense right now, that simply isn't accurate. In fact, 10-1 Michigan State deserves to be ranked higher than 9-2 South Carolina.

South Carolina is a very good football team, but Michigan State is 10-1 with its only loss coming by four points on the road against a ranked opponent. The Spartans should be in the Top 10.


Hit: Oklahoma State, Arizona State Rise

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Arguably the two most significant results of Week 13 belonged to the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys and No. 12 Arizona State Sun Devils. Both teams secured monumental victories, and both are now in a position to earn a berth in a BCS bowl game.

The fact that both Oklahoma State and Arizona State saw significant jumps in the rankings is a major hit.

The Cowboys shocked the world with a 49-17 decimation of previously No. 4 Baylor. It was a two-way clinic that shed light on just how powerful of a team Oklahoma State has become, which explains why it jumped to No. 7 in the BCS rankings.

Clint Chelf was the star with 370 passing yards, three touchdowns and one rushing score. Oklahoma State has the No. 13 scoring offense and No. 11 scoring defense, and that balance makes them a threat against any opponent.

If Oklahoma State can close out the regular season with a home win over the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners, Mike Gundy's club may just crack the Top Five.

Arizona State clinched the Pac-12 South division title by defeating the No. 22 UCLA Bruins by a score of 38-33 on the road. It featured another brilliant performance by Taylor Kelly and was a prime example of the Sun Devils' explosive offensive attack.

Arizona State now owns victories over the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers, No. 22 UCLA and the No. 23 USC Trojans. Its lone losses were close games against the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal and No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In case you weren't sure before, Todd Graham's team is legitimate. The BCS acknowledged that during this week's release.

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