BCS Standings 2013: Twitter Reacts to 6th Release of Top 25 Standings

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

Nov 20, 2013; Toledo, OH, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies head coach Rod Carey and defensive end Austin Smaha (50) during the fourth quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. The Huskies beat the Rockets 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Nothing is more of a lightning rod for college football fans than the newest edition of the BCS standings.

The Week 14 rankings are out, with debates everywhere focusing on whether a one-loss Auburn Tigers deserves to jump ahead of the unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes down the line, if the Oklahoma State Cowboys deserved to get a bigger boost and which non-AQ team has earned a BCS bid.

It's the kind of thing that would be solved by having a playoff. Hey, maybe college football should think about having one of those.

The BCS will simply have to suffice until next season. At least it's not as bad as the way the rankings used to be, right?

Here is what the BCS standings look like this week.

Week 14 BCS Standings
RankingTeamBCS Average
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

Twitter Reaction

No big surprise as the top three remained the same from last week. Alabama's on top, with Florida State and Ohio State falling in behind. OSU got a boost from Baylor's loss, as they have a comfortable lead on No. 4 Auburn, per ESPN's Austin Ward.

Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch looked at the differences in points between FSU, OSU and Auburn.

Still, it was a pretty good week for the SEC.

The previously fourth-ranked Bears fell in at No. 9 after their upset to Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

One of the biggest surprises was Northern Illinois hopping above Fresno State in the BCS standings. That would mean the Huskies get the automatic bid to the BCS rather than the Bulldogs. Marek Warszawski of the Fresno Bee was one of many who didn't see that coming.

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel tried to look into what Fresno State's new future could be. It's quite a shift from the glitz and glamor of the BCS.

Of course, the Mid-American Conference was all too happy to brag about Northern Illinois' good luck.

Mandel also thought that earning a bid to a BCS bowl would do wonders for Jordan Lynch's Heisman Trophy campaign.

Bleacher Report's Samuel Chi tried to break down some of the important rankings nuances between the two schools.

Not to be forgotten is Duke's ascension into the BCS standings. ESPN's Max Bretos wanted to offer his congratulations to the Blue Devils.

With so little time left before bowl season kicks off, it will be interesting to see what kind of surprises college football has left.