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|
|2||Florida State (11-0)||.970|
|3||Ohio State (11-0)||.920|
|7||Oklahoma State (10-1)||.762|
|10||South Carolina (9-2)||.610|
|11||Michigan State (10-1)||.578|
|12||Airzona State (9-2)||.505|
|14||Northern Illinois (11-0)||.462|
|16||Fresno State (10-0)||.412|
|21||Texas A&M (8-3)||.224|
|25||Notre Dame (8-3)||.067|
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.