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.
|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.
Latest BCS standings: Ohio State remains No. 3, now with a very wide lead over new No. 4 Auburn.— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) November 25, 2013
Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch looked at the differences in points between FSU, OSU and Auburn.
OSU trails FSU .970 to .920. Auburn 4th at .824.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) November 25, 2013
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.
Baylor ranked 9th in latest BCS Standings. #SicEm— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) November 25, 2013
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.
#FresnoState drops to No. 16 in latest BCS standings, falls behind No. 14 Northern Illinois. Wow.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) November 25, 2013
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.
Fresno-USC Vegas Bowl?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 25, 2013
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.
BCS computers also just helped Jordan Lynch's Heisman invite hopes. Boosts perception if he leads his team to back to back berths.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 25, 2013
Bleacher Report's Samuel Chi tried to break down some of the important rankings nuances between the two schools.
NIU has made a huge leap into 14th, 2 spots over Fresno, purely on huge gains on computers.— BCS Guru (@BCSGuru) November 25, 2013
Computers without MOVs can be as bad as human polls. Case-in-point: Fresno is 57th in Sagarin (15th in Pure Elo), NIU is 37th and 3rd.— BCS Guru (@BCSGuru) November 25, 2013
Throw out NIU's 3 and 10, they're 8th in the computers. Last week they're 12th.— BCS Guru (@BCSGuru) November 25, 2013
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.
Congrats to Duke for moving into BCS Standings at #24. ACC with 3 schools in top 25. 3 1/2 if you want to include Notre Dame.— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) November 25, 2013
With so little time left before bowl season kicks off, it will be interesting to see what kind of surprises college football has left.