BCS Rankings 2013: Where Every Top-25 Program Landed in Week 14 Poll

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers with Evan Spencer #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Another chaotic weekend has caused an upheaval in the BCS rankings as the best teams in the nation continue to separate themselves from the rest.

Three undefeated teams remain at the top of the rankings for now. Week 13 was perhaps the craziest yet, as two Top Five teams were laughed off the field and took a serious dip in the rankings as a result.

Here's a look at the full Week 14 BCS standings, which has some notable new names near the top:

Week 14 BCS Rankings
Ranking Team BCS Average
1 Alabama (11-0) .988
2 Florida State (11-0) .970
3 Ohio State (11-0) .920
4 Auburn (10-1) .824
5 Missouri (10-1) .808
6 Clemson (10-1) .773
7 Oklahoma State (10-1) .762
8 Stanford (9-2) .667
9 Baylor (9-1) .646
10 South Carolina (9-2) .610
11 Michigan State (10-1) .578
12 Arizona State (9-2) .505
13 Oregon (9-2) .495
14 Northern Illinois (11-0) .462
15 Wisconsin (9-2) .445
16 Fresno State (10-0) .412
17 LSU (8-3) .374
18 Oklahoma (9-2) .338
19 UCF (9-1) .336
20 Louisville (10-1) .252
21 Texas A&M (8-3) .224
22 UCLA (8-3) .192
23 USC (9-3) .178
24 Duke (9-2) .089
25 Notre Dame (8-3) .067

Let's start with the positive—Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State took care of business in a big way to ensure no doubt about their respective rankings.

Nick Saban's team shut out Chattanooga 49-0 behind 435 yards of total offense to the Mocs' 175. Quarterback AJ McCarron remains a dark horse for the Heisman—especially with the way other contenders played—thanks to his 13-of-16 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports put it best:

But why?

It certainly wasn't because of the performance of Florida State's Jameis Winston. The Seminoles dropped an 80-burger on the Idaho Vandals behind 225 yards and four touchdowns from their freshman star.

Ohio State and Braxton Miller remain outside shots at a national title berth and Heisman, respectively. The latter is also quietly back in the conversation for the bronze statue after 304 total yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 rout of Indiana en route to the team's 23rd straight win.

Now to the bad, and two of the most notable names who dropped out of the Heisman race.

First, it was former-No. 5 Oregon and Marcus Mariota. The Ducks traveled to Arizona Stadium, where Mariota would throw for 308 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions as the Ducks were stunned by unranked Arizona, 42-16.

The Ducks had no answer for Ka'Deem Carey, who is arguably the nation's top back. He rolled through the Ducks defense with ease to 206 yards and four touchdowns:

Mariota can take small solace in the fact that he wasn't the only Heisman contender to fall flat on his face, although former-No. 4 Baylor's Bryce Petty didn't fail against an unranked squad.

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 23:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears walks off the field after Tyler Patmon #26 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Stillwater
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Petty was miserable with 359 yards and two touchdowns—with the game decided in the fourth quarter—in a 49-17 loss to then-ranked No. 10 Oklahoma State. The one-loss Cowboys make the jump to No. 7 as a result and have a say in the outcome of the Big 12.

Three sets of one-loss Tigers round out the notable Top 10. Auburn sat out on a bye, but has not lost since mid-September. Clemson took care of business with a 52-6 win over Citadel.

Most interestingly, the Missouri Tigers had starting quarterback James Franklin back in Week 13. After a four-game absence due to injury, Franklin led the Tigers to a gritty 24-10 road win over then-ranked No. 24 Ole Miss.

The Arizona State Sun Devils make one of the week's biggest jumps after a 38-33 road win over then-ranked No. 14 UCLA. Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly posted 324 yards and two total touchdowns in the team's sixth-straight win.

Another Heisman contender to disappoint was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who was shut down for the second year in a row by a stingy LSU defense:

Manziel managed just 224 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Baton Rouge as the Aggies picked up their third loss of the season, 34-10.

Nov 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back James White (20) rushes with the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin was another team to make a significant jump. The Badgers had 125 rushing yards and a touchdown from running back James White to move past then-ranked No. 25 Minnesota, 20-7. Wisconsin has quietly won six straight.

Keeping with the Big Ten, Michigan State's defense continues to suffocate opponents. This time the victim was Northwestern, a team that could manage just two field goals in front of its home crowd en route to a 30-6 loss.

The Spartans will go on to give No. 3 Ohio State all it can handle in the upcoming Big Ten Championship:

As far as BCS busters go, Northern Illinois and Fresno State continue to make noise with stellar performances from under-the-radar Heisman candidates—especially now with the race so open.

The Bulldogs remain undefeated after a superb 527 yards and seven passing touchdowns from Derek Carr in a 69-28 rout over New Mexico. ESPN puts it best:

However, the Bulldogs were jumped this week by the other buster, Northern Illinois. The Huskies are also undefeated and dismantled Toledo 35-17 behind 363 total yards and three touchdowns from Jordan Lynch.

Of course, these rankings are subject to change in a hurry. Next week is highlighted by entertaining bouts such as No. 21 Texas A&M making a trip to No. 5 Missouri.

Don't forget about No. 4 Auburn welcoming Saban and No. 1 Alabama to town, either.



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