BCS Rankings Predictions 2013: Projecting How Teams Shake Out After Wild Week

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 1, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers celebrates their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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What an amazing day of college football Saturday presented us with. Needless to say, the next BCS rankings are going to look a little different. 

Starting at the top, No. 1 Alabama fell to No. 4 Auburn after an ending so wild, it is hard to believe. 

Nick Marshall connected with Sammie Coates for a 39-yard touchdown to tie Iron Bowl with just 32 seconds left. Alabama went for a last-ditch effort to avoid overtime. It looked like we were headed for overtime as the clock expired with the score tied. 

After a review, however, it was ruled that the Alabama ball-carrier was out of bounds with a second left. Then, this happened: 

As a result, chaos will reign supreme in the BCS rankings. Here are the projected rankings by Bleacher Report's Samuel Chi: 

Projected BCS Standings
1Florida State12-0ACC2
2Ohio State12-0Big Ten3
6Oklahoma State10-1Big 127
8Baylor10-1Big 129
9South Carolina10-2SEC10
10Michigan State11-1Big Ten11
11Arizona State10-2Pac-1212
14Northern Illinois12-0MAC14
16Central Florida10-1American19
17Oklahoma9-2Big 1218
21Wisconsin9-3Big Ten15
22Fresno State10-1MWC16
25Texas8-3Big 12NR
BR's Samuel Chi (BCS Guru)

Note: The rankings discussed in article are the rankings for Week 14 and not the projected rankings. 


Ohio State currently sits in third and remained unbeaten with a thrilling 42-41 win over Michigan on Saturday. The Buckeyes are the logical choice to jump into second. 

The Buckeyes, however, have been suffering from a weak schedule, and their win over Michigan isn't going to impress anyone. The Wolverines had lost four of their last six heading into Saturday. 

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after stopping a Michigan Wolverines two point conversion in the fourth quarter during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

So, the harsh reality for Buckeyes fans is that they could wind up being passed by Auburn—a team with one loss. That isn't likely to happen this week, but if Auburn comes out and destroys No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship Game and Ohio State loses to, or even struggles against, No. 11 Michigan State, Urban Meyer's team may be in trouble. 

These outcomes weren't the only ones that will shake up the rankings. 

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 30:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 31-17 after their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Get
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

In Williams-Brice Stadium, No. 6 Clemson fell to No. 10 South Carolina, 31-17. Both teams now have two losses, and neither is looking like a strong candidate to play in a BCS bowl game. 

Then we have No. 16 Fresno State falling by the basketball score of 62-52 to San Jose State. 

That outcome not only shakes up the rankings but perhaps also the BCS bowl games. No. 14 Northern Illinois is now in the driver's seat to make its second straight appearance in a BCS bowl. 

In the Big Ten, No. 15 Wisconsin entered the week with a decent shot of making a BCS bowl game. The Badgers have no shot now after dropping a 31-24 battle to Penn State.

The Big Ten could very well still get two teams in, however. If Ohio State makes the BCS title game, I would expect Michigan State to go to the Rose Bowl. Actually, I take that back. I'm not expecting anything in this wild year. 

What a crazy week and what a season for the current BCS system to go out on.