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BCS Standings Predictions 2013: What Experts Are Predicting for Week 15 BCS Poll

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Ryan Smith #24 of the Auburn Tigers yells to an official as he and Jonathan Jones #3 react after Smith recovered a blocked punt in the fourth quarter against 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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Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 1, 2013

Leave it up to rivalry weekend for college football to be turned upside down. It appeared we were on a collision course to see Alabama and Florida State play for a national championship. Now, there's no telling who will earn a bid to the big game. Very few could also tell you who is a lock to appear in a BCS bowl. Although people complain about the BCS process, the format just helped college football get extremely interesting.

Help, most teams have finished their regular season, and nobody knows jack!

Maybe the experts can help. Where does Alabama fall to after falling asleep on a missed field goal? Does Ohio State finally move into the Top 2 and give Buckeyes fans what they want? Are there any dark horses that have sneaked into the Top 14 for a shot to qualify for a BCS bowl?

Samuel Chi, Bleacher Report's BCS guru, tried to answer some of those questions in his latest BCS projections, which can be viewed below:

Samuel Chi's BCS Projections
RankTeamRecordConferencePvs
1Florida State12-0ACC2
2Ohio State12-0Big Ten3
3Auburn11-1SEC4
4Alabama11-1SEC1
5Missouri11-1SEC5
6Oklahoma State10-1Big 127
7Stanford10-2Pac-128
8Baylor10-1Big 129
9South Carolina10-2SEC10
10Michigan State11-1Big Ten11
11Arizona State10-2Pac-1212
12Oregon10-2Pac-1213
13Clemson10-2ACC6
14Northern Illinois12-0MAC14
15LSU9-3SEC17
16Central Florida10-1American19
17Oklahoma9-2Big 1218
18UCLA9-3Pac-1222
19Louisville10-1American20
20Duke10-2ACC24
21Wisconsin9-3Big Ten15
22Fresno State10-1MWC16
23Cincinnati9-2AmericanNR
24Georgia8-4SECNR
25Texas8-3Big 12NR
Samuel Chi

Did anybody have a Florida State-Ohio State national championship heading into the season? Better question: Who thought Missouri and Auburn would be playing for the SEC Championship Game and an outside shot for a national title? Anyone? This is why college football should never change. A playoff is cool and all, but the upsets and the endless possibilities make this sport worth waiting through a grueling offseason.

Many will want to know if the SEC champion will have done enough to surpass an undefeated Ohio State. While even the possibility would drive the Buckeyes over the edge, there are some out there who believe it could happen. Like ESPN's Brad Edwards, who told Pete Roussel of Coaching Search that Auburn could get all of the love from the computers if it wins the SEC.

That could put the Tigers in a position to play for a national championship. And at that point I consider Gus Malzahn to have pulled off the greatest one-year turnaround of the last 25 years. That's insane when you sit back and look at how brutal the Tigers were just 12 months ago.

Anyway, Edwards has a similar Top Five, except for a minor change at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, per Eleven Warriors:

What if Ohio State and Florida State both lose their conference championships? Does Alabama get a shot for a crystal football? Would the SEC really have two teams placed in the big game? Haven't we seen this movie before? With the way the last couple of weeks have gone, you'd be foolish at this point to rule anything out.

Ah, forget it.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports got in on the action and had nearly an identical Top 10, but he also couldn't agree with where Alabama should be ranked:

Jerry Palm's Top 10
RankTeamRecordConferencePvs
1Florida State12-0ACC2
2Ohio State12-0Big Ten3
3Auburn11-1SEC4
4Missouri11-1SEC5
5Alabama11-1SEC1
6Oklahoma State10-1Big 127
7Stanford10-2Pac-128
8Baylor10-1Big 129
9South Carolina10-2SEC10
10Michigan State11-1Big Ten11
Jerry Palm

As usual, the real BCS rankings will be released at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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