BCS Rankings 2013 Predictions: Rounding Up Experts' Projected Week 15 Standings

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Michigan Wolverines during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The highly scrutinized BCS will be a part of sports history following this college football season, and while it is probably for the best, fans may never be treated to a regular-season Saturday quite as exciting and meaningful as the one we just witnessed.

It started at high noon, when the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes edged out archrival Michigan by the narrowest of margins, 42-41, following a failed two-point conversion by the Wolverines in the final minute. It seemed like the excitement meter from that game couldn’t be topped by those to follow, but that was far from the case.

Little did we know that Auburn’s Chris Davis would take a missed game-winning field goal from Alabama more than 100 yards in the Iron Bowl’s final play. It was one of the most memorable plays in college football history and sent shockwaves from Tuscaloosa all the way through Columbus.

So what will the BCS rankings look like with only one more week remaining in the season? If the USA Today coaches’ poll and AP poll are any indication, the Buckeyes will be sitting in the precious No. 2 spot with Auburn breathing down their necks.

A number of experts have weighed in on the who-should-be-No.-2 debate, including BCS Guru Samuel Chi and Jerry Palm of CBS Sports. Here is how they believe the standings will look like in Week 15:

Samuel Chi's Projected BCS Rankings
RankTeamRecordConferencePrevious
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
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Jerry Palm's Projected BCS Rankings
RankTeamBCS Average
1Florida State.9915
2Ohio State.9403
3Auburn.9366
4Alabama.8506
5Missouri.8494
6Oklahoma State.7629
7South Carolina.697
8Stanford.6969
9Baylor.679
10Michigan State.6396
11Arizona State.5833
12Oregon.5421
13Clemson.5135
14Northern Illinois.4878
15LSU.4279
16Oklahoma.3941
17Central Florida.3825
18UCLA.3406
19Louisville.263
20Duke.2385
21Wisconsin.2055
22Fresno State.1006
23Georgia.0943
24Texas A&M.0828
25Texas.0666
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Noteworthy 

The biggest storyline from these projections is the fact that Ohio State is No. 2. If the Buckeyes are in that position when the actual poll comes out, it would be difficult to envision them being jumped in the future if they beat Michigan State. If Auburn isn't going to jump Urban Meyer and company after knocking off Alabama, it probably won't happen, barring an Ohio State loss.

DEKALB, IL - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies talks to coaches in the press box while the defense is on the field during the fourth quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at Huskie Stadium on November 26, 20
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It is also worth noting that Northern Illinois appears to be in position to clinch a BCS berth for the second straight year if it wins the MAC championship game. The Huskies would certainly love to have a better showing than they did last year against Florida State.

Finally, Alabama isn't dead quite yet. If Michigan State knocks off Ohio State, Duke beats Florida State and/or Missouri beats Auburn, the Crimson Tide could sneak into the national title game after all. It wouldn't be the first time a November loss didn't kill Nick Saban's title hopes.