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BCS Rankings 2013 Predictions: Rounding Up Experts' Projected Week 15 Standings
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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
Rank Team Record Conference Previous
1 Florida State 12-0 ACC 2
2 Ohio State 12-0 Big Ten 3
3 Auburn 11-1 SEC 4
4 Alabama 11-1 SEC 1
5 Missouri 11-1 SEC 5
6 Oklahoma State 10-1 Big 12 7
7 Stanford 10-2 Pac-12 8
8 Baylor 10-1 Big 12 9
9 South Carolina 10-2 SEC 10
10 Michigan State 11-1 Big Ten 11
11 Arizona State 10-2 Pac-12 12
12 Oregon 10-2 Pac-12 13
13 Clemson 10-2 ACC 6
14 Northern Illinois 12-0 MAC 14
15 LSU 9-3 SEC 17
16 Central Florida 10-1 American 19
17 Oklahoma 9-2 Big 12 18
18 UCLA 9-3 Pac-12 22
19 Louisville 10-1 American 20
20 Duke 10-2 ACC 24
21 Wisconsin 9-3 Big Ten 15
22 Fresno State 10-1 MWC 16
23 Cincinnati 9-2 American NR
24 Georgia 8-4 SEC NR
25 Texas 8-3 Big 12 NR

http://bcsguru.com/

 

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

cbssports.com

 

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.

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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. 

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