We all suspected it would happen. In the final year of the BCS, a huge loss by Alabama to Auburn shook up the rankings heading into conference championship weekend, stirring up what's sure to be a controversial conclusion to the 2013 college football season.
As the undisputed No. 1 team in the nation heading into Week 14, Alabama was favored to three-peat as national champions before getting taken down by a last-second field goal return for a touchdown by Auburn's Chris Davis.
With Auburn's victory, a new team moved into the top spot, and on that note, here's a look at the latest BCS rankings, released on Sunday, Dec. 1:
|BCS Rankings Heading Into Week 15|
Florida State is now clearly the top team in the nation, with Ohio State coming in a distant second.
The Seminoles face Duke this upcoming weekend for the ACC Championship Game, while the Buckeyes will take on Michigan State to determine the Big Ten championship.
Should both teams lose, then it's quite probable Alabama would regain Top Two status and play in the BCS National Championship Game. The likelihood of such an occurrence is slim—especially for FSU going up against Duke—but stranger things have happened.
The SEC Championship Game between No. 3 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri will also be a major factor in which teams will be in the BCS title game. Should both Ohio State and FSU lose, then the winner of this game will certainly vault up into one of the two top spots.
Oklahoma State will have one more chance to improve its BCS stock on Saturday as well, when the Cowboys take on the Oklahoma Sooners to close out the season. With a record of 10-1 entering the game, the Cowboys are just one victory away from claiming the Big 12 title and an appearance at this year's Fiesta Bowl.
Despite an excellent season in which South Carolina went 10-2, the Gamecocks will be on the outside looking in regarding a BCS bowl game, since only two teams from the SEC can qualify for one of the five.
Still, after the way Steve Spurrier's squad took down Clemson in Week 14, South Carolina will be a team to be reckoned with in one of the prestigious non-BCS bowl games this holiday season.
Not surprisingly, Clemson took a huge dive in the standings, as did Wisconsin and Fresno State—both of which lost games they should have won in Week 14.
Northern Illinois continued its winning ways, beating up on Western Michigan to improve to 12-0 on the season. With one game remaining against Bowling Green, the Huskies have a chance to make it into one of the five BCS bowl games with one final victory.
This final weekend of action will have a major impact on these standings, and you can be sure the teams involved will leave nothing on the field. After Week 15, the BCS will release its final rankings for the 2013 campaign.
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