It is clear that nothing is predictable in college football, as Week 15 saw a few teams play their way out of prestigious bowls.
Ohio State was the big story on Saturday after finally getting into one of the Top Two spots that would likely send the team into the national title game. However, Michigan State had other plans and pulled off a 34-24 upset.
This represented the fifth week in a row that a Top Five team has lost to a lower-ranked opponent.
Additionally, Oklahoma State lost a chance at the Big 12 title with a home loss to Oklahoma. This opened the door for Baylor to swoop in and win the conference outright.
Of course, there were also some positive performances, as Florida State and Auburn all but sealed up a trip to the BCS National Championship with wins. This will all depend on the BCS standings set to release on Sunday night.
Who will win the national championship?
Although a lot will depend on the polls, here is a prediction for how the rankings will look when announced.
1. Florida State (13-0)
While we have a solid month to debate who will win the national championship, there is no question over which team deserves the No. 1 spot in the final polls.
Florida State finishes as the only undefeated team in the country, winning games by an average of 42.3 points. With the No. 2 scoring offense and No. 1 scoring defense in college football, this was truly a dominant season for the Seminoles.
2. Auburn (12-1)
As of Week 8, Auburn was unranked in the Coaches' Poll. Now, the squad has a chance to win a national championship. It is truly amazing how quickly things can change in this sport.
The Tigers have done everything you could want to deserve this spot and even with one loss, few can debate their inclusion in the national title game.
3. Alabama (11-1)
It took a missed field goal returned for a touchdown to end Alabama's run of national championships, but all losses count the same in the record books.
The Crimson Tide will still get a BCS bid, most likely the Sugar Bowl, but it will be interesting to see how much the players show up for the game after the disappointing end to the year.
4. Stanford (11-2)
Although Stanford had an up-and-down season, the Cardinal ended on a high note with an impressive win in the Pac-12 Championship Game. They will move back into the Top Five with a chance to go even higher with a strong showing at the Rose Bowl.
5. Michigan State (12-1)
Also going to the Rose Bowl will be Michigan State, which provided the surprise of the weekend with a win over Ohio State. This would be a relatively big jump in the polls for the Spartans, but the impressive victory, paired with only one loss, should put them in the Top Five.
At the very least, beating the Buckeyes on a neutral field should put them ahead in the standings.
6. Ohio State (12-1)
This is certainly not where Urban Meyer and company expected to be heading into the bowl season, but the Buckeyes have no one to blame but themselves. After spending the whole year complaining about a lack of respect, their fate was truly decided on the field.
Still, there is little doubt Ohio State will earn an at-large bid to one of the BCS bowls.
7. Baylor (11-1)
Heading into the week, it seemed as though Baylor would not even get a BCS bowl thanks to one loss. However, Northern Illinois' loss opened up an at-large spot, which was not even needed after Oklahoma State lost as well.
The Bears were then able to beat Texas to secure the Big 12 championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.
8. South Carolina (10-2)
It is tough being in the SEC, especially during bowl season. South Carolina put together a great year full of quality wins both in and out of the conference, but the rules dictate that only two teams from one conference can go to BCS bowls.
As a result, the Gamecocks will have to settle for a weaker bowl despite this high ranking.
9. Missouri (11-2)
Missouri put together a strong performance in the SEC Championship Game. Unfortunately, Auburn was simply too good and ran all day long on the Tigers defense.
Which 10-2 team is most deserving of an at-large BCS bid?
While this was a magical season for Missouri in just their second year in the SEC, it will still slide down the totem pole when it comes to getting a bowl bid.
10. Oregon (10-2)
Although the rankings do not mean too much outside of the Top Two spots, Oregon will want to be as high as possible in order to help convince bowl committees that it is deserving of a BCS at-large bid.
Oklahoma State will likely fall with already poor computer numbers, which leaves a space for the Ducks in the top 10 over teams like Clemson or Oklahoma. This might be all that it takes to get the talented squad into one of the prestigious bowls at the end of the year.
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