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BCS Standings Predictions 2013: What Experts Are Predicting for Final BCS Poll

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Marcus Murphy #6, Jeremy Johnson #6, and James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers  celebrate winning the SEC Championship Game  at the  Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 8, 2013

You may not like the BCS format, but it worked this season. It kept things interesting until every college football and conference championship game was played. What makes it even better is that some still aren't sure how the BCS bowls are going to shape up after an impressive Saturday of football games.

One thing we know for sure is that Ohio State won't play for a crystal football after a loss to Michigan State. That should pair Auburn and Florida State in the battle for all of the marbles. Baylor is guaranteed a trip to the Fiesta Bowl after winning the Big 12, while Stanford and Michigan State will participate in the Rose Bowl. 

Anything else, well, that's up for the experts to try and figure out. 

Samuel Chi, Bleacher Report's BCS guru, put together the final BCS rankings college football will ever witness. Not only is it a time to celebrate, but these rankings are key to help determine who will fill in the final spots for the remaining BCS bowls:

Samuel Chi's BCS Rankings
1Florida State13-0ACC1
4Michigan State12-1Big Ten10
6Baylor11-1Big 129
7Ohio State12-1Big Ten2
8South Carolina10-2SEC8
12Oklahoma10-2Big 1217
13Oklahoma State10-2Big 126
14Arizona State10-3Pac-1211
16Central Florida11-1American16
18Wisconsin9-3Big Ten21
20Northern Illinois12-1MAC14
21Fresno State11-1MWC23
23Texas A&M8-4SEC24
Samuel Chi

Great. There's no funny business with the national championship. One ranking that jumps out is Oklahoma at No. 12 after its upset over Oklahoma State. That makes the Sooners eligible for a prestigious bowl game, and Chi thinks they're packing their bags for a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Nobody would have thought of that heading into championship weekend.

And although Ohio State dropped quite a bit in the polls, Chi believes that the Buckeyes will still get picked up by the Orange Bowl for a clash against Clemson. Hey, it's certainly better than what the program experienced last holiday season.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has a slightly different Top 10, but the important spots remain the same:

Jerry Palm's Top 10
1Florida State13-0ACC1
4Michigan State12-1Big Ten10
5Baylor11-1Big 129
7Ohio State12-1Big Ten2
9South Carolina10-2SEC8
Jerry Palm

As long as the top two teams in the country are who we think they are, the complaining should be kept to a minimum. Ah, who am I kidding? It's college football season! There will always be something to bark about.

Anyway, here's to a wonderful bowl season no matter where your favorite teams end up. The official BCS rankings will be released Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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