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

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BCS Standings Predictions 2013: What Experts Are Predicting for Final BCS Poll
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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
Rank Team Record Conference Pvs
1 Florida State 13-0 ACC 1
2 Auburn 12-1 SEC 3
3 Alabama 11-1 SEC 4
4 Michigan State 12-1 Big Ten 10
5 Stanford 11-2 Pac-12 7
6 Baylor 11-1 Big 12 9
7 Ohio State 12-1 Big Ten 2
8 South Carolina 10-2 SEC 8
9 Missouri 11-2 SEC 5
10 Clemson 10-2 ACC 13
11 Oregon 10-2 Pac-12 12
12 Oklahoma 10-2 Big 12 17
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 Big 12 6
14 Arizona State 10-3 Pac-12 11
15 LSU 9-3 SEC 15
16 Central Florida 11-1 American 16
17 UCLA 9-3 Pac-12 18
18 Wisconsin 9-3 Big Ten 21
19 Louisville 11-1 American 19
20 Northern Illinois 12-1 MAC 14
21 Fresno State 11-1 MWC 23
22 Georgia 8-4 SEC 22
23 Texas A&M 8-4 SEC 24
24 USC 9-4 Pac-12 NR
25 Duke 10-3 ACC 20

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
Rank Team Record Conference Pvs
1 Florida State 13-0 ACC 1
2 Auburn 12-1 SEC 3
3 Alabama 11-1 SEC 4
4 Michigan State 12-1 Big Ten 10
5 Baylor 11-1 Big 12 9
6 Stanford 11-2 Pac-12 7
7 Ohio State 12-1 Big Ten 2
8 Missouri 11-2 SEC 5
9 South Carolina 10-2 SEC 8
10 Oregon 10-2 Pac-12 12

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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