BCS Standings Week 13: Movers and Shakers, Who's Up and Who's Down?
It's been another exciting series of games in college football this weekend, with just two weeks left for teams to solidify their candidacies for a BCS Bowl.
For most teams it was business as usual, with the top seven teams in the standings all posting convincing wins. But some teams were not so lucky.
Here's a look at who's up and who's down in the latest college football standings.
Up: Texas A&M
The Aggies defeated the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers, 9-6, to move to 8-3 on the season and 5-2 in the Big 12.
It was a game more lost by Nebraska than it was won by Texas A&M, but Cyrus Gay (career-high 137 yards rushing) and the Aggies will take whatever they can get after posting their fifth straight win.
Texas A&M moves up two spots from 19th to 17th and could overtake Nebraska if the Cornhuskers lose next week.
The Cornhuskers were the top-ranked team to lose this week, falling 9-6 to a ranked Texas A&M team.
Nebraska committed an astounding 16 penalties for 145 yards and turned the ball over twice as they struggled to move the ball deep into Aggie territory. Quarterback Taylor Martinez was also injured after a teammate accidentally stepped on his right ankle, causing him to miss most of the first half.
Nebraska dropped from eighth to 15th in suffering their second loss of the season, but will still have a second shot at clinching the Big 12 title next week against Colorado.
Up: Ohio State
The Buckeyes barely edged by a ranked Iowa team, 20-17, to move up one spot in the rankings to eighth.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor made a dramatic 14-yard run on a crucial fourth down play to help the Buckeyes' keep their Rose Bowl aspirations alive.
Ohio State moves to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten, where they are tied with Wisconsin and Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes had a chance to pull off a major upset over Ohio State, even leading 17-10 deep into the fourth quarter. But Iowa couldn't contain Pryor and lost the lead late when Buckeyes running back Dan Herron ran the ball in with 1:47 left on the clock.
The 20-17 loss was Iowa's fourth of the season and third in conference, a disappointing finish considering Iowa was picked as the second best team in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State. The game drops Iowa from 20th to 24th in the rankings.
The Razorbacks battled for a 38-31 victory over ranked Mississippi State in double-overtime. Quarterback Ryan Mallet's seven-yard touchdown pass to running back Knile Davis in the second overtime sealed the win for Arkansas. Davis had 187 yards rushing and two more touchdowns as he catalyzed the offense and kept the game competitive.
Arkansas jumps up one spot to 12th in the rankings and improves to 5-2 (9-2 overall) in the loaded SEC.
Down: Mississippi State
The Bulldogs came in to the game against Arkansas ranked 21st in the country and gave the Razorbacks everything they could handle.
But after rallying back at the end of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 31-31, the Bulldogs couldn't muster the strength to score again and fell in double-overtime, 38-31.
The loss drops them to 25th in the rankings.
Up: North Carolina State
Unranked NC State capped an exhilarating comeback against North Carolina to win, 29-25.
An Owen Spencer catch in the end zone on a tipped ball made it 19-17 in favor of the Tar Heels, and a T.J. Graham punt return for a touchdown gave the Wolfpack the lead early in the fourth quarter.
The win pushes NC State to 23rd in the rankings with a chance to capture at least a share of the ACC title.
The Hurricanes were clinging to the 24th spot in the rankings. But after a 31-17 loss to Virginia Tech, Miami finds itself out of the rankings entirely.
Miami had the lead twice in this game, but couldn't hold on to it. The Hokies answered every score with one of their own and then in the fourth quarter took over, scoring 14 unanswered points to grab the win.
Virginia Tech remains unbeaten in the ACC while Miami drops to 5-3 and 7-4 overall.