BCS Rankings Week 13: Ranking Oregon, Auburn and The Rest of The Top 10
Auburn and Oregon both had this past weekend off so there wasn't any shakeup at the top of the rankings, but that could change as both teams have difficult games ahead of them this weekend. The Tigers will square off with SEC rival Alabama while Oregon has a date with No. 21 Arizona.
Boise St. will also have a challenge when they square off with No. 19 Nevada on the road. But before we look ahead it's time to fill out the top 10.
These don't reflect the actual rankings these are the 10 best college football teams in my opinion.
No. 10 Michigan St.
The Spartans seemed to experience a bit of a letdown against Purdue as they barely escaped 35-31. This team needs to get back to the way they were playing before the meltdown against Iowa otherwise a very good season could turn sour very quickly
Mark Dantonio's squad has been resilient all season and has played best when their backs have been up against the wall. Let's see how they finish the regular season on the road against a Penn St. team that continues to improve.
No. 9 Ohio St.
Terrelle Pryor led the Buckeyes to a win in a tough environment against Iowa, but Ohio St.'s resume still isn't all that impressive. Their marquee win until this past weekend was Miami, which doesn't look nearly as good as it once did and Wisconsin took it to them.
Ohio St. is continually ranked higher than they deserve year in and year out. This season is no different and that's why they come in at No. 9.
No. 8 Stanford
Credit Stanford for blowing out a Cal team that Oregon struggled with, but like Ohio St. the quality of competition they've played hasn't been all that impressive. This is still a very good team because of Andrew Luck and the offense. The defense has been the problem for the Cardinals when they've gone up against good offenses.
If Stanford could have held on to the early lead they had against Oregon they could be sitting atop the polls. Instead they'll have to settle for second best in the Pac 10.
No. 7 Alabama
With the schedule the Crimson Tide faced and having a target on their backs every game was just too much to overcome this season for the Tide. Alabama's dropped two games, but they still remain one of the top teams in college football and could beat just about anybody.
Unfortunately for Nick Saban and co. a very motivated South Carolina squad bested them and they lost to a good LSU team on the road. There's no shame in losing to good teams. That's why they come in at No. 7 over Stanford and Ohio St. who have one less loss on their resume.
Alabama shouldn't be penalized for the competition they face week in and week out they should be rewarded.
No. 6 Wisconsin
Wisconsin's high-powered rushing attack continues to dominate the Big 10. It was no different against Michigan where the Badgers ran for over 350 yards and completely had their way with the Wolverines' defensive line.
It's been a good season at Camp Randall and a strong game against Northwestern to close out the regular season will have Badger fans going crazy.
No. 5 LSU
The Tigers have played a difficult schedule and have come away with only one loss thus far. They came away winners against Mississippi and now turn their focus to a a tough Arkansas team. It may take some more magic from Les Miles' squad if they want to come away winners on the road against a battle tested team.
One thing LSU has going in their favor is the continued luck they've carried with them throughout the year. In the toughest conference in college football it's hard to deny this team the No. 5 slot even if they've needed a couple of lucky bounces to get here.
No. 4 Auburn Tigers
Color me skeptical but this Auburn team seems destined to take a tumble soon. With the Cam Newton allegations looming over the program's head it seems that the Tigers season is hanging by a thread, especially having to go into Alabama to remain in the title hunt.
Auburn has escaped a number of close contests this season and they haven't gone up against top SEC competition on the road. They've been fortunate in scheduling this season as they've hosted Arkansas, South Carolina, and LSU.
If the Tigers come up with a win in Alabama they will have earned their spot in the rankings, but until then they don't crack my top three.
No. 3 TCU
Hats off to TCU who has put together another terrific season and find themselves still on the outside looking in. The Horned Frogs performance against San Diego St. was disappointing and was their first close game since their home-opener against Oregon St., which they won by nine.
They will wrap up another undefeated regular season Saturday when they play a 1-10 New Mexico squad. Andy Dalton continues to be efficient, but it's the defense that has gotten it done for TCU this year.
TCU's schedule isn't as bad as generally perceived and in my opinion this team could play with anybody in the nation.
No. 2 Boise St.
Boise St. virtually returned the same team from a year ago and it is because of that why they come in at No. 2. With Kellen Moore behind center this offense is like a machine in the way they put up points so effortlessly.
The Broncos' experience and chip-on-the-shoulder mentality is what makes them so dangerous. Week in and week out they churn out dominate victories over their opponents and never seem to have a letdown game. Against Fresno St. they weren't as sharp, but looking at the final score you wouldn't know as they walked away with a 51-0 victory.
A road game against Nevada will give the Broncos one last chance to prove to voters just how good they are.
No. 1 Oregon
The one-two punch of Darron Thomas and LaMichael James has overwhelmed defenses this season and it has propelled Oregon to a No. 1 ranking. Against Cal the offense struggled only scoring 15 points. The good sign was the defense came up big and held the Cal offense from doing any damage.
After a week off the Ducks high-powered attack will be back in action against Arizona. Will they continue to struggle on offense or will they get back to form? My guess is James and Thomas take over and make a big statement that they are undoubtedly the best team in college football.
The Ducks are on their way to the national championship barring a major upset and they've earned it.