Can a top-five team beating another top-five team truly be considered an upset? Whether the answer is yes or no, Stanford’s victory over Oregon is felt strongly throughout the fourth BCS standings, most notably as Florida State stakes the nation’s strongest claim to No. 2 yet.
|Official BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|2||Florida State Seminoles|
|3||Ohio State Buckeyes|
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After much hair-pulling about whether Oregon or Florida State would finish the season at No. 2 if they won out, it was the Ducks’ faltering on a Thursday night that ended the debate.
Of course, Florida State is far from completing an undefeated run through its schedule, but for now, the Seminoles look like they’re in the driver’s seat for a title game bid, along with the prohibitive favorite Alabama.
The next debate, in the final year of the debate era of college football (also known as the BCS), is who would replace the Seminoles if they were to falter. The BCS, and the country at large, has elected new No. 3 Ohio State for that position. But there are plenty of teams on the tail of the Buckeyes, starting with No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Baylor.
Yes, the once-beaten Cardinal out pace the undefeated Bears because of their strong support in the computers after beating Oregon. Baylor, which was able to beat top-10 Oklahoma on Thursday, is still lagging in the computer component, and is hurting because of it.
Elsewhere, the BCS buster potential grows this week, as No. 14 Fresno State and No. 15 Northern Illinois continue to climb. They both remain ahead of the top AAC team, UCF, which would allow an automatic bid for a non-AQ team, and the Bulldogs and Huskies are vying for just that.
There’s plenty still to come in this season. Four more sets of these will tell the final story of the 2013 college football season.
With just four weeks of BCS rankings left ever, we’re in the home stretch. Be sure to stay tuned to BCS Know How and @BCSKnowHow throughout the coming weeks for all the latest analysis and news.
Here’s the fourth BCS rankings of 2013:
BCS Standings Week Four — November 10th
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9958|
|2||Florida State Seminoles||.9619|
|3||Ohio State Buckeyes||.8926|
|10||South Carolina Gamecocks||.5584|
|11||Texas A&M Aggies||.5473|
|12||Oklahoma State Cowboys||.4671|
|14||Fresno State Bulldogs||.4317|
|15||Northern Illinois Huskies||.3505|
|16||Michigan State Spartans||.3417|
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- Not bad. Been a up and down few weeks on my end. Thanks for staying tuned.