The fight at the top of the BCS rankings got a little less competitive just one week after Oregon lagged behind Florida State by just .003 in the BCS for No. 2 last week.
|Official BCS Rankings|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|3||Florida State Seminoles|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes|
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Yes, after one week of simmering controversy over the fact that Florida State was No. 2 in the BCS but No. 3 in both polls, Oregon storms right ahead of the Seminoles for the No. 2 spot. And it’s not nearly as close this week.
A strong showing in the computers gives Oregon the No. 2 spot by more than .030, more than 10 times the lead Florida State had last weekend. Can Florida State make up that ground? That’ll be the question moving forward.
After Missouri’s loss this weekend, we were expecting some shifting in the next part of the BCS, but unexpectedly, Stanford’s showing across the board was enough to push the one-loss Cardinal past undefeated Baylor to No. 5, while Baylor rests at No. 6. Baylor was largely unable to close the gap on Stanford in the computers, lagging .19 behind the Cardinal in the computer aggregate, which was enough to give Stanford No. 5.
Miami bows at No. 7, Clemson is in at No. 8 and Missouri falls only four spots to No. 9 after losing to South Carolina, which themselves climbs a handful of spots, but nearly as many as we had anticipated.
Oklahoma is back into the top-10 at No. 10, while Auburn is steady at No. 11 and Texas A&M rounds out the top 12 after climbing four impressive spots in one week.
Of interest — No. 16 Fresno State stays one spot ahead of No. 17 Northern Illinois for the second straight week, as expected. Can the Bulldogs hold off the Huskies in a year where a BCS buster seems all the more likely? It’ll be a chase to the spot if both finish undefeated.
With just six weeks of BCS rankings left ever, we’re in the most important stretch of the season. 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 second BCS rankings of 2013:
BCS Standings Week Two — October 27th
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||.9937|
|3||Florida State Seminoles||.9211|
|4||Ohio State Buckeyes||.8840|
|12||Texas A&M Aggies||.4812|
|14||South Carolina Gamecocks||.4486|
|15||Texas Tech Red Raiders||.3749|
|16||Fresno State Bulldogs||.3669|
- BCS Know How’s Projected BCS vs. Actual BCS Rankings
- Well, landed the top four easily, Stanford surprises slightly at No. 5, with Baylor at No. 6. Not great on the South Carolina/Missouri switcheroo, expected a little more change in the wind.
- Another week, another change in Sagarin’s BCS formula. Fun!