Alabama’s loss shakes up BCS standings; Florida State, Ohio State take top two spots

December 2, 2013

Alabama’s wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped the Crimson Tide to fourth in the BCS standings and surrendered its hold on the top spot for the first time this season.

Florida State, which beat Florida, 37-7, moved up to No. 1 in the standings with Ohio State taking No. 2. Both the Seminoles and Buckeyes are undefeated at 12-0.

Auburn and Missouri round out the top five at third and fifth, respectively. The teams play each other in the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday, with the winner getting a boost in the standings, but it likely won’t be enough to take over unbeaten Ohio State.

The Buckeyes, who have won 24 straight games, will play Michigan State in the Big Ten championship on Saturday.

If the Seminoles defeat Duke in the ACC championship on Saturday, they will be a lock for the title game in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 6.

Both Auburn and Missouri are hoping that their strength of schedule will help their respective programs reach the title game, despite each having one loss.

An undefeated team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East/American Athletic Conference) has never been left out of the national championship game in favor of a team with one loss (via Associated Press.)

Post columnist John Feinstein believes that Missouri and Auburn have a case.

Won-lost record should certainly be among the criteria for ranking teams and deciding who plays in the title game. But it shouldn’t be the criterion. …Ohio State barely escaped a Michigan team Saturday that has losses at Penn State and Iowa and to Nebraska at home. None of those three teams are ranked. …Neither [Florida State or Ohio State] can come close to matching the résumé of either Auburn or Missouri. …Auburn’s loss was at LSU. Does anyone out there really think Ohio State would go to Baton Rouge and win?

Alabama is not completely out of contention but would need both Florida State and Ohio State to lose their games.

Northern Illinois, ranked No. 16, is the other undefeated team in the BCS standings. The Huskies can earn an automatic BCS berth if they finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings or be ranked in the top 16 ahead of an AQ-conference champion.

The Bowl Championship Series, which features four bowl games and the national championship game, will be replaced next season with the four-team College Football Playoff.

BCS Standings
Rankings as of 12/1/2013
Rank School Total Prev Rank
1 Florida State (12-0) .9948 2
2 Ohio State (12-0) .9503 3
3 Auburn (11-1) .9233 4
4 Alabama (11-1) .8539 1
5 Missouri (11-1) .8428 5
6 Oklahoma State (10-1) .7629 7
7 Stanford (10-2) .7069 8
8 South Carolina (10-2) .7037 10
9 Baylor (10-1) .6623 9
10 Michigan State (11-1) .6529 11
11 Arizona State (10-2) .5833 12
12 Oregon (10-2) .5321 13
13 Clemson (10-2) .5201 6
14 Northern Illinois (12-0) .4812 14
15 LSU (9-3) .4213 17
16 UCF (10-1) .3858 19
17 Oklahoma (9-2) .3808 18
18 UCLA (9-3) .3506 22
19 Louisville (10-1) .2630 20
20 Duke (10-2) .2252 24
21 Wisconsin (9-3) .1988 15
22 Georgia (8-4) .1143 NR
23 Fresno State (10-1) .1006 16
24 Texas A&M (8-4) .0995 21
25 Texas (8-3) .0666 NR
AP Rankings
Rankings as of 12/1/2013
Rank School Votes Prev Rank
1 Florida State (12-0) 1498 (58) 2
2 Ohio State (12-0) 1418 3
3 Auburn (11-1) 1387 (2) 4
4 Alabama (11-1) 1294 1
5 Missouri (11-1) 1281 5
6 Oklahoma State (10-1) 1197 7
7 Stanford (10-2) 1067 8
8 South Carolina (10-2) 1066 10
9 Baylor (10-1) 1020 9
10 Michigan State (11-1) 1002 11
11 Arizona State (10-2) 843 13
12 Oregon (10-2) 815 12
13 Clemson (10-2) 813 6
14 LSU (9-3) 690 15
15 UCF (10-1) 621 17
16 Northern Illinois (12-0) 596 18
17 UCLA (9-3) 510 22
18 Oklahoma (9-2) 503 20
19 Louisville (10-1) 482 21
20 Duke (10-2) 348 24
21 Wisconsin (9-3) 299 14
22 Texas A&M (8-4) 186 19
23 Texas (8-3) 156 NR
24 Fresno State (10-1) 124 16
25 Georgia (8-4) 111 NR
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