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.)
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.
|Rankings as of 12/1/2013|
|1||Florida State (12-0)||.9948||2|
|2||Ohio State (12-0)||.9503||3|
|6||Oklahoma State (10-1)||.7629||7|
|8||South Carolina (10-2)||.7037||10|
|10||Michigan State (11-1)||.6529||11|
|11||Arizona State (10-2)||.5833||12|
|14||Northern Illinois (12-0)||.4812||14|
|23||Fresno State (10-1)||.1006||16|
|24||Texas A&M (8-4)||.0995||21|
|Rankings as of 12/1/2013|
|1||Florida State (12-0)||1498 (58)||2|
|2||Ohio State (12-0)||1418||3|
|3||Auburn (11-1)||1387 (2)||4|
|6||Oklahoma State (10-1)||1197||7|
|8||South Carolina (10-2)||1066||10|
|10||Michigan State (11-1)||1002||11|
|11||Arizona State (10-2)||843||13|
|16||Northern Illinois (12-0)||596||18|
|22||Texas A&M (8-4)||186||19|
|24||Fresno State (10-1)||124||16|