After seeing a chance inside the top two for the first three releases of the 2013 BCS Rankings, the top two teams remained the same as the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles hold onto their respective claims to the BCS National Championship Game.
The real intrigue for the Week 12 release of the BCS Standings centers around the trio of teams waiting for one of the two to slip up and get a chance at the the title. The Ohio State Buckeyes are in the on-deck spot at No. 3 with the Stanford Cardinal and Baylor Bears rounding out the top five.
The latest 2013 BCS Standings can be found here.
My question is could a one-loss Stanford team leapfrog an undefeated Buckeyes team and can Baylor pass Stanford and Ohio State considering their challenging remaining schedule moving forward?
The former would be historic as a one-loss team has never beaten an undefeated team for a shot at the title and despite everyone and their mother railing against the Buckeyes for their strength of schedule, this team is playing exceptionally well and it would be a travesty if that were to occur.
With Alabama knocking off LSU, the Tigers saw this week’s biggest drop from No. 13 to 21. A win against the Tide likely would have put them at No. 10 and with a shot at a BCS bowl berth if they won out.
Two of the biggest risers are the Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies who are hoping to be BCS busters and be eligible for an at-large bid if they finish inside the top 16 if they finish ahead of the AAC winner. They are at No. 14 and 15, respectively.
This week’s biggest games with BCS implications start with Wednesday’s MAC matchup with Northern Illinois hosting Ball State (9-1), Georgia at Auburn and Stanford at a resurgent USC.