The second iteration of the 2013 BCS Standings have been released, this time for Week 10, and there are a few changes which jump off the page and show how much things can change in a single weekend.
First off, here are the Week 10 Standings:
1 Alabama .9937 2 Oregon .9517 3 Florida State .9211 4 Ohio State .8840 5 Stanford .7918 6 Baylor .7645 7 Miami (FL) .7560 8 Clemson .6687 9 Missouri .6096 10 Oklahoma .6064 11 Auburn .6025 12 Texas A&M .4812 13 LSU .4630 14 South Carolina .4486 15 Texas Tech .3749 16 Fresno State .3669 17 Northern Illinois .3335 18 Oklahoma State .3113 19 Louisville .2599 20 UCLA .2338 21 Michigan .1875 22 Michigan State .1811 23 UCF .1789 24 Wisconsin .0993 25 Notre Dame .0928
Here are our observations and the biggest implications in the difference between Week 9 and Week 10:
* It was a little surprising to see the Oregon Ducks jump the Florida State Seminoles to take over the 2nd slot in the standings behind the Alabama Crimson Tide given Florida State’s dominating 49-17 win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. If Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston and his teammates needed any additional motivation to continue on the track towards what could be one of the more magical seasons in program history, they certainly have it now.
* Alabama, Oregon and Florida State have effectively already separated themselves from the pack, with the Ohio State Buckeyes being the only team that has any chance of playing spoiler down the road, assuming all teams stay undefeated. Given the schedules facing them, there’s a strong possibility this happens, with the Seminoles having the short-term challenge of getting past the Miami Hurricanes this coming Saturday in a battle of Top 10 teams.
* The Baylor Bears are another team farther on the fringe that will be worth keeping an eye on. The Bears certainly have some tough tests ahead of them in the month of November and early December, but if they manage to stay undefeated, win the Big 12 Title and catch a break here and there, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they slide into the side door to compete in the final BCS National Championship game.
* The Missouri Tigers had a golden opportunity ahead of them on Saturday but managed to grab a defeat out of what should have been a victory. The loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks caused a five spot slide for Gary Pinkel’s squad and one that’ll be tough to fight back from in terms of BCS bowl placement.
* The Oklahoma Sooners are right back in the mix after a hard-fought win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and back into the Top 10 but are still substantially separated from Missouri at No. 9 and the Clemson Tigers are No. 8. The Sooners still have an outside shot at the Big 12 title, but it would require the un-ranked Texas Longhorns to fail to control their own destiny throughout November.
* The Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies have firmly established themselves as the season’s sexiest mid-majors and one of the two will likely be knocking at the door for one of the non-AQ BCS spots when the bowls are selected in mid-December.
Week 11 promises to be just as intriguing as the standings that have taken shape in Week 10. November’s the true test for all teams ranked in the BCS. It’s when the tough prove themselves, and the pretenders fall to the wayside.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer and Business Analyst for Rant Sports.