The Week 11 BCS Standings have been released, and just as it has been over the course of the past few weeks, there’s some big shakeups at the top and some major movement in the middle of the pack among the teams on the outside-looking-in in terms of a potential bowl bid.
Here are how the standings shape up after a relatively staid weekend of football:
1 Alabama .9797 2 Florida State .9525 3 Oregon .9435 4 Ohio State .8720 5 Stanford .7930 6 Baylor .7745 7 Clemson .7277 8 Missouri .6890 9 Auburn .6686 10 Oklahoma .6084 11 Miami (FL) .5246 12 South Carolina .5111 13 LSU .4525 14 Oklahoma State .4395 15 Texas A&M .4365 16 Fresno State .3675 17 Michigan State .3394 18 Northern Illinois .3169 19 UCLA .2904 20 Louisville .2510 21 UCF .2151 22 Arizona State .1770 23 Notre Dame .1662 24 Wisconsin .1288 25 Texas Tech .0986
Our quick hit observations:
* It’s sure to surprise some that the Florida State Seminoles have re-captured the No. 2 slot in the BCS, again jumping the idle Oregon Ducks, but it really shouldn’t. Florida State arguably has the most complete football team in the country and is a 1a to Alabama’s 1 in the majority of informal polls and conversations among those who follow college football closely.
* Now, this isn’t to say Oregon won’t be in the National Championship picture when the time comes, it’s just proof that Jimbo Fisher’s squad is as good as they’ve ever been and have a real shot at taking home the crystal ball in January 2014.
* Even as an undefeated squad, it’s starting to become evident that the Ohio State Buckeyes are separated from the other three teams at the top. The overall weakness of the Big 10 Conference this season is doing them no favors, and it’ll take some unexpected happenings at the top of the standings for Urban Meyer’s team to have any chance at cracking the MNC this season.
* The Baylor Bears, in fact, may have a better chance than Ohio State of creeping into National Championship contention given their brutal November schedule, assuming they can escape from it unscathed. If Oregon and Florida State both slip up — which is highly unlikely — don’t be surprised to see Baylor leap-frog the Buckeyes around Week 14 or 15.
* The Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies continue their quests as this season’s Boise State imposters, running the table so far in the 2013 season between them. Derek Carr and Jordan Lynch are two high-quality quarterbacks who would be starters almost anywhere else in Division I football and continue to make the case that mid-major quarterbacks are just as talented and capable as their big school counterparts. Don’t be surprised if one of these teams slides in sideways into the final AQ spot come December.
Week 12 promises to be even more interesting as several big games highlight the schedule — including a matchup between Oregon and Stanford — so make sure to check back with us to see how things continue to change over the next seven days.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.