Week 15 of the Bowl Championship Series standings have been released and after the madness of rivalry weekend, there are few surprises among the top few teams. The Florida State Seminoles and the Ohio State Buckeyes are the new No. 1 and No. 2 and control their own destiny going forward.
Here’s the new Top 25 and some initial observations:
1 Florida State .9948 2 Ohio State .9503 3 Auburn .9233 4 Alabama .8539 5 Missouri .8428 6 Oklahoma State .7629 7 Stanford .7069 8 South Carolina .7037 9 Baylor .6623 10 Michigan State .6529 11 Arizona State .5833 12 Oregon .5321 13 Clemson .5201 14 Northern Illinois .4812 15 LSU .4213 16 UCF .3858 17 Oklahoma .3808 18 UCLA .3506 19 Louisville .2630 20 Duke .2252 21 Wisconsin .1988 22 Georgia .1143 23 Fresno State .1006 24 Texas A&M .0995 25 Texas .0666
* With Florida State and Ohio State firmly at No. 1 and No.2, the Auburn Tigers are the only team with a reasonable chance of sliding in sideways to the National Championship game assuming either the Buckeyes or Seminoles slip up unexpectedly in their respective conference championship games.
* Auburn’s last-minute Iron Bowl win over the Alabama Crimson Tide created some large separation between the Tigers and Nick Saban’s team, with the Missouri Tigers still behind Alabama in spite of the fact they’ll be taking on Auburn in the SEC Championship game on December 7th.
* The top 5 teams in the BCS are now more clearly delineated than they have been at any other point in the 2013 season. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have earned their rightful respect as the Big 12′s best team and should hold on to that No. 6 spot with a strong finish in the traditional Bedlam matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners on December 7th, and accordingly earn a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. Should they slip up, and the Texas Longhorns manage to beat the Baylor Bears, Mack Brown may save his backside in one crazy Saturday.
* The at-large bid appears to be in the hands of the Northern Illinois Huskies for the second-straight year barring some unexpected circumstances. Dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch continues to play some first-class football, and could end his statistically superior career with another BCS appearance.
With one Saturday of football left to solidify the BCS Standings for the 2013 season, things still have some intrigue, but are much more solid than they have been to date.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.