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FOUR UNDEFEATED TEAMS AT TOP OF LATEST BCS STANDINGS

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A loss by Stanford to USC has allowed Baylor to move into the No. 4 position in the latest BCS Standings as the top four are now held by undefeated teams. Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State hold onto the top three positions with three weeks remaining in the season. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will meet for the title.

Florida State and Ohio State posted blowout victories over Syracuse and Illinois, respectively, while the topped ranked Crimson Tide struggled with four turnovers, but still managed a 13-point win over Mississippi State on the road. Baylor actually trailed by double digits, but pulled together, showing off its potent offense by crushing Texas Tech, 63-34.

Rounding out the top five is Oregon, which moves up a spot after a 44-21 win over Utah. Auburn is now No. 6 after its miracle win over Georgia (WATCH HERE), while Clemson checks in at No. 7 following a 55-31 win over Georgia Tech. Missouri is now No. 8, just ahead of No. 9 Stanford, which lost five positions following its loss to USC, which makes its debut in the BCS Standings at No. 23. More painful than the drop in the standings for the Cardinal is the fact it is now in second place in the Pac-12 North, needing a loss by Oregon in order to have a shot at the Pac-12 title game.

Oklahoma State, which posted a very impressive road victory at Texas, moves up to No. 10, followed by No. 11 South Carolina and No. 12 Texas A&M. Michigan State also made a move, climbing from No. 16 to No. 13 after its win over Nebraska. UCLA is now No. 14, dropping a position despite winning on Saturday.

No. 15 Fresno State is the top-ranked team from a non-automatic qualifying conference. The top-ranked team from a non-AQ conference earns an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl if it finishes in the top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of the champion of one of the automatic qualifiers. Fresno is expected to be a heavy favorite in its remaining games against New Mexico (3-6) and San Jose State (5-4),as well as the Mountain West title game, but will still be pushed by No. 16 Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference.

Currently, the highest ranked team from the American Athletic Conference (an automatic conference) is No. 18 UCF, which had a thrilling road win over Temple to remain in control of its destiny for an automatic BCS bid. The Golden Knights will be favored in their remaining three games as well and would likely need two losses to drop out if the AAC's top position.

The SEC leads the top 25 with seven ranked teams, while the Pac-12 is second with five ranked programs. The Big Ten has four squads in the rankings, while the Big 12 has three and the ACC and American Athletic (AAC) each have two. The Mountain West and the Mid-American have one each.

This weekend features critical games in the SEC, the Big 12 and the Pac-12 as far as the BCS Standings. In the SEC, No. 22 LSU hosts No. 12 Texas A&M in a game that could get the Aggies squarely into the BCS at-large picture, while No. 8 Missouri travels to a tough No. 24 Ole Miss team which has lost three games this year - No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Auburn and No. 12 Texas A&M. The two hottest teams in the Big 12 meet on Saturday in Stillwater as Oklahoma State, winners of six straight, take on the undefeated Baylor Bears. With a win on Saturday against No. 14 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona State would clinch the Pac-12 South Division, while a Bruin win would set up a potential title-deciding crosstown showdown with USC on Nov. 30.

November 17, 2013 BCS Standings

  1. Alabama (10-0)- LW: 1
  2. Florida State (10-0) - 2
  3. Ohio State (10-0) - 3
  4. Baylor (9-0) - 5
  5. Oregon (9-1)- 6
  6. Auburn (10-1) - 7
  7. Clemson (9-1) - 8
  8. Missouri (9-1) - 9
  9. Stanford (8-2) - 4
  10. Oklahoma State (9-1) - 12
  11. South Carolina (8-2) - 10
  12. Texas A&M (8-2) - 11
  13. Michigan State (9-1) - 16
  14. UCLA (8-2) - 13
  15. Fresno State (9-0) - 14
  16. Northern Illinois (10-0) - 15
  17. Arizona State (8-2) - 19
  18. UCF (8-1) - 17
  19. Wisconsin (8-2) - 22
  20. Oklahoma (8-2) - 18
  21. Louisville (9-1) - 20
  22. LSU (7-3) - 21
  23. USC (8-3) - NR
  24. Ole Miss (7-3) - NR
  25. Minnesota (8-2) - NR

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