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ALABAMA SITS ON TOP OF INITIAL BCS STANDINGS

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Alabama and Oregon have been at the top of both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll since the first week of the season; and while the Crimson Tide maintained that top position in the initial BCS Standings for 2013, the Ducks check in at No. 3. Florida State, meanwhile, coming off its impressive blowout of Clemson on the road, opens at No. 2 in the Standings. Ohio State, which remains undefeated as well, is rated at No. 4. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will meet in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.

The rest of the standings were far more difficult to predict after a tumultuous weekend in college football which saw six teams in the top 11 of the AP Poll lose. Making a big surge in the Standings, as well as the polls, is Missouri, which is at No. 5 following back-to-back wins over traditional SEC powers Georgia and Florida. The Tigers are the only other top 10 team for the SEC, which is effectively cannibalizing itself as teams knock each other off on a weekly basis.

Stanford is the highest-ranked one-loss team at No. 6, while undefeated Miami gives the ACC a second highly-rated team at No. 7. The team with the most potent offense in the country thus far this year, Baylor, checks in at No. 8 as the top Big 12 squad. No. 9 is Clemson, which dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 in the AP Poll after its loss to Florida State. Rounding out the top 10 is another surprising team as Texas Tech gives the Big 12 a second undefeated team in the top 10.

Another surprise team is at No. 11 as Auburn, which was winless in the SEC last season, has registered a 6-1 mark this year. UCLA is No. 12, heading into a tough game at Oregon this week, followed by No. 13 LSU, which was shocked by Ole Miss on Saturday. Virginia Tech, a team which has been quietly climbing after its season-opening loss to Alabama, is No. 14, while Oklahoma is the third-rated Big 12 team at No. 15.

Texas A&M is No. 16, giving the SEC five teams in the top 16. The Aggies are followed by the top-ranked school from a non-automatic qualifying conference, undefeated Fresno State from the Mountain West. Just behind the Bulldogs is another undefeated non-AQ school, Northern Illinois, which advanced to the Orange Bowl last season. Oklahoma State is No. 19 followed by No. 20 Louisville. The Cardinals are the top-ranked team from the American Athletic Conference, but they are currently in second in the league after losing to UCF on Friday - the Golden Knights are No. 23.

Other ranked teams are South Carolina (21), Michigan (22), Nebraska (24) and Oregon State (25).

The top 15 are very evenly distributed with four each from the SEC and the ACC, three each from the Pac-12 and the Big 12 and one from the Big Ten. The Sec leads the top 25 with six ranked teams, while the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 each have four. The Big Ten has three ranked teams, followed by the American Athletic (AAC) with two and one each from the Mountain West and the Mid-American.

This week's top games include one key SEC contest, two potentially major Pac-12 games and a Big 12 battle with league title implications. In the SEC, it will be No. 21 South Carolina heading to Columbus, Mo., in a game which could give undefeated Missouri (No. 5) a major advantage in the race to the Sec East title. In the Pac-12, No. 3 Oregon has sliced through its opponents this year, but will have its hands full with a tough UCLA squad, which is currently No. 12 in the BCS Standings. The other key Pac-12 game features No. 6 Stanford hosting No. 25 Oregon State, which has won six straight games after a season-opening loss. In the Big 12, undefeated Texas Tech (No. 10), one of the surprise teams in the country, will head to No. 15 Oklahoma, the preseason favorite to win the league.

October 20, 2013 BCS Standings

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

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