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TWO UPSETS SHAKE UP BCS TOP 10

Sunday, November 24, 2013

While the top three ranked teams cruised to easy victories on Saturday, both the No. 4 and No. 5 teams lost to cause major shake-ups in the latest BCS Standings. Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all remain undefeated and in the top positions, but No. 4 Baylor's blowout loss to Oklahoma State and No. 5 Oregon's surprising loss to Arizona caused the top ten turmoil. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will meet for the title.

Auburn, which hosts No. 1 Alabama this Saturday with the winner going to the SEC Championship game, moves up to No. 4, while Missouri, which can clinch the SEC East with a win over Texas A&M, jumps to No. 5, giving the SEC three teams in the top five.

Clemson is now No. 6, while Oklahoma State jumps from No. 10 to No. 7 following its impressive victory on Saturday. Stanford moves up one spot to No. 8, while Baylor and South Carolina round out the top 10.

Michigan State climbs two positions to No. 11 after clinching the Big Ten Legends Division this weekend and Arizona State jumps five spots to No. 12 after upending UCLA and clinching the Pac-12 South title. Oregon is now No. 13.

No. 14 Northern Illinois, from the Mid-American Conference, a non-automatic qualifier, is a bit of a surprise as the undefeated Huskies moved up two slots. The surprise is that they jumped No. 16 Fresno State, which is also undefeated and from a non-AQ league, the Mountain West. The jump is critical as the top-ranked team from a non-AQ conference earns an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl if it finishes in the top 16 and ahead of the champion of one of the automatic qualifiers - the expected champ of the American Athletic Conference is UCF, currently ranked No. 19.

The SEC leads the top 25 with six ranked teams, while the Pac-12 is second with five ranked programs. The Big Ten, the Big 12 and the ACC all have three ranked teams. The American Athletic (AAC) has two, while the Mountain West and the Mid-American have one each. Notre Dame is the lone independent as it returns to the standings at No. 25.

While the Iron Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn is the marquee game of the weekend, there are multiple other key games on tap. No. 5 Missouri can clinch a spot in the SEC Championship game with a home win over No. 21 Texas A&M, but if the Aggies win, No. 10 South Carolina will go to Atlanta for the SEC title tilt. The Gamecocks host No. 6 Clemson in a huge game as far as BCS Standings as a loss will likely knock them out of the BCS At-Large picture. No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State look to remain undefeated with major rivalry games on tap - the Seminoles play at struggling Florida while the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to battle Michigan.

November 24, 2013 BCS Standings

1.     Alabama (11-0)- LW: 1

2.     Florida State (11-0) - 2

3.     Ohio State (11-0) - 3

4.     Auburn (10-1) - 6

5.     Missouri (10-1) - 8

6.     Clemson (10-1) - 7

7.     Oklahoma State (10-1) - 10

8.     Stanford (9-2) - 9

9.     Baylor (9-1) - 4

10.   South Carolina (9-2) - 11

11.   Michigan State (10-1) - 13

12.   Arizona State (9-2) - 17

13.   Oregon (9-2)- 5

14.   Northern Illinois (11-0) - 16

15.   Wisconsin (9-2) - 19

16.   Fresno State (10-0) - 15

17.   LSU (8-3) - 22

18.   Oklahoma (9-2) - 20

19.   UCF (9-1) - 18

20.   Louisville (10-1) - 21

21.   Texas A&M (8-3) - 12

22.   UCLA (8-3) - 14

23.   USC (9-3) - 23

24.   Duke (9-2) - NR

25.   Notre Dame (8-3) - NR

 

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