Oregon and Florida State’s battle for the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings — and a possible berth in the BCS Championship Game — has taken another turn, with the Seminoles riding their big win over previously undefeated Miami back to No. 2 in the third week of the 2013 standings.
The Ducks slipped to No. 3, but only by the narrowest of margins — leaving the door open for the Ducks to potentially leapfrog the Seminoles a second time with a win over No. 5 Stanford in the teams’ showdown this Thursday.
Florida State opened at No. 2 in the BCS’s initial standings before sliding back to No. 3 in Week 2.
The Hurricanes slipped from No. 7 to No. 11 after their 41-14 loss in Tallahassee.
There was little other movement in the top 16 of the standings, with Texas Tech the only team dropping out, in favor of Oklahoma State who defeated the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
THE TOP 10
1. Alabama [.980]: The Crimson Tide lost a handful of first-place votes in the Coaches Poll after their bye week and the Seminoles’ big win … and still own a commanding lead at No. 1 – a lead that will be only more commanding if they win in this Saturday’s home clash with LSU.
2. Florida State [.953]: The Seminoles have taken on two undefeated, top-10 teams in three weeks, and defeated both by an average of 32 points.
3. Oregon [.944]: Even at No. 3, finishing with the Cardinal, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State — while Florida State finishes with Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and Florida — means that pollsters would have to throw vastly more support behind the ‘Noles to make this week’s flip-flop a long-term decision.
4. Ohio State [.872]: The Buckeyes have finally looked like a worthy national-title contender each of the last two weeks (even if their record has argued the same for weeks). But it hasn’t been soon enough to prevent the Buckeyes from slipping from No. 2 to No. 4, and now it’s impossible to see them making up any BCS ground without a loss from one of the teams above them.
5. Stanford [.793]: The Cardinal are currently listed as 10-point underdogs as they prepare to host the Ducks.
6. Baylor [.775]: The Bears enjoyed their third bye in a span of eight weeks, and now face Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas all in consecutive weeks.
7. Clemson [.728]: No one was rooting harder for the Hurricanes Saturday than the Tigers, who now need the Seminoles to lose to both Wake Forest and Syracuse if they’re to claim the Atlantic division. Is it possible to go 11-1 at Clemson and still feel like the season is a disappointment?
8. Missouri [.689]: Tigers host Kentucky and then get a week off before their season-defining two-week closing stretch at Ole Miss and vs. Texas A&M.
9. Auburn [.669]: All those of you who thought the Tigers would be 8-1, No. 9 in the BCS, and two wins from setting up a winner-take-all Iron Bowl for the SEC West title one season after going 3-9 and winless in the SEC, raise your hands.
10. Oklahoma [.608]: Does any team have more to gain this week than the Sooners? Win, and they thrust themselves into the thick of both the Big 12 and maybe even national title race; lose, and they seem destined for third or fourth in the league and top-20 at best.