Posted October 21, 2013

Florida State debuts at No. 2 in first BCS standings; Alabama No. 1

BCS, Postseason
Marcus Mariota and the University of Oregon Ducks as No. 3 in the BCS rankings, despite being second in both human polls.

Marcus Mariota and Oregon as No. 3 in the BCS rankings, despite being second in both human polls. (Don Ryan/AP)

One day after its 51-14 blowout win at Clemson, Florida State debuted at No. 2 in the first BCS standings unveiled on Sunday night.

The Seminoles opened just below Alabama, which holds the top BCS spot. Oregon, Ohio State and Missouri rounded out the top five.

The percentage of votes in the USA Today and Harris polls each count for one third of the BCS calculations, with a combination of six computer rankings making up the final third. Each team’s highest and lowest computer rankings are thrown out in the formula.

Here’s a look at the complete BCS standings:

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

A few thoughts:

• Florida State beat out Oregon for the BCS No. 2 ranking even though the Ducks landed ahead of the Seminoles in both human polls. But FSU had the best overall computer ranking, and that was enough to give the ‘Noles their highest spot in the BCS since 2000. In all the ACC had a good showing in the first BCS rankings, with four teams — Miami (No. 7), Clemson (9) and Virginia Tech (14) — opening in the top 15.

• Despite its unbeaten record, No. 4 Ohio State wouldn’t play for the BCS if the season ended today. The Buckeyes are one of only three Big Ten teams in the released rankings, with No. 22 Michigan and No. 24 Nebraska rounding out the conference’s representation. The SEC led all conferences with six schools in the top 25.

• Fresno State (No. 17) and Northern Illinois (No. 18) carried the non-AQ flag in the initial rankings. As non-automatic qualifiers, the Bulldogs or the Huskies would have to finish 12th or higher to earn a BCS bowl berth. One of the two programs could also finish 16th or higher if it finishes ahead of an AQ conference champion. That scenario isn’t impossible as Louisville of the American Athletic Conference started off at No. 20 in the rankings. Of course, Northern Illinois crashed last year’s BCS by snagging a berth in the Orange Bowl opposite Florida State.

• Crimson Tide and Seminole fans better not book BCS-title hotel rooms just yet. According to Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News, only once in 15 years of the BCS have the top two teams in the initial rankings run the table and met in championship game — 2005, when USC clashed with Texas.

19 comments
Mike184
Mike184

This is going to be too funny if Oregon gets left out of the big game again

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Alabama's game vs. Auburn will be tougher than anything FSU has left.

Tom77
Tom77

Watch out for MIzzou!!!

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

I'd really like to see Alabama play Oregon. The last few years they have been the premier programs but haven't played

throbertson1973
throbertson1973

Auburn beat Texas A&M and "the the crowd roared"......but to jump them from # 24 to #11 seems a little fishy.

GT500456
GT500456

Yawn.......wake me up when the conference championship games are over.

rkcla08
rkcla08

useless mid-season beauty contest.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@MartyCohen It's joke status must be why there are never any fans at the games and the television ratings are so horrible.

Patokev
Patokev

@NoQNoSuperBowl Auburn could barely handle Washington State at home.... the 2nd worst team in the Pac 12...

RJC
RJC

@jacksonatl Bama will first... too poor efforts and their QB is mediocre at best imho, only shines cause of the talent around him.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@GT500456 Did the big words make you tired?   Now go back to sleep, although you will likely miss some great games.

ironoxide40
ironoxide40

@Patokev @NoQNoSuperBowl Washington State isn't the 2nd worst team in PAC; as evidence they've already beat 2 PAC teams; and all of their losses have come against currently ranked opponents (Oregon State is only ranked in BCS poll).

mashley278
mashley278

@RJC @jacksonatl "too poor"? What? I don't even understand that part. And "QB is mediocre at best"...you've never watched him play have you? Ask LSU and Notre Dame how mediocre he is...

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@mashley278 @RJC @jacksonatl Not mediocre but not great.  He benefits from playing at Alabama.  Aaron Murray would have equaled or bettered AJ McCarron's record if he went to Bama.  The biggest fault I find in Senior Quarterback AJ McCarron is that he continually fails to lead the receiver.  Last year during the A&M game he threw what would have been a TD pass behind Cooper. Coopers slowed, caught the ball and was tackled.  The next play Yeldon fumbled.  If he lead Cooper Bama goes undefeated.  This year he is no different. He continues to fail to lead receivers.   Put McCarron at UGA, Florida or Tennessee and he easily loses at least 1 more game per season.  I love Bama but McCarron is above average as a QB.