Posted October 27, 2013

Oregon jumps Florida State to No. 2 in BCS; Alabama stays No. 1

BCS, Polls, Postseason
Marcus Mariota and Oregon leapfrogged Florida State after dominating UCLA. (Steve Conner/Icon SMI)

Marcus Mariota and Oregon leapfrogged Florida State after dominating UCLA. (Steve Conner/Icon SMI)

After Florida State debuted at No. 2 in the first round of BCS standings, Oregon jumped the Seminoles on Sunday.

The Ducks landed at No. 2 in the second round of BCS rankings after dropping No. 12 UCLA at home on Saturday. Alabama again stood strong at No. 1, with Florida State (3), Ohio State (4) and Stanford (5) rounding out the top five.

The complete BCS rankings:

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

A few thoughts:

• Oregon’s jump over Florida State comes despite the Seminoles’ own dominant performance in a 49-17 win over NC State. But in reality, both the Ducks and the ‘Noles could make compelling arguments for the No. 2 spot. Each program has taken advantage of weak spots on their schedules while also passing major tests along the way. The question is what happens if both teams finish the season without a loss — a serious possibility for both teams.

• Thanks to Missouri’s last-second loss to South Carolina at home, the previously unbeaten Tigers dropped to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings. Mizzou can take solace in remaining the unexpected leader in the SEC East, but the Tigers’ loss paved the way for Stanford to move into the BCS top five at No. 5, making the Cardinal the highest-ranked one-loss team in the country.

• Notre Dame made its first appearance in the BCS rankings in the thick of a disappointing season. One year after losing in the BCS National Championship, the two-loss Irish appeared in the standings after losses by No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Oregon State.

• Undefeated Fresno State climbed one spot to No. 16 in the latest set of rankings. If the season ended today, the Bulldogs of the Mountain West would earn an automatic BCS berth because they rank higher than the leader of an automatic-qualifying conference. UCF, the likely champion from the American Athletic Conference, remained at No. 23.

31 comments
srdshelly3
srdshelly3

It's all based on a pecking order set up before the season based on reputation. The only sport on earth where what you did last year determines whether you get to play for a championship this year. The BCS is awful, and nobody will miss it.

RedFalcon
RedFalcon

I agree, the PAC-12 is the tougest conference in the country, so the fact that Stanford lost to Oregon does not diminish their record.

JonPaley
JonPaley

The Pac 12 is the best conference with the best teams..look at their non conference record. They also don't play cupcakes like Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic but won't play Fresno State or Louisville which they snubbed. I can't wait until we have 8 bowl games, 16 teams and a 3 week period for a true National Champion. SEC way over rated.



atwood.t
atwood.t

Why is a 1 loss Stanford team ahead of Miami and Baylor??

jwaller2424
jwaller2424

This is the #1 reason that a playoff system should have been in place for years. I once thought the BCS stood for Bowden Cheating System the way FSU used to get all the favorable attention. These days any school in the SEC is a favorite. The SEC is a powerhouse conference, however last I checcked there was more than 1 school (Alabama) and 1 conference. The past few yrs it's been obvious the favortism shown to the conference as a whole. This year will b another prime example of that. Even if Bama loses a game they will play for a title IMO. Oregon is the best team in FBS. They win out they will be in Pasadena. FSU or Miami which ever wins should be slotted in that game. Should OSU run the table in the Big Ten that will be 3 teams who deserve a shot. Only if all these teams don't win out should Bama even be considered. However somehow the computer will spit out a favorable number to keep Bama in the mix, it always does for that 1 team year in and year out. If the smaller schools can utilize a playoff system for years now to claim a National Champ WTH can't the NCAA FBS do the same? Only 1 answer. MONRY MONEY & More $$$$. The NCAA loses out on all that $$ made by the companies that sponsor the bowls. They don't care who wins as long as the $$ rolls in. This years title game if I had my way would b Oregon versus FSU/Miami winner if undefeated. Oops that leaves out OSU. Then they will know how an undefeated team feels when sh!t out of a chance. IE.. Auburn a few yrs back or even Boise State

6marK6
6marK6

And Texas A&M is ranked 12 without one win against a ranked opponent. 

6marK6
6marK6

I find it real hard to understand how Florida State is not #1. I mean, if we are going by previous seasons to get the #1, give it to Ohio State. But this BCS is all hokum. You kill a good conference opponent and you drop a spot. Stupid.

RedFalcon
RedFalcon

I admit that I am an Oregon fan, but if they beat Stanford, and FSU beats Miami, then Oregon will end up 2nd (assuming Alabama goes undefeated).  My point is that another unbeaten 3rd ranked team (FSU) will get screwed again this year.

DH1
DH1

It means nothing now. Wait 'til mid-December.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And ND will amazingly keep climbing regardless, so they can have the BCS game the media wants.

ShifterKart
ShifterKart

VT did not help FSU what so ever........ 

FSU will jump Oregon when they beat Miami, then Oregon will jump back when they beat Stanford.

Bama has to play LSU & AU both of whom will be top 10 after Miami loses.........

FSU should be in it as Bama could lose to those two and Oregon only has Stanford left that's any good.

Ason
Ason

im an FSU fan since peter tom willis & this makes no sense,but no point in shoutin til  the last poll. Let the talking heads do their"jobs" and rant about nonthing...after we beat the 'canes and jump back to 2 its the ducks turn etc...etc...etc...

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

no point in whining till the end of the season

BobRayTalbot
BobRayTalbot

I'm not a fan, per se, of FSU, but an interested observer.  I don't know how you delineate that Oregon is a better team than FSU. They are both top notch teams, along with Alabama, who is clearly the top dog because Saban is the winner here until someone else proves differently.  I'm afraid that this final year of the BCS is going to be fraught with controversy because I don't see either FSU or Oregon losing; nor do I see Alabama losing, no matter who they play in the SEC Championship game.  Any of them could, of course, lose one; but I'm just not seeing it right now.   It will be apropos for the BCS to go out this way, since it has had controversy from its inception.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

@RedFalcon I'm sorry, I thought this was supposed to be about football, not beach volleyball.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

@JonPaley yeah, I guess the 7 in a row and the 60% of national championships won by SEC teams in the BCS era have been a fluke and if I remember right the only one by a Pac-10 team was vacated because they cheated….   hummmm…..

donald5
donald5

@JonPaley Jon is just your normal ignorant football fan.  Probably reads a lot of blogs from his fellow Pac12 fans and then parrots what they say.  Facts be dam ned. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JonPaley Texas-San Antonio, UNLV, Northern Arizona, Nicholls State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Idaho, Idaho State, Army, Portland State, Weber State, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, New Mexico State.   In common?   Those non-cupcake non-conference teams showing up on the schedules of Pac-12 teams.   Just this year.   Maybe the reason for that stellar record that you are crowing about.   Oh, and when the 16 team playoff arrives?   It will give you and the rest of the chronic complainers reason to yell about the 17th team and how they got the shaft.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@atwood.t 

Are you kidding?  They have beaten no one and Miami almost bit it against Wake Forest this weekend.  Stanford has beaten UCLA and Oregon State.

donald5
donald5

@atwood.t I'm gonna guess because Baylor and Miami have not beaten anyone currently ranked.  I'm sure it will change if Miami beats FSU and Baylor beats Oklahoma

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@jwaller2424 Of course there are other schools and other conferences.  Maybe you have not been paying close attention but those teams from those conferences have been in the national championship game in six of the past seven years.  And they have a perfect record.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@6marK6 

Why would FSU warrant being ranked #1 over Oregon or Alabama.  Please explain.  Your statement doesn't make any sense when looking at who those teams have beaten this year.

JimSmith4
JimSmith4

@ShifterKart 

Oregon will also have Oregon State to deal with who is no slouch and Utah beat Stanford and Oregon has them left too.  That's why they play the games.  FSU plays a fairly weak schedule.  The ACC is a basketball conference.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@MartyJenkins Are you kidding?   Most of the chronic complainers don't even wait for the start of the season!

chad96
chad96

@JoeCabot @JonPaley Right on, JoeCabot.  And perhaps if the Pac would have won more than 2 outright championships in the past 40 years, they'd get more respect from the pollsters.  Oh, and the two that they won?  Both by USC.   Some depth, huh?

yehonala04
yehonala04

@HerschelAnderton  Perhaps in this last year of the BCS an undefeated FSU would be rewarded with an AP cfb title as # 1 ? That would give a certain symmetry to the finale of a non playoff system .