Posted December 01, 2013

Florida State moves to No. 1; Ohio State ahead of Auburn in latest BCS standings

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Florida State's win paired with Alabama's loss pushed Jameis Winston and the Seminoles up to the top spot in the BCS standings. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jameis Winston and Florida State top the BCS standings after Alabama’s loss to Auburn. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Now that Auburn’s historic Iron Bowl win over Alabama is in the books, the fallout can fully be seen. Florida State unseated the Crimson Tide for the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings after Week 14, and a new No. 2 emerged: Ohio State.

The Buckeyes escaped with a 42-41 victory over Michigan on Saturday after Wolverines failed to convert a two-point try with 32 seconds remaining. Ohio State then watched with wonderment as Auburn’s miraculous “Kick Six” unfolded. Auburn comes in at No. 3, .027 points behind Ohio State, with Alabama and Missouri rounding out the top five.

Here are this week’s complete BCS standings:

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

A few thoughts:

• It’s still way too early to say what will or will not happen, but the question will be pondered all week: Will 2013 finally bring the end of the SEC’s run of dominance? If Ohio State is able to take care of business against the Spartans in the Big Ten championship, chances are the Buckeyes will stay at No. 2 over a one-loss SEC champ. But stranger things have happened. This is the BCS we’re talking about. The Coaches’ and Harris polls will play a big part, and there’s still time for voters to be swayed.

• With Fresno State losing to San Jose State 62-52 on Friday, the Bulldogs’ hopes of an at-large BCS berth are over. The only remaining candidate from a non-AQ conference is Northern Illinois. The Huskies play Bowling Green on Friday night in the MAC championship game, and at No. 14, they’ll likely be invited to the party for the second consecutive year if they can take down the Falcons.

• Wisconsin would’ve been in great shape to earn the Big Ten’s second BCS bid and force out the loser of the Big Ten championship had the Badgers been able to beat Penn State on Saturday. Instead, the Nittany Lions won 31-24 and it’s looking more and more like both Ohio State and Michigan State could represent their conference in the BCS. Wisconsin dropped all the way down to No. 21.

55 comments
DLGabelman
DLGabelman

You SEC fans are the most biased, simple, and unintelligent fans of football I've ever seen.  You guys act like your conference has these terribly hard non conference games yet teams like Alabama schedule Chattanooga.  Who has the SEC beat this season outside of it's own conference, and don't even say a soft Clemson team that has no business being in the top 25 at all.  I'll give in that Ohio State's defense looked extremely suspect after that Michigan game, but going in to that game they hadn't looked too bad.  Our offense could absolutely score on any team in the NCAA and that right there is a big piece of our defense in keeping teams off the field.  I'll just go ahead and say a Big 12 team in it's second season in the almighty SEC is about to be your conference champ.  I wish the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big 10 had more SEC non conference games to knock you simpletons down a peg.

mjhellund
mjhellund

No matter who goes to the BCS champ game, the SEC's run of dominance will not end, Of SEC teams, the two that OSU might beat are Kentucky and FLA, and FLA would be no sure thing. Did they put a Defense on the field against Michigan. Not so's you could tell. Ohio State sucks bigtime, and they will be exposed by Sparty.

JimSnyder
JimSnyder

If Georgia DBs had the sense to knock down a ball, where would this discussion be? At least an OSU freshman knows how to end a game.

Helzyeah1
Helzyeah1

Better pray for an Ohio State loss on Dec 7 or else we'll be in for another snorefest of a NC game.

neutralneutral
neutralneutral

At the end of this bowl season the only thing everyone will agree upon is that the BCS occasionally showed who was the best team and always left the rest of the field wondering. A champion will be determined but as far as a runner up and beyond... Even if you hate the SEC you have to respect the football played at Bama, Auburn, Missouri and even LSU. One of those teams should be playing for 1rst place if not a clear third or fourth. There's also no good reason the two remaining undefeated teams shouldn't be in the big dance either. I take my hat off to the rest of the really great 1 and 2 loss programs right now like OSU, Baylor and Oregon (and many others) that should've had a shot at least knowing where they stack up nationally- for better or worse. Good riddance BCS and all the unnecessary inter-conference hatred it has stirred up. Good F'n Riddance. 

SandHills
SandHills

Why hasn't any college football "expert" stated the obvious with the Big 10 Title game between MSU and OSU.

It's already a forgone conclusion that the best thing for the entire Big 10 Conference is to have a team in the NCG (and revenue sharing too).  MSU won't go with a win in the title game - and OSU has to make a much better showing against the Spartans than they had against Big Blue.  There is a chance if the Buckeyes squeak by again, and Auburn decisively beats a #5 Mizzou, then Auburn could get a jump into the NCG.  And where would that leave MSU?  Certainly not a Rose Bowl trip - which would go to the Buckeyes as the Big 10 champ.  BUT... if the Spartans lose by more than 10 points, it would probably assure Ohio State goes to the NCG no matter what happens between Auburn and Mizzou.  In such a scenario where Michigan State loses by more than 10 points, where then does Sparty get to party?  Well in the Rose Bowl, of course.

Never has losing a game by more than 10 points been rewarded more than by winning  - because if MSU wins the Big 10 title game, well the prestige of the NCG (and that revenue sharing) won't go to the Big 10, but handed to the SEC...again.

What is so surprising is no one has discussed the obvious.


muser
muser

Given that So Everyone Cheats nation play only among themselves (with some cream puffs added in) perhaps it would be simpler for them to have their own "National Championship"...

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

A&M is 8-4 and ranked 24th and they just gave their coach a 6 year extension...Texas is 8-3 and ranked 25th and their coach is on the hot-seat...Guess when you have not won a NC in 75 years your definition of success is different.

PamemakeJones
PamemakeJones

Ohio doesn't really belong in the top 10. I would place them about 12. I'm really afraid they might get lucky vs MSU and represent in the NC game. Not because it's Ohio, but because a 52-17 whomp by FSU will further embarrass the B1G. Ohio is vastly overrated.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"The Buckeyes escaped with a 42-41 victory over Michigan... " UN-RANKED Michigan! ... and Auburn took down number one Alabama. There's no way the Buckeye's are the number two team in the country. Michigan State will take them to the cleaners Saturday. You heard it here first.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

How can OSU "move ahead" when they WERE ahead?

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

Who wants to watch Ohio State ? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

kafka45
kafka45

The computer  could EASILY make Auburn #2 after this Sat.  No matter what OSU does.  Strength of opponent and all that.   Don't be surprised when it happens.  Gotta  have a SEC team in the big one.

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

FSU QB will lead a train on some sorority chick after the ACC title game, and be in the joint....HAHA!


mkd09
mkd09

If the National Championship Game is FSU-OSU, FSU will be favored by at least 10 points and the game will probably be like last years game-- a crushing defeat of an overmatched foe.  Hope MSU wins this week so FSU will have competition in the NCG.

SandHills
SandHills

@JimSnyder 

Like having an unranked team be a two point conversion away from beating a hyped OSU?

playemball
playemball

@Helzyeah1 Praying for a team to win or lose seriously shows your insecurity..go to church!

SandHills
SandHills

@neutralneutral

Lost relevance with kudos for Oregon and LSU.  But maybe next year we'll start seeing 2 SEC teams in the mix...

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

@muser cute.  but here's a very reasonable idea: at the end of every year, allow the SEC to decide who their best team is to represent them in the national championship game, and then let all the other schools/conferences battle it out to see who plays the SEC team in the ncg.  i'd have the sec winning 60%+ of those ncg meetings in that format.  i mean, sheesh, they've won 7 in a row where it stands now.

muser
muser

@PamemakeJones -  I dont see 7-5 Ohio as a top 25 team at all. The Buckeyes of Ohio State are a solid #2 however. 

TCUfan
TCUfan

@UleNotknow Auburn ha pulled out three wins in the last 30 seconds, two on plays so improbably that they will never happen again. They could just as easily be 8-4.

CaseyJensen
CaseyJensen

@UleNotknow It was a rivalry game. Michigan State will not stop Carlos Hyde. While it may be close, I certainly doubt Ohio State will get "taken to the cleaners." Michigan State does not have the offense for that.

Scoofy
Scoofy

@UleNotknow We didn't hear it from u first, MSU fans have thought that fro weeks

E.j.Fink
E.j.Fink

@kafka45 "Gotta have a SEC team in the big one"....Phewww! I'm convinced.  I don't know why us silly Buckeye fans even try to lobby when the highly educated southerners make their case for a lucky team that lost by 2 TDS to a putrid LSU team?? Especially when our coach ran threw the SEC for years winning 2 NC.  I get the simple minded meat sacks pissin n moaning about sec university being shut out, but it is simply mind boggling that the media would even ATTEMPT to rationalize this argument.  There is ZERO possibility of either of the 2 tigers or the team with the dumb elephant to reach the title if FSU and OSU take care of business. Lifes hard. Wear a helmet. (No seriously tho, they say those soft spots can be deadly)

HaroldKnuttz
HaroldKnuttz

@mkd09 You must make a fortune as a professional prognosticator....oh yeah, not so much! Loser.


NickAngela
NickAngela

@mkd09 Ohio State is vastly superior to the Spartans and will squeak its way past Auburn into the BCS championship game against Florida State. Nonetheless, I agree with your take on the title game match-up. My Buckeyes are (to speak generously) the fourth or fifth best team in college football this year. They'll open up as a one-touchdown underdog to FSU, but I expect the game to turn out a lot uglier than the betting lines will suggest.

ChristopherBarnhouse
ChristopherBarnhouse

@mkd09 I just hope the FSU qb is still on the team so FSU has no excuses after they get their over-rated butts kicked !

playemball
playemball

@SandHills @JimSnyder You sound a little butthurt on all your posts towards OSU..If you wanted Ala in the NCG..talk to Saban..he screwed the pooch on that last play!

SandHills
SandHills

@OSU @SandHills 

So tell me OSU why would MSU even want to show up for the game - what have I said above that can't be seen by a pea-brain?

SandHills
SandHills

@E.j.Fink @kafka45

 Why hasn't any college football "expert" stated the obvious with the Big 10 Title game between MSU and OSU.

It's already a forgone conclusion that the best thing for the entire Big 10 Conference is to have a team in the NCG (and revenue sharing too).  MSU won't go with a win in the title game - and OSU has to make a much better showing against the Spartans than they had against Big Blue.  There is a chance if the Buckeyes squeak by again, and Auburn decisively beats a #5 Mizzou, then Auburn could get a jump into the NCG.  And where would that leave MSU?  Certainly not a Rose Bowl trip - which would go to the Buckeyes as the Big 10 champ.  BUT... if the Spartans lose by more than 10 points, it would probably assure Ohio State goes to the NCG no matter what happens between Auburn and Mizzou.  In such a scenario where Michigan State loses by more than 10 points, where then does Sparty get to party?  Well in the Rose Bowl, of course.

Never has losing a game by more than 10 points been rewarded more than by winning  - because if MSU wins the Big 10 title game, well the prestige of the NCG (and that revenue sharing) won't go to the Big 10, but handed to the SEC...again.

What is so surprising is no one has discussed the obvious.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@E.j.Fink " I don't know why us silly Buckeye fans even try to lobby when the highly educated southerners... " At least you got the "highly educated" part right. Other than that, all that needs be done is to take a look at Ohio State's milk toast schedule. Lobby that!

Your dream of your darling pretenders taking down Michigan State Saturday is nothing more than laughable. Maybe that'll take care of your rose-colored glasses. Probably not though.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@NickAngela @mkd09"Ohio State is vastly superior to the Spartans... " Yeah. They were "vastly superior" to Michigan too. Look how that turned out. The line Saturday is OSU by 5.5-6. I'll take Spartans and you can have your six back. Prepare to pay up, loser.

E.j.Fink
E.j.Fink

@NickAngela @mkd09 Nick, No. No you're not an OSU fan nor or they your Buckeyes.  Please don't ever claim to affiliate yourself with my school again if you think they are the 5th best team in the nation.  You may be the only person i've seen saying they're an OSU fan that has actually fallen victim to the corruption of the DELUSIONAL sec superiority complex like these other mindless meat suits wandering around the south have. 

Wesley11
Wesley11

@NickAngela

Ohio state had to squeak its way past a 7-4 Michigan. MSU has a VERY good chance at beating them. OSU is NOT "vastly superior" to the Spartans.

_chewbucca
_chewbucca

@UleNotknow @E.j.Fink I listened to  Paul Finebaum tell everyone what a joke OSU's out of conference schedule was.  Playing teams like:

Washington State, Arkansas State, Western Carolina, and Florida Atlantic.  Pretty pathetic OSU.

Oh wait, that's Auburn's OOC schedule.  My mistake.

They escaped Washington State by 7.  Other ranked teams faired much better than Auburn against WSU. Their losses include:

Auburn 31-24, Stanford 55-17, Oregon St. 52-24, Oregon 62-38, 

Ariz St 55-21, Washington 27-17.

Seems like Auburn was the weakling of the bunch.




Ryan19
Ryan19

@UleNotknow @E.j.Fink Here are the SoS rankings per various BCS computer ratings.  

Sagarin - OSU 61 FSU 66

Anderson Sports - OSU 61 FSU 59

Billingsley - OSU 73 FSU 66

Massey - OSU 56 FSU 63

If Ohio State has played a milquetoast (correct terminology) schedule, so has Florida State.