Baylor Gains Ground in BCS Standings
There wasn’t much movement in the BCS standings this week, but the Baylor Bears made quite an impression with pollsters after dismantling Texas Tech as they continued to narrow the BCS-point margin between themselves and the nation’s three other undefeated teams.
While it remained behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Baylor’s 63-34 win over the Red Raiders helped it climb to within .0013 points of the Buckeyes. Taking their remaining schedules into consideration, there’s little doubt the Bears would leap over the Buckeyes if both teams finished the regular season with undefeated marks, but getting by an undefeated FSU or Bama would be far less likely.
Stanford was the only top five team from last week to fall, as the Cardinal slipped up against USC on Saturday night and dropped to No. 9 in the BCS. After taking care of Utah, the Oregon Ducks moved into the No. 5 slot with the Stanford loss and are now the highest ranked one-loss squad, but more importantly for them at this point, regained control of their own destiny in the race for the 2013 Pac-12 title.
Also moving up were the Auburn Tigers, who seized the No. 6 spot after a thrilling Hail Mary win over Georgia. Auburn’s current position is notable because it still has a date with No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 and could make its own move toward the top of the BCS standings with an upset win.
As things stand now, it appears the Crimson Tide and Seminoles are destined to meet in the BCS National Championship, but as we’ve seen in years past, crazy things can happen toward the end of the season. So, don’t be surprised in one (or more) of the current undefeated teams slips up and opens the door for an unlikely contender.