2013 BCS Standings – Week 8

Florida State

The release of the first BCS standings didn’t cause a huge deal of surprise, as Alabama lead the top 25 obviously. Florida State being above Oregon might be surprising to some, but considering their strength of schedule and most recent win over Clemson, it pretty much makes sense to make them the strongest of the undefeated teams behind Alabama, while Ohio State and Missouri trail behind, not looking likely to finish among the top 2.

It’s interesting to see Stanford, with one loss against Utah, getting ranked higher than Miami, Baylor, Texas Tech, Fresno State and Northern Illinois who are all undefeated, but just not getting enough love from the computers, who all but one ranked Stanford at sixth or higher.

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG 2012 RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9841 2 1 2615 .9962 1 1544 .9961 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 .960
2 Florida State .9348 12 3 2401 .9147 3 1410 .9097 1 1 5 2 1 1 2 .980
3 Oregon .9320 4 2 2520 .9600 2 1482 .9561 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 .880
4 Ohio State .8553 NR 4 2321 .8842 4 1382 .8916 5 5 3 5 8 8 7 .790
5 Missouri .8219 NR 6 2026 .7718 7 1184 .7639 3 3 6 1 2 3 3 .930
6 Stanford .7414 6 8 1952 .7436 8 1117 .7206 6 6 4 6 6 15 10 .760
7 Miami (FL) .7200 NR 7 2008 .7650 6 1186 .7652 10 8 21 12 9 12 8 .630
8 Baylor .7120 NR 5 2038 .7764 5 1255 .8097 12 9 11 11 15 14 13 .550
9 Clemson .6249 14 10 1616 .6156 10 913 .5890 9 10 7 8 10 13 9 .670
10 Texas Tech .6220 NR 9 1662 .6331 9 981 .6329 11 11 14 10 12 10 11 .600
11 Auburn .5058 NR 15 1105 .4210 17 537 .3465 7 7 17 7 5 9 6 .750
12 UCLA .4807 17 11 1323 .5040 11 710 .4581 14 15 16 19 13 11 12 .480
13 LSU .4552 8 12 1212 .4617 13 688 .4439 15 14 9 17 11 19 16 .460
14 Virginia Tech .4408 NR 19 841 .3204 19 499 .3219 8 13 NR 9 7 7 5 .680
15 Oklahoma .4204 11 14 1110 .4229 12 695 .4484 16 12 8 15 19 20 19 .390
16 Texas A&M .3666 9 13 1177 .4484 15 622 .4013 18 22 18 22 16 22 17 .250
17 Fresno State .3379 NR 18 920 .3505 18 532 .3432 17 16 NR 14 NR 16 14 .320
18 Northern Illinois .3032 15 21 518 .1973 22 298 .1923 13 19 10 13 14 5 15 .520
19 Oklahoma State .2687 NR 17 951 .3623 13 688 .4439 28 25 NR NR NR NR NR .000
20 Louisville .2556 21 16 1046 .3985 16 571 .3684 28 NR 15 NR NR NR NR .000
21 South Carolina .2161 10 20 673 .2564 20 468 .3019 26 24 19 NR 22 NR 23 .090
22 Michigan .1637 18 22 415 .1581 23 268 .1729 21 17 20 16 NR NR 25 .160
23 UCF .1394 NR 25 238 .0907 25 151 .0974 19 23 13 23 NR 17 18 .230
24 Nebraska .1354 16 23 414 .1577 21 385 .2484 28 NR NR NR NR NR NR .000
25 Oregon State .1042 13 NR 168 .0640 NR 91 .0587 20 NR 22 24 18 6 21 .190

Despite Florida State being ranked above Oregon in the BCS standings, the human polls are still keeping the Ducks at number 2. The non-human rankings simply prefer Florida State beating two ranked teams this season so far, opposed to Oregon taking down only Washington.

However, if Oregon and Florida State both win out, Oregon will be ranked higher. They have to play Stanford and UCLA in the next two weeks, and with the margin between them and the Seminoles being so small, wins against the Bruins and the Cardinal, who are both in the top 12, will put them as the runners-up to Alabama, unless the Crimson Tide lose on the way, although both LSU (13) and Auburn (11) aren’t that likely to beat them.

Speaking of LSU: The Tigers are the highest ranked two-loss team, but it’s surprising to see them above a 6-1 Virginia Tech. The Hokies, need you forgot, have lost their only game to Alabama, but their problem is the voters, who keep giving the SEC the benefit of the doubt, even while they pick up losses against non-ranked teams like Ole Miss and Georgia.

As for a bit of history, Alabama have been ranked either No. 1 or 2 for 13 of the last 16 weeks of the BCS standings. Florida State, to some surprise, haven’t been this highly ranked since 2000 and not in the top three since 2003.

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