2013 College Football Season – Final BCS Standings

Florida State vs Auburn

The latest edition of the BCS standings isn’t just the last one for the 2013 College Football season, but the final top 25 we’ll ever get to see, as the sport moves on to a playoff system instead of polls + computer rankings to determine the two teams to make the national championship game. By the way, no surprise there, as Florida State and Auburn finish at 1-2, heading to play for the Crystal ball.

Alabama took the number 3 spot, which sends them into the Sugar Bowl where they’ll face Oklahoma, rising to #11 after their win over Oklahoma State. Ohio State dropped five spots to #7 after losing in the Big Ten championship game to Michigan State, rising to #4, not enough to play for the national title, having to settle for the Rose Bowl, where they’ll play against #5 Stanford.

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Florida State .9957 1 1 2617 .9970 1 1550 1.0000 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 .990
2 Auburn .9638 3 2 2527 .9627 2 1486 .9587 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 .970
3 Alabama .9061 4 3 2405 .9162 3 1414 .9123 3 4 3 6 3 5 3 .890
4 Michigan State .8600 10 4 2242 .8541 4 1342 .8658 5 5 4 7 5 4 4 .860
5 Stanford .8191 7 5 2102 .8008 7 1188 .7665 3 3 6 3 4 3 5 .890
6 Baylor .7722 9 6 2058 .7840 5 1275 .8226 9 6 7 10 12 8 8 .710
7 Ohio State .7705 2 7 2048 .7802 6 1211 .7813 7 7 5 4 8 10 9 .750
8 Missouri .7256 5 9 1850 .7048 9 1088 .7019 6 8 9 5 6 7 6 .770
9 South Carolina .7152 8 8 1866 .7109 8 1108 .7148 8 10 8 8 9 6 7 .720
10 Oregon .5811 12 12 1499 .5710 12 887 .5723 10 11 11 11 10 13 11 .600
11 Oklahoma .5756 17 10 1517 .5779 10 913 .5890 12 12 12 12 15 9 12 .560
12 Clemson .5553 13 11 1512 .5760 11 899 .5800 13 16 10 14 14 15 10 .510
13 Oklahoma State .5233 6 13 1430 .5448 13 845 .5452 14 13 13 13 22 11 17 .480
14 Arizona State .4416 11 17 909 .3463 17 602 .3884 11 9 16 9 7 14 13 .590
15 UCF .4343 16 15 1098 .4183 15 658 .4245 15 15 14 15 19 12 14 .460
16 LSU .4322 15 14 1267 .4827 14 719 .4639 17 18 18 18 13 17 16 .350
17 UCLA .3703 18 18 907 .3455 18 520 .3355 16 14 19 16 11 16 15 .430
18 Louisville .3199 19 16 1091 .4156 16 611 .3942 23 23 15 20 NR 23 23 .150
19 Wisconsin .2365 21 19 673 .2564 19 408 .2632 20 20 20 24 23 19 22 .190
20 Fresno State .1675 23 20 579 .2206 20 344 .2219 26 NR 22 21 NR 24 NR .060
21 Texas A&M .1663 24 21 471 .1794 21 247 .1594 21 24 25 NR 17 20 19 .160
22 Georgia .1594 22 23 318 .1211 24 135 .0871 18 19 NR 19 16 21 18 .270
23 Northern Illinois .1572 14 22 408 .1554 23 149 .0961 19 NR 17 17 NR 18 21 .220
24 Duke .1134 20 24 291 .1109 21 247 .1594 25 NR 21 23 NR 22 NR .070
25 USC .0672 NR NR 53 .0202 NR 33 .0213 21 17 24 22 18 NR 24 .160

The only new face in the top 25 are USC, enjoying Texas finding their way out again after a 20-point loss to Baylor in what turned out to be the Big 12 championship game. It won’t get them into a big bowl game, having to play Fresno State in a rare Las Vegas Bowl with two ranked teams.

Central Florida finish at #15, which is good enough to give them their first ever BCS bowl. I’m pretty sure the folks at the Fiesta Bowl wanted a slightly more interesting matchup than Baylor and UCF, but things will change next year with the introduction of the playoff system.

Northern Illinois and Fresno State, always threatening to be the BCS busters this year, fell just before the finish line, with the Huskies falling all the way down to #23, while the Bulldogs dropped to #20, both teams finishing the season with one loss.

Duke still remain in the top 25 despite getting obliterated in the ACC championship game by Florida State, although it’s hard to find too many people who actually think they belong in the top 25 this season, enjoying a weak year in the ACC and a very easy schedule, that had them avoid both Florida State and Clemson.

In a different year, this would have made an excellent playoff, and a bit of a debate as well – one undefeated team, Florida State, without anything to worry about. Then come Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Baylor and Alabama to claim their place in the final four. Who would have gotten left out? Going by the final week and the tradition of later losses being more painful and effective on the voters, Ohio State would have gotten left out, while Alabama would have deserved to be booted as well because they didn’t win their conference.

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