Week 13 BCS standings released: Ohio State, Baylor battle for No. 3

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The latest BCS rankings remain unchanged at the very top, but Stanford's fall and conference schedules mean the No. 3 spot is again disputed territory.

Every week, the battleground redefines itself. What was Florida State vs. Oregon became Stanford vs. Ohio State and Baylor. That's now given way to Ohio State vs. Baylor.

With Alabama and Florida State entrenched at Nos. 1 and 2 and in line for the BCS National Championship Game, the Buckeyes and Bears form the clear second tier. Odds are still slim we'll reach the end of the season with four unbeaten teams from power conferences (but what a frustrating segue to the College Football Playoff era that would be), so positioning still matters.

The full BCS rankings heading into Week 13, with full poll and computer data to be added in a moment:

BCS Harris Poll Coaches Poll Computer rankings
Rank Team Avg. Prev Rank Points % Rank Points % Avg. A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9914 1 1 2620 .9981 1 1544 .9961 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 .980
2 Florida State .9661 2 2 2517 .9589 2 1487 .9594 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 .980
3 Ohio State .8869 3 3 2375 .9048 3 1404 .9058 5 4 3 4 6 5 7 .850
4 Baylor .8856 5 4 2343 .8926 4 1386 .8942 3 3 5 5 4 4 4 .870
5 Oregon .7917 6 5 2102 .8008 5 1231 .7942 6 6 4 9 5 10 6 .780
6 Auburn .7860 7 7 1967 .7493 7 1145 .7387 3 5 7 3 3 6 3 .870
7 Clemson .7681 8 6 2019 .7691 6 1217 .7852 7 9 6 6 8 12 5 .750
8 Missouri .7231 9 8 1919 .7310 8 1129 .7284 8 7 11 7 9 9 8 .710
9 Stanford .6238 4 11 1584 .6034 12 865 .5581 8 8 8 8 7 11 9 .710
10 Oklahoma State .5890 12 9 1660 .6324 9 1030 .6645 14 12 12 15 20 8 18 .470
11 South Carolina .5883 10 12 1459 .5558 11 882 .5690 10 10 9 11 11 7 10 .640
12 Texas A&M .5394 11 10 1626 .6194 10 928 .5987 17 16 18 16 13 19 14 .400
13 Michigan State .4646 16 13 1269 .4834 13 729 .4703 15 14 16 14 15 16 15 .440
14 UCLA .4615 13 15 1110 .4229 14 700 .4516 13 13 13 17 12 15 12 .510
15 Fresno State .4134 14 14 1126 .4290 16 622 .4013 16 18 19 13 25 13 13 .410
16 Northern Illinois .3729 15 18 864 .3291 21 418 .2697 12 21 10 12 14 3 16 .520
17 Arizona State .3414 19 22 570 .2171 22 352 .2271 11 11 22 10 10 14 11 .580
18 UCF .3033 17 20 793 .3021 20 446 .2877 18 20 14 18 22 17 17 .320
19 Wisconsin .2907 22 19 794 .3025 17 511 .3297 20 19 24 21 18 20 20 .240
20 Oklahoma .2760 18 21 746 .2842 18 502 .3239 21 15 17 19 23 24 23 .220
21 Louisville .2664 20 16 1010 .3848 15 627 .4045 26 NR 15 25 NR NR NR .010
22 LSU .2645 21 17 880 .3352 19 478 .3084 23 NR 21 NR 17 21 21 .150
23 USC .1070 NR 23 202 .0770 25 115 .0742 22 17 23 20 21 23 24 .170
24 Ole Miss .1048 NR NR 110 .0419 NR 35 .0226 19 22 20 24 16 18 19 .250
25 Minnesota .0604 NR 25 183 .0697 23 173 .1116 28 NR NR 23 NR NR NR .000

Ohio State remains ahead of Baylor, but with the Bears holding a slight strength-of-schedule advantage (according to Sagarin and SRS) the rest of the way, that's not guaranteed to hold. Especially if Baylor's wins are simply more impressive, as they've been several times so far. But it might! We'll see. A loss by either makes all this just words.

Elsewhere, it's time to start thinking about which potential at-large teams can finish within the top-14 threshold. Assuming an SEC team to the Sugar and Clemson to the Orange (to replace Alabama and Florida State), jockeying will continue for teams like Arizona State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, UCLA, and Wisconsin. Several of whom could still win conference titles, of course.

On the undercard, a trip to San Jose State and a home rematch against Boise State look to be all that stand in between Fresno State and an automatic trip to either the Sugar or Fiesta. The Bulldogs already ranked within three slots of no-matter-what entry last week, and if UCF continues to justify its lack of poll traction by pulling out close wins, Fresno is right where it needs to be anyway. And if the Bulldogs fail, there's NIU.

All of this means the BCS could end with more than two unbeaten AQ-conference teams the year before the Playoff and automatic BCS entry by one of the least-impressive BCS-busters ever. There would be no more BCS way for the whole thing to end. Kind of wouldn't have it any other way, right?

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