BCS standings released, Week 14: Ohio State, Auburn next in line

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Alabama and Florida State remain on course to play in the BCS National Championship. But if one of them falls, we now know who's stepping in. We think. For now. Let's just hurry up and get to the games.

There, that was easy.

The weeks-long debate over which team should rank No. 2 or 3 or 4 has been given a week off. Thanks to Baylor's fall and the Pac-12 eating itself alive, we have a tidy top three that just about everyone can agree on. (Well, Ohio State fans aren't happy about ranking third, but ranking third is better than being jumped by an alternate-dimension Baylor team that beat Oklahoma State, right?)

Thus, we get a week free of arguing about the rankings. I think. And it couldn't be better timed. It's now Thanksgiving rivalry week, and there are far more important things to yell about than BCS computers.

The standings

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 .9881 1 1 2595 .9981 1 1544 .9961 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 .970
2 Florida State .9697 2 2 2494 .9592 2 1488 .9600 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 .990
3 Ohio State .9200 3 3 2389 .9188 3 1428 .9213 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 .920
4 Auburn .8236 6 5 2139 .8227 5 1268 .8181 4 5 7 4 5 8 4 .830
5 Missouri .8077 8 6 2109 .8112 6 1243 .8019 5 4 10 5 7 6 5 .810
6 Clemson .7726 7 4 2148 .8262 4 1289 .8316 10 12 4 9 10 14 7 .660
7 Oklahoma State .7615 10 7 2013 .7742 7 1225 .7903 8 7 5 10 14 5 10 .720
8 Stanford .6665 9 8 1759 .6765 10 981 .6329 9 8 8 7 8 11 12 .690
9 Baylor .6456 4 9 1679 .6458 8 1009 .6510 11 9 6 12 13 10 9 .640
10 South Carolina .6101 11 10 1620 .6231 9 1003 .6471 12 13 11 11 16 7 13 .560
11 Michigan State .5780 13 11 1595 .6135 11 962 .6206 14 14 15 13 9 13 14 .500
12 Arizona State .5052 17 16 976 .3754 18 574 .3703 6 6 13 6 4 9 6 .770
13 Oregon .4950 5 12 1284 .4938 12 777 .5013 15 11 12 15 12 17 16 .490
14 Northern Illinois .4620 16 17 936 .3600 20 459 .2961 7 10 9 8 6 3 8 .730
15 Wisconsin .4448 19 15 1035 .3981 14 661 .4265 13 17 14 16 11 12 11 .510
16 Fresno State .4124 15 13 1206 .4638 13 687 .4432 17 21 20 14 NR 15 15 .330
17 LSU .3737 22 14 1155 .4442 15 646 .4168 19 22 19 24 18 19 18 .260
18 Oklahoma .3380 20 19 856 .3292 17 581 .3748 18 15 17 18 21 18 20 .310
19 UCF .3364 18 20 855 .3288 19 512 .3303 16 19 16 17 23 16 17 .350
20 Louisville .2522 21 18 930 .3577 16 603 .3890 27 NR 18 25 NR NR NR .010
21 Texas A&M .2243 12 21 698 .2685 21 410 .2645 23 23 23 23 20 23 21 .140
22 UCLA .1921 14 22 391 .1504 22 257 .1658 19 18 21 21 15 20 19 .260
23 USC .1779 23 23 385 .1481 23 210 .1355 21 16 22 19 17 21 22 .250
24 Duke .0885 NR 24 298 .1146 24 203 .1310 26 24 NR 22 NR NR NR .020
25 Notre Dame .0674 NR 25 55 .0212 NR 17 .0110 22 20 NR 20 19 24 23 .170

The storyline

Since we can assume the SEC's getting two teams into the BCS (likely Alabama and Auburn, in my opinion), let's ponder which non-SEC teams can rank in the top 14 without earning automatic bids. Teams like Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford, or Wisconsin have good chances of cracking that threshold and earning consideration from BCS bowls, assuming one of the big three doesn't slip up. This is our new thing to yell about every week, I guess.

Fresno State and Northern Illinois both retain shots at automatic BCS bids. The higher-ranked of the two that finishes either within the top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of (presumably) UCF will be assured of a BCS bowl bid. That likely takes a spot away from one of those teams listed in the previous paragraph, leaving pretty much just the Orange Bowl with any actual choices to make. That's the way things go.

At this point, we know the toughest challenges still ahead for each of the top teams. Almost 12 months of chattering have given way to what appears to be a straightforward finish to the regular season. Nothing is ever straightforward in college football, and even more so during Hate Week. But at this point, we know exactly who can wreck each contender's parade.

Hello and goodbye

Joining us this week are Duke and Notre Dame. Best wishes to Ole Miss and Minnesota.

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