Florida St is 1, Ohio St 2, Auburn 3 in BCS standings

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 10:34 PM

Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

The Seminoles grabbed the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide's wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri is fifth. Auburn and Missouri play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta. The winner should get a boost in the standings, but it might not be enough to catch the unbeaten Buckeyes.

Ohio State (12-0) faces Michigan State, 10th in the latest standings, in the Big Ten championship game Saturday in Indianapolis.

Florida State is first in both the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll, and rated No. 1 in the compilation of six computer rankings used in the BCS standings.

The Seminoles' .9948 BCS average makes them a lock to get to the title game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 if they can beat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday.

The Buckeyes (.9503) are second in the polls and second in the computers. Auburn (.9233) is third in each. Missouri (.8428) is fifth in each. But each of those SEC Tigers is 11-1. Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak.

An unbeaten team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East, now American Athletic Conference) has never been shut out of national championship game in favor of a team with a loss.

The SEC, which has won the last seven BCS championships, would like that to change.

"Any one-loss team in the SEC (should be considered) just because of the strength of schedule," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "Hopefully that will be taken into consideration."

Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS for CBS.com, said there is no reason to expect the unprecedented to happen.

"I think the voters would have to abandon Ohio State, and that's never happened in the history of the BCS," he said Sunday.

Alabama (.8539) is fourth but the Tide would need both Florida State and Ohio State to lose to get back in the title conversation.

The BCS is in its last season. It will be replaced by a four-team playoff next year, which will use a selection committee to pick the teams.

Farther down the latest standings, the competition to become the last BCS buster is now a one-team race after Fresno State lost to San Jose State. It's all about Northern Illinois now.

The undefeated Huskies from the Mid-American Conference remained 14th in the standings this week. NIU, looking for its second straight BCS bid, plays Bowling Green in the MAC title game on Friday night.

The Huskies can earn an automatic BCS bid two ways:

— Finish in the top 12 of the final BCS standings.

— Finish in the top 16 of the final standings, ahead of an automatic qualifying conference champion.

The Huskies used the latter route to get to the BCS last season with one loss.

It could happen again this season. Central Florida, in line to win the American and earn its first automatic BCS bid, is ranked 16th in the latest standings and plays SMU on Saturday. It doesn't seem likely that the Knights (10-1) will pass the Huskies, so the only thing standing in the way of Northern Illinois and the BCS is Bowling Green. NIU would most likely play in the Fiesta Bowl.

No team will enter the final weekend of the regular season with a BCS bid locked up. Here are the possibilities:

— Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas are all alive to earn the Big 12 title and the conference's automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma State gets the bid by beating Oklahoma. If the Cowboys lose, the winner of the Baylor-Texas game gets the bid.

— The winner of the SEC championship gets an automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl.

— If Duke wins the ACC championship it will play in the Orange Bowl.

— The winner of the Pac-12 title game between Stanford and Arizona State gets a Rose Bowl bid.

— Michigan State will earn a Rose Bowl bid by beating Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, but also stands a good chance to end up in the Rose Bowl with a loss. If Ohio State plays for the national championship, the Spartans (11-1) are likely to be picked by the Rose Bowl to replace the Buckeyes.

— If UCF loses, it could create a three-way tie for the AAC title with Cincinnati and Louisville that would be settled by the BCS standings. Louisville is 19th in the standings this week, while Cincinnati is unranked.

— Alabama is a virtual lock to get an at-large bid, most likely to the Orange Bowl.

BCS Standings List
Harris USA Today Computer BCS
Rk Pts Pct Rk Pts Pct Rk Pct Avg Pv
1. Florida St. 1 2617 .9970 1 1546 .9974 1 .990 .9948 2
2. Ohio St. 2 2488 .9478 2 1462 .9432 2 .960 .9503 3
3. Auburn 3 2422 .9227 3 1437 .9271 3 .920 .9233 4
4. Alabama 4 2262 .8617 4 1333 .8600 4 .840 .8539 1
5. Missouri 5 2231 .8499 5 1315 .8484 5 .830 .8428 5
6. Oklahoma St. 6 2083 .7935 6 1248 .8052 9 .690 .7629 7
7. Stanford 7 1873 .7135 10 1034 .6671 7 .740 .7069 8
8. South Carolina 8 1841 .7013 t7 1100 .7097 8 .700 .7037 10
9. Baylor 9 1778 .6773 t7 1100 .7097 12 .600 .6623 9
10. Michigan St. 10 1758 .6697 9 1037 .6690 11 .620 .6529 11
11. Arizona St. 13 1277 .4865 13 765 .4935 6 .770 .5833 12
12. Oregon 12 1398 .5326 12 843 .5439 13 .520 .5321 13
13. Clemson 11 1444 .5501 11 853 .5503 14 .460 .5201 6
14. N. Illinois 15 1104 .4206 18 547 .3529 10 .670 .4812 14
15. LSU 14 1258 .4792 14 720 .4645 17 .320 .4213 17
16. UCF 18 967 .3684 17 572 .3690 16 .420 .3858 19
17. Oklahoma 16 1041 .3966 15 660 .4258 17 .320 .3808 18
18. UCLA 19 779 .2968 19 473 .3052 15 .450 .3506 22
19. Louisville 17 1013 .3859 16 625 .4032 28 .000 .2630 20
20. Duke 20 620 .2362 20 402 .2594 21 .180 .2252 24
21. Wisconsin 21 485 .1848 21 266 .1716 20 .240 .1988 15
22. Georgia 25 148 .0564 27 41 .0265 19 .260 .1143 NR
23. Fresno St. 22 428 .1630 22 215 .1387 28 .000 .1006 16
24. Texas A&M 23 290 .1105 25 121 .0781 23 .110 .0995 21
25. Texas 24 167 .0636 24 149 .0961 25 .040 .0666 NR

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AH RB CM KM JS PW
1. Florida St. 1 1 4 2 1 1
2. Ohio St. 2 2 2 1 3 2
3. Auburn 3 3 1 3 6 3
4. Alabama 5 4 8 4 7 4
5. Missouri 4 5 3 7 8 5
6. Oklahoma St. 8 7 9 15 5 11
7. Stanford 7 6 6 8 10 9
8. South Carolina 10 10 7 10 4 7
9. Baylor 9 8 11 13 12 12
10. Michigan St. 12 13 10 9 11 8
11. Arizona St. 6 11 5 6 9 6
12. Oregon 11 14 12 12 15 14
13. Clemson 16 12 15 14 16 13
14. N. Illinois 18 9 13 5 2 10
15. LSU 20 18 19 16 18 17
16. UCF 15 15 16 19 14 16
17. Oklahoma 14 16 17 25 20 19
18. UCLA 13 19 14 11 17 15
19. Louisville - 17 - - - -
20. Duke 24 20 18 - 19 23
21. Wisconsin 21 22 21 18 13 20
22. Georgia 19 - 20 17 21 18
23. Fresno St. - - - - - -
24. Texas A&M - 24 25 22 22 21
25. Texas 22 21 - - - -

Seminoles move into first

Florida State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and No. 3 Auburn, which shook up the national title race by upsetting Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had been No. 1 since the preseason as it pursued a third consecutive national championship. But Alabama was stunned at Auburn on Saturday, losing 34-28 on the last play of the game.

That cleared the way for the Seminoles to be No. 1 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2000, the season after their last national title. Florida State received 58 first-place votes Sunday. Auburn got two.

Ohio State received 1,418 points, while Auburn had 1,387.

Alabama fell to No. 4. No. 5 Missouri will play Auburn for the Southeastern Conference title.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pv
1. Florida St. (58) 12-0 1,498 2
2. Ohio St. 12-0 1,418 3
3. Auburn (2) 11-1 1,387 4
4. Alabama 11-1 1,294 1
5. Missouri 11-1 1,281 5
6. Oklahoma St. 10-1 1,197 7
7. Stanford 10-2 1,067 8
8. South Carolina 10-2 1,066 10
9. Baylor 10-1 1,020 9
10. Michigan St. 11-1 1,002 11
11. Arizona St. 10-2 843 13
12. Oregon 10-2 815 12
13. Clemson 10-2 813 6
14. LSU 9-3 690 15
15. UCF 10-1 621 17
16. N. Illinois 12-0 596 18
17. UCLA 9-3 510 22
18. Oklahoma 9-2 503 20
19. Louisville 10-1 482 21
20. Duke 10-2 348 24
21. Wisconsin 9-3 299 14
22. Texas A&M 8-4 186 19
23. Texas 8-3 156 NR
24. Fresno St. 10-1 124 16
25. Georgia 8-4 111 NR

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 45, Southern Cal 28, Miami 26, Notre Dame 26, Iowa 23, Vanderbilt 16, Washington 6, Minnesota 2, N. Dakota St. 1.