Now that Auburn’s historic Iron Bowl win over Alabama is in the books, the fallout can fully be seen. Florida State unseated the Crimson Tide for the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings after Week 14, and a new No. 2 emerged: Ohio State.
The Buckeyes escaped with a 42-41 victory over Michigan on Saturday after Wolverines failed to convert a two-point try with 32 seconds remaining. Ohio State then watched with wonderment as Auburn’s miraculous “Kick Six” unfolded. Auburn comes in at No. 3, .027 points behind Ohio State, with Alabama and Missouri rounding out the top five.
Here are this week’s complete BCS standings:
1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma State
8. South Carolina
10. Michigan State
11. Arizona State
14. Northern Illinois
23. Fresno State
24. Texas A&M
A few thoughts:
• It’s still way too early to say what will or will not happen, but the question will be pondered all week: Will 2013 finally bring the end of the SEC’s run of dominance? If Ohio State is able to take care of business against the Spartans in the Big Ten championship, chances are the Buckeyes will stay at No. 2 over a one-loss SEC champ. But stranger things have happened. This is the BCS we’re talking about. The Coaches' and Harris polls will play a big part, and there's still time for voters to be swayed.
• With Fresno State losing to San Jose State 62-52 on Friday, the Bulldogs’ hopes of an at-large BCS berth are over. The only remaining candidate from a non-AQ conference is Northern Illinois. The Huskies play Bowling Green on Friday night in the MAC championship game, and at No. 14, they'll likely be invited to the party for the second consecutive year if they can take down the Falcons. • Wisconsin would’ve been in great shape to earn the Big Ten’s second BCS bid and force out the loser of the Big Ten championship had the Badgers been able to beat Penn State on Saturday. Instead, the Nittany Lions won 31-24 and it’s looking more and more like both Ohio State and Michigan State could represent their conference in the BCS. Wisconsin dropped all the way down to No. 21.