The week 13 BCS standings could make the 2010 rankings even less predictable, especially with Nebraska losing. These BCS standings are also going to help predict which team wins the 2010 Big Ten Conference title. It seems like an odd predicament for the conference to be in, but if Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State all win their week 13 games, it will lead to a three-way tie in the Big Ten standings. The final tie-breaker, which the Big Ten Conference will be forced to use, is that the highest ranking team in the final BCS standings is named the conference champion.
No. 8 ranked Nebraska fell to Texas A&M on Saturday, putting them at risk of not making the Big 12 Championship Game, and also ending their outside shot at backing into the NCAA National Championship Game. They are now 9-2, probably bumping them out of the top 10 when the new BCS standings come out. The week 13 BCS standings will be released late on Sunday, Nov. 21, something Nebraska probably isn’t looking forward to hearing. Iowa (No. 20), Mississippi State (No. 21), and Miami (No. 24) were the only other ranked teams to lose, falling to higher ranked teams in tough conference games.
The top three teams in the BCS standings (Oregon, Auburn, and TCU) all had their bye weeks, meaning that they might not see a big shift on the voting. It’s possible though, because Boise State won 51-0 in their game, and their win against Virginia Tech is getting even more valuable, as they moves to 9-2 on the season with a win over ACC rival Miami (FL). Virginia Tech could possibly catch Nebraska and Missouri in the latest rankings, putting them in the top 14 teams in the country. It helps the strength of schedule for Boise State, which means they could possibly catch TCU.
When we talk about the one loss teams, LSU just barely survived against Mississippi at home on Saturday, while Stanford crushed California on the road. Stanford’s win was far more impressive, and if the voters agree, they could jump into that No. 5 ranking. With only a few games left in the 2010 college football season, it is looking more and more likely that LSU and Stanford could both get an at-large invite into one of the BCS bowl games. The problem is that there are still four undefeated schools that show no signs of slowing down, making these last two weeks of the BCS standings as messy as they could possibly be.