Sunday, October 20, 2013

FSU vs. Oregon: Who's the True No. 2?

Florida State and Oregon are running neck-and-neck after the initial release of the official BCS standings, with the Seminoles nudging just ahead for the No. 2 spot behind Alabama. Thanks to an impressive beatdown of Clemson, Florida State rode its superior computer rankings past Oregon.

But that's not going to last.

If both teams run the table the rest of the year and finish the season undefeated (and assuming Alabama also does so), Oregon will have the No. 2 ranking and its second BCS title game appearance in four years. A 13-0 Ducks simply will not be supplanted by Florida State, or anyone else.

Oregon will see its computer rankings improve the next two weeks if it were to defeat Stanford and UCLA, two teams currently ranked among the top 12. The Ducks also have the benefit of playing in the Pac-12, ranked either the top or second-best conference by the computers. And finally, the Ducks are a solid No. 2 in both the Coaches and Harris polls, and that position will only be more entrenched as long as they keep winning.

That leaves Florida State, among several other teams, on the outside looking in. And here are the prospects for these teams in their quest to get into the BCS Championship Game:


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