Saturday, November 9, 2013

Alabama-Florida State Looks Pretty Inevitable

It certainly looks like Alabama-Florida State now.

After Stanford's stunning upset (more in scope than the act) of Oregon on Thursday night, the BCS picture began to emerge with some clarity. After Alabama's convincing victory over LSU on Saturday, it looks like a Crimson Tide-Seminoles showdown in Pasadena is all but becoming inevitable.

Granted, each team will still have three regular-season games and a conference championship game remaining, but they'll be favored by double digits in each game. In the BCS standings coming out on Sunday, Alabama and FSU will open a wide gap on the No. 3 team and everybody else below that.

Ohio State is expected to move into the No. 3 spot, though its hold on that position will be tenuous. Stanford is projected to emerge ahead of Baylor at No. 4, despite being ranked lower in the polls.

The rankings from 3-5 should remain fluid for the remainder of the season, with Ohio State having the best chance at staying unbeaten. But thanks to the weakness of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes will not automatically slide into the top spot should either Alabama or FSU slip up.

Projected BCS Standings:

1. Alabama, 2. Florida State, 3. Ohio State, 4. Stanford, 5. Baylor, 6. Oregon, 7. Clemson, 8. Missouri, 9. Auburn, 10. South Carolina.

11. Oklahoma State, 12. Texas A&M, 13. Oklahoma, 14. Michigan State, 15. Fresno State, 16. UCLA, 17. Louisville, 18. Northern Illinois, 19. Central Florida, 20. Miami (Fla.).

21. Arizona State, 22. LSU, 23. Georgia, 24. Wisconsin, 25. Texas.


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