BCS: Alabama increases lead at No. 1
November, 10, 2013
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
No surprise: Alabama is still No. 1 in the latest BCS standings.
One notable aspect of the newest BCS standings is that the Crimson Tide have increased their lead. They moved back to No. 1 in the average computer ranking (the Tide were no. 2 in that area last week) on the strength of their 38-17 win over LSU on Saturday.
It's the fourth straight week the Tide check in at No. 1 in the BCS standings. Their average is .9958, up from last week's average of .9797. As it did before, Alabama controls its own destiny from here on out and has a pretty good stranglehold on the top spot, with Auburn and the SEC championship game (if the Tide beat Auburn) being the last obstacles between it and an appearance in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.
The SEC has four teams in the top 10 of this week's standings and seven in the Top 25.
Auburn took a nice jump up from the ninth spot up to No. 7. The Tigers continue their magnificent turnaround season under Gus Malzahn and continue to build momentum as the Iron Bowl nears. But first, the Tigers must get by No. 25 Georgia.
Despite a decisive win over Kentucky, Missouri took a slight dip in the standings. The Tigers are now No. 9 in the BCS after sitting at No. 8 last week. Certainly the Kentucky win doesn't help strength of schedule. Two tough games remain, though, a road game at Ole Miss and a home game against No. 11 Texas A&M.
South Carolina jumped back into the top 10 at No. 10, and Texas A&M rose four spots after being No. 15 last week. LSU's loss to Alabama sent the Tigers on a tumble all the way to No. 21 (they were No. 13 last week), and Georgia is back in the standings, checking in at No. 25 in advance of its showdown with Auburn.
With Oregon's loss to Stanford last week, the Ducks are now sixth in the standings. There are four undefeated teams in the BCS top five, meaning that if Alabama falters, it could be tough for the SEC champion to find itself in the national championship game unless a few more undefeated teams tumble.
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State