BCS Rankings 2013: Who's Too High, Too Low in Week 11 Rankings?

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2013

BCS Rankings 2013: Who's Too High, Too Low in Week 11 Rankings?

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    Week 10 brought little change in the BCS standings, as upsets were limited and Florida State wiped out rival Miami (Fla.) in the week's headlining game.

    However, there was still a helping of injustice present in the Week 11 Top 25 rankings.

    The controversy involves all six BCS automatic-qualifying conferences. A pair of league title contenders were disrespected, while several other squads were given too much credit in the polls.

    Check the full standings below, then click right to see where the computers and pollsters tripped up in the Week 11 BCS rankings.

    Full Week 11 BCS Rankings

    1. Alabama
    2. Florida State
    3. Oregon
    4. Ohio State
    5. Stanford
    6. Baylor
    7. Clemson
    8. Missouri
    9. Auburn
    10. Oklahoma
    11. Miami (Fla.)
    12. South Carolina
    13. LSU
    14. Oklahoma State
    15. Texas A&M
    16. Fresno State
    17. Michigan State
    18. Northern Illinois
    19. UCLA
    20. Louisville
    21. UCF
    22. Arizona State
    23. Notre Dame
    24. Wisconsin
    25. Texas Tech


High: Stanford

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    Week 11 Ranking: 5

    Once again, Stanford stands as the top one-loss team, one spot ahead of undefeated Baylor, despite having the worst loss of all its one-loss counterparts.

    The loss to Utah is still a deal-breaker for the Cardinal—or at least it should be.

    The Utes are at an even 4-4 and have just one Pac-12 win and one win over a team in a BCS automatic-qualifying conference. That win came over Stanford. The Utes have four Pac-12 losses, most recently a 19-3 defeat to USC.

    Many also forget that Stanford struggled early in the season with Army (3-6), beat Washington (5-3) by just three points and also struggled a week ago against an Oregon State team that was clubbed 31-14 by USC the previous week.

    Stanford is a strong team, but it shouldn't be ahead of Baylor, nor should it have such an overwhelming lead over other one-loss teams like Clemson, Missouri and Auburn.

Low: Texas A&M

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    Week 11 Ranking: 15

    Texas A&M won by 50 points over the weekend but dropped three spots from No. 12 to No. 15. 

    Apparently, playing UTEP did a number on A&M's strength of schedule, sending them back a few spots in the crowded middle of the rankings.

    The Aggies were jumped by LSU (which was idle), Oklahoma State (which notched a big win over Texas Tech) and South Carolina (which handily beat Mississippi State).

    The slide back makes sense, but it doesn't mean it's fair, especially considering the Aggies recorded their two losses to Alabama and Auburn, both of which are in the top 10. Both of those losses also came by just one possession.

    While the snubbing may hurt now, the Aggies will have two chances to regain the ground against LSU and Missouri in the final two weeks of their regular season.

High: Miami (Fla.)

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    Week 11 Ranking: 11

    It was widely agreed that Miami wasn't a top-10-caliber team going into its clash with Florida State.

    That thought was proved to be true when the Hurricanes were smashed 41-14 by their rival. Even with the lopsided loss, the 'Canes only dropped four spots.

    They ended up right at the tail end of a group of one-loss teams and right ahead of several two-loss squads. It makes sense on paper, but like Stanford's high ranking, more should go into the process than just record.

    Watching how Miami (and Stanford) performs on the field, it is clear that several teams behind them would win in a head-to-head matchup.

    The 'Canes will have to prove their ranking yet again this week when they host Virginia Tech.

Low: UCF

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    Week 11 Ranking: 21

    Central Florida gained some ground on fellow American Athletic Conference member Louisville this week.

    However, the Knights still remained behind the Cardinals squad they beat on the road.

    UCF's one loss came to No. 12 South Carolina. That defeat came by just three points. Had a bounce or two gone the way of the Knights, the BCS rankings would look much different for them and the Gamecocks.

    However, that isn't the case, and UCF is still looking up at UofL at No. 20. The Cards don't have a quality win on the year. Their best victory is a tossup between Ohio, Kentucky and Rutgers, which isn't exactly impressive.

    The computers agree about the Cardinals, as only one of the six computer rankings list them in the Top 25. However, the human voters continue to rank UofL far higher than they should be. The Harris and USA Today polls both have the Cards at No. 16 and UCF at No. 21.

    That poll scenario should be flipped in favor of UCF.

High: Oklahoma

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    Week 11 Ranking: 10

    Oklahoma has a decent resume on paper with one loss to rival Texas and wins over Texas Tech and Notre Dame. 

    However, this is another case of a team with one loss that is ranked ahead of several multiple-loss teams just because of record. OU has looked largely mediocre, particularly in the Texas loss and in wins over West Virginia and TCU.

    The Sooners even trailed Kansas by 13 points. No team worthy of a top-10 ranking should ever have trailed Kansas by two touchdowns under any circumstances. 

    OU will have its ranking tested Thursday against Baylor and by rival Oklahoma State in its final game of the regular season.

Low: Michigan State

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    Week 11 Ranking: 17

    It's time to start treating Michigan State like the rest of the one-loss contenders.

    The Spartans have just one four-point loss to Notre Dame and have improved with each passing week. MSU is No. 1 in the nation in total defense and rushing defense, allowing just 43 rushing and 210 total yards per game.

    In addition to having college football's best defense, the Spartans have been steadily improving on offense. They struggled with an identity and never really decided on a quarterback early in the season.

    Now they are set with sophomore signal-caller Connor Cook, who has thrown just three interceptions all year. As he has become more comfortable as the starter, so has running back Jeremy Langford. After failing to hit 100 yards in the first five games, he has hit triple digits in four straight games, finding the end zone six times.

    If the Spartans can continue to play well on both sides of the ball, they won't just win the Big Ten Legends Division—they could also challenge Ohio State for the conference title.