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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: OSU QB Braxton Miller accounted for five TDs on Saturday. (Image Source: FrankHyatt.com)
For the first time this season we have a new number one.
Auburn’s dramatic 34-28 upset of previously top-ranked Alabama has knocked the Crimson Tide off their perch. The two-time defending champs dropped to fourth in the BCS Rankings this week, as well as the Coaches Poll, the Harris Poll and the computer rankings. Bama has been ranked fourth in the BCS Standings or higher for 24 straight weeks.
Filling the vacant spot atop the BCS Rankings, the Coaches Poll, the Harris Poll and the computer rankings are the Florida State Seminoles, who had been entrenched at No. 2. This is the first time that the ‘Noles have reached the top spot in the BCS Rankings since 1999, which is also the last time that the ACC school won the BCS Championship.
It’s great to be number one, but just as coveted as the top spot is number two in the BCS Rankings. The Tide’s loss opened the door for undefeated Ohio State, who beat Michigan 42-41 in Ann Arbor on Saturday, to move up one spot to number two in the latest BCS Rankings. HC Urban Meyer may have won 24 straight games, but this is the first time that the Buckeyes have leaped into the top two since 2007, which is the last time that the Big Ten school played in the BCS Championship Game.
By beating Alabama head-to-head, Auburn moves up one spot to number three, their highest BCS Ranking since they won the BCS Title in 2010. With their 11th win No. 5 Missouri maintains their spot in the BCS Rankings. The Tigers have won 11 games for the third time in the history of the program. The last time they won 11 games was 2007 when they reached No. 1 in the BCS Standings on November 25.
"The final season of the BCS has built to another amazing conclusion filled with tension and drama,” said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock in a statement. “Nobody knows who will finish #1 and #2. This incredible weekend makes it easy to embrace the intrigue of college football's great regular season. And easy to understand the benefits that the BCS has brought to our game. No matter where you live, you just have to watch it all."
No. 3 Auburn plays No. 5 Missouri this Saturday in the SEC Championship Game (4:00 p.m. ET; CBS) and should either No. 1 Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State lose their respective championship games, the winner will be in prime position to jump into one of the sought-after top two spots.
No. 1 Florida State will take on the No. 20 Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship Game (8:00 p.m. ET; ABC), while No. 2 Ohio State plays the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship Game (8:17 p.m. ET; FOX). Duke’s spot at No. 20 is their highest-ever BCS Ranking, as is Central Florida’s spot at No. 16.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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