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BCS Watch: Week 13

Well, that was a weekend for the ages. 4 of the BCS top 10 teams took a loss, although, as you'll see below, only one dropped out of the top 10. That would be Clemson, which is understandable given their ugly loss to NC State. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Oregon took their 2nd losses, while Oklahoma State pooped the bed against an unranked team and are no longer undefeated. All of this, of course, has left Bronco fans shaking their heads at what might have been had BSU pulled out the win over TCU. But as things stand now, there is still hope for BSU to receive an at-large invitation to the BCS. There are two weeks left and more opportunities for chaos. Let's see what happens!

I tweaked my opponents' W-L statistics a little bit for this week. Instead of measuring the W-L record of all opponents a team has played, including those to which said team lost, I am only measuring the record of the opponents a team has beaten. I saw Mark Schlabach do this and I realized it was a more accurate measure of what kind of opponents a team is beating, as opposed to just playing. Also I decided to add the W-L record of a team's out-of-conference opponents. As we all know, conference games have a much different feel, and more potential for unlikely upsets, than out-of-conference games. Who you play against and how you perform outside your conference says a lot about the quality of your team. Certainly we Bronco fans have had that point hammered into our skulls over the years. Anyway, here's the top 10 BCS teams for week 13. Let's see how they compare.

*Teams currently unranked in AP poll.
^Oklahoma State defeated Baylor, who is currently ranked, but was not at the time.

1. LSU
Record: 11-0
Ranking: #1 AP, #1 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 66-54 (.550 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 27-16 (.628 pct)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #3 Oregon, #23 Miss St.*, #16 W Virginia*, #17 Florida*, #19 Auburn*, #2 Alabama
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #3 Arkansas
Next opponent: #3 Arkansas

2. Alabama
Record: 10-1 (lost to #1 LSU)
Ranking: #2 AP, #2 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 60-50 (.545 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 27-17 (.614 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #23 Penn St., #14 Arkansas, #12 Florida*
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: none
Next opponent: Auburn

3. Arkansas
Record: 10-1 (lost to #3 Alabama)
Ranking: #3 AP, #3 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 45-64 (.413 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 12-31 (.279 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #14 Texas A&M*, #15 Auburn*, #10 S. Carolina
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #1 LSU
Next opponent: #1 LSU

4. Oklahoma State
Record: 10-1 (lost to Iowa State)
Ranking: #5 AP, #6 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 60-48 (.556 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 19-14 (.576 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams^: #8 Texas A&M*, #22 Texas*, #17 Kansas St.
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #12 Oklahoma
Next opponent: #12 Oklahoma

5. Virginia Tech
Record: 10-1 (lost to #13 Clemson)
Ranking: #6 AP, #4 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 59-51 (.536 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 27-17 (.614 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #20 Georgia Tech
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #24 Virginia
Next opponent: #24 Virginia

6. Stanford
Record: 10-1 (lost to #6 Oregon)
Ranking: #4 AP, #5 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 46-65 (.414 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 7-15 (318 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #22 Washington*, #20 USC
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #22 Notre Dame
Next opponent: #22 Notre Dame

7. Boise State
Record: 9-1 (lost to TCU)
Ranking: #7 AP, #8 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 51-44 (.537 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 34-20 (.630 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #19 Georgia
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: none
Next opponent: Wyoming

8. Houston
Record: 11-0
Ranking: #8 AP, #7 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams played so far: 50-72 (.410 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 20-24 (.455 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: none
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: none
Next opponent: Tulsa

9. Oklahoma
Record: 8-2 (lost to Texas Tech, #25 Baylor)
Ranking: #12 AP, #11 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 50-37 (.575 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 21-12 (.636 pct.)
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #5 Florida St.*, #11 Texas*, #10 Kansas St.
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: #5 Oklahoma St.
Next opponent: Iowa State

10. Oregon
Record: 9-2 (lost to #4 LSU, #18 USC)
Ranking: #9 AP, #9 Coaches
Combined record of opposing teams defeated so far: 45-54 (.455 pct.)
Combined record of o.o.c. opponents defeated: 8-13 (.381 pct.), lost to LSU
Wins over AP-ranked teams: #18 Arizona St.*, #3 Stanford
Remaining AP-ranked teams on schedule: none
Next opponent: Oregon State

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