The long-awaited Alabama-Oregon matchup college football fans are clamoring for would not come to fruition, according to the first BCS rankings of 2013.
Based on the strength of its win over Clemson, Florida State is ranked No. 2 ahead of No. 3 Oregon. The Seminoles and Ducks were separated by less than .03 points. For perspective on just how narrow that margin truly is, ESPN BCS maven Brad Edwards explains:
FSU's lead on Oregon is so small that if Oregon moved up one spot in one computer, it would switch the order.
— Brad Edwards (@JBradEdwards) October 21, 2013
Oregon will surpass Florida State so long as it wins its games, as I outlined on the B/R Pac-12 Blog. The Ducks could move into No. 2 as early as next week, should they defeat No. 12 UCLA.
The last season of the BCS also means the last chance for a non-BCS buster. With the American’s representatives Louisville and UCF at No. 20 and 23, Fresno State and Northern Illinois are in good shape. The Bulldogs check in at No. 17, and last year’s BCS-busting Huskies are ranked No. 18.