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Auburn, Mizzou, Ok St. make strides in BCS

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf reacts during the

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf reacts during the first quarter against Baylor. (Nov. 23, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

It was certainly one of the most topsy-turvy weekends in college football. Baylor and Oregon getting crushed opened the door for Ohio State, Auburn and Missouri. Even No. 7 Oklahoma State now has an outside shot at the BCS title game.

No. 1 Alabama and fourth-ranked Auburn play each other, while No. 5 Missouri still has its regular-season finale against Texas A&M. No. 2 Florida State still has Florida (yes, we know, a diminished Florida) and the ACC title game, while No. 6 Clemson still has to play at No. 10 South Carolina.

We’d like to take time out to welcome Duke (9-2) to the BCS rankings for the first time in program history. The Blue Devils checked in at 24th this week. Notre Dame is also in the poll. The Fighting Irish haven’t tasted the BCS rankings since earlier this season.

Mid-major report: It was good news for Northern Illinois (11-0), which moved up two spots to 14th. A top 12 finish gets them an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. No. 11 Arizona State still has Arizona and possibly the PAC-12 title game, while a fading No. 13 Oregon still has to play Oregon State, leaving Northern Illinois with probably a 50-50 shot.

Not so good news for Fresno State (10-0), which dropped one place to 16th. To jump four spots in a few weeks would require at least five or six teams to lose.

1. Alabama (11-0) .9881
2. Florida State (11-0) .9697
3. Ohio State (11-0) .9200
4. Auburn (10-1) .8236
5. Missouri (10-1) .8077
6. Clemson (10-1) .7726
7. Oklahoma State (10-1) .7615
8. Stanford (9-2) .6665
9. Baylor (9-1) .6456
10. South Carolina (9-2) .6101
11. Michigan State (10-1) .5780
12. Arizona State (9-2) .5052
13. Oregon (9-2) .4950
14. Northern Illinois (11-0) .4620
15. Wisconsin (9-2) .4448
16. Fresno State (10-0) .4124
17. LSU (8-3) .3737
18. Oklahoma (9-2) .3380
19. Central Florida (9-1) .3364
20. Louisville (10-1) .2522
21. Texas A&M (8-3) .2243
22. UCLA (8-3) .1921
23. Southern California (9-3) .1779
24. Duke (9-2) .0885
25. Notre Dame (8-3) .0674
 

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