Baylor Debuts at #8 in 2013 BCS Rankings

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Republic, along with the rest of the CFB world, found out moments ago that the 2013 Bears set a new program high, ranked at #8 in the first BCS rankings of 2013.

Your Baylor Bears are the #8 team in the entire country, according to the first BCS rankings of 2013, released officially just moments ago live on ESPN.  That means just 7 teams: the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon Ducks, Florida State Seminoles, Ohio State Buckeyes, Missouri Tigers, Stanford Cardinal, and Miami Hurricanes stand between the Bears and college football glory.  Unfortunately, due to the perceived strength of our conference and the fact that so many undefeated teams remain in the college football landscape, the oft-repeated phrase "control your own destiny" doesn't really apply here.  Simply winning out and hoping the chips fall in our favor may not be enough.  We're going to need help. Below are the remaining schedules for each of the top 7 teams in the BCS rankings.

#1 -- Alabama (7-0, 4-0 in SEC)

Sat, Aug 31
@
Virginia Tech
W 35 - 10
Final
Sat, Sep 14
@
Texas A&M
W 49 - 42
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Colorado State
W 6 - 31
Final
Sat, Sep 28
vs.
Ole Miss
W 0 - 25
Final
Sat, Oct 5
vs.
Georgia State
W 3 - 45
Final
Sat, Oct 12
@
Kentucky
W 48 - 7
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
Arkansas
W 0 - 52
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. Tennessee 2:30 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 9
vs.
LSU
TBD
Sat, Nov 16
@
Mississippi State
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
vs.
Chattanooga
1:00 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 30
@
Auburn
TBD

This schedule does not include the SEC Championship Game, which will pit the Tide (should they make it) against the winner of the SEC East.  At this point, Missouri holds a 2-game lead in that division after wins last weekend over Georgia and this weekend over Florida.  Alabama's schedule includes two potential losses, I think, in LSU and Auburn.  That last game, the Iron Bowl at Auburn, could be much more difficult than we anticipated.

#2 Florida State (6-0, 4-0 in ACC)

Mon, Sep 2
@
Pittsburgh
W 41 - 13
Final
Sat, Sep 14
vs.
Nevada
W 7 - 62
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Bethune-Cookman
W 6 - 54
Final
Sat, Sep 28
@
Boston College
W 48 - 34
Final
Sat, Oct 5
vs.
Maryland
W 0 - 63
Final
Sat, Oct 19
@
Clemson
W 51 - 14
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. North Carolina State 2:30 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 2
vs.
Miami (FL)
TBD
Sat, Nov 9
@
Wake Forest
TBD
Sat, Nov 16
vs.
Syracuse
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
vs.
Idaho
TBD
Sat, Nov 30
@
Florida
TBD

With last night's win over Clemson, Florida State passed what will likely be its biggest test in 2013.  Yes, the ACC Championship Game could bring a very strong Virginia Tech defense to bear on redshirt freshman Jameis Winston, but I strongly believe the Seminoles will end the regular season undefeated, settling themselves up as first-in-line should one of the first two teams fall. (I say that because I, like the analyst on ESPN, think Oregon will pass FSU again shortly).

#3 Oregon (7-0, 4-0 in Pac12)

Sat, Aug 31
vs.
Nicholls
W 3 - 66
Final
Sat, Sep 7
@
Virginia
W 59 - 10
Final
Sat, Sep 14
vs.
Tennessee
W 14 - 59
Final
Sat, Sep 28
vs.
California
W 16 - 55
Final
Sat, Oct 5
@
Colorado
W 57 - 16
Final
Sat, Oct 12
@
Washington
W 45 - 24
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
Washington State
W 38 - 62
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. UCLA 6:00 PM (CT)
Thu, Nov 7
@
Stanford
8:00 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 16
vs.
Utah
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
@
Arizona
TBD
Fri, Nov 29
vs.
Oregon State
6:00 PM (CT)

Over the next three weeks, we're going to find out a lot about Oregon's immediate future in the Pac12.  UCLA will get the first of potentially two shots at beating Oregon, the second of which could come in the Pac12 Championship Game the first week of December.  Stanford is obviously no slouch, either, nor is Utah, who just beat the Cardinal.

#4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 in B1G)

Sat, Aug 31
vs.
Buffalo
W 20 - 40
Final
Sat, Sep 7
vs.
San Diego State
W 7 - 42
Final
Sat, Sep 14
@
California
W 52 - 34
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Florida A&M
W 0 - 76
Final
Sat, Sep 28
vs.
Wisconsin
W 24 - 31
Final
Sat, Oct 5
@
Northwestern
W 40 - 30
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
Iowa
W 24 - 34
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. Penn State 7:00 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 2
@
Purdue
TBD
Sat, Nov 16
@
Illinois
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
vs.
Indiana
TBD
Sat, Nov 30
@
Michigan
TBD

I'd bet a lot that Ohio State will go undefeated in an awful B1G and nobody will care.  They need both of Oregon and Alabama to lose to have a chance at the BCS National Championship Game.  If they would just lose, that would be great.

#5 Missouri (7-0, 3-0 in SEC)

Sat, Aug 31
vs.
Murray State
W 14 - 58
Final
Sat, Sep 7
vs.
Toledo
W 23 - 38
Final
Sat, Sep 21
@
Indiana
W 45 - 28
Final
Sat, Sep 28
vs.
Arkansas State
W 19 - 41
Final
Sat, Oct 5
@
Vanderbilt
W 51 - 28
Final
Sat, Oct 12
@
Georgia
W 41 - 26
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
Florida
W 17 - 36
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. South Carolina 6:00 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 2
vs.
Tennessee
TBD
Sat, Nov 9
@
Kentucky
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
@
Ole Miss
TBD
Sat, Nov 30
vs.
Texas A&M
TBD

With Alabama firmly entrenched as the kings in the West (for now), Missouri owns the SEC East after defeating Georgia and Florida in consecutive weeks.  James Franklin's injury would seem to render them vulnerable at some point, and it may just be a matter of time until they lose in the SEC Championship Game to whoever comes from the West.

#6 Stanford (5-1, 4-1 in Pac12)

Sat, Sep 7
vs.
San Jose State
W 13 - 34
Final
Sat, Sep 14
@
Army
W 34 - 20
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Arizona State
W 28 - 42
Final
Sat, Sep 28
@
Washington State
W 55 - 17
Final
Sat, Oct 5
vs.
Washington
W 28 - 31
Final
Sat, Oct 12
@
Utah
L 21 - 27
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
UCLA
W 10 - 24
Final
Sat, Oct 26 @ Oregon State 9:30 PM (CT)
Thu, Nov 7
vs.
Oregon
8:00 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 16
@
USC
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
vs.
California
TBD
Sat, Nov 30
vs.
Notre Dame
TBD

Stanford needs to beat Oregon and then win the Pac12 Championship Game over a highly-ranked UCLA, probably, to have a chance.  I was afraid Stanford would jump us in these rankings, and they did.  The computers love them.

#7 Miami (6-0, 3-0 in ACC)

Fri, Aug 30
vs.
Florida Atlantic
W 6 - 34
Final
Sat, Sep 7
vs.
Florida
W 16 - 21
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Savannah State
W 7 - 77
Final
Sat, Sep 28
@
South Florida
W 49 - 21
Final
Sat, Oct 5
vs.
Georgia Tech
W 30 - 45
Final
Thu, Oct 17
@
North Carolina
W 27 - 23
Final
Sat, Oct 26 vs. Wake Forest 11:00 AM (CT)
Sat, Nov 2
@
Florida State
TBD
Sat, Nov 9
vs.
Virginia Tech
TBD
Sat, Nov 16
@
Duke
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
vs.
Virginia
TBD
Fri, Nov 29
@
Pittsburgh
TBD

This has to be some kind of joke.  Baylor would whip Miami and have them begging for more at the end of the game.  You can't almost lose to UNC and then be ranked #7 in the BCS.  That has to be a rule somewhere.

#8 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 in Big 12)

Sat, Aug 31
vs.
Wofford
W 3 - 69
Final
Sat, Sep 7
vs.
Buffalo
W 13 - 70
Final
Sat, Sep 21
vs.
Louisiana-Monroe
W 7 - 70
Final
Sat, Oct 5
vs.
West Virginia
W 42 - 73
Final
Sat, Oct 12
@
Kansas State
W 35 - 25
Final
Sat, Oct 19
vs.
Iowa State
W 7 - 71
Final
Sat, Oct 26 @ Kansas 6:00 PM (CT)
Thu, Nov 7
vs.
Oklahoma
6:30 PM (CT)
Sat, Nov 16
vs.
Texas Tech
TBD
Sat, Nov 23
@
Oklahoma State
TBD
Sat, Nov 30
@
TCU
TBD
Sat, Dec 7
vs.
Texas
TBD

I shouldn't have to tell you what Baylor's upcoming schedule looks like, but I did. Baylor's two biggest games remaining are probably still Oklahoma and Texas Tech, with Texas and OSU also ready to jump up should they get the opportunity.

My honest belief is that Baylor can pass Stanford and Miami in the coming weeks, especially with Miami looking down the barrel of the FSU machine at some point, should they keep winning. Missouri will probably fall off, regardless, unless they beat Alabama.  Those things combine put us in the Top 4, provided we keep winning.  At that point, we're going to need help in the form of 2 out of the top 3, at least, losing.  That's ... unlikely to happen.  But I don't see an undefeated Baylor getting in over an undefeated Alabama, Oregon, or Florida State, however they are aligned.

All we can do is keep winning.  And maybe hack a few computers? Let's check on that.

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