When the first official edition of the 2013 BCS standings were released on Sunday night, the shock reverberated all the way from Tallahassee, Fla., out to Eugene, Ore., and just about everywhere in between.
Oregon had been ranked No. 2-nationally by the Coaches’ and AP Polls for the majority of the season. However, Florida State collected a huge win over then-No. 3 Clemson and jumped ahead of the Ducks in the first BCS poll.
The situation has to be frustrating for Ducks fans, who are currently on the outside looking in at the 2014 BCS title game. However, comparing the remaining schedules of the two undefeated teams, Oregon will have several opportunities to jump the Seminoles.
The Ducks’ schedule still includes brutal games against UCLA, Stanford, Utah (which already upset the Cardinal), a pretty good Arizona squad and an Oregon State team that has dominated since its shocking loss to FCS-level Eastern Washington to open the year.
On the other hand, FSU only really has Miami left in terms of big-time, schedule-building games. Another in-state rival, Florida, was supposed to be that, but the Gators just lost their third game of the year as injuries have taken their toll.
Lest either of these two teams forget, however, there’s a program lurking just behind them both at No. 4 in the first BCS: Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ 19-game winning streak is the longest active in the nation.
If Ohio State can make that a 24-game winning streak (meaning coach Urban Meyer will not have suffered a single loss in his first two seasons), the Buckeyes would have a legitimate claim to a title game berth against Alabama, should the Tide go undefeated.
There are also undefeated teams in Miami, Missouri, Baylor and Texas Tech chomping at the bit for their shot as well.