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BCS Rankings, Week 13: Stanford Climbs To No. 6 Behind Trio Of SEC Schools

A wild and crazy Week 12 officially wrapped on Sunday with the release of the Week 13 BCS Rankings. As expected, LSU and Alabama claimed the top two spots as we close in on a potential all SEC BCS national championship game. The SEC is dominating the BCS this week with Arkansas coming in at the No. 3 position. The top three is virtually guaranteed to change in some manner next week as Arkansas travels to face LSU. Alabama gets Auburn in the Iron Bowl, which is no sure thing victory.

Thanks to the host of upsets over the weekend, the Stanford Cardinal were  able to climb three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Oregon, Oklahoma, and Clemson all dropped behind them following weekend losses. It is mildly interesting to consider that Stanford will likely finish ahead of Oregon in the BCS in spite of losing to them and likely losing out on a Pac-12 title because of that loss.

At this point Stanford has a shot at a BCS at-large bid, likely for the Fiesta Bowl. Mathematically they could still climb into that number two spot in the national title game, but it would take a crazy confluence of events involving teams two through five all losing in the next couple of weeks. It is amusing to consider, but virtually impossible to happen. The Cardinal host Notre Dame next week and will look to wrap up an 11-1 regular season.

Here are the top ten teams in the Week 13 BCS Rankings:

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Arkansas
4. Oklahoma State
5. Virginia Tech
6. Stanford
7. Boise State
8. Houston
9. Oklahoma
10. Oregon