College Football Rankings 2013: Predicting How Week 11 Polls Will Unfold

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College Football Rankings 2013: Predicting How Week 11 Polls Will Unfold
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We didn't see seismic shifts on Saturday in the college football landscape like those that unfolded last weekend, but the newest polls after the slate of games will be noticeably different.

Despite many of the nation's best teams enjoying bye weeks and others playing host to relatively easy opponents, others weren't so lucky as a handful of conference showdowns featured two ranked teams.

Let's break down how the biggest results from Saturday's games will shake up the new standings.

Top 25 Projections: Week 11
Rank School
1 Alabama
2 Oregon
3 Florida State
4 Ohio State
5 Stanford
6 Baylor
7 Clemson
8 Missouri
9 Auburn
10 Oklahoma
11 Miami (Fla.)
12 Texas A&M
13 LSU
14 South Carolina
15 Oklahoma State
16 Northern Illinois
17 Fresno State
18 Louisville
19 UCLA
20 Texas Tech
21 Michigan State
22 UCF
23 Wisconsin
24 Notre Dame
25 Arizona State

Steven Cook's projections

 

Florida State Rolls Over Miami

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Very few people expected Miami to dominate Florida State by any means in this contest, but Jameis Winston and company still found a way to surprise by absolutely crushing the Hurricanes.

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The third-ranked Seminoles took care of business at home, even on a night that Winston struggled a bit. The 41-14 win was hardly ever in question, even early when the 'Canes were hanging around.

Yet again, Winston torched an opponent's secondary by going 21-of-29 for 325 yards. He had two picks, but they came early, and he was able to bounce back and orchestrate a handful of scoring drives in the second half.

It was tough to tell if Florida State is just that good or if Miami was that bad. I'm going to go with the former on that one. The Hurricanes are still a top-15 team but are nowhere near Florida State's level.

 

Oklahoma State Takes Down Texas Tech

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Much of the talk in the Big 12 this season has revolved around Kliff Kingsbury and his Texas Tech Red Raiders, but that has been stymied mightily over the last two weekends.

Coming off a loss to Oklahoma the week prior, Texas Tech was beaten down by Oklahoma State on Saturday, 52-34 in front of its home fans.

Even after losing their first game of the season last weekend, the Red Raiders saw an opportunity to finish strong and could not take advantage. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are peaking at the right time, having won four straight since an upset loss to West Virginia in September. 

Expect both of these teams to stay ranked, but Oklahoma State should have no problem jumping the Red Raiders. Of course, both schools still have No. 6 Baylor on their schedules. 

 

Michigan State Throttles Michigan

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The "big brother, little brother" narrative was put to rest in a major way on Saturday, as Michigan State took it to Michigan in the bitter in-state rivalry.

The Spartans—who boast one of the best defenses in college football—completely shut down the often-dangerous Wolverine offense. Devin Gardner was sacked at will, and Michigan finished with the lowest rushing yards in school history.

With a tight 17-13 loss to Notre Dame as the only blemish on an otherwise perfect resume, Sparty is looking awfully good at the moment.

However, with a remaining schedule of Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota, it's unclear how much ground they can truly make up.

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