Week 11 of the 2013 college football season was a momentous one, beginning with an upset on Thursday night and continuing through Saturday with a handful of exciting contests.
Of course, the results from the Week 12 Associated Press Top 25 poll have shifted from the previous week due to a number of surprising results during the slate of games.
|Rank||Team||Record||Prev. Rank||B/R Rank|
|1||Alabama||9 - 0||1||1|
|2||Florida State||9 - 0||3||2|
|3||Ohio State||9 - 0||4||3|
|4||Baylor||8 - 0||5||4|
|5||Stanford||8 - 1||6||5|
|6||Oregon||8 - 1||2||6|
|7||Auburn||9 - 1||7||8|
|8||Clemson||8 - 1||8||7|
|9||Missouri||9 - 1||9||9|
|10||Texas A&M||8 - 2||11||10|
|11||South Carolina||7 - 2||13||12|
|12||Oklahoma State||8 - 1||15||11|
|13||UCLA||7 - 2||16||13|
|14||Michigan State||8 - 1||18||14|
|15||UCF||7 - 1||19||17|
|16||Fresno State||9 - 0||17||16|
|17||Wisconsin||7 - 2||21||20|
|18||LSU||7 - 3||10||15|
|19||Louisville||8 - 1||20||18|
|20||Northern Illinois||9 - 0||22||19|
|21||Arizona State||7 - 2||23||22|
|22||Oklahoma||7 - 2||12||21|
|23||Texas||7 - 2||26||24|
|24||Miami (FL)||7 - 2||14||23|
|25||Georgia||6 - 3||27||NR|
In a much-anticipated showdown, Alabama remained atop the polls with a win over now-No. 18 LSU, the third straight for the Crimson Tide over the Tigers. The No. 1-ranked squad rattled off three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to pull away for a 38-17 victory.
This was a tremendous atmosphere for a college football game tonight. I was really proud of our players in the second half. I thought they did a fantastic job and probably played our best half of football. It wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t play great in the first half, but [there was] a lot of character out there in the second half to control the line of scrimmage the way we did on offense. [We] got some stops on defense, especially after the kickoff return that could have got them back in the game.
Oregon dropped back to No. 6 after falling to Stanford on Thursday night. The Cardinal jumped up to No. 5 after holding the Ducks to just three touchdowns in a 26-20 win.
Florida State also gained some ground, moving into prime position to challenge ‘Bama for the national title with a 59-3 destruction of Wake Forest. The No. 2 Seminoles do not face a ranked opponent for the rest of the season.
Speaking of moving up the rankings, Baylor did just that and proved it is for real by blowing out Oklahoma on Thursday. The No. 4 Bears moved up a spot after the 41-12 outing, with the No. 22 Sooners dropping back 10 places in the rankings.
Ohio State also moved up due to Oregon's misfortune, going from No. 4 to No. 3 during a bye week.
Rounding out the Top 10 this week are Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and Texas A&M, all of which emerged victorious with the exception of Clemson, as the Tigers were on a bye in Week 11.
Other notable results include Virginia Tech’s 42-24 upset of Miami. The No. 24 Hurricanes are spiraling from the top and have now dropped back-to-back contests.
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Texas Tech and Notre Dame are also out of the rankings, as last week’s No. 25 and No. 24 teams, respectively, fell on Saturday. They have been replaced by Georgia and Texas, the only two newcomers in this edition of the rankings.
It will be tough for Week 12 to match the sort of action and intrigue that Week 11 brought us, but don’t be surprised if there are plenty more upsets and results that drastically alter the next Associated Press Top 25 poll.