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College Football Rankings 2013: AP and USA Today Standings Revealed

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 09:  CBS Sports reporter Tracy Wolfson interviews head coach Nick Saban and AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide after their 38-17 win over the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

While ultimately the BCS rankings are the only ones that matter, the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll each provide a comprehensive look at how each college football team is perceived on a weekly basis. 

One thing is for certain this week—Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State are now in the driver's seat for a trip to the BCS National Championship Game, with the Crimson Tide and Seminoles likely controlling their own destinies. 

But plenty of other teams—Baylor, Stanford and even Oregon—will hope the top teams falter and open up a place atop the rankings, while other teams will be waiting in the wings hoping to secure a BCS berth. With so much at stake, let's take a look at this week's AP and Coaches Polls.



Week 12 Associated Press Rankings
2Florida State9-0
3Ohio State9-0
10Texas A&M8-2
11South Carolina7-2
12Oklahoma State8-1
14Michigan State8-1
16Fresno State9-0
20Northern Illinois9-0
21Arizona State7-2


Week 12 USA Today Coaches Poll
2Florida State9-0
3Ohio State9-0
10Oklahoma State8-1
11Texas A&M8-2
12South Carolina7-2
14Fresno State9-0
16Michigan State8-1
21Northern Illinois9-0
22Arizona State7-2



PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Shayne Skov #11 of the Stanford Cardinal tries to get the crowd to make more noise during the fourth quarter of their game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Not surprisingly, Alabama remains atop the rankings after a 38-17 win over LSU.

The Crimson Tide aren't in the clear just yet—though they'll be heavily favored against Mississippi State and poor, overmatched Chattanooga—with a meeting against Auburn on Nov. 30 and the SEC title game presumably to follow.

Assuming Missouri wins out (a tall task considering Texas A&M is still on the schedule), that means Alabama still has two Top 10 teams to dispose of if they are to reach the BCS National Championship. 

Florida State is bumped up to No. 2 after Oregon's loss to Stanford, while Ohio State slides to No. 3. Oregon's loss certainly made the race to the title game a whole lot more intriguing. 

At this point, however, Florida State seems a lock to reach the title game if it wins out. Ohio State doesn't have another ranked team left on its schedule and, at the moment, the best win on its schedule is a victory over Wisconsin. 

Nov 2, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) throws a pass against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Ohio State defeats Purdue 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Buckeyes will likely face either Michigan State or Nebraska in the Big-Ten championship, however, the last real possibility for a resume builder. The two Legends Division front-runners face off this coming 

And let's not forget about Baylor, which was hugely impressive in a 41-12 dismantling of Oklahoma. If Baylor is one of two top teams in the nation left undefeated, would it be voted into the title game ahead of one-loss teams like Stanford or Oregon?

The big losers of the week were Oregon, Oklahoma and LSU, which all dropped well down the rankings, while losses from Notre Dame and Texas Tech saw them voted out of both Top 25 rankings altogether.

Meanwhile, undefeated Fresno State and Northern Illinois continue to hang around in the rankings, each hoping to crash the BCS this season, while Texas has moved back into the rankings in both polls.

November is always a crazy month, and the stage is set for heartbreak, intrigue and unexpected storylines. If you thought the season was fun thus far, just wait—it's about to get nutty.


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