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USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 13 Rankings Released

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  Quarterback Cody Kessler #6 of the USC Trojans celebrates after kicker Andre Heidari (not pictured) of the USC Trojans kicked the go ahead field goal in the closing seconds of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated Stanford 20-17.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

USC rocked the national championship race late Saturday night, knocking off rival Stanford to shake up the pecking order at the top. 

With another wild Saturday in the books, let's take a look at where every team stands in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll as well as in the up-to-date B/R rankings:

USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll - Week 13
RankTeam (first place votes)RecordPointsB/R Ranking
1Alabama (56)10-015441
2Florida State (6)10-014872
3Ohio State10-014043
4Baylor9-013864
5Oregon9-112315
6Clemson9-112176
7Auburn10-111457
8Missouri9-111298
9Oklahoma State9-1103010
10Texas A&M8-29289
11South Carolina8-288213
12Stanford8-286511
13Michigan State9-172912
14UCLA8-270014
15Louisville9-162719
16Fresno State9-062216
17Wisconsin8-251115
18Oklahoma8-250221
19LSU7-347820
20Central Florida8-144618
21Northern Illinois10-041817
22Arizona State8-235222
23Minnesota8-217323
24Duke8-213124
25USC8-311525
USAToday.com

Stanford was the only Top 10 team to stumble in Week 12 and is officially out of the BCS national championship picture with two blemishes now on its resume. But the stunning result was just as meaningful for Ed Orgeron's Trojans, who have reentered the Top 25 after picking up their fourth win in a row. Orgeron said the following, per USCTrojans.com:

It was a tremendous effort by the organization and the coaching staff. For some reason on Monday was a belief that we were going to prepare as well as we could and find a way to win the game. I'm awfully proud of our men. This is something we've wanted for the past Trojans and coaches that fought hard. This is for the Trojan Family.

USC remains one game back of Arizona State in the Pac-12 South division race.    

The Top Four remains unchanged as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all won comfortably by double digits on Saturday. 

The two-time defending national champions found themselves in a dogfight with Mississippi State in Starkville, but the Tide were able to overcome four turnovers thanks to yet another dominant defensive performance and an impressive 160-yard rushing effort from T.J. Yeldon.

The Crimson Tide will host Chattanooga this coming weekend before wrapping up the regular season against bitter rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Nov 16, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon (4) runs by Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Matthew Wells (22) during the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to power Florida State to a 56-point win over Syracuse in Tallahassee. Winston did all that damage in just one half of action, as he sat the second half.

The Seminoles are a lock to improve to 11-0 overall next Saturday when they host Idaho.

Unlike the Tide and 'Noles, Ohio State is still on the outside looking in at a potential BCS title game berth. The Buckeyes earned another convincing victory in Week 12 to advance to 10-0 for the second straight season under head coach Urban Meyer. The Big Ten powerhouse steamrolled Illinois behind a career day from running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

The Buckeyes will host Indiana on Senior Day next weekend before concluding the regular season at Michigan. 

Credit: ESPN

A handful of other national championship hopefuls won big in Week 12. Baylor overcame a slow start to hang 63 points on Texas Tech, Clemson cruised past Georgia Tech in prime time on Thursday night and Oregon crushed Utah behind a bounce-back effort from quarterback Marcus Mariota.

With several dangerous teams still in the hunt as Week 13 approaches, the excitement is nearing a fever pitch.

While there aren't many intriguing matchups that jump out on the schedule this coming weekend, there will be plenty at stake and another opportunity for an upset when undefeated Baylor travels to Oklahoma State and Arizona State visits UCLA.

 

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