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College Football Rankings 2013: Week 13 AP and USA Today Standings Revealed

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 16:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide points out the defense against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVOctober 17, 2016

A shocking comeback over a one-win team. An unbelievable and improbable tipped pass that turned into a game-winning touchdown reception. A revitalized USC program. An unreal last-second, game-tying field goal. A top team grinding out a surprisingly close win. 

This weekend of college football had a little bit of everything, folks, and some of the weekend's biggest surprises—USC over Stanford; Duke over Miami—led to some risers and fallers in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll for Week 13.

Below, you can find both updated polls and a few notes about where we are in college football at the moment and where we'll head next as the season winds to a close.


Week 13 Associated Press Poll
2Florida State10-0
4Ohio State10-0
9Texas A&M8-2
11Oklahoma State9-1
12South Carolina8-2
13Michigan State9-1
15Fresno State9-0
19Arizona State8-2
20Northern Illinois10-0
24Ole Miss7-3


Week 13 USA Today Coaches Poll
2Florida State10-0
3Ohio State10-0
9Oklahoma State9-1
10Texas A&M8-2
11South Carolina8-2
13Michigan State9-1
16Fresno State9-0
21Northern Illinois10-0
22Arizona State8-2



CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is congratulated by teammate Andrew Norwell #78 after running for a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohi
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Both polls kept Alabama and Florida State as the top two teams in the rankings. Likewise, both Miami and Texas dropped out of the Top 25 in both polls after losses.

After that, however, there are some key differences.

For starters, the AP poll bumped Baylor up to No. 3, while Ohio State was the third-ranked team in the Coaches poll. The Coaches Poll has Louisville at No. 15 (ahead of Fresno State, mind you) while the AP poll has them at No. 21. 

And there are several smaller differences in the top 15, though in general, both polls are fairly similar. 

It all sets up two very key weeks of football. Next week, Baylor takes on Oklahoma State, Texas A&M travels to LSU, UCLA hosts Arizona State, Missouri takes on Ole Miss, Wisconsin travels to Minnesota and Northern Illinois takes on Toledo in key battles among the Top 25.

Things get even more interesting two weeks from now, with Alabama traveling to Auburn in an Iron Bowl that will determine which team reaches the SEC championship game (and will probably have BCS national championship implications as well). 

Nov 16, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) celebrates with fans after the Tigers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 43-38 at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, key matchups in the BCS picture will be on tap, as Clemson faces South Carolina, Texas A&M takes on Missouri, UCLA takes on USC, Ohio State faces Michigan, Michigan State takes on Minnesota and Stanford faces Notre Dame.

Add it all up, and in two weeks we'll arguably have the most stacked slate of games in the entire college football season until the bowls begin. 

Key questions will be answered shortly. Which two teams will play for a national championship? Which teams will earn a BCS berth? Can either Fresno State or Northern Illinois—or both—crash the BCS party?

So much is yet to be decided, folks. Get excited, it's gonna be a thrilling close to the college football season. 


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