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|
|Week 13 USA Today Coaches Poll|
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).
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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