College Football Rankings 2013: Projecting New Top 25 After Week 13

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies is sacked by defensive end Danielle Hunter #94 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Week 13 of the college football season might not give us a new No. 1 or 2 in the polls, but it likely will bring about some notable changes in the Top 25. 

Both No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State took care of business against lesser competition. The Crimson Tide barely broke a sweat in beating FCS Chattanooga 49-0 while Florida State easily dispatched of the Vandals of Idaho. 

However, other teams in last week's Top 25 weren't as fortunate. Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies highlight the teams that are likely in for a fall in this week's rankings. 

Projected BCS Standings
2Florida State11-0ACC2
3Ohio State11-0Big Ten3
7Oklahoma State10-1Big 1210
9South Carolina9-2SEC11
10Michigan State10-1Big Ten13
11Baylor9-1Big 124
13Arizona State9-2Pac-1217
14Wisconsin9-2Big Ten19
16Fresno State10-0MWC15
17Northern Illinois11-0MAC16
18Central Florida9-1AAC18
20Oklahoma9-2Big 1220
21Texas A&M8-3SEC12
via BCS Guru


Oregon Falls Out of the National Championship Race

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back Ka'Deem Carey #25 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football en route to scoring on a 9 yard touchdown against the Oregon Ducks during the thrid quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on November 2
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The Oregon Ducks entered the week as the one-loss team with the best shot at making it to the BCS National Championship Game. With Stanford falling to USC in Week 12, the Ducks came into the season with the highest ranking of any team with a loss and a shot to impress in the Pac-12 Championship Game. 

After a shocking upset loss to Arizona, the Ducks are all but eliminated from the BCS altogether. 

The Wildcats entered the game as a heavy underdog thanks to a two-game skid against UCLA and Washington State but certainly didn't show any signs of fear for the Ducks on Saturday. The Wildcats thoroughly dominated the game and came away with a 42-16 victory. 

Star running back Ka'Deem Carey had 48 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon's defense once again revealed a weakness against strong rushing attacks. As fun as Oregon's offense usually is, being held to 16 points and getting blown out will lead to a huge plunge in the rankings this week. 


LSU Hands Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M Third Loss

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 23:  Defensive end Danielle Hunter #94 of the LSU Tigers celebrates with his teammate defensive end Jermauria Rasco #59 after sacking quarterback  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2013 i
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Speaking of schools whose BCS hopes were dashed on Saturday, the LSU Tigers made sure that Johnny Football won't be making an appearance on college football's grandest stage. 

And it was all thanks to an extraordinary effort from the Bayou Bengals defense:

Manziel was held to just 224 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions through the air and tacked on just 54 yards rushing. With yet another loss on the season and a disappointing individual performance, Johnny Football was not only knocked out of the BCS but likely also lost out on his chance to repeat as the Heisman winner. 


Baylor Can't Take Advantage of Opportunity Against Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 23:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears runs off the field after a loss against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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"Baylor Jumps Ohio State in Most Recent BCS Rankings." That was supposed to be the headline for college football's Week 13 action. Fortunately for the Buckeyes and unfortunately for Bear Nation, college football rarely goes as planned. 

The Bears were in a good position to leap Ohio State for the No. 3 spot in the BCS rankings, but a 49-17 beating put that idea to rest. The Buckeyes now have a death grip on that No. 3 spot and remain the most likely national title contender should Alabama or Florida State get upset on its way to the title game. 

A loss that bad at the hands of a conference rival could be bad enough to derail an otherwise perfect season for the Bears. However, they still have a lot to play for. With their exciting style and a projected No. 11 ranking, Baylor is still very much in play for an at-large bid if it can rebound from this loss.