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College Football Rankings 2013: Week 14 AP and USA Today Standings Revealed

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 23:  Ron Tanner #20 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a blocked Indiana Hoosiers' punt in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

And then there were three. 

With previously unbeaten Baylor getting demolished by Oklahoma State on Saturday evening, it now appears the chase to the BCS National Championship Game has come down to Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. 

Meanwhile, Northern Illinois and Fresno State remained undefeated, keeping their hats in the BCS pile.

With the season winding down, the stakes have never been higher. Let's take a look at the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches poll and recap an excellent week of college football action.



Week 14 Associated Press Poll
2Florida State11-0
3Ohio State11-0
7Oklahoma State10-1
10South Carolina9-2
11Michigan State10-1
13Arizona State9-2
16Fresno State10-0
18Northern Illinois11-0
19Texas A&M8-3
25Notre Dame8-3


Week 14 USA Today Coaches Poll
2Florida State11-0
3Ohio State11-0
7Oklahoma State10-1
9South Carolina9-2
11Michigan State10-1
13Fresno State10-0
18Arizona State9-2
19Central Florida9-1
20Northern Illinois11-0
21Texas A&M8-3



TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 23:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Chattanooga Mocs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State, the wins came easily, but the future seems far less assured. Alabama has the toughest path left, with Auburn up next and then a trip to the SEC title game if it beats its hated rival, where the Crimson Tide will face either Missouri or South Carolina.

Florida State seems unlikely to lose again this year. The Seminoles face a reeling Florida squad next week, then likely Duke in the ACC title game, so long as the Blue Devils handle North Carolina next week. 

Ohio State still has some work to do. The Buckeyes face bitter rival Michigan next week in Ann Arbor, then take on one of the more underrated teams in the country, Michigan State—who has arguably the nation's best defense—in the Big Ten championship.  

And if all three lose, well, that could truly open Pandora's box and allow teams like Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and even Oklahoma State to join the party. We all know just how real that possibility is seeing how crazy things have gotten in years past. 

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 23:  Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with fans following a victory over the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Oxford, Mississippi.  Missouri won the game 24-10.  (Photo by Stacy Rev
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Just imagine a scenario in which Auburn beats Alabama next week, Missouri beats Texas A&M, either Florida State or Ohio State loses and the two teams meet essentially with a berth in the BCS title game on the line. How much fun would that be?

Anyway, doomsday scenarios aside, there weren't too many surprises in the rankings this week. 

Oklahoma State, LSU and Arizona State all received slight bumps in the rankings, while Baylor, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA all dropped down. If Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all win out, the really intriguing race will be for the at-large BCS bids, with several one-loss teams, or even a few two-loss teams, bringing intriguing resumes to the table.


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