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College Football Rankings 2013 Week 14: Latest Shakeups from Updated Poll

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 23:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears walks off the field after Tyler Patmon #26 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

This late into the game, the NCAA college football rankings are still experiencing even more turnover than ever.

A weekend full of surprising results ensured many changes in the latest AP Top 25, which was unveiled on Sunday. Formerly chasing undefeated campaigns, Oregon and Baylor now must fight their way back into the top 10. 

Meanwhile, it's a good day for the SEC. Other than Texas A&M, whose stock took an irredeemable hit following a convincing loss to LSU, the conference's powerhouses climbed closer to Alabama, who has not yet relinquished its No. 1 slot.

There are plenty of new developments to explore in the Week 14 NCAA rankings, so explore we shall.

Week 14 College Football AP Top 25 Poll
RankTeamRecordPTSLast Week
1Alabama (56)11-01,4961
2Florida State (4)11-01,4442
3Ohio State11-01,3754
4Auburn10-11,2946
5Missouri10-11,2028
6Clemson10-11,1967
7Oklahoma State10-11,17711
8Stanford9-21,00210
9Baylor9-19763
10South Carolina9-296012
11Michigan State10-192913
12Oregon9-27315
13Arizona State9-269019
14Wisconsin9-268416
15LSU8-364218
16Fresno State10-061915
17UCF9-158817
18Northern Illinois11-047020
19Texas A&M8-34299
20Oklahoma9-238622
21Louisville10-138321
22UCLA8-330014
23USC9-326223
24Duke9-213525
25Notre Dame8-368NR
Associated Press

 

Ducks, Bears Go Extinct

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 23: Running back Deontae Cooper #32 of the Washington Huskies breaks loose for a long run during the fourth quarter of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve
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Remember when Oregon was an unstoppable offensive machine that some fans thought deserved the No. 1 spot over Alabama? And remember when Baylor looked to steal Oregon's spotlight after the Ducks dropped to the Stanford Cardinal?

Both teams suffered drastic letdowns to fall outside of the top 10. Forget a title game, they both squandered conference leads.

It was one thing to lose to Stanford's ferocious defense, but Oregon posted just 16 points against the unranked Arizona Wildcats. Junior Ka'Deem Carey led Arizona with 206 rushing yards and four touchdowns during the 42-16 blowout.

Looking to become the nation's new darling, Baylor followed two monumental victories against Oklahoma and Texas Tech with a 49-17 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma State. Senior Clint Chelf completed all but six of his 25 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns.

Just like that, the Cowboys moved past the Bears in both the AP and Big 12 ranks.

 

SEC Shines

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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Although they're all far away from Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, LSU and South Carolina all inched up the poll on Sunday.

Auburn sat out the weekend, but they still moved up to No. 4 and will enter Saturday's colossal showdown against Alabama on a seven-game winning streak. Should they upset the Crimson Tide, the SEC and BCS would shatter.

Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) sacks Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Texas A&M 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Spor

LSU has suffered three tough losses to terrific opponents, but they stifled Johnny Manziel during a 24-point triumph. Entering the match with Heisman hopes, Manziel completed 39.0 percent of his passes and coughed up two interceptions in the Aggies' loss.

South Carolina stamped a massive 70 points on Coastal Carolina to leap into No. 10, while Missouri sprung into the top five after besting SEC rival Ole Miss. 

 

Arizona State: Pac-12 Champions?

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates a 38-33 win over the UCLA Bruins with fans in the endzone at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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What if I told you after Week 5 that Arizona State will host the Pac-12 title game if it beats Arizona on Saturday?

The same Sun Devils who fell to 3-2 after losing to Notre Dame? The same guys who share a conference with Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and USC? Yep.

Arizona State has emerged victorious in their past six bouts, most recently edging out UCLA on Saturday. The win over the Bruins propels the Sun Devils to first in the Pac-12 South, and Oregon's collapse drops them to 6-2 in conference play, compared to ASU's 7-1 mark. 

Unranked early in October, Arizona State has risen to No. 13, just one spot behind Oregon. If ASU can avoid the same fate Oregon met against Arizona, Stanford will travel to Sun Devil Stadium with the conference championship on the line.

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