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|
|2||Florida State (4)||11-0||1,444||2|
Ducks, Bears Go Extinct
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.
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.
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?
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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