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College Football Rankings 2013: Week 15 AP and USA Today Standings Revealed

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with coaching staff after scoring the winning touchdown to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 34 to 28 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

What...a...day!

If you love drama and college football, well, Saturday was probably your favorite day of the entire year, as the entire landscape of the BCS shifted.

Auburn beat Alabama on a field-goal return—yes, a field-goal return—on the final play of the game, not only likely ending Alabama's hopes for a national title but also an SEC Championship as well. Michigan went for two and failed rather than sending the game into overtime against Ohio State, keeping the Buckeyes in the running for a national championship.

And those were only the most memorable finishes. In all, Saturday was chock-full of epic contests, as rivalry week lived up to its name.

Let's take a look at this week's Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) and USA Today football coaches polls after an amazing weekend.

 

Week 15 Associated Press Poll
RankTeamRecord
1Florida State12-0
2Ohio State12-0
3Auburn11-1
4Alabama11-1
5Missouri11-1
6Oklahoma State10-1
7Stanford10-2
8South Carolina10-2
9Baylor10-1
10Michigan State11-1
11Arizona State10-2
12Oregon10-2
13Clemson10-2
14LSU9-3
15UCF10-1
16Northern Illinois12-0
17UCLA9-3
18Oklahoma9-2
19Louisville10-1
20Duke10-2
21Wisconsin9-3
22Texas A&M8-4
23Texas8-3
24Fresno State10-1
25Georgia8-4

 

Week 15 USA Today Coaches Poll
RankTeamRecord
1Florida State12-0
2Ohio State12-0
3Auburn11-1
4Alabama11-1
5Missouri11-1
6Oklahoma State10-1
7Baylor10-1
8South Carolina10-2
9Michigan State11-1
10Stanford10-2
11Clemson10-2
12Oregon10-2
13Arizona State10-2
14LSU9-3
15Oklahoma9-2
16Louisville10-1
17Central Florida10-1
18Northern Illinois12-0
19UCLA9-3
20Duke10-2
21Wisconsin9-3
22Fresno State10-1
23Cincinnati9-2
24Texas8-3
25Texas A&M8-4

 

Analysis

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles attempts a pass during the game against the Florida Gators on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Barring a shocking loss to Duke in the ACC Championship Game, Florida State is heading to the BCS title game. That much seems certain.

After that, however, it gets murky. 

Both Auburn and Missouri will have a strong case to leapfrog Ohio State in the rankings if they win the SEC title. Yes, both teams have a loss, but both also played a much, much tougher schedule than the Buckeyes.

Of course, Ohio State will face a stiff test itself against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship, and if the narrow win against Michigan was any indication, the Buckeyes will struggle with a Spartans side far superior to the Wolverines.

Despite the loss, Alabama will almost certainly get an at-large berth in a BCS bowl. Good luck to the unfortunate opponent that will have to deal with the Crimson Tide's wrath in that one.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  AJ McCarron #10 and Cade Foster #43 react after Foster missed a field goal in the third quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Not surprisingly, the rankings look a whole lot different this week. Auburn, Missouri (beat Johnny Football and Texas A&M) and South Carolina (knocked off Clemson) all climbed up the rankings, while Alabama, Clemson, Texas A&M, Fresno State, Wisconsin, USC and Notre Dame all dropped.

The Fresno State loss is of particular interest, as the team was undefeated up until Friday and looking to crash the BCS party. A 62-52 loss to San Jose State ended those dreams.

And how about Duke?

The Blue Devils finished off a 10-2 season with a victory over North Carolina, earning a trip to the ACC Championship Game against top-ranked Florida State. The Blue Devils will be heavy underdogs, but simply reaching the title game is a huge accomplishment for a school that is traditionally far more successful in basketball.

 

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