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USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 16 Rankings Released

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 07:  Jeremy Langford #33 of the Michigan State Spartans is lifted by teammate Fou Fonoti #51 after scoring the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarterof the Big Ten Conference Championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2013

The 2013 college football season wouldn't have been complete without one more colossal upset. And on Saturday night, Michigan State scored 17 unanswered points in the Big Ten Championship Game to deliver Ohio State its first loss since 2011, derailing the Buckeyes' title hopes in the process.    

With the final BCS standings set to be announced this weekend, let's take a look at where every team stands in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll as well as the latest B/R rankings:

USA Today Coaches Poll After Week 15
RankTeam (first place votes)RecordPointsB/R Rank
1Florida State (62)13-015501
2Auburn12-114862
3Alabama11-114143
4Michigan State12-113424
5Baylor11-112755
6Ohio State12-11211T7
7Stanford11-21188T7
8South Carolina10-211089
9Missouri11-210886
10Oklahoma10-291314
11Clemson10-289911
12Oregon10-288710
13Oklahoma State10-284512
14LSU9-371913
15Central Florida11-165815
16Louisville11-161118
17Arizona State10-360217
18UCLA9-352016
19Wisconsin9-340819
20Fresno State11-134423
21Texas A&M8-424720
21Duke10-324722
23Northern Illinois12-114924
24Georgia8-413521
25Miami (Fla.)9-37325
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Undefeated Florida State remains on top after beating Duke by 38 points in the ACC Championship Game. 

Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston was the driving force behind the Seminoles' blowout win, completing 19 of 32 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named the game's MVP. He also ran for a touchdown and an additional 59 yards. Although Winston threw two interceptions, Florida State's dominant defense was able to bail him out, forcing three turnovers and holding the Blue Devils to just 239 yards of total offense.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher was proud of his team after they wrapped up their second straight ACC title and secured a berth in the BCS National Championship Game for the first time in 13 years, per Seminoles.com:

Very happy for our team, our university. This championship means a lot to us. This is where we want to be every year and we have to get here to keep achieving and going to BCS games and the other games in which we want to get to, but the ultimate goal is to always win your conference and I think this conference is a great conference.

Fisher and the 'Noles will now have a month to prepare for January's championship game. 

Ohio State's 10-point loss to Michigan State in Indianapolis means that Auburn finishes the year in the No. 2 spot. The Tigers put up 545 rushing yards and 59 points on Missouri in Saturday's SEC Championship Game to win college football's toughest conference for the second time in four years. 

As a result, Auburn appears set to play for its second national title in four years as well. The Tigers are projected to jump the Buckeyes and finish No. 2 in the final BCS standings.

Meanwhile, the loss means that Mizzou will miss out on a BCS bowl game this winter, as only two teams from each conference can compete in the five BCS bowls.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama will finish the year as the SEC No. 2 and at No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Had Florida State lost on Saturday, the Crimson Tide would be in position to play for their third consecutive BCS title. Instead, Nick Saban's squad will likely be headed to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.

In other Championship Weekend action, Stanford blasted Arizona State to win the Pac-12 title for the second straight year. The Cardinal's 38-14 rout of the Sun Devils sets up a Rose Bowl clash with Big Ten champ Michigan State on New Year's Day.

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 07:  Wide receiver Keanu Nelson #20 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-14 in the Pac 12 Championship game at Sun Devil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christia
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Big 12 champion Baylor is headed to the Fiesta Bowl after beating Texas in Waco and getting some help from Oklahoma in Bedlam. The Sooners knocked off rival Oklahoma State with a go-ahead touchdown pass in the waning moments, opening the door for the Bears to finish atop the conference for the first time in program history.

SI.com college football writer Stewart Mandel presents the most likely BCS bowl matchups after Week 15:

The official matchups will be announced on Sunday night after the final BCS standings are released, kicking off a month of anticipation. 

If the past 15 weeks are any indication, the upcoming bowl season is sure to exceed college football fans' expectations.    

 

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