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Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 13

David MayerCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2016

Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 13

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    Unlike last week when three of the Top Five teams lost, Week 13 was very quiet as there were no upsets in the Top 25.

    With LSU and Alabama both winning it is almost certain they will be playing each other for the second time this year, but this time for the National Championship.

    Here is the latest Bleacher Report Top 25, voted on by 17 B/R writers.

    (Special thanks to the voters who make this article happen: Amy Daughters, John Rozum, Brian Jones, Carl Stine, David Luther, Patrick Runge, Joe Penkala, Ian Berg, Joel Greer, Jeremy Hillman, Kevin McGuire, Lafe Peavler, Michael Taglienti, Ryan Teeples, Timothy Bielik and Matt Shetler.)

Others Receiving Votes

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    Florida State: 24

    Southern Miss: 19

    Georgia Tech: 18

    BYU: 17

    Notre Dame: 14

    Arizona State: 8

    Arkansas State: 5

    Northern Illinois: 5

    Auburn: 2

    Virginia: 2

    Louisville: 2

    Missouri: 1

No. 25: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Total Points: 29

    Record: 8-3 (4-2 Big East)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Syracuse, 30-13

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Connecticut

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Bearcat running back Isaiah Pead ran for a touchdown and caught another as Cincinnati beat Syracuse 30-13.

    Pead finished the game with 80 yards rushing and 112 yards receiving.  Munchie Legaux threw for 169 and two touchdowns for the Bearcats.

No. 24: Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Total Points: 39

    Record: 9-3 (6-2 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 lost to Wisconsin, 7-45

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Notes: Turnovers and lack of offense buried the Nittany Lions on Saturday night as they lost to Wisconsin 7-45.

    Penn State had four turnovers and were able to gain just 233 total yards of offense.

No. 23: Texas Longhorns

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    Total Points: 50

    Record: 7-4 (4-4 Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 24 beat Texas A&M, 27-25

    Next Game: Dec. 3 at Baylor

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Justin Tucker kicked a game winning 40-yard field goal with no time remaining as Texas beat Texas A&M 27-25 on Thanksgiving Day.

    Texas was only able to gain 237 total yards but created four turnovers in the victory.

No. 22: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Total Points: 68

    Record: 8-3 (4-2 Big East)

    Last Game: Nov. 25 beat Pittsburgh, 21-20

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at USF

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Geno Smith threw for 244 yards and a touchdown as West Virginia beat Pittsburgh 21-20 on Friday.

    Shawne Alston ran for 34 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

No. 21: Clemson Tigers

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    Total Points: 71

    Record: 9-3 (6-2 ACC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 lost to South Carolina, 13-34

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Virginia Tech (ACC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Notes: Clemson's offense was completely shut down as the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 34-13 on Saturday night.

    Tajh Boyd completed just 11 of 29 passes for 83 yards while Andre Ellington rushed for 66 yards for the Tigers.

No. 20: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Total Points: 99

    Record: 9-3 (5-3 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 25 beat Iowa, 20-7

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Notes: Rex Burkhead ran the ball 38 times for 160 yards and a touchdown as Nebraska beat Iowa 20-7 on Friday.

    Nebraska finished with 222 yards on the ground.

No. 19: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Total Points: 131

    Record: 9-2 (6-0 MWC)

    Last Game: Nov. 19 beat Colorado State, 34-10

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs UNLV

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Notes: Bye week.

No. 18: Baylor Bears

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    Total Points: 139

    Record: 8-3 (5-3 Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Texas Tech, 66-42

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Texas

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Notes: Terrance Ganaway ran 42 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns as Baylor beat Texas Tech 66-42.

    Robert Griffin III ran for two touchdowns and threw for another before missing the second half due to concussion-like symptoms.

No. 17: USC Trojans

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    Total Points: 167

    Record: 10-2 (7-2 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat UCLA, 50-0

    Next Game: End of their season due to bowl ban.

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Notes: Matt Barkley threw for 423 yards and six touchdowns as USC demolished UCLA 50-0 on Saturday night.

    Marqise Lee caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans.

No. 16: Michigan Wolverines

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    Total Points: 178

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Ohio State, 40-34

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Notes: Denard Robinson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34.

    Robinson was a one-man show, totaling 337 total yards (170 rushing) as the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes for the first time since 2003.

No. 15: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Total Points: 181

    Record: 9-2 (6-2 Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 19 beat Texas, 17-13

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Iowa State

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Notes: Bye week.

No. 14: Michigan State Spartans

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    Total Points: 223

    Record: 10-2 (7-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Northwestern, 31-17

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Wisconsin (Big Ten Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Notes: Kirk Cousins threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State beat Northwestern 31-17.

    B.J. Cunningham caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans.

No. 13: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Total Points: 224

    Record: 10-2 (7-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Georgia Tech, 31-17

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs LSU (SEC Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Notes: Aaron Murray threw for 252 yards and four touchdowns as Georgia beat Georgia Tech 31-17 on Saturday.

    Orson Charles was Murray's primary receiver catching five passes for 95 yards for the Bulldogs.

No. 12: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Total Points: 225

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Penn State, 45-7

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Michigan State (Big Ten Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Notes: Montee Ball ran for 156 and scored four touchdowns as Wisconsin destroyed Penn State 45-7 on Saturday.

    Russell Wilson threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Wisconsin.

    The Badgers held the Nittany Lions to just 233 total yards.

No. 11: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Total Points: 231

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Clemson, 34-13

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Notes: Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as South Carolina destroyed Clemson 34-13 on Saturday night.

    Shaw also ran the ball 19 times for 108 yards for the Gamecocks.

    South Carolina held Clemson to just 153 total yards.

No. 10: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Total Points: 260

    Record: 9-2 (6-2 Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Iowa State, 26-6

    Next Game: Dec. 3 at Oklahoma State

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Notes: Michael Hunnicutt kicked four field goals as Oklahoma beat Iowa State 26-6.

    Oklahoma did all their damage on the ground, rushing for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones struggled, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns. 

No. 9: Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Total Points: 283

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 25 lost to LSU, 17-41

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Notes: The Razorbacks created two turnovers early and took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but were unable to get anything going against the Tigers defense.

    Arkansas came into the game averaging 37 points per game, 14th best in the country, but were limited to just 17.

    Tyler Wilson threw for 207 yards and a touchdown in the Razorback loss.

No. 8: Oregon Ducks

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    Total Points: 290

    Record: 10-2 (8-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Oregon State, 49-21

    Next Game: Dec. 2 vs UCLA (Pac-12 Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Notes: Darron Thomas threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon beat Oregon State 49-21 on Saturday.

    Thomas also ran five times for 82 yards.

    LaMichael James ran for 141 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a hyper-extended elbow.

No. 7: Boise State Broncos

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    Total Points: 304

    Record: 10-1 (5-1 MWC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Wyoming, 36-14

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs New Mexico

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Notes: Doug Martin ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Boise State beat Wyoming 36-14 on Saturday.

    Kellen Moore threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos.

No. 6: Houston Cougars

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    Total Points: 313

    Record: 12-0 (8-0 C-USA)

    Last Game: Nov. 25 beat Tulsa, 48-16

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Southern Miss (C-USA Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Notes: Case Keenum threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars defeated the Hurricanes 48-16.

    Patrick Edwards led all receivers with eight catches for 181 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars.

No. 5: Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Total Points: 353

    Record: 11-1 (7-1 ACC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Virginia, 38-0

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Clemson (ACC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Notes: Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Virginia Tech shut out Virginia 38-0.

    David Wilson added 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Hokies.

No. 4: Stanford Cardinal

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    Total Points: 357

    Record: 11-1 (8-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Notre Dame, 28-14

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Notes: Andrew Luck threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Stanford beat Notre Dame 28-14 on Saturday night.

    Stepfan Taylor ran for 118 yards on 20 carries for Stanford.

No. 3: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Total Points: 363

    Record: 10-1 (7-1 Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 18 lost to Iowa State, 31-37

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Oklahoma

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Notes: Bye week

No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Total Points: 405

    Record: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 26 beat Auburn, 42-14

    Next Game: End of regular season

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Notes: AJ McCarron threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Alabama beat Auburn 42-14.

    Trent Richardson added 203 yards on the ground for the Crimson Tide.

No. 1: LSU Tigers

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    Total Points: 425 (17)

    Record: 12-0 (8-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 25 beat Arkansas, 41-17

    Next Game: Dec. 3 vs Georgia (SEC Conference Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notes: Jordan Jefferson threw for 208 yards and ran for another 53 yards as LSU beat Arkansas 41-17 on Friday.

    Jefferson had both a rushing and passing touchdown as LSU shrugged off two early turnovers that gave Arkansas an early 14-point lead.

    The Tigers defense stood firm though and only gave up 254 total yards to the Razorbacks.

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