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Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 14

David MayerCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2016

Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Poll: Week 14

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    Week 14 of the college football season brought a mixture of regular season games and conference championships.

    The big game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma proved to not be much of a game at all as the Cowboys trounced the Sooners.

    The BCS final poll comes out tonight and it should be very interesting to see if Oklahoma State did enough to jump Alabama for a right to play LSU in the National Championship game.

    Here is the latest Bleacher Report Top 25, voted on by 16 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, Jeremy Hillman, Lafe Peavler, Michael Taglienti, Ryan Teeples, Jonathan Woo, Timothy Bielik and Johnathan Cace.)

Others Receiving Votes

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    BYU: 17

    Georgia Tech: 13

    FSU: 9

    Missouri: 9

    Arizona St: 8

    Notre Dame: 7

    Northern Illinois: 5

    Texas: 3

    Auburn: 2

    Arkansas St: 1

No. 25: Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Total Points: 25

    Record: 9-3 (5-2 Big East)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Connecticut, 35-27

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Notes: Cincinnati beat Connecticut 35-27, giving them a share of the Big East title alongside Louisville and West Virginia.  The BCS bowl bid will most likely be given to West Virginia, who is the higher ranked of the three.

    Munchie Legaux threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns for the Bearcats.

    Note: All three teams, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville are considered Big East champions.  The highest BCS ranked team will get the BCS Bowl bid.

No. 24: Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Total Points: 54

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

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 23: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Total Points: 78

    Record: 9-3 (5-2 Big East)

    Last Game: Dec. 1 beat USF, 30-27

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Notes: West Virginia clinched a share of the Big East championship on Thursday night by beating the Bulls 30-27. 

    Dustin Garrison scored a touchdown with a little over five minutes to play and ended the night with 16 rushes for 87 yards.

    Tyler Bitancurt kicked a 28-yard game winning field goal as time expired.

    Note: All three teams, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville are considered Big East champions.  The highest BCS ranked team will get the BCS Bowl bid.

No. 22: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Total Points: 86

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

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 21: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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    Total Points: 87

    Record: 11-2 (6-2 C-USA)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Houston, 49-28

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Notes: Austin Davis threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns as Southern Miss beat Houston in the Conference USA Championship game, 49-28.

    Southern Miss running back Tracy Lampley had a 196 total yards (71 on the ground) and two receiving touchdowns.

No. 20: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Total Points: 106

    Record: 9-3 (6-3 Big 12)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 lost to Oklahoma State, 10-44

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Notes: Oklahoma had no answer for the running game of Oklahoma State as the Sooners got shelled 10-44 on Saturday night.

    Oklahoma came into the game averaging 40 points per game but were unable to overcome their five turnovers.

    Landry Jones had 250 yards, no touchdowns and threw two interceptions in the loss.

No. 19: Houston Cougars

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    Total Points: 126

    Record: 12-1 (8-0 C-USA)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 lost to Southern Miss, 28-49

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Notes: Case Keenum threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns, but Houston lost to Southern Miss in the the Conference USA championship game, 28-49.

    Justin Johnson caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

No. 18: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Total Points: 146

    Record: 10-3 (7-1 SEC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 lost to LSU, 10-42

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Notes: Georgia lost to LSU for the SEC championship 10-42 Saturday night.  Georgia was up 10-0 in the first quarter before allowing LSU to score 42 unanswered points.

    Aaron Murray threw for 163 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

No. 17: TCU Horned Frogs

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    Total Points: 155

    Record: 10-2 (7-0 MWC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat UNLV, 56-9

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Notes: TCU destroyed UNLV 56-9 Saturday, giving them their third consecutive Mountain West Championship.

    With the win and Houston losing earlier in the day, the Frogs have a shot at making it to their third straight BCS bowl game.  TCU needs to move up two spots to 16 in the last BCS poll to accomplish the feat.

    Waymon James ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns for the Horned Frogs.

No. 16: USC Trojans

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    Total Points: 161

    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: 17

    Notes: End of season.

No. 15: Baylor Bears

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    Total Points: 163

    Record: 9-3 (6-3 Big 12)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Texas, 48-24

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Notes: Robert Griffin III ran for two touchdowns and threw two more as Baylor destroyed Texas 48-24 Saturday.

    Griffin threw for 320 yards and ran for another 32 as Baylor racked up 511 total yards.

    Terrance Ganaway ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.

No. 14: Clemson Tigers

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    Total Points: 178

    Record: 10-3 (6-2 ACC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Virginia Tech,38-10

    Next Game: Orange Bowl

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Notes: Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Clemson beat Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game 38-10.

    Andrew Ellington ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries for the Tigers.

    Clemson held the ACC Player of the Year, David Wilson, to just 32 yards on 11 carries.

No. 13: Michigan Wolverines

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    Total Points: 184

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

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 12: Michigan State Spartans

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    Total Points: 196

    Record: 10-3 (7-1 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 lost to Wisconsin, 39-42

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Notes: Kirk Cousins' 281 passing yards and three touchdowns weren't enough as Michigan State lost to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, 39-42.

    The Spartans forced the Badgers to punt with just under two minutes to go but got flagged for running into the punter.The five-yard penalty gave Wisconsin the first down and game as they were able to run the clock out as Michigan State did not have any timeouts left.

No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Total Points: 204

    Record: 11-2 (7-1 ACC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 lost to Clemson, 10-38

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Notes: Virginia Tech had no answer to Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd as the Hokies were destroyed 10-38 in the ACC Championship.

    ACC Player of the Year David Wilson was held to just 32 yards on 11 carries as the Hokies were only able to muster up only 56 yards rushing.

    Virginia Tech had come into the game averaging 188 yards per game on the ground.

No. 10: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Total Points: 241

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 9: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Total Points: 242

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

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Iowa State, 30-23

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Notes: Collin Klein threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown as Kansas State beat Iowa State 30-23 Saturday.

    John Hubert ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries for the Wildcats.

No. 8: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Total Points: 267

    Record: 11-2 (6-2 Big Ten)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Michigan State, 42-39

    Next Game: Rose Bowl

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Notes: Montee Ball ran for 137 yards and scored four touchdowns (one receiving) as Wisconsin beat Michigan State for the Big Ten Championship, 42-39.

    Russell Wilson threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns for the Badgers.

    With the victory, Wisconsin earned a date with Pac-12 champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

No. 7: Boise State Broncos

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    Total Points: 305

    Record: 11-1 (6-1 MWC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat New Mexico, 45-0

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Notes: Kellen Moore threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns as Boise State beat New Mexico 45-0 Saturday.

    Doug Martin ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos.

    Boise State racked up 543 total yards in the blowout.

No. 5: Oregon Ducks (Tie)

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    Total Points: 314

    Record: 11-2 (8-1 Pac-12)

    Last Game: Dec. 2 beat UCLA, 49-31

    Next Game: Rose Bowl

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Notes: Oregon beat UCLA in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Friday night, 49-31.

    Darron Thomas threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Oregon racked up 571 total yards of offense.

    LaMichael James added 219 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for Oregon.

No. 5: Arkansas Razorbacks (Tie)

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    Total Points: 314

    Record: 10-2 (6-2 SEC)

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 4 : Stanford Cardinal

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    Total Points: 348

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

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 3: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Total Points: 372

    Record: 11-1 (7-1 SEC)

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

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Notes: End of regular season.

No. 2: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Total Points: 373

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

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Oklahoma, 44-10

    Next Game: Bowl Game

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Notes: Oklahoma State made a huge case for a spot in the National Championship game by crushing rival Oklahoma 44-10 Saturday night.

    The usually pass-happy Cowboys decided to run the ball on the Sooners, racking up 278 yards on the ground. 

    Joseph Randle led the ground game with 151 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

No. 1: LSU Tigers

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    Total Points: 400 (16)

    Record: 13-0 (8-0 SEC)

    Last Game: Dec. 3 beat Georgia, 42-10

    Next Game: BCS National Championship

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notes: Kenny Hilliard ran for two touchdowns and caught another as LSU won the SEC championship by beating Georgia 42-10.

    Alfred Blue led all rushers with 94 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries.

    LSU did not have a first down in the first half and was down 7-10 before blowing out Georgia in the second half.

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