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

Tyler Piccotti@@SYRTylerPContributor IIINovember 17, 2013

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

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    Although Auburn provided the most exciting moment of the college football weekend, there were plenty of big plays and nail-biting final drives across the country in Week 12's slate of games.

    As always, some teams won big and others took a tumble. Here's a look at where they all landed in the Bleacher Report Top 25 rankings.

    Poll voters: Chris Bello, Carter Bryant, Phil Callihan, Andrew Coppens, Bill Eichenberger, Michael Felder, Kyle Kensing, Ben Kercheval, Sanjay Kirpalani, Hunter Mandel, Adam Kramer, David Luther, Max Rausch, David Regimbal, Patrick Runge, Barrett Sallee, Alex Sims, Erin Sorensen, Marc Torrence and Greg Wallace.

    Each voter submitted an individual Top 25, and every first-place team was given 25 points. The second-place team received 24, and so on. The teams are ranked according to total points.

    *All times are ET

Others Receiving Votes

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    Ole Miss: 27

    Texas: 4

    Notre Dame: 3

    Texas Tech: 3

    Georgia: 3

    East Carolina: 3

    Cincinnati: 2

    Louisiana-Lafayette: 2

    Miami: 1

25. USC Trojans

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Week 12 Result: Win, 20-17, over Stanford

    Week 13: at Colorado, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-3

    Poll Points: 40

    Remember one month ago when everyone declared USC a disaster?

    Those days are now long gone following a huge win over the Cardinal. Cody Kessler was tremendous, throwing for 288 yards and, more importantly, no interceptions. 

    The Trojans should continue their winning streak against Colorado. Their defense is highly underrated, and it should be able to squash the Buffaloes at the line of scrimmage and suffocate any ground attack.

24. Duke Blue Devils

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Week 12 Result: Win, 48-30, over Miami

    Week 13: at Wake Forest, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 53

    Who would've thought? Duke now sits in first place in the ACC Coastal division following a late explosion against the Hurricanes. Brandon Connette broke the Duke career rushing touchdown record (29) with four scores on the ground.

    The Blue Devils defense was impressive in the second half and held the Hurricanes to only five third-down conversions in the game.

    Duke will face a Wake Forest team that has been offensively inept since wide receiver Michael Campanaro was shelved with a broken collarbone. If the Blue Devils offense can continue to score points, they will be one step closer to the ACC title game.

23. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Previous Rank: No. 25

    Week 12 Result: Bye

    Week 13: vs. Wisconsin, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 59

    The Golden Gophers got a rest after a solid home victory against Penn State. Unfortunately, their toughest two-game stretch of the year awaits.

    First up is Wisconsin, which ran all over Indiana on Saturday. Both teams possess terrific rushing attacks, so expect a very quick game. The side that can limit the most damage on the ground will emerge victorious.

    Minnesota finishes with one-loss Michigan State. 

22. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Previous Rank: No. 22

    Week 12 Result: Win, 30-17, over Oregon State

    Week 13: at UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 126

    Despite a mediocre showing on offense, the Sun Devils rolled to victory thanks to five takeaways. They picked off Sean Mannion four times, a season high for the Beavers quarterback.

    This is a big week for Arizona State, as it takes on UCLA with the Pac-12 South division lead on the line. It appears the key to victory will be stopping freshman star Myles Jack, who continues to impress.

    If the Sun Devils can do that and regain their potency through the air, they can hold onto first place.

21. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 21

    Week 12 Result: Win, 48-10, over Iowa State

    Week 13: at Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 130

    The Sooners scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to roll past the Cyclones. Backup quarterback Trevor Knight provided the spark with 184 total yards after entering the game for an injured Blake Bell.

    A tilt against Kansas State on the road could turn into a trap game, as the Wildcats have turned around their season following a 2-4 start.

    If the Sooners offense can start well and take an early lead, however, Oklahoma will pick up win No. 9.

20. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 12 Result: Bye

    Week 13: vs. Texas A&M, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-3

    Poll Points: 131

    LSU limped through its bye week after losing two of its past three games.

    The Tigers lost all BCS hopes after losing to Alabama, but they can bounce back in a big way against Texas A&M. Les Miles' defense will need to step up against the Aggies, much like it did during a five-point victory in 2012.

    If the Tigers can contain Johnny Manziel, they will get their signature win of the 2013 season.

19. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 12 Result: Win, 20-13, over Houston

    Week 13: vs. Memphis, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 144

    It wasn't pretty, but the Cardinals were able to grind out a victory against fellow American Athletic Conference power Houston. Dominique Brown was the catalyst, rushing for 137 yards and two scores.

    Louisville's stout defense should have a fantastic game coming up against Memphis. The 3-6 Tigers average 20.7 points per game, and that has come against some of the weakest teams in college football.

    The Cardinals should completely dominate the game from start to finish.

18. UCF Knights

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 12 Result: Win, 39-36, over Temple

    Week 13: vs. Rutgers, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-1

    Poll points: 148

    Blake Bortles and the Knights needed all 60 minutes to survive an apocalyptic loss to the Owls. Bortles had four touchdowns before Shawn Moffitt won the game with a 23-yard field goal as time expired.

    Next up for UCF is a Rutgers team that was demolished by Cincinnati.

    The Scarlet Knights secondary is highly suspect, which means Bortles and the passing attack should control the tempo of the game.

17. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 12 Result: Win, 48-27, over Ball State

    Week 13: at Toledo, Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-0

    Poll Points: 158

    The Huskies took sole possession of first place in the MAC West by easily pulling away from the Cardinals. Jordan Lynch was sensational, racking up 468 offensive yards and four touchdowns.

    Northern Illinois must now face Toledo, one of the hottest teams in the MAC. Even without star running back David Fluellen, the Rockets have tallied 106 points over their past two games.

    If the Huskies defense can contain backup Kareem Hunt, their BCS hopes will gain steam as the season draws to a close.

16. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 12 Result: Bye

    Week 13: vs. New Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-0

    Poll Points: 172

    Fresno State exits the bye week with the Mountain West Conference West division well in hand.

    The even better news is that the Bulldogs have an easy matchup coming up. Although New Mexico has one of the best rushing attacks in the country, it also has one of the worst defenses.

    Derek Carr should be able to find a rhythm against the Lobos and put Fresno State in prime position to make a BCS game.

15. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 12 Result: Win, 51-3, over Indiana

    Week 13: at Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 192

    The Badgers kept running and running against the Hoosiers. By the end of 60 minutes, they had tallied up an astonishing 554 rushing yards.

    James White led the way with 205 yards and a touchdown on only 20 carries.

    Next up, Wisconsin will face another potent rushing attack versus Minnesota. Whichever team can seal off the line of scrimmage and limit damage on the ground should emerge victorious.

14. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 12 Result: Win, 41-31, over Washington

    Week 13: vs. Arizona State, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 233

    Myles Jack continued his surprising offensive emergence by becoming the first Bruin to have four rushing touchdowns in a game since Maurice Jones-Drew. His second gave UCLA a 20-7 lead in the first quarter, and Washington could never recover.

    The win kept the Pac-12 South in the Bruins' control.

    That will be crucial when they tangle with current division leader Arizona State. The Sun Devils have a powerful offense, which means plenty of points will be scored. The defense that can come up with a key turnover will put its team in a position to win.

13. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 12 Result: Win, 19-14, over Florida

    Week 13: vs. Coastal Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 264

    The Gamecocks quickly fell behind against a Florida team desperate to save its bowl hopes, but they rallied for a five-point win.

    Shon Carson provided 102 yards on the ground, and Connor Shaw added a respectable 213 through the air.

    South Carolina will be rewarded with a game against Coastal Carolina. But don't be troubled. It's only a tune-up game prior to the season finale against Clemson.

12. Michigan State Spartans

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 12 Result: Win, 41-28, over Nebraska

    Week 13: at Northwestern, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 266

    The Spartans capitalized on five Nebraska turnovers and rolled to a victory. Jeremy Langford provided the offensive spark, rushing for 151 yards. Michigan State is now in full control of the Big Ten Legends division.

    The Spartans need to stay on their toes against a Northwestern team that hasn't won since September. With desperation setting in, the Wildcats will put up a fight to earn their signature win of the season.

    If the Spartans defense can be as disruptive as it was against the Cornhuskers, though, it won't matter.

11. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 12 Result: Loss, 20-17, to USC

    Week 13: vs. California, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 277

    Just when Stanford found itself back in the BCS race, the Trojans came in and spoiled things. The Cardinal defense held the Trojans to 311 total yards, but the offense coughed up three turnovers.

    Luckily for Stanford, the California Golden Bears are the next opponent on the schedule. Their only win this season came against Portland State, and they give up an abysmal 44.4 points per game.

    David Shaw's team should have no issues bouncing back in Week 13.

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 12 Result: Win, 38-13, over Texas

    Week 13: vs. Baylor, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 288

    The Cowboys are one step closer to controlling the Big 12 after convincingly beating Texas. Quarterback Clint Chelf contributed on four touchdowns to keep them in command the entire game.

    Next up is the most important game of Oklahoma State's season.

    If the Cowboys can beat Baylor, they will jump into first place in the conference and make a big leap in the BCS standings. First they will need to find a way to stop Bryce Petty, something that no other team has done this season.

9. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 12 Result: Bye

    Week 13: at LSU, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-2

    Poll Points: 304

    Johnny Manziel remains among the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy as the Aggies put their bye week behind them.

    However, they will need a lot of Manziel magic when they clash with LSU. Last season, the quarterback had one of his worst games of the season against the Bayou Bengals.

    In order for Texas A&M to avenge that loss, Manziel needs to quickly jump on a Tigers defense that may still be reeling from a tough loss to the Crimson Tide.

8. Missouri Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 12 Result: Bye

    Week 13: at Ole Miss, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:45 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 360

    The Tigers still control their own destiny in the SEC East after their easy victory over Kentucky back on Nov. 9. Freshman quarterback Maty Mauk has proven he can lead the offense, but he will now hand the reins back to James Franklin.

    Franklin will be welcomed back by Ole Miss, a team that has now won four games in a row.

    If he can shake off the rust and play at the same level as he did earlier in the season, Franklin will be able to notch a huge road victory in his return.

7. Auburn Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 8

    Week 12 Result: Win, 43-38, over Georgia

    Week 13: Bye

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 368

    The Tigers needed a late miracle from Nick Marshall and Ricardo Louis to send the Bulldogs packing.

    Louis caught a tipped 73-yard heave from Marshall with 25 seconds remaining and sprinted into the end zone to give Auburn the late lead. That came after a wild fourth quarter, where Georgia scored 21 straight points to take a one-point lead. 

    The Tigers now have two weeks to prepare for what should be a fantastic Iron Bowl against Alabama. The winner of that contest will move on to play in the SEC Championship game.

6. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 12 Result: Win, 55-31, over Georgia Tech

    Week 13: vs. Citadel, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 379

    Tajh Boyd set the ACC record for passing touchdowns as the Tigers rolled past the Yellow Jackets. He finished with 340 yards and four touchdowns.

    Boyd also injured his collarbone in the third quarter, but X-rays showed no breaks.

    That means Boyd will be on the field against Citadel. Clemson should have absolutely no trouble torching the Bulldogs, who are tied for fifth in the Southern Conference standings.

5. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 12 Result: Win, 44-21, over Utah

    Week 13: at Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 402

    Up by only three points in the third quarter, the Ducks rattled off four straight touchdowns to pull away from the Utes.

    Marcus Mariota continued to improve his already perfect touchdown-to-interception ratio by tossing three scores without a pick.

    The Ducks now have to face Arizona on the road. That means they have to try to stop running back Ka'Deem Carey, which is never an easy task. 

4. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 12 Result: Win, 63-34, over Texas Tech

    Week 13: at Oklahoma State, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-0

    Poll points: 445

    The Bears continued to score points at an impressive rate, cracking the 60-point plateau for the sixth time this season. Bryce Petty bolstered his Heisman résumé with five total touchdowns, and Devin Chafin added two on the ground.

    Next up, Baylor meets Oklahoma State with the Big 12 lead on the line. Of course, the Bears score so many points that it will be hard for the Cowboys to mount any sort of charge without a flawless performance.

    If Petty and the offense can find success and jump ahead early, Baylor can hold off its conference foe.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 12 Result: Win, 60-35, over Illinois

    Week 13: vs. Indiana, Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBD

    Overall Record: 10-0

    Poll Points: 458 

    Another week, another easy victory for the Buckeyes. After 60 points against the Fighting Illini, Ohio State has now scored 179 points in its last three games.

    Expect more big numbers coming up as the same Indiana team that Wisconsin beat by 48 points heads to Columbus.

    The Hoosiers allow 38.8 points per game, which means Braxton Miller should have a field day against a weak defensive unit.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 12 Result: Win, 59-3, over Syracuse

    Week 13: vs. Idaho, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-0

    Poll Points: 483 (5)

    The Seminoles made quick work of Syracuse, jumping out to a 28-point lead in the first quarter and surging to an easy victory.

    Jameis Winston completed all but two passes for 277 yards before an early exit.

    The next game should play out in a similar manner as Idaho makes its way to Tallahassee. The Vandals have only one win in 2013, and it was against 1-9 Temple. 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 12 Result: Win, 20-7, over Mississippi State

    Week 13: vs. Chattanooga, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-0

    Poll Points: 493 (15)

    The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance, but the Crimson Tide defense proved too strong. T.J. Yeldon continued to dominate, piling up 160 rushing yards to lead all players.

    Alabama will have no problems with Chattanooga, which sets up the aforementioned Iron Bowl clash with Auburn.

    Still, AJ McCarron will look to rebound with a sharp performance after throwing two interceptions on Saturday.