College Football Power Rankings - Week 13
How did Week 13's results affect this week's ESPN Power Rankings?
There was no change among the top 6 as Notre Dame secured all 20 first-place votes. Which team comes next depends on whom you ask, as Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon and Florida aren't separated by much in Nos. 2-6.
The ACC took a tumble, as Florida State and Clemson fell after their losses, while MAC championship contenders Kent State and Northern Illinois enjoyed healthy bumps after each picked up its 11th win of the season.
Northwestern, Boise State and Penn State enter this week's top 25.
1. Notre Dame (12-0)
Looks like Notre Dame is back. Now all there is to do is wait and see which SEC team it will face in Miami. That the Fighting Irish secured their passage to the national championship game by beating USC made it all the more sweet.
2. Alabama (11-1)
Alabama was well on its way toward the largest margin of victory in Iron Bowl history with a 42-0 halftime lead, but the Crimson Tide took their foot off the gas in the second half, preferring to save their energy for Saturday's SEC title game.
3. Ohio State (12-0)
Ohio State will always wonder what could have been, but what it was will endure in Buckeyes lore. In his first season in charge, Urban Meyer led OSU to a 12-0 record, its sixth perfect season in school history after beating Michigan.
4. Georgia (11-1)
Mark Richt improved to 11-1 against Georgia Tech after UGA's 42-10 win, which also sent the Dawgs to their first 11-win season since 2007. UGA heads into its SEC title matchup against Alabama in Atlanta having outscoring its past four opponents 162-34.
5. Oregon (11-1)
Oregon rolled to its fifth straight win in the Civil War, beating Oregon State 48-24, but Stanford's win over UCLA means Oregon is shut out of the Pac-12 title game and the BCS title race.
6. Florida (11-1)
Will Muschamp called his team soft after last season's loss to Florida State, the Gators' second straight against their in-state rival. That wasn't the case Saturday, as the Gators out-muscled the Seminoles in a 37-26 win.
7. LSU (10-2)
How's this for consistency? With their win over Arkansas, the Tigers have reached double-digit wins for the sixth time in eight seasons under coach Les Miles.
8. Texas A&M (10-2)
The Aggies finished the regular season with five straight wins to claim their first 10-win season in 14 years. That's not too shabby for A&M's debut season in the SEC.
9. Kansas State (10-1)
A win over Texas on Saturday night will give the Wildcats a BCS bowl berth and at least a share of the Big 12 title. K-State beat the Longhorns 17-13 in Austin last season.
10. Stanford (10-2)
The Cardinal are enjoying three straight 10-win seasons for the first time. Next up: a rematch with UCLA, a team they've defeated four straight times, in the Pac-12 championship game.
11. South Carolina (10-2)
The Gamecocks won their fourth straight against rival Clemson. Steve Spurrier became the school's all-time winningest coach (65) and DE Jadeveon Clowney set a single-season record for sacks (13).
12. Oklahoma (9-2)
Landry Jones' final home game will go down in history. Jones became the Big 12's all-time leader in passing yards (16,124), and threw for 500 yards in his final home game, a 51-48 OT win over Oklahoma State.
13. Florida State (10-2)
The Seminoles' vaunted defense surrendered 24 fourth-quarter points to rival Florida. The five turnovers on offense didn't help, either. FSU plays Georgia Tech in the ACC title game Saturday.
14. Nebraska (10-2)
The Cornhuskers have won six straight games heading into their Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin. Nebraska won the first meeting between the two schools 30-27 in late September.
15. Clemson (10-2)
The Tigers saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end, scoring a season-low 17 points in a loss to South Carolina. Clemson, which averaged 535 yards a game, had only 328 yards of total offense.
16. Oregon State (8-3)
The Beavers' loss to Oregon was their fifth straight in the Civil War rivalry. Oregon State hosts Nicholls State on Saturday, a matchup that was postponed from September because of Hurricane Isaac.
17. UCLA (9-3)
The loss to Stanford ended the Bruins' five-game winning streak, but they'll have a chance at redemption against the Cardinal in the Pac-12 title game Friday night.
18. Kent State (11-1)
Might Kent State be a BCS buster? It's possible, if the Golden Flashes beat Northern Illinois in the MAC title game and finish in the top 16 of the BCS standings, ahead of the champion of a BCS AQ team.
19. Northern Illinois (11-1)
Northern Illinois is led by the best player you might not have heard of, QB Jordan Lynch, who is third in the country in total offense. The Huskies have won 11 straight and will attempt to defend their MAC title Friday against Kent State.
20. Northwestern (9-3)
A 9-3 record is nothing to sneeze at in Evanston, but Northwestern probably will feel as though it left more than one win on the table. If not for blown leads, it might be the Wildcats playing in the Big Ten title game.
21. Utah State (10-2)
Utah State already has accepted its invitation to play in the Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Aggies ended the regular season with six straight wins, their only losses coming against Wisconsin and BYU.
22. Michigan (8-4)
Michigan's four losses all came against teams ranked in the top 14 of the AP poll, including three of the top four. The Wolverines await their bowl fate after losing to Ohio State, which gave the Buckeyes a perfect 12-0 season.
23. Oklahoma State (7-4)
Oklahoma State has performed remarkably well considering the injuries at QB the Cowboys have dealt with. They let a late lead slip to a 51-48 overtime loss to Oklahoma.
24. Boise State (9-2)
If Boise State wins at Nevada on Saturday, it will finish in a three-way tie atop the Mountain West alongside Fresno State and San Diego State. It also will give the Broncos double-digit wins for the seventh straight season.
24. Texas (8-3)
Texas came up short after a late rally against TCU on Thanksgiving night, falling to the Horned Frogs 20-13. The Longhorns finish the regular season in Manhattan against No. 6 Kansas State.
24. Penn State (8-4)
An overtime win over Wisconsin capped an 8-4 season that defied initial expectations, especially after the Nittany Lions started 0-2. Bill O'Brien's eight wins are the most ever by a first-year coach at Penn State.
Also receiving votes: San Jose State 27, Rutgers 25, Louisville 18, Vanderbilt 17, TCU 16, San Diego State 4
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