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

Tyler Piccotti@@SYRTylerPContributor IIINovember 24, 2013

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

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    Another week, more chaos.

    Two Top Five teams fell this weekend, allowing for a major shakeup in the championship landscape, not to mention the rankings. Here's a closer look at how the latter has now shifted.

    Poll voters: Chris Bello, Eric Bowman, Carter Bryant, Bill Eichenberger, Michael Felder, Trenise Ferreira, Sean Frye, Kyle Kensing, Ben Kercheval, Sanjay Kirpalani, 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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    Georgia: 11

    Texas: 9

    Nebraska: 6

    Cincinnati: 5

    East Carolina: 4

    Arizona: 4

    Minnesota: 3

    Miami (Fla.): 3

25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Week 13 Result: Win, 23-13, over BYU

    Week 14: at Stanford, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-3

    Poll Points: 20

    Tommy Rees made his final game in South Bend count. The senior threw for 235 yards and calmly led the Fighting Irish to a victory over the Cougars.

    Cam McDaniel added a career-high 117 rushing yards.

    But Notre Dame now faces a huge test against Stanford. Reese will need to be nearly flawless against the aggressive Cardinal defense for the Irish to be competitive.

24. Duke Blue Devils

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    Previous Rank: No. 24

    Week 13 Result: Win, 28-21, over Wake Forest

    Week 14: at North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 69

    Duke is one win away from a berth in the ACC title game. Just let that sink in for a bit.

    Anthony Boone rallied the Blue Devils from a 14-point deficit by throwing for three touchdowns. The defense did its part as well by holding the Demon Deacons to only 248 total yards.

    The Devils can start postseason play early by beating the rival Tar Heels to close out the season. If the quarterback tandem of Brandon Connette and Boone can maintain their high level of play, they should power the team to Charlotte.

23. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 13 Result: Loss, 38-33, to Arizona State

    Week 14: at USC, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. 

    Overall Record: 8-3

    Poll Points: 87

    The Bruins made a valiant comeback attempt, but they fell just short against the Sun Devils. Myles Jack had another solid outing, but Brett Hundley was pressured under center throughout the game.

    Hundley still played well and threw for two scores, but it wasn't enough.

    Rival USC is on the docket next. The Bruins have the offensive edge, but the Trojans have the advantage defensively. This should make for a fairly even, and very exciting, contest.

22. USC Trojans

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    Previous Rank: No. 25

    Week 13 Result: Win, 47-29, over Colorado

    Week 14: vs. UCLA, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-3

    Poll Points: 93

    Ed Orgeron continued to work his magic on Saturday as he led the Trojans past the Buffaloes. Running back Javorius Allen provided three touchdowns for the USC offense.

    The Trojans can complete their unlikely turnaround with a victory against the Bruins.

    If their defense can pressure Brett Hundley and force him into mistakes, they will have a great chance to pull off the feat. 

21. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 13 Result: Loss, 34-10, to LSU

    Week 14: at Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:45 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-3

    Poll Points: 121

    The high-powered Aggies offense couldn't find any sort of rhythm against LSU. Johnny Manziel had arguably the worst game of his college career, completing only 16 of his 41 passes.

    It doesn't get any easier for A&M coming up.

    Missouri can score plenty of points, and that doesn't bode well for the Aggies defense. Manziel better find his magic again, or he and his teammates will limp into the postseason.

20. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 21

    Week 13 Result: Win, 41-31, over Kansas State

    Week 14: Bye

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 138

    For the second week in a row, the Sooners offense eclipsed 40 points in a conference victory. Brennan Clay was the star, running for a career-high 200 yards in the win.

    Oklahoma now has an extra week of rest to look forward to before facing Oklahoma State in December.

    Now that the offense has recovered from the loss to Baylor, the Sooners could be looking at an absolute shootout in that game.

19. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 13 Result: Win, 24-17, over Memphis

    Week 14: Bye

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 142

    Louisville's offense was far from stellar, but it did enough to squeak past the Tigers. Teddy Bridgewater was serviceable, throwing for 220 yards and a score.

    The Cardinals are idle this week before their season finale against Cincinnati.

    They could use a strong showing in that game to pick up a few style points prior to the bowl selection process.

18. UCF Knights

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 13 Result: Win, 41-17, over Rutgers

    Week 14: vs. South Florida, Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 161

    After allowing Rutgers to hang around in the first half, the Knights pulled away in the second to continue their trek toward the American Athletic Conference crown. As he has so often done, Blake Bortles provided the offensive firepower, throwing for 335 yards.

    The Knights should roll past an anemic South Florida team next. 

    The Bulls, at 2-8, can't make a bowl game and lack any consistent offensive weapons. As long as UCF can piece together a couple of sustained drives, victory appears imminent.

17. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 13 Result: Win, 35-17, over Toledo

    Week 14: vs. Western Michigan, Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 11-0

    Poll Points: 164

    Jordan Lynch continued his stellar season and propelled the Huskies past Toledo, putting them in the MAC title game for the fourth straight season.

    Most of the quarterback's damage was done on the ground in the form of 161 yards and three touchdowns.

    Lynch will have a field day coming up against Western Michigan, which gives up 35.6 points per game. This one will get ugly in a hurry.

16. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 13 Result: Win, 34-10, over Texas A&M

    Week 14: vs. Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 29, at 2:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-3

    Poll Points: 201

    The Tigers continued to give Johnny Manziel problems in their surprisingly easy victory over the Aggies. The LSU defense sacked Manziel twice and picked him off two times as well.

    If this game was any indicator, the Tigers should zip past Arkansas.

    As long as Zach Mettenberger and the offense can click on any level, the Razorbacks will quickly fall behind.

15. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 13 Result: Win, 69-28, over New Mexico

    Week 14: at San Jose State, Friday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-0

    Poll Points: 208

    Quarterback Derek Carr continued to impress as he led the Bulldogs past the Lobos. The senior threw for a season-high 527 yards and seven touchdowns in the romp.

    Carr should also have plenty of success coming up when the Bulldogs clash with San Jose State.

    However, Spartans quarterback David Fales may be able to match up, as San Jose's passing offense puts up 335.8 yards per game. 

14. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 13 Result: Win, 20-7, over Minnesota

    Week 14: vs. Penn State, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 227

    The Badgers posted a solid road victory against Big Ten adversary Minnesota. James White paced them on Saturday with 125 rushing yards and a touchdown.

    Wisconsin should finish its regular season with a victory against Penn State, a team that has been the epitome of inconsistent in 2013.

    The Badgers will need to slow down playmakers Zach Zwinak and Allen Robinson, but they are entirely capable of doing so.

13. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 13 Result: Loss, 42-16, to Arizona

    Week 14: vs. Oregon State, Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 230

    Marcus Mariota finally threw an interception, finishing with two, and everything snowballed for the Ducks from that point. The defense gave up four touchdowns to Ka'Deem Carey, and Mariota never came close to rallying the team.

    The Ducks will take on in-state rival Oregon State to end their regular season, but the game now has much less significance.

    Still, the Oregon defense needs to pick up the pace, or the Beavers could completely crush the Ducks' late-season hopes.

12. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Previous Rank: No. 22

    Week 13 Result: Win, 38-33, over UCLA

    Week 14: vs. Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 9:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 239

    The Sun Devils clinched the Pac-12 South title with their victory over the Bruins. Taylor Kelly's two touchdowns helped them jump out to a 22-point lead, and they held off a second-half charge.

    Arizona will look to spoil the title-game excitement with an upset victory.

    To avoid this, the Sun Devils need to stop Ka'Deem Carey, which is much easier said then done. If they can, though, their offense should propel them to a win.

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 13 Result: Win, 70-10, over Coastal Carolina

    Week 14: vs. Clemson, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 311

    As expected, the Gamecocks rolled past Coastal Carolina.

    They were nearly unstoppable on the ground, rushing for 352 yards and seven touchdowns as a team.

    They won't be able to do that against Clemson, but establishing an effective ground attack will be key to victory. It will take some pressure off Connor Shaw and the South Carolina defense.

10. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 13 Result: Loss, 49-17, to Oklahoma State

    Week 14: at TCU, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-1

    Poll Points: 320

    The Bears' attention-grabbing season came to a screeching halt against the Cowboys. Bryce Petty threw for plenty of yards, but three turnovers and a stymied rushing attack doomed them.

    Luckily, they can quickly rebound against TCU.

    The Horned Frogs struggle to throw the football, which means the Baylor secondary should have a bounce-back performance and play a key role in a Bears victory.

9. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 13 Result: Win, 63-13, over California

    Week 14: vs. Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 9-2

    Poll Points: 326

    The Cardinal rebounded from their unlikely loss to USC the week prior, thanks in part to wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who had five touchdowns.

    Last up for Stanford is Notre Dame, which beat a solid BYU squad on Saturday.

    However, the home-field advantage should give the edge to the Cardinal. They just need to contain Cam McDaniel and the Irish rushing attack.

8. Michigan State Spartans

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 13 Result: Win, 30-6, over Northwestern

    Week 14: vs. Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 30, time TBD

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 330

    The Spartans rolled past a Northwestern team that's a shell of its former self. Kurtis Drummond sparked the Michigan State defense with two interceptions, and the offense dialed up 464 total yards.

    The Spartans clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game, but first they face Minnesota.

    The Golden Gophers offense isn't entirely explosive. If Michigan State can stop the run and force a few mistakes, it will end the regular season on a high.

7. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 13 Result: Win, 49-17, over Baylor

    Week 14: Bye

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 378

    The Cowboys did something on Saturday that many thought impossible. They absolutely manhandled Baylor in every aspect.

    Quarterback Clint Chelf was phenomenal. Likewise, the defense was disruptive, forcing three fumbles and completely halting the Bears' ground attack.

    The Cowboys are now in control of the Big 12 prior to their showdown with Oklahoma in two weeks. 

6. Missouri Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 8

    Week 13 Result: Win, 24-10, over Ole Miss

    Week 14: vs. Texas A&M, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:45 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 402

    James Franklin returned for the Tigers, but running back Henry Josey stole the show. His two touchdowns proved to be the difference in a 14-point victory.

    However, the Tigers have no time to be complacent. They must beat Texas A&M to guarantee their spot in the SEC title game. The key to that is stopping Johnny Manziel.

    If Missouri can contain the Heisman winner in the same way LSU did, it will emerge victorious.

5. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 13 Result: Win, 52-6, over Citadel

    Week 14: at South Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 403

    In one of the most predictable games on the weekend slate, the Tigers crushed the Bulldogs. Tajh Boyd was spectacular in his final home game, throwing for five touchdowns.

    However, Boyd will have a much more difficult time against South Carolina.

    If he can get off to a fast start and force quarterback Connor Shaw to play catch-up, though, Clemson will be tough to beat.

4. Auburn Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 13 Result: Bye

    Week 14: vs. Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 10-1

    Poll Points: 419

    Auburn's bye provided a calm before the hurricane-force storm that will settle over Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    The importance of the 2013 Iron Bowl can't be understated: The winner plays for the SEC championship, while the loser is left to hope for an at-large BCS bid.

    Nick Marshall will be the key to victory for the Tigers. If he can establish his dual-threat capabilities and directly attack Alabama, the Crimson Tide will be in for quite a battle.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 13 Result: Win, 42-14, over Indiana

    Week 14: at Michigan, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 11-0

    Poll Points: 464 (1)

    Neither the Hoosiers nor periodic snow squalls could stop the Buckeyes on Saturday. Braxton Miller had four total touchdowns, and running back Carlos Hyde added another pair to help Ohio State remain undefeated.

    That brings us to one of the biggest rivalries in college football.

    Although Michigan has fallen apart during the latter half of the season, the entire Wolverines team will be psyched for this game. But as long as the Buckeyes don't overlook their conference foe, Miller and the offense should carry them to victory.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 13 Result: Win, 80-14, over Idaho

    Week 14: at Florida, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 11-0

    Poll Points: 484 (4)

    The Seminoles were expected to "vandalize" Idaho, and they didn't disappoint. Jameis Winston added four touchdowns to his 2013 tally, and the team set a new team record for points.

    Unlike in previous years, Florida will pose no challenge for this team.

    Whether Skyler Mornhinweg or Tyler Murphy starts at quarterback, the Gators are lifeless on offense and have no firepower to combat the stout Seminoles defense.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 13 Result: Win, 49-0, over Chattanooga

    Week 14: at Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 11-0

    Poll Points: 493 (15)

    The Tide's tune-up before their highly anticipated showdown with Auburn produced no surprises. AJ McCarron threw two touchdown passes, and the Tide defense forced a pair of Mocs turnovers in an easy win.

    As mentioned, though, all eyes will be on Auburn. McCarron and the Tide offense have proven again and again that they can perform in big games, so they will score points.

    If Alabama can continue to play dominant defense, it should be able to wear down the Tigers and preserve a victory.