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2014 Fierce 40: Week 13

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 23, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 13

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Florida State

11-0

W:#Boston College 20-17

1

They continue to live on the edge but Jameis Winston still doesn't know what a loss feels like.

2

Alabama

10-1

W:Western Carolina 48-14

2

The Catamounts looked respectable out of the gate against Alabama but the Tide turned it on for another lopsided win.

3

Oregon

10-1

W:Colorado 44-10

3

Still my pick to be the eventual National Champion.

4

Mississippi State

10-1

W:Vanderbilt 51-0

4

So much for a hangover after their loss.

5

Baylor

9-1

W:Oklahoma State 49-28

5

Over 300 yards rushing against Oklahoma State made for smooth sailing.

6

TCU

9-1

Idle

6

Needed a week off after that week of struggles against Kansas.

7

Ohio State

10-1

W:Indiana 42-27

7

Ohio State flat out fell asleep for 1.5 quarters but they turned it on late to hold off Indiana but the run defense was shredded.

8

Georgia

9-2

W:Charleston Southern 55-9

9

They will be big Arkansas fans this week to see if they can beat Missouri so that they can earn a birth in the SEC title game.

9

Kansas State

8-2

W:#34 West Virginia 26-20

11

Big win for the Wildcats as they stay alive in the Big 12.

10

UCLA

9-2

W:#24 USC 38-20

10

The Bruins look really good right now and if they get to play Oregon that could be a tougher game than the Ducks imagined.

11

Wisconsin

9-2

W:#35 Iowa 26-24

10

Melvin Gordon is already at 2,000 yards rushing and counting.

12

Michigan State

9-2

W:Rutgers 45-3

13

This game could have been worse as it was over the by the second quarter. Michigan State has to be kicking themselves. The loss to Ohio State leaves them without a chance to get into the playoff.

13

Arizona State

9-2

W:Washington State 52-31

12

Took some time for the offense to get going but six sacks against Washington State was key.

14

Marshall

11-0

W:UAB 23-18

15

Marshall had to fight for this victory but they keep their hopes for a New Years bowl game alive.

15

Arizona

9-2

W:#25 Utah 42-10

17

Statement game against a pesky Utah game as our "Upset of the Week pick blew up on us.

16

Auburn

8-3

W:Samford 31-7

16

Auburn and Alabama both play FCS opponents before the big "Iron Bowl" showdown.

17

Missouri

9-2

W:Tennessee 29-21

18

May have the most unflashy nine wins in the country, but they still have nine wins.

18

Ole Miss

8-3

L:Arkansas 0-30

8

Wow...that's all you can say to this game.

19

Georgia Tech

9-2

Idle

19

They are 9-2 but they get Georgia and a date with Florida State for the ACC title, tough sledding to end the season.

20

Oklahoma

8-3

W:Kansas 44-7

22

Samaje Perine breaks the one-week old rushing record putting up 427 yards.

21

Colorado State

10-1

W:New Mexico 58-20

21

Nine straight wins with Air Force remaining.

22

Clemson

8-3

W:Georgia State 28-0

26

Have a lock on 2nd within the Atlantic Division of the ACC.

23

Louisville

8-3

W:#21 Notre Dame 31-28

27

Louisville gets a high profile win after being so close a few times this season.

24

Minnesota

8-3

W:#20 Nebraska 28-24

28

Minnesota will have to travel to Madison for a chance to win the West Division of the Big Ten.

25

Boise State

9-2

W:Wyoming 63-14

25

Boise State stands to win the Mountain West as they defeated Colorado State head-to-head.

26

LSU

7-4

Idle

30

Big game to close the regular season against Texas A&M.

27

Nebraska

8-3

L:#28 Minnesota 24-28

20

Will Bo Pelini be sweating over job security again this offseason? The game against Iowa to close the regular season may hold the key to that question.

28

Texas A&M

7-4

Idle

33

Texas A&M gets the week off to rest up against LSU, both teams were off in fact.

29

Notre Dame

7-4

L:#27 Louisville 28-31

21

The Irish have now lost 3 in a row and 4 out of 5.

30

Utah State

9-3

W:San Jose State 41-7

30

Huge contest with Boise State to end the regular season.

31

USC

7-4

L:#14 UCLA 20-38

24

UCLA looked like they were playing in a different gear then the Trojans.

32

Utah

7-4

L:#17Arizona 10-42

32

Were forced by Arizona to beat them through the air and they could not step up to the task.

33

Arkansas

6-5

W:#8 Ole Miss 30-0

NR

Why at 6-5 is Arkansas ranked? The five losses they have are against Alabama, Texas A&M (OT), Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia. They have defeated LSU and Ole Miss in successive weeks.

34

Iowa

7-4

L:#10 Wisconsin 24-26

35

Big finish against Nebraska, that will be a key game to decide what bowls those teams will go to.

35

Memphis

8-3

W:South Florida 31-20

36

Inside track to winning the American Athletic Conference.

36

Cincinnati

7-3 W:UConn 41-0 38

Have shaken off the three straight losses early in the season quite well.

37

UCF

7-3

W:SMU 53-7

39

10 different receivers caught passes in the win against SMU.

38

Duke

8-3

L:North Carolina 20-45

29

Duke will not be back in the ACC title game after getting waxed by the Tar Heels.

39

Maryland

7-4

W:Michigan 23-16

NR

Maryland is an impressive 5-1 on the road this season.

40

Northern Illinois

8-2

:San Diego State

NR

Drew Hare is emerging as a playmaker for Northern Illinois.

Dropped Out: West Virginia, Miami, Air Force

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