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2015 Fierce 40: Week 13

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 29, 2015

 

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 13

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama

11-1

W:Auburn 29-13

1

A 46 carry game for Derrick Henry as the Crimson Tide wears out Auburn to win the Iron Bowl.

2

Clemson

12-0 W:South Carolina 37-32 2

Clemson gets  a tougher game than anticipated against South Carolina but they survive and await North Carolina in the ACC title game.

3 Michigan State 11-1 W:Penn State 55-16 3

The Spartans demolish Penn State and get Conner Cook back in the process.

4

Iowa 12-0 W:Nebraska 28-20

4

Iowa controls their own destiny as they defy the odds and go undefeated in the regular season.

5

Ohio State

11-1

W:#16 Michigan 42-13

6

What more can you say about Joey Bosa? This defensive end remains the #1 prospect for the 2016 Draft on our board.

6

Oklahoma

11-1 W:#10 Oklahoma State 58-23 7

Are the Sooners the 2016 version of the 2015 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes?

7

Stanford

10-2 W:#6 Notre Dame 38-36

12

Stanford remains the top 2 loss team in the nation.

8

North Carolina

11-1 W:NC State 45-34 11

North Carolina needs a little bit of help to make the College Football Playoff but if they defeat Clemson who sits at #1 that may give them what they need.

9

Florida State

10-2 W:#9 Florida 27-2 13

Dalvin Cook looks like a front runner for the Heisman next season.

10

Notre Dame 10-2 L:#12 Stanford 36-38 6

Notre Dame has a pair of losses on the season, a last second loss against Stanford and a 2-point defeat against Clemson...still a healthy resume.

11

TCU

10-2 W:#8 Baylor 28-21 OT 15

Trevone Boykin comes back and just does just enough to extract revenge upon Baylor.

12

Baylor

9-2 L:#15 TCU 21-28 OT 8

The injuries were just too much to overcome in the end as the offensive line lost the battle against the TCU defensive line late.

13

Northwestern

10-2 W:Illinois 24-14 17

Pat Fitzgerald for Coach of the Year?

14

Oklahoma State 10-2 L:#7 Oklahoma 23-58 10

A pair of late losses for Oklahoma State but they still overachieved. So many young players on this roster...the future looks bright.

15

Florida

10-2 L:#13 Florida State 2-27 9

Florida had been just escaping with wins lately, we were not surprised by this result.

16

Houston

11-1 W:#14 Navy 52-31 20

We saw the impact of a returning Greg Ward Jr. and what it did for the Cougar offense.

17

Oregon

9-3 W:Oregon State 52-42 19

These Ducks were written off long ago, Oregon can reach double digit wins again with a Bowl victory.

18

Ole Miss 9-3 W:#22 Mississippi State 38-27 21

Ole Miss takes the Egg Bowl after another successful season.

19

Navy

9-2 L:#20 Houston 31-52 14

Navy probably cost themselves a BCS bowl birth with the loss against Houston.

20

Utah 9-3 W:Colorado 20-14 26

Utah gets a big win after losing so many starters late in the season to injury.

21

Michigan

9-3 L:#6 Ohio State 13-42 16

The call by the Ohio governor to not wear khakis to the game must have affected the Wolverines psyche.

22

Temple

10-2 W:Connecticut 27-3 28

When you look at the beginning of the season until now Temple may be the most unlikely 10-win team in the land.

23

LSU 8-3 W:#25 Texas A&M 19-7 29

In a bit of a surprise it was announced after the victory that coach Les Miles will be back with the Tigers next season.

24

Wisconsin 9-3 W:Minnesota 31-21 30

If you think turnovers don't matter than consider this. In Wisconsin's 9 wins they finished +10 in turnover ratio, in their 3 losses -8.

25

USC 8-4 W:#24 UCLA 40-21 32

What an absolute roller coaster for this team on the year. For USC to even make the Pac 12 title game is an accomplishment.

26

Western Kentucky

10-2 W:Marshall 49-28 31

The quietest 10 win season in the land.

27

Mississippi State

8-4 L:#21 Ole Miss 27-38 22

Mississippi State just didn't have the horses on defense this season.

28

Washington State

8-4 L:Washington 10-45 18

The most surprising reult of the weeknd after Washington State had been on an absolute roll.

29

Memphis

9-3 W:SMU 63-0 33

Seven touchdown passes in a half will do wonders to improve that Paxton Lynch NFL talk.

30

UCLA

8-4 L:#32 USC 21-40 24

We continue to say it...UCLA has been the most unpredictable team to follow all season long.

31

Toledo 9-2 L:Western Michigan 30-35 23

Toledo, like Navy, saw their chances at scoring a BCS Bowl bid go up in flames.

32

Georgia

9-3 W:Georgia Tech 13-7 34

We aren't sure Mark Richt will be back with the Bulldogs next year.

33

BYU

9-3 W:Utah State 51-28 36

Tanner Mangum picks a great time to have his best game of the season for BYU.

34

Texas A&M

8-4 L:#29 LSU 7-19 25

Texas A&M is another example of a very good team that couldn't get over the hump and score a big victory.

35

Tennessee 8-4 W:Vanderbilt 53-28 40

The Volunteers were just a few plays away from reaching double digit wins, this team is going to be a force in the coming years in the SEC race.

36

South Florida 8-4 W:UCF 44-3 39

One of the hottest teams in ther nation coming down the stretch. South Florida outscored their opponents 153-53 in their final three games with easy wins against good teams like Cincinnati and Temple.

37

Bowling Green

9-3 W:Ball State 48-10 38

Matt Johnson already has 41 touchdowwn passes and nearly 4,500 yards passing. Johnson will play in the MAC title game and possibly a bowl game after so 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns passes could happen.

38

Miami

8-4 W:#27 Oittsburgh 29-24 NR

The Hurricanes went 4-1 for interim coach Larry Scott, we wonder if this was enough to land him the permanent gig.

39

West Virginia

7-4 W:Iowa State 30-6 NR

Four straight wins after a 3-4 start have fans in Morgantown cheering.

40

Pittsburgh

8-4 L:Miami 24-29 27

Pitt fans might think they were a little disappointing down the stretch, but to win 8 games without their best offensive player....big accomplishment.

Dropped Out: Northern Illinois, Air Force.