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2016 Fierce 40: Week 13

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 27, 2016

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 13

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama 12-0 W:#15 Auburn 30-12

1

Alabama runs the regular season and even with a loss in the SEC Championship game they should have one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.

2

Ohio State 11-1 W:#3 Michigan 30-27 (2OT) 2

Ohio State won the College Football Game of the Year thus far.

3

Clemson 11 W:South Carolina 56-7 4

Clemson like Alabama, likely has a spot in the College Football Playoff even if they falter against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.

4

Washington 11-1 W:#27 Washington State 45-17 5

The Huskies can cement their spot in the final four with a win against Colorado.

5

Michigan 10-2 L:#2 Ohio State 27-30 (2OT) 3

A lot of whining coming from Jim Harbaugh. Michigan had their chances and the turnovers proved to be costly.

6

Wisconsin 10-2 W:#37 Minnesota 31-17 6

The Badgers took care of business and will have a chance to win the Big Ten title.

7

Oklahoma 9-2 Idle 7

Monster game with Oklahoma State this weekend.

8

Penn State 10-2 W:Michigan State 45-12 10

If Penn State or Wisconsin wins can a two-loss team crash the Playoff party?

9

Colorado 10-2 W:#19 Utah 27-22 8

Colorado gets a chance to rain on the Huskies parade and steal the Pac-12.

10

Oklahoma State 9-2 Idle 9

The Sooners await as the Cowboys of Oklahoma State take aim at the Big 12 title.

11

USC 9-3 W:Notre Dame 45-27 14

The Trojans are playing as well as any team in the nation and score their 8th win in a row.

12

Western Michigan 12-0 W:Toledo 55-35 12

The loss by Boise State should make the Broncos breathe easier as it looks like only Navy could stop them from a BCS birth.

13

LSU 7-4 W:#16 Texas A&M 54-39 20

LSU runs wild but more importantly they land Ed Orgeron as head coach.

14

Louisville 9-3 L:Kentucky 38-41 11

Lamar Jackson still has my Heisman vote as the defense let Louisville down more than the offense and Jackson late in the season.

15

West Virginia 9-2 W:Iowa State 49-19 24

Even as a second-tier Big 12 team it's been a wildly successful season in Morgantown.

16

Florida State 9-3 W:#13 Florida 31-13 23

The Seminoles made the Gators look rather ordinary.

17

Auburn 8-4 L:#1 Alabama 12-30 15

The Tigers just couldn't compete with Alabama in the Iron Bowl this season.

18

Florida 8-3 L:#23 Florida State 13-31 13

The Gators have to be concerned with their poor play down the stretch as they attempt to pull off the improbable against Alabama.

19

South Florida 10-2 W:Central Florida 48-31 26

The Bulls could be the quietest 10 win team at the FBS level.

20

Navy 9-2 W:SMU 75-31 29

Navy gets Temple in the AAC Championship game before the annual grudge match with Army.

21

Virginia Tech 9-3 W:Virginia 52-10 30

The Hokies have their chance to play spoiler against Clemson in the ACC Championship game.

22

Texas A&M 8-4 L:#20 LSU 39-54 16

Now that coaching rumors have stopped at Texas and LSU one has to wonder if whispers out of Texas A&M will surface.

23

Nebraska 9-3 L:#38 Iowa 10-40 17

Injuries played a huge part in the Cornhuskers decline after their strong 7-0 start.

24

Pittsburgh 8-4 W:Syracuse 76-61 32

Well if you can't put up 76 on Jim Boeheim and the Orange basketball team then why not do it on the football field.

25

Stanford 9-3 W:Rice 41-17 33

Over a month ago saying Stanford would end 9-3 seemed nearly impossible, what a turnaround.

26

Utah 8-4 L:#8 Colorado 22-27 19

The Utes end the regular season with a pair of losses after being alive for the Pac-12 title game.

27

Boise State 10-2 L:Air Force 20-27 18

Boise State watches their chances to win the Mountain West and go to a BCS bowl game go down the drain.

28

Iowa 8-4 W:Nebraska 40-10 38

A 30 point win against Nebraska just weeks after beating Michigan makes this a huge finish for the Hawkeyes.

29

Houston 9-3 L:Memphis 44-48 29

We can give Houston a pass on this one after all the talk surrounding coach Tom Herman who ultimately took the Texas job.

30

North Dakota State 10-1 Idle 35

The Playoffs now begin for North Dakota State as they go for another title.

31

Washington State 8-4 L:#5 Washington 17-45 27

The Apples turned out to be rotten in Washington State's cup.

32

Temple 9-3 W:East Carolina 37-10 39

Don't look now but the Owls have a date with Navy for the AAC title after scoring their 6th consecutive win.

33

BYU 8-4 W:Utah State 28-10 40

The Old Wagon Wheel stays with BYU after defeating Utah State with running back Jamaal Williams going out in style.

34

UNC 8-4 L:NC State 21-28 22

A good year for the Tar Heels gets overshadowed with losses to rivals Duke and NC State late in the season.

35

Tennessee 8-4 L:Vanderbilt 35-45 25

Tennessee comes into this bowl season in stark contrast to 2015 when they were one of the hottest teams in the nation.

36

Miami 8-4 W:Duke 40-21 NR

Brad Kaaya becomes the all-time passing leader at Miami in the win, and they've had some pretty good quarterbacks.

37

Wyoming 8-4 L:New Mexico 35-53 28

The Cowboys back into a birth in the Mountain West title game appearance.

38

Georgia Tech 8-4 W:#36 Georgia 28-27 NR

What a way to end the season for the Ramblin Wreck.

39

San Diego State 9-3 L:Colorado State 31-63 31

A 10-game home winning streak for the Aztecs falls.

40

Kansas State 7-4 W:Kansas 34-19 NR

How could we not include Kansas State after Bill Snyder scores his 200th win, one of the best coaches at the FBS level over the years.

Dropped Out: Arkansas, Georgia and Minnesota.