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2016 Fierce 40: Week 14

by DJ Boyer on Dec. 4, 2016

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - Week 14

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Alabama 13-0 W:#18 Florida 54-16

1

The only one of the four spots for the College Football Playoff where we won't see a controversy.

2

Ohio State 11-1 Idle 2

Ohio State is clearly one of the best four teams in the land. If the Committee puts the emphasis on Conference Championships like they claim, then Ohio State is out. If Penn State gets the nod I think it may have more to do with how each team handled Michigan State late in the season.

3

Clemson 12-1 W:#21 Virginia Tech 42-35 3

The Tigers have to feel like they are in even though they didn't put the hammer down against the Hokies.

4

Washington 12-1 W:#9 Colorado 41-10 4

A convincing win for the Huskies but was it enough to convince the committee.

5

Penn State 11-2 W:#6 Wisconsin 38-31 10

If you had Penn State winning the Big Ten before the season began.....wow great call.

6

Michigan 10-2 Idle 5

You don't think Jim Harbaugh is upset watching Penn State win the Big Ten after Michigan thrashed them during the regular season.

7

Oklahoma 10-2 W:#10 Oklahoma State 38-20 7

The Sooners go undefeated in Big 12 play but are not legitimate contenders to get into the College Football Playoff.

8

Wisconsin 10-3 L:#8 Penn State 31-38 6

Three losses for the Badgers against Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

9

USC 9-3 Idle 11

One wonders what if the Trojans had started Sam Darnold from the start of the season.

10

Colorado 10-3 L:#4 Washington 17 8

Still a great year for the Buffs despite the Pac 12 ttitle game beat down at the hand of Washington.

11

Oklahoma State 9-3 L:#7 Oklahoma 38-20 10

A great year for the Cowboys who came closer to winning the Big 12 than many expected.

12

Western Michigan 13-0 W:Ohio 29-23 12

The Broncos survive a tough one against Ohio. The MAC title game has been famous for upsets and it almost held serve again.

13

LSU 7-4 Idle 13

The Bowl game is unimportant for LSU, focusing on rebuilding the program is priority #1.

14

Louisville 9-3 Idle 14

Biggest question for Louisville is whether Lamar Jackson wins the Heisman, he got my vote.

15

West Virginia 10-2 W:Baylor 24-21 15

A huge extension for coach Dana Holgorson as the Mountaiuneers believe they have their man.

16

Florida State 9-3 Idle 16

9-3 was a good year when you consider the youth movement the Seminoles had on display.

17

Auburn 8-4 Idle 17

A Tiger team that exceeded expectations

18

South Florida 10-2 Idle 19

Too bad South Florida did not have a chance at the AAC title because we believe they were the best team in the Conference.

19

Florida 8-4 L:#1 Alabama 16-54 18

Not many expected Florida to win this game, not even themselves and you could see it when the Gators took the field.

20

Texas A&M 8-4 Idle 22

Chatter surrounding the future of coach Kevin Sumlin should be starting any minute.

21

Virginia Tech 9-4 W:#3 Clemson 21

Virginia Tech made this a game and nearly threw an even bigger wrench into the Playoff picture.

22

Temple 10-3 W:#20 Navy 34-10 32

Temple handled Navy easily and the Midshipmen lost a lot of manpower due to injury in the game.

23

Nebraska 9-3 Idle 23

Mike Riley has to be happy with year #1 in Lincoln.

24

Pittsburgh 8-4 Idle 24

People forget this was the "other" team to defeat Penn State this year along with Michigan.

25

Stanford 9-3 Idle 25

Remarkable turnaround for the Cardinal.

26

Navy 9-3 L:#32 Temple 10-34 20

Navy has to be concerned with the amount of injuuries suffered against Temple. Navy faces an Army team next week that is far from a pushover.

27

Utah 8-4 Idle 26

The Utes were solid all year long but could not keep up with Colorado when it mattered most.

28

Boise State 10-2 Idle 27

Boise State was a goal line stand away from likely landing a BCS birth and having the nod over Western Michigan.

29

North Dakota State 11-1 W:San Diego 45-7 30

Business as ususal for North Dakota State.

30

Iowa 8-4 Idle 28

Strong finish to the season for the Hawkeyes

31

Houston 9-3 Idle 29

Big story here is that Art Briles is apparently not in the running for the Cougar coaching gig.

32

Washington State 8-4 Idle 31

Will Luke Falk stay or go pro, huge question for Washington State and the rest of the conference.

33

BYU 8-4 Idle 33

Four losses by 8 points shows you BYU was in every game they played this season.

34

UNC 8-4 Idle 34

Does Mitch Trubinsky stay or go pro? The Tar Heels have a similar situation that we outlined with Washington State earlier.

35

Tennessee 8-4 Idle 35

So much more was expected of this Tennessee team.

36

Miami 8-4 Idle 36

No team was as up and down as Miami this season.

37

San Diego State 10-3 W:#37 Wyoming 24-21 39

The Aztecs were deserving of the title and in defeating Wyoming they showed they are more than just Donnell Pumphrey on offense.

38

Georgia Tech 8-4 Idle 38

The Yellow Jackets piled up some impressive wins quietly at the end of their campaign.

39

Kansas State 8-4 W:TCU 30-6 40

Impressive win to close out the regular season.

40

Wyoming 8-5 l:#39 San Diego State 254-27 37

Nobody had the Cowboys wuinning their half of the Mountain West so this was a wildly successful season.

Dropped Out: None.