College football’s regular season is coming to a close, and we still don’t know who will make the College Football Playoff. Here is a look at our college football power rankings entering Week 13.
With Rivalry Week finally here, there are plenty of changes to the rankings. We can expect more after this wild week of college football.
Outside of Georgia being the best team, everything is up for debate. Is Ohio State better than Alabama after dominating Michigan State? Is Cincinnati one of the four best teams in college football? Should Oklahoma be ranked above Oklahoma State?
We have plenty of questions, and we are running out of time for answers.
Here’s a look at the updated college football power rankings for Week 13:
College Football Week 13 Power Rankings
(1) Georgia Bulldogs (-, 11-0 SU, 7-4 ATS)
Georgia is easily the best team in the country thanks to its stout defense and balanced offense.
(2) Ohio State Buckeyes (⇧2, 10-1 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
QB C.J. Stroud is a Heisman candidate, and we’ll learn plenty about the Buckeyes against the Wolverines.
(3) Alabama Crimson Tide (⇩1, 10-1, SU, 6-5 ATS)
Alabama has some uncharacteristic struggle wins, but the Tide will have a chance to prove themselves against UGA.
(4) Cincinnati Bearcats (⇧1, 11-0 SU, 6-5)
Cincinnati should control its own destiny for the College Football Playoff. If the Bearcats win, they are in.
(5) Michigan Wolverines (⇧2, 10-1 SU, 9-2 ATS)
Michigan has a chance to be a top-two team if it upsets the Buckeyes this weekend.
(6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (⇧3, 10-1 SU, 8-3 ATS)
Notre Dame had a bad start to the year, but it can still make the College Football Playoff if we see more chaos.
(7) Oklahoma State Cowboys (⇧1, 10-1 SU, 5-6 ATS)
Despite losing two of the best skill players in the Big 12 last year, the Cowboys have a great chance to win the conference and maybe squeak into the playoff.
(8) Baylor Bears (⇧3, 9-2 SU, 7-4 ATS)
Baylor needs Oklahoma to lose this weekend, but it also must take care of business against Texas Tech.
(9) Oklahoma Sooners (⇧4, 10-1 SU, 6-5 ATS)
Oklahoma is only a one-loss team, but struggle wins have pushed the Sooners out of the playoff picture. If they can win out, they may bounce back.
(10) Ole Miss Rebels (–, 9-2 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
Ole Miss has an elite offense, and it’ll need every yard against Mississippi State. The Egg Bowl has seen plenty of crazy endings, so watch out.
(11) Michigan State Spartans (⇩5, 9-2 SU, 7-3-1 ATS)
Michigan State went from a College Football Playoff contender to a team outside the top 10 with last week’s blowout loss.
(12) Oregon Ducks (⇩9, 9-2 SU, 4-7 ATS)
Oregon’s second loss takes it out of the CFP race. The Ducks are playing only for pride.
(13) Texas A&M Aggies (⇧4, 8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS)
The Aggies have some of the best resume boosters, but three losses eliminate them from SEC contention.
(14) Utah Utes (⇧9, 8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS)
Utah has momentum after beating Oregon, but what will it do with it?
(15) BYU Cougars (⇧1, 9-2 SU, 5-6 ATS)
BYU had a great start, but some losses in the middle of the season took it off everyone’s radar. Still, the Cougars are exceeding expectations.
(16) Iowa Hawkeyes (⇧6, 9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS)
Iowa is a gritty team that is hard to beat, but it remains in the middle of the pack.
(17) UTSA Roadrunners (⇩3, 11-0 SU, 8-3 ATS)
UTSA barely remained undefeated, but the struggle proved that it is not on the same level as other top-ranked teams.
(18) Houston Cougars (⇩3, 10-1 SU, 7-4 ATS)
Houston has flown under the radar all season but remains in the top 20 for now.
(19) Wisconsin Badgers (⇩1, 8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS)
Wisconsin won’t be making a New Year’s Six game, but it was still a tough team every week.
(20) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (⇩8, 9-2 SU, 5-6 ATS)
It was a record year for the Demon Deacons, but they failed to keep the hot streak going with a win against Clemson, as bad defense finally caught up to them.
(21) Pittsburgh Panthers (⇩2, 9-2 SU, 8-3 ATS)
Pitt is on a three-game win streak that will likely turn into four after a game against Syracuse. The Panthers should make a quality bowl game if they end up winning the ACC Championship.
(22) San Diego State Aztecs (⇧3, 10-1 SU, 5-5-1 ATS)
SDSU has six wins by a single possession, so its success isn’t sustainable. Still, credit the Aztecs’ resiliency.
(23) Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (⇩2, 10-1 SU, 5-6 ATS)
With a chance to finish the season with an 11-1 record, it makes sense why Billy Napier is rumored to be the head coach of almost every Power 5 team with an opening. We’ll see if this distracts the Ragin’ Cajuns as they close out the year.
(24) Arkansas Razorbacks (⇩4, 7-4 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
Arkansas lost, but it was a few plays away from upsetting the Crimson Tide at home. That has to count for something.
(25) NC State Wolfpack (⇩1, 8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS)
NC State has a couple of close losses that have put a ceiling on its potential. If they would’ve beaten Wake Forest and Miami, the Wolfpack could be in the top 10.
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The Utes needed a statement win against Oregon to validate their season, and they got one. They proved that they were the better team, and that fueled their vault up the rankings. If they can beat Oregon again, the Utes will be heading to the Rose Bowl as a three-loss team.
This is mostly because I disagree with where Iowa was ranked last week. The Hawkeyes have some quality wins on their resume, and their two losses were against quality teams. They are now on a three-game win streak and have an outside shot of making the Big Ten Championship.
The Sooners have question marks at quarterback, and all of their wins come with fans biting their nails. Still, Oklahoma only has one loss, and it was against a highly ranked Baylor team. With how crazy college football has been this year, Oklahoma could still make the College Football Playoff if it wins out. The Sooners have a small shot, but a shot regardless.
Texas A&M (+4)
The Aggies are another team that I am higher on than the previous writer. They beat Alabama and Auburn. Two of their losses are against ranked opponents, and they have a quality offense despite question marks at quarterback.
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The Ducks were being propped up because they beat the Buckeyes. Ohio State is a different team now, and the Ducks have two bad losses on the resume. They are clearly out of the College Football Playoff race and were overvalued from the start.
Wake Forest (-8)
The Demon Deacons have one of the best offenses in the country, but they have carried a lackluster defense all year. With two losses, Wake Forest is now seen as a team that can barely make the top 25. If it struggles next week, it could be out of the entire picture.
Michigan State (-5)
The Spartans were in the College Football Playoff picture before losing to Purdue earlier this season. In the loss against Ohio State, they looked abysmal. They are now clearly outside the Big Ten picture, and they went from a title dark horse to a team outside of the top 10.
The Razorbacks could have beaten Alabama, which speaks to how far they’ve come as a team. However, they still lost. In the SEC, every loss hurts your reputation, and the Razorbacks were on the edge to begin with.