College Football Rankings: How AP Top 25 should have looked before Week 14

The final week of college football’s regular season produced a fair amount of upheaval in the polls with both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation losing games.

One week away from the announcement of the four College Football Playoff teams, we read through the 14th in-season AP Top 25 poll of the year and made the following changes:

First teams out: N.C. State (No. 26), San Diego State (No. 27) and Louisville (No. 28)

25. Fresno State
24. Mississippi State
23. South Florida
22. Washington State (-1)
21. Virginia Tech (+1)
20. Northwestern
19. Michigan State

The bottom of the rankings welcomes Fresno State, which comes in on the strength of a win over Boise State. Mississippi State falls a bit after losing its quarterback — and game — against Ole Miss. We couldn’t drop South Florida any further after its game effort at UCF. Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Northwestern rounded off their campaigns with conference wins.

18. Oklahoma State
17. LSU
16. Notre Dame (-1)
15. Memphis (+1)

One-loss Memphis gets a chance to bolster its resume with a game against UCF this weekend. Notre Dame lost to Stanford after falling apart in the fourth quarter, and thus lands here in our rankings. LSU and Oklahoma State both notched conference wins to wrap up the schedule.

14. Stanford
13. Washington
12. USC (-1)
11. TCU (-1)
10. UCF (+2)

Central Florida won a thrilling contest over South Florida, and since we’re fond of unbeaten records, we’ve bumped the Knights into the top 10. TCU and USC will get a chance to add conference titles to their trophy cases, but it’s hard to imagine either having much of a case for the playoff. Both Washington and Stanford notched wins against ranked foes to enhance their future bowl placement.

9. Penn State
8. Ohio State
7. Miami
6. Georgia

Miami tumbles all the way down to No. 7 after being ranked No. 2, but will have a strong case for a top-4 spot with a win over Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Georgia is in a similar situation with its game against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Ohio State will try to win the Big Ten title game and hope its resume matches up.

5. Alabama
4. Auburn
3. Oklahoma (-1)
2. Wisconsin (+1)
1. Clemson

With Miami and Alabama picking up their first losses of the season, that leaves room for the defending national champions to move to the top spot. Wisconsin still hasn’t played anyone of note, but the Badgers are perfect enough to land at No. 2. Oklahoma and Auburn are in great spots to earn a ticket to the College Football Playoff with wins in their respective title games, while Alabama will wait and watch.

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