The top four teams — Oregon, Auburn, Boise State, and TCU — remained in the same position for Week 13 of the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 college football rankings. Of the four, only Boise State played over the weekend. Auburn picked up five points on Oregon and now trail the leading Ducks by a total of 37 points in the overall college football rankings. Only TCU has a single game to play. Oregon, Auburn, and Boise State still have two remaining contests, and they all will play AP Top 25 nationally ranked teams (Auburn will play two). For Oregon and Auburn, those two games just might be their toughest to date.
The #1 Oregon Ducks will take on PAC-10 rivals and 20th-ranked Arizona this week, then will have to face intra-state and intra-conference rivals Oregon State for their final game.
The #2 Auburn Tigers have to face their fiercest rivals, the #9 Alabama Crimson Tide, for their final game of the regular season in the Iron Bowl, which will be played on the day after Thanksgiving. Win or lose, Auburn has already won the right to play in the SEC Championship game against a tough South Carolina Gamecocks squad (currently ranked #18), a team they beat earlier in the season, but a team that has also knocked off then-#1 Alabama.
Boise State’s undefeated season is anything but a certainty as well. The Broncos will take on the #19 Nevada Wolf Pack in the next-to-last game of the regular season. Nevada is the lowest-ranked team in the AP Top 25 with one loss.
The entire Top 4 of the college football rankings remain undefeated.
Wisconsin moved into the #5 position after the previous #5 team, the LSU Tigers, fought off a tenacious unranked Mississippi Rebels squad and slipped to #6. Stanford and Ohio State remained in the #7 and #8 positions after posting solid wins.
The #9 position, which was vacated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a tough defensive loss to Texas A&M, went to an idle Alabama squad.
The #10 position, which had been Alabama’s, was acquired by Oklahoma State, who jumped Michigan State to land in the tenth spot.
The biggest fall in the AP Top 25 came from Nebraska. The Cornhuskers dropped seven spots to #16. Insultingly enough, the Texas A&M Aggies, who beat Nebraska 9-6, was ranked one place below them in the college football rankings list.
Two teams returned to the AP Top 25, both representatives of the Atlantic Coast Conference: North Carolina State (#21) and Florida State (#22). They replaced USC (formerly #20), who were crushed by Oregon State, and Miami (FL) (formerly #24), who lost a grueling contest with then #14 Virginia Tech (now #13), a team which posted its eighth straight win.
AP Top 25 Poll College Football Rankings (Week 13)
3. Boise State
8. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Michigan State
13. Virginia Tech
17. Texas A&M
18. South Carolina
21. North Carolina State
22. Florida State
25. Mississippi State
Compare to the AP Top 25 college football rankings for Week 12.
“2010 NCAA Football Rankings — AP Top 25 Week 13 (Nov. 21),” ESPN.go.com