BERKELEY CA - NOVEMBER 13: Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks motions for a first down that clinched their game against the California Golden Bears at the end of the fourth quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 13 2010 in Berkeley California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings: Oregon Takes Top Spot In Week 13 USA Today Poll

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College Football Rankings: Week 13 AP Poll Has Oregon In First

The Week 13 AP Poll brings no big surprises. As in the Week 13 USA Today poll, Oregon's on top.

The Ducks didn't play on Saturday, much like second-place Auburn and fourth-ranked TCU, but all three of those teams keep their places from last week. Wisconsin slides up to fifth to complete the top five, switching spots with LSU after the Tigers narrowly escaped Mississippi.

Much like in the coaches poll, Nebraska is the only team to fall out of the top 10 this week. The Huskers drop from ninth to 15th after losing to Texas A&M. The Aggies move up from 18th to 17th after the victory.

In one of the more bizarre twists of the week, North Carolina State re-enters the poll at 21st, ahead of ACC Atlantic Division rival Florida State, despite needing to stop a last-minute two-point conversion to hold on against North Carolina. The Wolfpack can still make it to the ACC Championship Game and play for the ACC title with a win over Maryland this week.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Stanford
  8. Ohio State
  9. Alabama
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Arkansas
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Missouri
  16. Nebraska
  17. Texas A&M
  18. South Carolina
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona
  21. North Carolina State
  22. Florida State
  23. Utah
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State
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College Football Rankings: Week 13 USA Today Poll Shuts Out Big East

In a development that should surprise absolutely no one, the Big East remains terrible at football.

No Big East teams show up in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, which is about par for the course for a conference whose overwhelming frontrunner for the conference championship just became bowl eligible with a win this weekend.

That would be newly 6-4 Pittsburgh, which topped South Florida to become bowl eligible. The Panthers are one of two Big East teams to receive votes in this week's USA Today poll, but are well behind West Virginia's Mountaineers in the "also receiving votes" listing.

The Mountaineers would be 29th, if the rankings went that far; Pittsburgh would be 34th.

That's some depressing stuff, but it's less depressing than this: Connecticut could still win the conference. That's Connecticut, the same team that didn't seem to belong on the same field with Michigan, the sixth- or seventh-best team in the Big Ten.

For the Big East, the long-rumored chance of conference expansion cannot come true soon enough.

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College Football Rankings: ACC Led By Virginia Tech In Week 13 USA Today Poll

Finally, the ACC has a top-14 team.

Virginia Tech moves up one spot to 14th in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, which is the best news the ACC has gotten in a long time.

That's because the top 14 teams in the BCS standings are the ones that would be eligible to receive at-large BCS bowl bids, and the Hokies are finally nearing that rarefied air after spending a season recovering from an 0-2 start that included a loss to James Madison.

Two other ACC schools are ranked, Florida State and North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech will meet one of the two for the ACC Championship in December in Charlotte. But if one of those two teams topples Virginia Tech, the Hokies' high ranking affords the ACC faint hopes of placing two teams in the BCS and enjoying the large payday that would come with that feat.

It probably still won't happen, because a Virginia Tech loss would drop the Hokies substantially. But the ACC can, at least, dream again.

Full ACC rankings are as follows:

- No. 14 Virginia Tech
- No. 21 Florida State
- No. 23 North Carolina State

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College Football Rankings: Big Ten Has Three Top-Ten Teams In Week 13 USA Today Poll

The Big Ten may not have a runaway champion, but the conference still has a few very good teams.

Three Big Ten teams take spots in the top 10 of the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, with Wisconsin leading the way in fifth. Ohio State follows in seventh, and Michigan State re-enters the top 10 at 10th.

The conference isn't the best it has been in recent years, but it might be deeper. All three of those teams in the top 10 could still win the conference, and two of the three may still find themselves in BCS bowls in January. That's not a bad state of affairs for a conference that has been known more for BCS futility of late.

There is, however, the chance that Ohio State could play an SEC team in a BCS bowl this season. That has not worked out of late.

Full Big Ten rankings are as follows:

- No. 5 Wisconsin
- No. 7 Ohio State
- No. 10 Michigan State
- No. 24 Iowa

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College Football Rankings: Week 13 USA Today Poll Has Three Pac-10 Teams

As has been the case all year, the Pac-10 makes up for the lack of quantity with a surplus of quality.

Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, which is middling among BCS automatic qualifying conferences. But only the Pac-10 and SEC have two teams in the top eight and one in the top two.

This may well change next week, as Oregon meets Arizona for a chance to seal up the Pac-10 Championship and assure the school of nothing less than a second straight Rose Bowl berth. And Stanford's high ranking may still not sway BCS bowl representatives to take the Cardinal to a BCS bowl, thanks to a complicated series of events.

But this is still a good year for the Pac-10. Any year for any conference with two of the 10 best teams in the country usually is.

Full Pac-10 rankings are as follows:

- No. 1 Oregon
- No. 8 Stanford
- No. 20 Arizona

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College Football Rankings: Big 12 Stellar In Week 13 USA Today Poll

In its last year with 12 teams, the Big 12 is putting up a performance worth remembering.

Five Big 12 teams are ranked in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, but all five are in the top 18 teams ranked.

That's indicative of the conference's surprising depth this season. All of the five ranked teams have a loss, but none have more than Texas A&M's three, and of the top four teams' losses, just Missouri's loss against Texas Tech and Nebraska's loss to Texas came against unranked Big 12 teams.

It's unlikely that the conference places two teams in BCS bowl games — thanks to Nebraska's loss to Texas A&M this week, the Huskers will likely need to win the Big 12 Championship to go to a BCS bowl — but the middle class of the Big 12 may make the conference the class of the country, even without an undefeated team like Auburn or Oregon.

Full Big 12 rankings are as follows:

- No. 9 Oklahoma State
- No. 13 Oklahoma
- No. 15 Nebraska
- No. 16 Missouri
- No. 18 Texas A&M

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College Football Rankings: SEC Prospers In Week 13 USA Today Poll

I'm tired of trying to explain the SEC's "down year": it's not "down," just different.

Six SEC teams show up in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 13, pacing all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, and five are in the top 17. That is the exact same thing I wrote in this space last week, except for the Week 13 part.

This is because the SEC has been oddly dominant rather than traditionally dominant: Auburn is playing the role Alabama has played of late, LSU is near the top rather than in the middle, and Arkansas and South Carolina are the mid-range teams, not Georgia or Tennessee. It's not all that strange — with the exception, perhaps, of Florida not being ranked at all.

And, really, it's more surprising that the SEC's usual suspects are so routinely atop the polls and BCS rankings than that the cycle should differ for one year.

Full SEC rankings are as follows:

- No. 2 Auburn
- No. 6 LSU
- No. 11 Alabama
- No. 12 Arkansas
- No. 17 South Carolina
- No. 25 Mississippi State

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College Football Rankings: Oregon Takes Top Spot In Week 13 USA Today Poll

The Oregon Ducks didn't play on Saturday, but they still fly high above the college football landscape.

In fact, so do the top eight teams from last week.

The Ducks top the Week 13 USA Today coaches poll, and should be atop both of the college football polls this week, thanks to an oddly static week in the college football world.

This is Oregon's fifth straight week, and the top eight of the poll is the same as last week's, thanks partly to bye weeks for Auburn and TCU and predicted wins by teams like LSU, Wisconsin, and Stanford.

Nebraska is the only team to fall out of the top 10. The Huskers drop from ninth to 15th after a loss to Texas A&M, which rises from 19th to 18th after the win.

Two conference dominate the poll, as they have all season: five SEC teams appear in the top 17 of the poll, and of the top 18 teams, an astonishing 10 are from either the SEC or Big 12.

The Week 13 AP Poll will be released later this afternoon.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Stanford
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Michigan State
  11. Alabama
  12. Arkansas
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Nebraska
  16. Missouri
  17. South Carolina
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona
  21. Florida State
  22. Utah
  23. North Carolina State
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State
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