Where do the top teams rank after Week 13 of the college football season?
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The Sooners have been rolling lately and have a nice win at WVU, but they were handled by Houston and thumped at home by Ohio State. Beating OK State at home this weekend would be their best win, but I think there are just too many other teams with better resumes to climb to hope to get to the Final Four.
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Mike MacIntyre should get national coach of the year. CU hadn't won more than two league games in any of the past eight seasons and just won the Pac-12 South. Even knocking off UDub, I still don't think they can squeeze into by virtue of their loss to Michigan. I couldn't see the Wolverines being snubbed for CU given head to head and the Buffs play in a weaker conference this year.
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They're underrated with a potent offense and a defense anchored by two stout defensive tackles. They have arguably the Big 12's top non-conference win over a Pitt team that has beat two Top 10 opponents and they beat a 9-2 WVU team by 17 and also crushed TCU at home.
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The Badgers had their hands full with Minnesota but emerged with a 31-17 win to make it six in a row. Their defense has been superb all season but I have them below PSU because their best win is over a four-less LSU team.
Don't sleep on young QB Trace McSorley. He's a good fit for Joe Moorhead's offense and he's playing very well, shredding a Michigan State that just gave the Buckeyes all they could handle a week earlier. Plus, they have that nice win over OSU and beating the Badgers would give them an added jolt to go with winning the toughest division in college football this year.
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Turnovers cost them at OSU. I still think they have a remote shot to make it into the Final Four but will need Penn State and OU to win and Clemson and UDub to lose which could trigger a stunning three Big Ten teams into the Playoff on the heels of their blowout of the Nittany Lions and a win over what would be the Pac-12 champs (CU).
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Chris Petersen's team went on the road and drilled Washington State, displaying a stout defense led by a fantastic secondary. I think that if they beat a good CU team they should make the Final Four. Their 44-6 demotion of a Stanford team that has nine wins also looks better and better.
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Their home win over Louisville keeps looking less impressive but they also have nice road wins at Auburn and FSU, and I think they'd be the toughest match-up for Alabama thanks to Deshaun Watson and this offense.
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I know many people will point out that the Buckeyes got dominated by Michigan for most of the game, but OSU still found a way to beat a Top 5 team and now has three wins over Top 10 opponents Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
The Tide's defense didn't allow a single TD in four November games--and two of those opponents were ranked in the Top 25 and the third (MSU) averaged 44 ppg in its other three November games.