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2016 College Football Power Rankings (After Week 13)

2016 College Football Power Rankings (After Week 13)

By James Bell


Rivalry Week has ended, and things have kind of cleared itself out a bit…now there is just one week left (Championship Week) before we find out who will be in the College Football Playoff or not. Let’s go into the Power Rankings after the games this past weekend.

 #1. Alabama (Key wins: Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, USC. Key losses: none)

Alabama beat Auburn in the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium pretty handily to go into the SEC Championship Game against Florida, who they beat last year fairly easily. Many say that they will get into the College Football Playoff with no losses and they will have basically every first place vote in the other polls come December 31st. Let’s see how they look against the Gators.

 #2. Ohio State (Key wins: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan. Key loss: Penn State)

Many people are talking about The Game as Ohio State was able to get the win over Michigan in double overtime in Columbus. Some fans say that Michigan blew it, some say that Ohio State was given a bunch of calls by the refs, but on the record the Buckeyes have the win. Now, it will be really interesting to see what happens as Ohio State is not the division champion and will not play in the Big Ten Championship Game. Are they going to stay in the top 4, or will the CFP committee drop them if a certain team wins the Big Ten?

 #3. Clemson (Key wins: Auburn, Louisville, Florida State. Key loss: Pittsburgh)

So much for a rivalry. Clemson beat up South Carolina and didn’t even have some of its starters in there in the second half. Now they move forward to the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, who also won big in their rivalry game. The Hokies have a good defense so Watson and company better be ready for them. A win seals a top 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll.

 #4. Washington (Key wins: Stanford, Utah, Washington State. Key loss: USC)

Washington defeated Washington State pretty convincingly in the Apple Cup on Friday to clinch the Pac-12 North title. Now they move forward to the conference title game against Colorado, who is a top ten team that is really good. While they did have that slip up against USC at home, they still look like a team that will be able to compete in the College Football Playoff if they beat the Buffaloes.

 #5. Wisconsin (Key wins: LSU, Iowa, Nebraska. Key losses: Michigan, Ohio State)

The Badgers struggled in the first half against Minnesota before they were able to get the win in Camp Randall Stadium to keep this spot and go to Indianapolis to play for the Big Ten championship and have an outside shot to get in the College Football Playoff. They have to beat Penn State, who is one of the hottest teams in the country to have a shot to get in. Coach Paul Chryst may be the Big Ten Coach of the Year…if it isn’t James Franklin.

 #6. Michigan (Key wins: Wisconsin, Penn State, Colorado. Key losses: Iowa, Ohio State)

They had the lead against Ohio State for most of the game, but turnovers and key calls kept the Buckeyes in the game and then eventually the Wolverines lost in double overtime. They lose the game, lose the division, and end up being out of contention for the College Football Playoff. They may have a shot at a Rose Bowl berth, but it’s a long shot.

 #7. Penn State (Key wins: Ohio State. Key losses: Pitt, Michigan)

Penn State took a while to get the lead over Michigan State on Saturday, but when they did, the Nittany Lions kept that momentum going to get the win and clinch the Big Ten East division. Now they move on to face Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, and the winner will make a strong case to be included in the College Football Playoff. They may need some help though.

 #8. Oklahoma (Key wins: West Virginia. Key losses: Houston, Ohio State)

The Sooners stay in this spot during their off week while they prepare for the Bedlam game against Oklahoma State. A win against the Cowboys and they will become the Big 12 champions and hope for a bunch of teams to lose to be in consideration for the College Football Playoff. They may still be on the outside looking in, as those losses in September still haunt them.

 #9. Colorado (Key wins: Utah. Key losses: Michigan, USC)

Wow…what a season by the Colorado Buffaloes. They get the win over Utah in front of a sellout crowd to clinch the Pac 12 South division and get to the conference title game against Washington. They are a balanced team that executes very well on both sides of the ball, so the Huskies better be ready for a fight. If Colorado wins the Pac 12 title, then it will be the biggest surprise story of the 2016 season.

 #10. USC (Key wins: Colorado, Washington. Key losses: Alabama, Utah, Stanford)

One of the hottest teams in the country to close out the regular season is the USC Trojans. They have won eight in a row, with two of those wins against Washington and Colorado, who are top ten teams. They may not be a division winner, but they are a dangerous team that could compete with anyone. It would be interesting to see who they face in a bowl game, and if that ends up with a win then it could give USC a few votes in the preseason rankings for 2017 to be in the top 15, or maybe the top 10.

2016 College Football Power Rankings (After Week 13)
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