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College Football Playoff Rankings Week 13: Iowa State Joins Three Other Top 25 Teams

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The latest College Football Playoff rankings for Week 13 is out and the rankings are largely unchanged at the top with the top six remaining unchanged.

In the Big 12, the Oklahoma Sooners picked up a huge win on the road against Baylor in comeback fashion, but OU only moved up one spot, and still sit behind two Pac-12 teams in Oregon and Utah.

Meantime, Baylor only slipped one spot to No. 14 following their 25-point blown lead.

Then, it’s Oklahoma State beating up Kansas and moving up to No. 21. And maybe the surprise, although it shouldn’t be, is Iowa State in the Top 25 at No. 22 after beating Texas. The Cyclones are 6-4, but have lost those four games by a combined 11 points.

 

College Football Playoff Rankings Week 13

1. LSU (10-0)
2. Ohio State (10-0)
3. Clemson (11-0)
4. Georgia (9-1)
5. Alabama (9-1)
6. Oregon (9-1)
7. Utah (9-1)
8. Penn State (9-1)
9. Oklahoma (9-1)
10. Minnesota (9-1)
11. Florida (9-2)
12. Wisconsin (9-2)
13. Michigan (8-2)
14. Baylor (9-1)
15. Auburn (7-3)
16. Notre Dame (8-2)
17. Iowa (7-3)
18. Memphis (8-1)
19. Cincinnati (9-1)
20. Boise State (9-1)
21. Oklahoma State (7-3)
22. Iowa State (6-4)
23. USC (7-4)
24. Appalachian State (9-1)
25. SMU (9-1)

A few thoughts: I am shocked by the lack of respect for the Sooners. Sure, they played a bad first half, but they came back and beat a Top 15 team. But they can’t jump any of the teams in front of them, outside of Minnesota, who lost?

Baylor sliding just one was the right call, but I still think Baylor is easily a Top 15 team. Oklahoma State is where it should be, and to the committee’s credit, Iowa State is definitely a Top 25 team who has been on the losing end of a couple of tight games against ranked teams like Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa and Oklahoma State, all ranked ahead of them. They are the highest-ranked four-loss team, which tells me the committee definitely has respect for the conference, but how they are treating Oklahoma, and to a lesser degree Baylor, at the top of the conference is still confusing.

I’ll be addressing this more in-depth in this week’s Heartland College Sports podcast. Make sure to subscribe to it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts! Next episode drops on Wednesday!

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