NCAAF 2017-18: Week 13 Rankings

  1. Alabama (11-0)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Undefeated, ranked road win, multiple ranked wins
    WHY THIS LOW? N/A
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@AUB)? #1 with win, #5 with close loss, #9 or higher with blowout loss
  2. Miami (FL) (10-0)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Undefeated, blowout win over Notre Dame
    WHY THIS LOW? No quality road wins, struggles against middle-of-the-pack ACC
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@PITT)? #2 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  3. Oklahoma (10-1)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Road win at Ohio State, win against TCU, loss to breakout/reborn Iowa State
    WHY THIS LOW? Home loss to 7-4 Iowa State
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (WVU)? #3 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  4. Clemson (10-1)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Win against Auburn, quality road wins, road loss with QB injury
    WHY THIS LOW? Loss while outplayed overall to 4-7 Syracuse
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@SC)? #4 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  5. Auburn (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Blowout win against Georgia, multiple ranked wins, 2 losses both close against ranked teams on the road
    WHY THIS LOW? Head-to-head loss against Clemson, 2 losses overall
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (ALA)? #4 or higher with win, fall with loss
  6. Wisconsin (11-0)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Undefeated, at least one ranked win
    WHY THIS LOW? No quality road wins, overall weak strength-of-schedule
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@MIN)? #6 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  7. Central Florida (10-0)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Undefeated, blowout win against Memphis, very similar resume to Wisconsin’s
    WHY THIS LOW? Overall weak strength-of-schedule, Group of Five conference
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (USF)? #7 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  8. Georgia (10-1)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Road win at Notre Dame, multiple ranked wins, only loss on the road at Auburn
    WHY THIS LOW? Blowout loss, decline of Notre Dame
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@GT)? #8 or higher with win, fall with loss
  9. Notre Dame (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Blowout win against USC, blowout road win at Michigan State, solid strength-of-schedule
    WHY THIS LOW? Blowout loss against Miami, home loss against Georgia
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@STAN)? #9 or higher with win, fall with loss
  10. TCU (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Quality road wins, 2 losses both against quality teams (ranked Oklahoma and breakout/reborn Iowa State) on the road
    WHY THIS LOW? Possibly no ranked wins, 2 losses, loss to 7-4 Iowa State
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (BAY)? #12 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  11. Ohio State (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Blowout win against Michigan State, win against Penn State
    WHY THIS LOW? No quality road wins, home loss to Oklahoma, blowout loss to Iowa
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@MICH)? #10 or higher with win, fall with loss
  12. Penn State (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Multiple ranked wins, quality road wins, 2 losses both close against ranked teams
    WHY THIS LOW? Head-to-head loss against Ohio State, no top win
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@MARY)? #11 or higher with win, freefall with loss
  13. Washington State (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Head-to-head wins against ranked Pac-12 teams, only 2 losses
    WHY THIS LOW? Poor performances on the road, struggling in home wins
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@WASH)? #13 or higher, fall with loss
  14. USC (10-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Quality wins, head-to-head win against Stanford, 2 losses both against ranked teams on the road
    WHY THIS LOW? Blowout loss against Notre Dame, head-to-head loss against Washington State
    AFTER NEXT WEEK? #14 or higher
  15. Stanford (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Quality wins, head-to-head win against Washington, 3 losses all against quality teams
    WHY THIS LOW? Head-to-head losses against Washington State and USC, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (ND)? #14 or higher with win, fall with loss
  16. Washington (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Quality wins, 2 losses both close and on the road
    WHY THIS LOW? Head-to-head loss against Stanford, worse performance in common games than other Pac-12 leaders
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (WSU)? #15 or higher with win, fall with loss
  17. Mississippi State (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Blowout win against LSU, quality wins, all 3 losses close against highly ranked teams
    WHY THIS LOW? 2 blowout losses on the road, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (MISS)? #16 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  18. Michigan State (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Win against Penn State, road win at Michigan
    WHY THIS LOW? Blowout home loss against Notre Dame, blowout loss against Ohio State, struggles against middle-of-the-pack Big Ten, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@RUTG): #18 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  19. Michigan (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Decent wins, all 3 losses against higher ranked teams
    WHY THIS LOW? No ranked wins, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (OHST): #19 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  20. Memphis (9-1)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Quality wins (home and away), only loss on the road against UCF, only 1 loss
    WHY THIS LOW? Overall weak strength-of-schedule, Group of Five conference
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (ECU)? #20 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  21. Virginia Tech (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Win against West Virginia, 2 of 3 losses to Clemson and at Miami
    WHY THIS LOW? No ranked wins, loss to unranked Georgia Tech, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@UVA)? #21 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  22. Boise State (9-2)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Undefeated in decent conference, quality road wins, win against Troy
    WHY THIS LOW? Non-conference struggle against the ACC (unlike Virginia Tech)
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@FRES)? #22 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  23. LSU (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Win against Auburn, 2 of 3 losses to ranked teams
    WHY THIS LOW? Home loss to Troy (unlike Boise State), blowout loss to Mississippi State, 3 losses
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (TAMU)? #23 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  24. Northwestern (8-3)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Win against Michigan State, multiple quality wins
    WHY THIS LOW? No quality road wins, blowout loss to Duke (unlike Virginia Tech)
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@ILL)? #24 or higher with win, dropout with loss
  25. South Florida (9-1)
    WHY THIS HIGH? Only 1 loss
    WHY THIS LOW? Home loss to Houston, overall weak strength-of-schedule, Group of Five conference
    AFTER NEXT WEEK (@UCF)? #18 or higher with win, dropout with loss
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