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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 14)

Bryce Young, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 14th weekend of the 2021 season was headlined by Alabama's win over Georgia in the SEC Championship, Michigan's dominant performance against Iowa in the Big Ten title game, and Cincinnati's victory versus Houston to finish 13-0. Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati take the top four spots, with Notre Dame at No. 5 and Baylor at No. 6 in the post-Week 14 top 25 rankings. With the 14th week of the 2021 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 14)

1. Alabama (12-1)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Georgia

The Heisman moment? Bryce Young’s clutch performance (421 passing yards and four touchdowns) leads Alabama to its eighth SEC title since 2009 and secures a berth in the CFB Playoff. 

2. Michigan (12-1)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Iowa

Jim Harbaugh’s offseason changes paid off for the Wolverines, as the program claimed its first Big Ten title since 2004 with a 42-3 rout of Iowa. The ground game pounded the Hawkeyes for 211 yards, and the defense allowed only 3.9 yards per play.  

3. Georgia (12-1)
Week 14 Result: Lost to Alabama

The Bulldogs had no answers on defense to stop Alabama’s passing attack and quarterback Bryce Young, while the offense had two costly turnovers and struggled to get the ground game on track (3.6 yards per carry). The good news for coach Kirby Smart’s team: Georgia could see the Crimson Tide again in the CFB Playoff.

4. Cincinnati (13-0)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Houston

History made: The Bearcats handle Houston to cap a perfect 13-0 season and book a trip to the CFB Playoff.

5. Notre Dame (11-1)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Fighting Irish finished their 2021 regular season with a win at Stanford last Saturday. New coach Marcus Freeman was the right pick to replace Brian Kelly. 

6. Baylor (11-2)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Oklahoma State

The Bears didn’t do much on offense (242 yards), but the defense stepped up with four interceptions and made a couple of key stops at the goal line, including a stop on fourth-and-goal in the final seconds to secure the Big 12 Championship.

7. Ohio State (10-2)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Buckeyes finished their regular season last week at Michigan. Upgrading the defense will be a priority for coach Ryan Day going into 2022.

8. Ole Miss (10-2)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Rebels completed their regular season with a win at rival Mississippi State on Thanksgiving night. Coach Lane Kiffin’s squad will play in a New Year’s Six bowl this postseason.

9. Oklahoma State (11-2)
Week 14 Result:
Lost to Baylor

The Cowboys came up just short of a Big 12 title and a potential trip to the CFB Playoff with Saturday’s 21-16 loss to Baylor. Four turnovers and a non-existent running game (70 yards) were just too much to overcome.

10. Utah (10-3)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Oregon

The Utes dominated Oregon for the second time in two weeks to win the first Pac-12 Championship in program history. The victory also locks coach Kyle Whittingham’s team into its first trip to the Rose Bowl. 

11. Michigan State (10-2)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Spartans completed their regular season last Saturday with a win over Penn State. The 10-win campaign marked the program’s first season of double-digit victories since 2017.

12. Oklahoma (10-2)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Sooners finished their regular season last Saturday with a road loss to rival Oklahoma State.

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13. BYU (10-2)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Cougars completed their regular season slate with a 35-31 win at USC last Saturday.

14. Pitt (11-2)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated Wake Forest

Quarterback Kenny Pickett delivers three touchdowns to guide Pitt to a 45-21 win over Wake Forest and the program's first ACC title.

15. Oregon (10-3)
Week 14 Result:
Lost to Utah

The Ducks had no answer in the trenches or the ability to string together drives on offense in Friday night’s loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship. The attention in Eugene turns to coach Mario Cristobal and whether or not he will return or depart for Miami.

16. Iowa (10-3)
Week 14 Result:
Lost to Michigan

The Hawkeyes were unable to get any traction on offense in a 42-3 defeat to Michigan in the Big Ten title game.

17. Wake Forest (10-3)
Week 14 Result:
Lost to Pitt

Too many turnovers and an offense that went quiet after a strong start prevented the Demon Deacons from pushing Pitt for the ACC Championship. However, a 10-3 season with a division title is still a strong year from coach Dave Clawson's team.

18. Arkansas (8-4)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Razorbacks completed their regular season last Friday with a 34-17 win over Missouri. The eight victories in 2021 marked the most by the program since ’15.

19. NC State (9-3)
Week 14 Result: No Game

The Wolfpack finished their regular season with a comeback victory over North Carolina last Friday.

20. Clemson (9-3)
Week 14 Result: No Game

The Tigers completed their regular season with a 30-0 victory over rival South Carolina.

21. Houston (11-2)
Week 14 Result:
Lost to Cincinnati

The Cougars took a big step forward in 2021, but coach Dana Holgorsen's team didn't have enough to hang with Cincinnati on Saturday.

22. Louisiana (12-1)
Week 14 Result: Defeated Appalachian State

Coach Billy Napier hoists the Sun Belt title trophy in his final game on the sidelines, and the win over Appalachian State sets a new school record for the most victories in a single season (12).

23. Kentucky (9-3)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Wildcats finished their regular season with an easy 52-21 win over rival Louisville last Saturday. 

24. Texas A&M (8-4)
Week 14 Result:
No Game

The Aggies completed their regular season with a loss at LSU last Saturday.

25. UTSA (12-1)
Week 14 Result:
Defeated WKU

The Roadrunners capped the best season in school history with a thrilling 49-41 victory over WKU in the Conference USA title game.