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College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 14, 2016)

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Weekly rankings are a big part of every college football season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The final weekend of the 2016 regular season produced a couple of interesting conference championship matchups. Clemson held off Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter to claim its second consecutive ACC title. Penn State rallied from a 28-7 deficit to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, while Washington dominated Colorado 41-10 on Friday night to win the Pac-12 Championship. With only a handful of games in Week 14, there are only a few changes to the top 25. Temple joins the rankings after beating Navy, while the Midshipmen drop out of the top 25.

College Football Post-Week 14 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (13-0)

Week 14 Result: Beat Florida 54-16

Last Week: 1

Crimson Tide extend winning streak to 25 with dominant 54-16 victory over Florida in SEC Championship.

2. Ohio State (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 2

Regular season completed in Week 13.

3. Clemson (12-1)

Week 14 Result: 3

Last Week: 3

Virginia Tech made it interesting late, but thanks to another big performance from quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson earned its second ACC title in a row and booked a trip to the CFB Playoff.

4. Washington (12-1)

Week 14 Result: Beat Colorado 41-10

Last Week: 4

Ground game and defense carries Huskies to 41-10 victory over Colorado in Pac-12 Championship Game.

5. Michigan (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 5

Regular season completed in Week 13.

6. Penn State (11-2)

Week 14 Result: Beat Wisconsin 38-31

Last Week: 9

Nittany Lions claim first Big Ten title since 2008 with 38-31 thriller over Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

7. Oklahoma (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Beat Oklahoma State 38-20

Last Week: 7

Sooners claim 10th Big 12 title under Bob Stoops.

8. Wisconsin (10-3)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Penn State 38-31

Last Week: 6

Badgers fall short of Big Ten title after being unable to contain Penn State’s offense in the second half.

9. USC (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 8

Regular season completed in Week 13.

10. Colorado (10-3)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Washington 41-10

Last Week: 10

Buffaloes handled by Washington in Pac-12 title game, but 2016 still a special season for coach Mike MacIntyre’s team.

11. Florida State (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 11

Regular season completed in Week 13.

12. Oklahoma State (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Oklahoma 38-20

Last Week: 12

With a bowl win, Oklahoma State would earn its third season of 10 victories over the last four years.

13. West Virginia (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Beat Baylor 24-21

Last Week: 13

Mountaineers win 10 games for the first time since 2011.

14. Louisville (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 14

Regular season completed in Week 13.

15. Western Michigan (13-0)

Week 14 Result: Beat Ohio 29-23

Last Week: 15

Ohio gave Western Michigan all it could handle, but Broncos hold on for 29-23 win and complete 13-0 regular season.

16. Auburn (8-4)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 16

Regular season completed in Week 13.

17. Florida (8-4)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Alabama 54-16

Last Week: 17

Gators simply overmatched and undermanned in SEC Championship loss to Alabama.

18. LSU (7-4)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 18

Regular season completed in Week 13.

19. Virginia Tech (9-4)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Clemson 42-35

Last Week: 19

Hokies fell short in ACC Championship, but future of program is bright under coach Justin Fuente’s watch.

20. Iowa (8-4)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 20

Regular season completed in Week 13.

21. Nebraska (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 21

Regular season completed in Week 13.

22. Stanford (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 22

Regular season completed in Week 13.

23. Temple (10-3)

Week 14 Result: Beat Navy

Last Week: NR

Matt Rhule has guided Temple to back-to-back 10-win seasons and claimed the school’s first conference title since 1967 with Saturday’s win over Navy.

24. USF (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 23

Regular season completed in Week 13.

25. Pitt (8-4)

Week 14 Result: Regular Season Over

Last Week: 25

Regular season completed in Week 13. 

College Football Post-Week 13 Top 25 Rankings

1. Alabama (12-0)

Week 13 Result: Beat Auburn 30-12

Last Week: 1

Week 14 Opponent: SEC Championship vs. Florida

Crimson Tide defense did not allow a touchdown in November.

2. Ohio State (11-1)

Week 13 Result: Beat Michigan 30-27

Last Week: 2

Week 14 Opponent: Regular Season Over

The Game certainly lived up to the hype, as the Buckeyes steal a win over the Wolverines in overtime.

3. Clemson (11-1)

Week 13 Result: Beat South Carolina 56-7

Last Week: 3

Week 14 Opponent: ACC Championship vs. Virginia Tech

Deshaun Watson tosses six touchdown passes in dominant win over rival South Carolina.

4. Washington (11-1)

Week 13 Result: Beat Washington State 45-17

Last Week: 6

Week 14 Opponent: Pac-12 Championship vs. Colorado

Huskies claim Apple Cup thanks to strong performances by quarterback Jake Browning and the defense.

5. Michigan (10-2)

Week 13 Result: Lost to Ohio State 30-27

Last Week: 4

Week 14 Opponent: Regular Season Over

Missed opportunities will haunt Wolverines in double overtime loss at Ohio State.

6. Wisconsin (10-2)

Week 13 Result: Beat Minnesota 31-17

Last Week: 5

Week 14 Opponent: Big Ten Championship vs. Penn State

Badgers use big second half to continue domination of Minnesota.

7. Oklahoma (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 7

Week 14 Opponent: Oklahoma State

Bye week allows Sooners to prep for showdown against Oklahoma State to decide Big 12 title.

8. USC (9-3)

Week 13 Result: Beat Notre Dame 45-27

Last Week: 9

Week 14 Opponent: Regular Season Over

Adoree’ Jackson delivers one of the best all-around performances of 2016 in USC’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame.

9. Penn State (10-2)

Week 13 Result: Beat Michigan State 45-12

Last Week: 9

Week 14 Opponent: Big Ten Championship vs. Wisconsin

Saquon Barkley’s health will be a storyline to watch after Penn State clinches East Division with win over Michigan State and books trip to Indianapolis for Big Ten title game.

10. Colorado (10-2)

Week 13 Result: Beat Utah 27-22

Last Week: 10

Week 14 Opponent: Pac-12 Championship vs. Washington

Buffaloes clinch Pac-12 South with win over Utah – and Mike MacIntyre should be the national coach of the year.

11. Florida State (9-3)

Week 13 Result: Beat Florida 31-13

Last Week: 12

Week 14 Opponent: Regular Season Over

Seminoles’ senior class finishes 8-0 against Florida and Miami.

12. Oklahoma State (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Bye Week

Last Week: 13

Week 14 Opponent: at Oklahoma

Cowboys have won only two out of the last 13 matchups against rival Oklahoma.

13. West Virginia (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Beat Iowa State 49-19

Last Week: 14

Week 14 Opponent: Baylor

Freshman running back Martell Pettaway gives injured backfield a boost, while quarterback Skyler Howard tosses five touchdowns in 49-19 win over Iowa State.

14. Louisville (9-3)

Week 13 Result: Lost to Kentucky 41-38

Last Week: 11

Week 14 Opponent: Regular Season

Late-season losses hurt Lamar Jackson’s Heisman candidacy, but the sophomore is still the favorite with one week of games left.

15. Western Michigan (12-0)

Week 13 Result: Beat Toledo 55-35

Last Week: 17

Week 14 Opponent: MAC Championship vs. Ohio

Broncos likely one win away from claiming the Group of 5 spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl.

16. Auburn (8-4)

Week 13 Result: Lost to Alabama 30-12

Last Week: 16