Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 13
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 13th weekend of the 2018 season was headlined by rivalry games, including Ohio State's dominant victory over Michigan. The Buckeyes jump to No. 5 in this week's rankings, just behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia. Oklahoma checks in at No. 6 following its win at West Virginia, followed by Michigan, UCF, Florida and LSU in the top 10. With the 13th week of the 2018 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 13)
1. Alabama (12-0)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Auburn
Tua’s big second half helps Alabama pull away for Iron Bowl win over Auburn.
2. Clemson (12-0)
Week 13 Result: Defeated South Carolina
Clemson continues its recent dominance over South Carolina with a 56-35 win on Saturday night. However, the Tigers did allow 8.0 yards a play and 510 passing yards to the Gamecocks.
3. Notre Dame (12-0)
Week 13 Result: Defeated USC
USC made things interesting, but Notre Dame rallies to finish perfect season and essentially book a trip to the College Football Playoff.
4. Georgia (11-1)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech
Bulldogs ready for SEC Championship showdown against Alabama after crushing rival Georgia Tech for second year in a row.
5. Ohio State (11-1)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Michigan
Total domination in The Game. Buckeyes play best performance of the year in victory over Michigan.
6. Oklahoma (11-1)
Week 13 Result: Defeated West Virginia
Sooners will get a chance for revenge against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game.
7. Michigan (10-2)
Week 13 Result: Lost to Ohio State
Wolverines are headed in the right direction but still behind Ohio State in the Big Ten.
8. UCF (11-0)
Week 13 Result: Defeated USF
Knights handled USF 38-10, but injury to quarterback McKenzie Milton overshadowed Friday’s win.
9. Florida (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Florida State
Successful first year for Dan Mullen in Gainesville: The Gators snap five-game losing streak to rival Florida State and end the season with nine wins.
10. LSU (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Lost to Texas A&M
Insane doesn’t even begin to describe the LSU-Texas A&M overtime game from Saturday night.
11. Texas (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Kansas
Kansas was pesky, but the Longhorns get the victory in Lawrence in clinch a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game.
12. Washington (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Washington State
Myles Gaskin’s big day leads Washington to Apple Cup victory and a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game.
13. Washington State (10-2)
Week 13 Result: Lost to Washington
Cougars drop sixth consecutive Apple Cup matchup but are still in the mix for a New Year’s Six bowl.
14. West Virginia (8-3)
Week 13 Result: Lost to Oklahoma
Mountaineers recorded 704 total yards but came up short against Oklahoma thanks to two costly turnovers and a missed scoring opportunity in red zone.
15. Penn State (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Maryland
Trace McSorley accounts for 294 total yards and three scores in his final game in Happy Valley.
16. Syracuse (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Boston College
Eric Dungey’s huge day lifts Orange over Boston College to earn ninth win in 2018.
17. Kentucky (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Louisville
As expected, Wildcats thoroughly dominated in-state rival Louisville to cap a solid nine-win season for coach Mark Stoops.
18. Iowa State (7-4)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Kansas State
Just how good is coach Matt Campbell? The Cyclones have recorded back-to-back winning records in Big 12 play.
19. Utah (9-3)
Week 13 Result: Defeated BYU
Utes rally from early 20-0 deficit to claim eighth win in a row over BYU.
20. Northwestern (8-4)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Illinois
The Wildcats are 15-1 in their last 16 Big Ten games.
21. Boise State (10-2)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Utah State
Broncos lean on quarterback Brett Rypien and running back Alexander Mattison to beat Utah State and clinch a trip to the Mountain West title game.
22. Fresno State (10-2)
Week 13 Result: Defeated San Jose State
Bulldogs have posted back-to-back 10-win seasons and have a shot at the Mountain West title next Saturday.
23. Mississippi State (8-4)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Ole Miss
New coach Joe Moorhead caps a solid debut in Starkville with a 35-3 win over rival Ole Miss.
24. Texas A&M (8-4)
Week 13 Result: Defeated LSU
Aggies cap Jimbo Fisher’s first regular season in College Station with a wild overtime win over LSU.
25. Missouri (8-4)
Week 13 Result: Defeated Arkansas
Tigers closed out the regular season with wins in five out of their final six games.