2013 Week 13 NCAA Football Top 25: The Tailgater Poll

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Bryce Petty and Baylor were under siege all night long in Stillwater as the Cowboys dealt the Bears their first defeat of the season. [Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press]

Just as soon as Stanford ceded the inside track in the Pac-12 North race to Oregon, the Ducks handed control of the division right back to the Cardinal after suffering a 42-16 defeat to Arizona in Tucson. Yet, though Oregon lost a second conference game for the first time since the 2008 season, it wasn’t even the most shocking result of the day.

That honor deserves to Oklahoma State, who welcomed the undefeated Baylor Bears to Stillwater for a de facto Big 12 championship game. Baylor, which entered the game with both a top-10 offense and top-10 defense, never could gain a rhythm as they floundered to the wrong side of a 49-17 rout. After the upsets, the BCS might not have a spot for either of these teams.

How did all of this affect the Tailgater poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the Week 13 poll on the final weekend before Thanksgiving:

 

RANK TEAM POINTS LAST WK
1 Alabama (3) 75 1
2 Florida State 72 2
3 Ohio State 69 4
4 Missouri 63 7
4 Oklahoma State 63 10
6 Clemson 62 6
7 Auburn 57 8
8 Michigan State 51 9
9 Baylor 49 3
10 Wisconsin 48 11
11 Fresno State 42 12
11 Stanford 42 15
13 Northern Illinois 38 13
14 UCF 35 14
15 South Carolina 34 17
16 Oregon 32 5
17 Arizona State 29 20
18 Duke 22 23
19 Louisville 21 18
20 LSU 19 21
21 Oklahoma 17 21
22 USC 14 24
23 UCLA 7 19
24 Texas A&M 6 16
25 Texas 3 NR
25 Cincinnati 3 NR

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: East Carolina (1)

 

Only one team, Minnesota, dropped completely out of the poll this week after falling at home to Wisconsin in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. That hardly means that there was little movement, though. The losses by Baylor and Oregon sent those teams six and 11 spots down the poll respectively. There was also the matter of Texas A&M’s loss to LSU, which dropped the Aggies eight spots from 16th to 24th.

Benefitting most from the movement were Missouri and Oklahoma State, which jumped three and six places respectively to end up tied for 4th place behind the three remaining undefeated AQ-conference teams. Other risers included Pac-12 North champion Stanford (up four spots to 11th), Pac-12 South champion Arizona State (up three spots to 17th), and ACC Coastal front-runner Duke (up five spots to 18th). Two new teams also received votes, with Cincinnati rounding out the ballot in a tie with Texas for the 25th spot and East Carolina receiving one point on a ballot.

That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down  in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind…

 

ZACH BIGALKE
@zbigalke

MATT STROBL
@mmstrobl

JOHN MITCHELL
@jlmitchell93

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Clemson
  6. Missouri
  7. Auburn
  8. Fresno State
  9. Baylor
  10. Michigan State
  11. Northern Illinois
  12. Stanford
  13. Arizona State
  14. Wisconsin
  15. UCF
  16. South Carolina
  17. Duke
  18. Oregon
  19. Louisville
  20. Oklahoma
  21. LSU
  22. USC
  23. Cincinnati
  24. UCLA
  25. East Carolina
  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Missouri
  6. Clemson
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Auburn
  9. Michigan State
  10. Baylor
  11. Fresno State
  12. Northern Illinois
  13. Stanford
  14. Oregon
  15. UCF
  16. South Carolina
  17. Oklahoma
  18. Duke
  19. Louisville
  20. LSU
  21. Arizona State
  22. USC
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Texas
  25. UCLA
  1. Alabama
  2. Florida State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Missouri
  5. Clemson
  6. Auburn
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Michigan State
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Baylor
  11. Stanford
  12. South Carolina
  13. UCF
  14. Oregon
  15. Arizona State
  16. Northern Illinois
  17. Fresno State
  18. LSU
  19. Louisville
  20. USC
  21. Duke
  22. UCLA
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Texas