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Janie Harris | | November 30, 2016

Clemson, Washington move up in Week 14 AP poll

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Another week, another new batch of college football rankings. We saw some close finishes on Saturday, but the movement within the top five shouldn't shock anybody too much.


As expected, Alabama tops the rankings. The Tide are undefeated with a margin of victory that is sure to make Florida nervous going into the SEC Championship game. Right now, a loss to the Gators looks unlikely; if Nick Saban's squad is going to lose a game this season, it will likely come during the College Football Playoff. Then again, crazier things have happened in prior weeks of the season.

Michigan dropped to No. 5, which is tough if you're a Wolverines fan, but it's easy to see why. Michigan fought hard against the No. 2 team, but regardless of the process, the Buckeyes prevailed. One of the reasons why making the CFP is so special is because of how difficult it is. The Wolverines have had a great season, but Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard touchdown in double-overtime likely knocked Michigan out of a spot in the College Football Playoff. One of the two power house teams had to lose, and it just happened to be Michigan.

Still, it wasn’t just Michigan’s loss that dropped them to No. 5. Clemson moved to No. 3 after a dominating win over in-state rival South Carolina. Deshaun Watson reminded everyone why he is still in the running for the Heisman, as the junior tossed six touchdown passes. Overall, the Tigers’ offense had a stellar day, and they were the obvious candidate to leapfrog the Michigan-Ohio State loser.

Washington, which played in a top-25 matchup Friday, also turned in a spectacular offensive day. The Huskies' defense was magnificent too, causing Cougars’ quarterback Luke Falk to throw three interceptions. Falk passed for less than 300 yards for just the second time this season.

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Wisconsin's drop may have seemed a bit harsh as they head to the Big Ten Championship game; the Badgers struggled early, but they still posted a 14-point win over Minnesota. Outside of Alabama, nobody's resume is perfect. Wisconsin will gladly notch this win as it looks ahead to Penn State.

Moving down the polls, shuffling around the middle of the rankings proved to be more surprising that what happened up top. Six new teams made an appearance in the poll this week after some decent wins, most notably Iowa’s 40-10 win over Nebraska.

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Overall, this poll should make fans gain an idea of what to expect when this week’s CFP ranking comes out.

While Week 13 marked the end of football season for some team, others move on to attempt to take home their conference championship titles. Will this impact who moves on to the CFP?

With the top four constantly changing each week and so many teams looking about equal at this point, it looks to be so. 

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