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College football rankings reactions heading into Week 13

With the rivalry games of the weekend to come, there were plenty of big movers this weekend.

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald of the Northwestern Wildcats celebrates a win in the closing seconds against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ryan Field on November 21, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Wisconsin 17-7. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The holiday season is here, and that means a Thanksgiving filled with rivalry football in 2020. Even in 2020 we’ll still see some of the traditional trophy games this weekend that keep fans engaged all year long. But who will be ranked in these battles?

Wisconsin was heavily penalized for their 17-7 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday night. Freshman quarterback Graham Mertz was a part of five turnovers for the Badgers, who fell eight spots in both polls. And the reward went to the touchdown underdog Wildcats, who picked up eight spots in the AP and seven in the Coaches poll.

And the Oklahoma Sooners made progress as well after some early season issues, with their 41-13 Bedlam win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys adding four spots to them in the AP Poll and three in the Coaches Poll. Quarterback Spencer Rattler was 17-24 for 301 yards and four touchdowns for OU.

The only team to drop out was the Liberty Flames, whose first loss of 2020 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack 15-14 cost them their ranking in both polls.

Here are the college football rankings for November 15th and heading into Week 13.

AP Poll

AP Poll Week 13

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
1 Alabama (62) 7-0 1,550 -
2 Notre Dame 8-0 1,471 -
3 Ohio State 4-0 1,440 -
4 Clemson 7-1 1,358 -
5 Texas A&M 5-1 1,249 -
6 Florida 6-1 1,223 -
7 Cincinnati 8-0 1,201 -
8 BYU 9-0 1,109 -
9 Oregon 3-0 951 +2
10 Miami (Fla.) 7-1 936 +2
11 Northwestern 5-0 922 -8
12 Indiana 4-1 899 -3
13 Georgia 5-2 828 13
14 Oklahoma 6-2 693 +4
15 Iowa State 6-2 658 +2
16 Coastal Carolina 8-0 622 -1
17 Marshall 7-0 542 -2
18 Wisconsin 2-1 540 -8
19 Southern Cal 3-0 461 +1
20 Texas 5-2 321 +2
21 Oklahoma State 5-2 289 -1
22 Auburn 5-2 259 +1
23 Louisiana 7-1 218 +1
24 Tulsa 5-1 164 +1
25 North Carolina 6-2 108 NR

Coaches Poll

Coaches Poll Week 13

Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
Ranking Team (1st place votes) Record Points Movement
1 Alabama (59) 7-0 1547 -
2 Notre Dame (2) 8-0 1469 -
3 Ohio State (1) 4-0 1425 -
4 Clemson 7-1 1353 -
5 Florida 6-1 1256 -
6 Texas A&M 5-1 1241 -
7 Cincinnati 8-0 1166 -
8 Brigham Young 9-0 1103 -
9 Miami 7-1 1005 -
10 Georgia 5-2 897 +1
11 Oregon 3-0 876 +2
12 Indiana 4-1 821 -2
13 Northwestern 5-0 813 +7
14 Oklahoma 6-2 756 +3
15 Iowa State 6-2 685 +1
16 Marshall 7-0 563 -1
17 Coastal Carolina 8-0 530 +1
18 Southern California 3-0 508 +1
19 Auburn 5-2 427 +2
20 Wisconsin 2-1 409 -8
21 Texas 5-2 306 +2
22 Oklahoma State 5-2 299 -8
23 North Carolina 6-2 205 +1
24 UL Lafayette 7-1 165 +1
25 Tulsa 5-1 120 NR