Alabama holds onto No. 1 spot in Power Rankings after Week 13

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College football roundup: Week 13
Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Finales are tricky. How do you sum up something that meant so much and had so much work put into it with one episode or a single event? By their very nature, finales only invite failure and disappointment.

If you leave it up to interpretation (think The Sopranos) you run the risk of not saying enough for your viewer. If you check off all the boxes and make it neat and tidy (Breaking Bad, for instance), you’re not giving your audience enough credit. The shows that get canceled and really shouldn’t have been -- Freaks and Geeks comes to mind, and more recently, the short-lived Fox show Enlisted -- sometimes get it right on accident. There’s something more natural about an unexpected finish.

Finales are, well, final, but when they’re scripted, they don’t feel that way. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about that with college football. The end of the regular season has plenty of storylines that need closure, but even when we think we have it all figured out, something like the 2013 Iron Bowl happens. As finales go for the general college football viewing public, that was perfect. Unless of course you’re an Alabama fan.

It’s time to see what happens when we close the book on the 2014 regular season before conference championships effectively put a coda on the year and set the stage for the first College Football Playoff.

• ELLIS: Bowl Projections: Can Baylor make late playoff surge?

1
1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 10-1
2
2Florida State Seminoles
last week: 2
record: 11-0
3
3Oregon Ducks
last week: 3
record: 10-1
Next game
4
4Baylor Bears
last week: 4
record: 9-1
Next game
5
5Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: 5
record: 10-1
6
6TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 6
record: 9-1
Next game
7
7Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 7
record: 10-1
Next game
8
8Michigan State Spartans
last week: 8
record: 9-2
Next game
9
9Georgia Bulldogs
last week: 10
record: 9-2
Next game
10
10Kansas State Wildcats
last week: 11
record: 8-2
Next game
11
11UCLA Bruins
last week: 12
record: 9-2
Next game
12
12Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: 13
record: 9-2
Next game
13
13Arizona Wildcats
last week: 14
record: 9-2
Next game
14
14Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 15
record: 9-2
Next game
15
15Auburn Tigers
last week: 16
record: 8-3
Next game
16
16Colorado State Rams
last week: 18
record: 10-1
Next game
17
17Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
last week: 19
record: 9-2
Next game
18
18Marshall Thundering Herd
last week: 17
record: 11-0
Next game
19
19Missouri Tigers
last week: 21
record: 9-2
Next game
20
20Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 23
record: 8-3
Next game
21
21Ole Miss Rebels
last week: 9
record: 8-3
Next game
22
22Clemson Tigers
last week: NR
record: 8-3
Next game
23
23Louisville Cardinals
last week: NR
record: 8-3
Next game
24
24Boise State Broncos
last week: NR
record: 9-2
Next game
25
25Minnesota Golden Gophers
last week: NR
record: 8-3
Last game: Beat Nebraska, 28-24
Next game: Saturday at Wisconsin

Next five: Nebraska, Arkansas, LSU, USC, Memphis

• STAPLES: Rivalry week set to bring playoff picture into focus

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