College Football Power Rankings Week 13: Wolverines Send Buckeyes Down The Board

A team once with a good shot at a National Championship is now on the outside looking in... Ohio State's drop down the rankings, Cincinnati's playoff hopes, and more in our Week 14 power rankings update.

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2021 4:23 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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Need some help with your college football bets? Well, our college football power rankings are here to help you make the tough decisions and find some added betting value — not to mention bragging rights for your favorite school. 

Check back each week for Andrew Caley’s updated power rankings, where he lists his Top 25 teams in college football, highlighting the risers, fallers, and maybe identifying some betting value in the futures market.  

Rivalry week didn’t disappoint as we saw some shocking results. Now, Championship Week is here, and it is the final chance for teams to impress the College Football Playoff committee. And our new Top 5 should have everyone talking. 

Andrew Caley's college football power rankings

Rank (Last Week) Team AP Rank CFP Rank National Title Odds
1 (1, - ) Georgia 1 1 -220
2 (3, ↑ 1) Cincinnati 3 4 +1,600
3 (5, ↑ 2) Notre Dame 6 6 +2,500
4 (3, ↓ 1) Alabama 4 3 +650
5 (6, ↑ 1) Mississippi 8 8 +20,000
6 (8, ↑ 2) Michigan 2 2 +850
7 (7,  - ) Oklahoma State 5 5 +1,400
8 (2, ↓ 6) Ohio State 7 7 +10,000
9 (11, ↑ 2) Iowa 15 13 +10,000
10 (9, ↓ 1) Baylor 9 9 +20,000
11 (16, ↑ 5) Utah 14 17 +30,000
12 (14, ↑ 2) Michigan State 11 11 ---
13 (15, ↑ 2) Pittsburgh 17 15 +15,000
14 (17, ↑ 3) Oregon 10 10 +20,000
15 (12, ↓ 3) Oklahoma 13 14 ---
16 (18, ↑ 2) San Diego State 19 19 ---
17 (19, ↑ 2) BYU 12 12 ---
18 (21, ↑ 3) NC State 21 18 ---
19 (23, ↑ 4) Clemson 22 20 ---
20 (20, - ) Wake Forest 18 16 +20,000
21 (22, ↑ 1) Houston 16 21 ---
22 (25, ↑ 3) Arkansas 23 22 ---
23 (13, ↓ 10) Texas A&M 24 25 ---
24 (NR) UCLA NR NR ---
25 (NR) Kentucky 25 23 ---

Dropped out: Wisconsin, UTSA

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Rising up the rankings: Utah (11)

The Utah Utes didn’t let a letdown spot last week spoil their season. The Utes, while they didn’t cover last week, took care of business against the Colorado Buffaloes with a 28-13 victory, in which they were never really threatened and rise five spots in the rankings. 

The Utes have been a completely different team since Cam Rising took over under center. The sophomore quarterback is completing 62.9% of his passes for 2,109 yards with 17 touchdown passes while adding another five scores on the ground. Most importantly, he doesn’t turn the ball over, throwing just three picks this season while providing balance for a run game that rumbles for nearly 220 yards per game. 

Now, Utah will attempt to beat Oregon for the second time in three weeks when they take on the Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship game. The Utes throttled Oregon 38-7 in the first meeting and if they can win again, this time as 2.5-point favorites, they’ll capture their first Pac-12 title.  

Expect the Utes to be motivated to not only win their first Power Five conference championship but stick it to the College Football Playoff committee that still has them seven spots behind a team they just crushed by 31 points. 

Bucked off: Ohio State (8)

Ohio State falls six spots after losing to rival Michigan for the first time with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. It was a perfect storm for the Wolverines, cold weather and snow. Just like in the Buckeyes’ loss to Oregon, Michigan ran the ball effectively, and C.J. Stroud was under pressure all game long from a terrific Wolverines defensive line. 

But the CFP committee only dropped Ohio State to No. 7. So, while another trip to the Playoff for Ryan Day and Co. seems highly unlikely, it’s not impossible. They just need some chaos to ensue. For instance, if Alabama, Michigan, Cincinnati and Oklahoma State all lose this week. Unlikely, but not impossible. 

And you know the CFP would love an excuse to get Ohio State back into the Playoff. So, maybe a little sprinkle on the Buckeyes at +10,000 to win the national title is worth it. 

One last chance: Cincinnati (2)

Cincinnati hung onto the No. 4 in the latest CFP rankings and it’s starting to feel like the Bearcats will become the first Group of Five team to make the Playoff if they are able to beat Houston in the AAC Championship game. A win over a ranked opponent should get them there at this point. 

Outside of that, the list of teams with a reasonable chance to make the Playoff is getting shorter by the minute.  

Georgia is in no matter what. Michigan is in with a win. Alabama is in with a win or maybe even a close loss. Oklahoma State needs a win and could leapfrog Cincy depending on how the committee feels that week. Notre Dame is idle and likely needs some combination of two losses between Michigan, Bama and Cincy. And without Brian Kelly of course. 

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