College Football Rankings: Michigan State, Michigan Keep Moving Up In Polls

Thanks to wins on Saturday, Michigan State and Michigan both received a bump in the new college football rankings for Week 13.

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BCS Rankings, Week 13: Michigan State, Michigan Round Out Top 15

For the Week 13 BCS standings, it's the SEC and everybody else. The top three of the BCS standings includes LSU, Alabama and Arkansas, meaning the chances of an all-SEC national championship are looking more and more likely. There is still a lot of football to be played, of course, but chances are the SEC will headline the bowl season yet again.

For the Big Ten, the national championship game has not been a topic of conversation for a while now. The main focus for the conference is on getting two teams into the BCS, and right now the odds of that happening are looking pretty good. The winner of the Big Ten Championship Game will go to the Rose Bowl, and if Michigan beats Ohio State next week, the Wolverines will likely receive an at-large bid. They are ranked 15th in the new BCS standings, just one spot behind Michigan State and one spot away from being eligible for an at-large berth. A victory over the Buckeyes would almost certainly make Michigan one of the favorites to land in the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.

Michigan State's BCS chances come down to what happens in Indianapolis in two weeks in the Big Ten Championship Game. A win would give the Spartans a spot in their first Rose Bowl since 1988, but a loss likely means they will be headed to Florida for the Capital One Bowl or Outback Bowl. It's not really fair that playing in the Big Ten Championship Game could potentially punish the Spartans, but that's the way the system works. For Michigan, missing out on Indy could actually work out in its favor in a big way if the losing streak to OSU is snapped this year.

Below is a look at the full BCS rankings for Week 13.



2 Alabama


3 Arkansas


4 Oklahoma State


5 Virginia Tech


6 Stanford


7 Boise State


8 Houston


9 Oklahoma 


10 Oregon


11 Kansas State


12 South Carolina


13 Georgia


14 Michigan State


15 Michigan


16 Wisconsin


17 Clemson


18 Baylor


19 Penn State


20 TCU


21 Nebraska


22 Notre Dame


23 Georgia Tech


24 Auburn


25 Texas

College Football Rankings, Week 13: AP Top 25 Has Michigan State 11th

Just like the USA Today Poll, Michigan State is the highest ranked Big Ten team in the AP Top 25. The Spartans are 11th in the Week 13 edition of the poll, coming in four spots ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin. The two teams are 10th and 12th in the USA Today Poll, so evidently the AP voters aren't quite as high on the two teams that will likely meet in Indianapolis in a couple weeks in the first ever Big Ten title game.

The third highest ranked Big Ten team in the AP Top 25 is Michigan. The Wolverines moved up to 17th following their dismantling of Nebraska, which fell to 22nd. Penn State is in between the two teams at No. 20 in the nation.

Here's a look at the full AP Top 25 for Week 13:


2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Stanford

5. Oklahoma State

6. Virginia Tech

7. Boise State

8. Houston

9. Oregon

10. USC

11. Michigan State

12. Oklahoma

13. Georgia

14. South Carolina

15. Wisconsin

16. Kansas State

17. Michigan

18. Clemson

19. TCU

20. Penn State

21. Baylor

22. Nebraska

23. Notre Dame

24. Virginia

25. Georgia Tech


College Football Rankings, Week 13: USA Today Poll Puts Michigan State 10th

The Week 13 college football rankings are out, and thanks to a wild Saturday, the Big Ten now once again has a team ranked in the top 10. Michigan State moved up to 10th in the nation after beating Indiana in dominating fashion, and the Spartans are the highest ranked Big Ten team right now.

Next in line for the Big Ten is Wisconsin at No. 12, and after that it's Michigan, which moved up from 18th to 16th after blowing out Nebraska. The Wolverines are in position to make a BCS bowl if they beat Ohio State next Saturday and move into the top 14 in the BCS standings.

Here's a full look at the Week 13 USA Today Poll:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Virginia Tech

5. Stanford

6. Oklahoma State

7. Houston

8. Boise State

9. Oregon

10. Michigan State

11. Oklahoma

12. Wisconsin

13. South Carolina

14. Georgia

15. Kansas State

16. Michigan

17. Clemson

18. TCU

19. Penn State

20. Baylor

21. Georgia Tech

22. Nebraska

23. West Virginia

24. Notre Dame

25. Virginia

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