College football: Top 10 team rankings after Week 13

New York, New York - All season long, college football fans anticipated Rivalry Week, and boy did it shake up our top 10 rankings with its unexpected chaos.

The Michigan Wolverines defeated Ohio State over the weekend to head to the Big Ten Championships and secure a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
The Michigan Wolverines defeated Ohio State over the weekend to head to the Big Ten Championships and secure a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  © BEN JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

First things first: Michigan.

The Wolverines beat Ohio State at home in Columbus for the first time since 2000. AKA, "Alexa, play Lizzo's About Damn Time!"

The huge win was just the beginning of a full day of shakeups for the top 10 teams.

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Clemson and LSU fell to rivals South Carolina and Texas A&M, respectively, all but ending any College Football Playoff hopes for the two Tiger programs.

Out west, Oregon lost to rival Oregon State, who spoiled the Ducks' hopes of playing in the conference championships and a possible a Rose Bowl in Dan Lanning's first season in Eugene.

While the upsets may have highlighted Week 13's gameplay, other strong wins made way for Penn State and Utah to return to our rankings list – and Washington to make its first appearance this season.

As projected, Georgia, TCU, and USC all took care of business ahead of conference championships this coming weekend, with the Trojans perhaps making the strongest case to the playoff committee that they're indeed a bona fide team worthy of playoff contention.

And just like that, college football's regular season is over. All that remains are conference championships matchups and the nerve-wrecking reveal of the final top-4 teams selected to move on to the College Football Playoffs.

Here are our top 10 best team rankings concluding the end of the regular season:

1. Georgia

2. Michigan (+1)

3. TCU (+1)

4. USC (+1)

5. Ohio State (-3)

6. Alabama (+1)

7. Tennessee (+1)

8. Penn State (r)

9. Washington (n)

10. Utah (r)

Where will the Ohio State Buckeyes stand in the Playoff rankings?

The Ohio State Buckeyes will not play in the Big Ten championship game after losing to rival Michigan for the second year in a row.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will not play in the Big Ten championship game after losing to rival Michigan for the second year in a row.  © BEN JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

For the second year in a row, Ohio State won't play in the Big Ten championships, which will kick off this weekend.

Still, this doesn't mean the Buckeyes won’t be a part of the final conversation for the College Football Playoff.

Although their home loss over the weekend to Michigan was pretty ugly, it's still their first and only defeat this year that was handed by a top-three ranked team.

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With the help of Clemson's and LSU's losses over the weekend, the Buckeyes are still in prime shape to be in Playoff contention if any of the top-ranked teams trip up this coming championship weekend.

More notably, USC's upcoming championship matchup against Utah may be the Buckeyes' easiest way into the College Football Playoff. According to the Playoff committee, the Trojans currently rank in the No. 5 position, and hold an 11-1 record this season. The Buckeyes are standing strong at No. 2.

If Utah defeats USC, the Trojans will be handed their second loss of the season and will most likely narrowly rank below Ohio State, with a two-game loss record from lower ranked teams. It paves the way for the Buckeyes to remain towards the front of the pack.

The fifth of six College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday night.

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