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Top 25 stock report: Biggest ups, downs in Week 14

1:12 PM, Dec 1, 2013   |    comments
Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles passes the ball during the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida State won 37-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The reverberations from Saturday's Iron Bowl for the ages began with the release of the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll, featuring the first new No.1 of 2013.

Florida State takes over the top spot, the first No.1 ranking for the Seminoles since the final poll of their national championship season in 1999. Nevertheless, FSU has spent more weeks atop the coaches poll, now 55, than any other school since USA TODAY took over administration of the poll in 1992. Florida State claimed 58 of 62 first-place votes following another convincing victory at in-state rival Florida.

OF course, the all-consuming question given its BCS implications is, "Who's No.2?" The answer this week is Ohio State, though voters' opinions on the Buckeyes differed after their one-point escape from Michigan. Ohio State does own the nation's longest active winning streak, now at 24 games, heading into next week's Big Ten title game. The Buckeyes received the remaining four No.1 votes, and a vast majority (42) of the second-place nods. But three voters ranked them fifth and one had them at No.6.

Auburn, the team responsible for unseating Alabama from the top spot it has occupied all season, checks in at No. 3, 25 points behind Ohio State. The Tigers were voted second on 16 ballots, and no coach had them picked lower than fourth. Alabama holds the No.4 position this week, keeping intact its string of top-five rankings dating to the beginning of the 2011 campaign. Missouri, who will face Auburn for the SEC championship next week, climbed to No.5.

Stock up: Arizona State. The Sun Devils' Territorial Cup victory against archrival Arizona had a fringe benefit, earning ASU the right to host next week's Pac-12 final against Stanford. It also made ASU the week's biggest mover, as they gained five places to check in at No.13.

Stock down: Clemson. The Tigers took a seven-spot hit, falling to No.11 after coming up short against in-state foe South Carolina. The Gamecocks wound up tied for seventh with Baylor.

Stock up: Duke. The Blue Devils' dream season continued as they reached the 10-win mark for the first time in program history by holding off North Carolina, and also earned a shot at the top-ranked Seminoles in the ACC championship tilt. Duke jumped four slots to No.20.

Stock down: Wisconsin. The No.21 Badgers' loss to Penn State cost them seven poll positions, and most likely any hope of an at-large BCS invitation.

Stock up: Michigan State. It was only a two-spot gain, but it was an important move for the Spartans as they'll take the No.9 ranking into next week's clash with Ohio State. Michigan State leapfrogged Stanford, which won its home contest with Notre Dame but stayed put at No.10.

Stock down: Fresno State. The Bulldogs suffered the most costly setback of the week, losing any chance for a major bowl thanks to its 62-52 shootout loss to San Jose State. Fresno State will still get a chance to win the Mountain West Conference title, but they took the week's largest dip within the poll of nine places to No.22.

New kid on the block: No.24 Texas.

College dropout: Southern California.


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