Newsweek College Football Rankings, Heisman and CFP Predictions—Week 13

Saturday was a day of separation in the Big Ten as the four remaining undefeated teams played each other. Now, only Northwestern and Ohio State remain unbeaten in the league.

Ohio State took a big lead and then held off the pesky Indiana Hoosiers, 42-35, to take control of the East Division. Northwestern beat Wisconsin, 17-7, for sole possession of first place in the West Division.

Although many games got canceled again because of positive COVID-19 tests, a lot of games did get played. Alabama had two weeks off before Saturday's 63-3 pummeling of Kentucky, and the Crimson Tide remain No. 1 in the Newsweek Top 20 heading into week 13 of the season.

Notre Dame stays pat at No. 2 after a bye week and Ohio State remained at No. 3. Clemson had its game postponed at the last minute because of COVID, and the Tigers stay at No. 4. Texas A&M is once again No. 5 despite a second-straight week of COVID cancelations.

Florida played a rather close game against Vanderbilt, but the Gators prevailed and remain at No. 6. Cincinnati and BYU are seventh and eighth, respectively.

Iowa State Football
The Iowa State Cyclones leave the field after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats at Jack Trice Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 45-0 over the Kansas State Wildcats. Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images

Oregon and Iowa State enter the top 10 in the final two spots. Oregon held off a late UCLA rally on Saturday while Iowa State thrashed Kansas State, 45-0, to take sole possession of the Big 12 race.

Northwestern vaulted from 20 to No. 11 after the Wildcats' win over Wisconsin. USC remains perfect at 3-0, and the Trojans enter the rankings this week at No. 17.

Here is the Newsweek Top 20 for Week 13

1Alabama7-0Sat. vs Auburn
2Notre Dame8-0Sat. at North Carolina
3Ohio State4-0Sat. at Illinois
4Clemson7-1Sat. vs Clemson
5Texas A&M5-1Sat. vs LSU
6Florida6-1Sat. vs Kentucky
7Cincinnati8-0Sat. at Temple
8BYU9-0Dec. 12 vs San Diego State
9Oregon3-0Fri. at Oregon State
10Iowa State6-2Fri. at Texas
11Northwestern5-0Sat. at Michigan State
12Miami (Fla.)7-1Dec. 5 at Wake Forest
13Indiana4-1Sat. vs Maryland
14Oklahoma6-2Sat. at West Virginia
15Georgia5-2Sat. at South Carolina
16Coastal Carolina8-0Sat. at Texas State
17USC3-0Sat. vs Colorado
18Marshall7-0Dec. 5 vs Rice
19Wisconsin2-1Sat. vs Minnesota
20Oklahoma State5-2Sat. vs Texas Tech

Dropped out: No. 20 Liberty

Where is 'College GameDay' this week?

ESPN's popular 'GameDay' road show will visit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this Saturday for the Iron Bowl game between Auburn and Alabama. This is one of the top rivalries in the country, and the Crimson Tide looks for revenge from last year. The game will be at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS this Saturday. The 'GameDay' show will be from 9 a.m. - noon on the Alabama campus.

Heisman Frontrunners

Here are the Newsweek Heisman rankings after Week 12 of the season.

  1. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
  2. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
  3. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
  4. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
  5. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Updated College Football Playoff Prediction

  1. Alabama
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson

Games to Watch This Week (Times ET)
All games subject to cancel or postpone, and games could change TV stations during the week

Thursday, November 26
2:00 p.m. Colorado State at Air Force, CBSSN
7:00 p.m. New Mexico at Utah State, FS1

Friday, November 27
12:00 p.m. Iowa State at Texas, ABC
12:00 p.m. UMass at Liberty, ESPN3
1:00 p.m. Nebraska at Iowa, FOX
3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina, ABC
4:00 p.m. Stanford at California, FOX
7:00 p.m. Oregon at Oregon State, ESPN
9:00 p.m. San Diego State at Fresno State, FS1
10:30 p.m. Washington at Washington State, ESPN

Saturday, November 28
TBD Ohio State at Illinois, TBA
TBD Pittsburgh at Clemson, TBA
TBD Cincinnati at Temple, TBA
TBD Maryland at Indiana, TBA
TBD Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, TBA
TBD Oklahoma at West Virginia, TBA
TBD Northwestern at Michigan State, TBA
TBD Colorado at USC, TBA
TBD San Jose State at Boise State, TBA
TBD Utah at Arizona State, TBA
TBD Arizona at UCLA, TBA
TBD N.C. State at Syracuse, TBA
TBD Penn State at Michigan, TBA
12:00 p.m. Kentucky at Florida, ESPN
12:00 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri, SEC Network
12:00 p.m. Kent State at Buffalo, CBSSN
12:00 p.m. Bowling Green at Ohio, ESPN+
2:00 p.m. Minnesota at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network
3:30 p.m. Auburn at Alabama, CBS
4:00 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss, SEC Network
7:00 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M, ESPN
7:30 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina, SEC Network