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College Football Rankings, Week 13: Rutgers Nearly Cracks USA Today Top 25

The Rutgers University football program, which defeated the University of Cincinnati, 20-3, in a decisive Big East Conference contest Saturday, nearly earned a spot in the latest college football rankings Sunday, earning 54 votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The vote total helped the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 4-2 Big East) earn a No. 26 ranking. Last week, in the same poll, Rutgers earned just six votes.

Meanwhile, West Virginia University, ranked No. 23, is the only Big East school ranked in either the AP or USA Today polls.

Here's the latest USA Today Top 25:

1 LSU
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

-- For more on Rutgers football, check out SB Nation's On The Banks.