Week 11 Rankings
1. LSU (9-0) – The Tigers narrowly escaped Alabama after the Bama kickers took them out of the game with plenty of missed field goal attempts and bad QB play. LSU has had a tough schedule and still has to play an SEC Championship game before they make it to the National Championship.
Last Week: 1
2. Stanford (9-0) – Stanford and Andrew Luck will have to hope for an LSU or Oklahoma State loss to get a shot at the National Title if they can beat Oregon on November 12th. I would love to see Luck play the LSU defense.
Last Week: 3
3. Oklahoma State (9-0) – Everyone knows the Cowboys can put up points, but can their defense stop the Sooners? Bedlam will mark their destiny this season.
Last Week: 4
4. Boise State (8-0) – Looks like Boise State will cruise their way into the Fiesta Bowl, I really want to see an Oklahoma/Boise State rematch. Boise may have to worry more about San Diego State than TCU.
Last Week: 5
5. Alabama (8-1) – Alabama had so many chances to beat LSU, but their kickers and the play of QB A.J. McCarron hurt them a ton. Is it possible for Alabama to make the National Championship without making their own conference championship? We’ll find out.
Last Week: 2
6. Oregon (8-1) – I barely listed Alabama ahead of Oregon and the Ducks could eventually pass Boise State and Alabama on this list with wins against USC and Stanford. Since week one they have blown everybody out and had the best chance of every team against LSU, it’s a shame they fumbled about five times that game, which is why you don’t play the best defense in the country the first game of the season. Though if you want to lose, the first game is the one you want to do it in.
Last Week: 6
7. Oklahoma (8-1) – After an unexpected loss against Texas Tech a couple weeks ago Oklahoma rebounded with a big wins against undefeated Kansas State and an underachieving Texas A&M squad.
Last Week: 7
8. Clemson (8-1) – A young Clemson team finally suffered that Clemson loss against the solid Georgia Tech triple option. They’ll still probably make a BCS bowl.
Last Week: 8
9. Arkansas (8-1) – After barely beating a few of the bottom feeders in the SEC, the Hogs had a huge win against South Carolina.
Last Week: 9
10. Houston (9-0) – Case Keenum is bombing it over everyone. After missing last year with an injury, Keenum is having his best season yet and makes a strong case for the Heisman behind Luck and Trent Richardson. Houston is blowing out everyone, yeah they play in the MAC, but a season of blowouts doesn’t lie. Look for them to be undefeated come bowl season.
Last Week: 12
11. Virginia Tech (8-1) – The Hokies still don’t have a very convincing win and most likely blew their shot at the ACC with a loss against Clemson. They could win out this year and still make a BCS bowl if Clemson blows another game.
Last Week: 11
12. Georgia (7-2) – Mark Richt and the Bulldogs started their season on shaky ground, but look to finish strong in the SEC. They could be a Cotton Bowl team this year, can’t fire Richt after that or a win against Florida. The Bulldogs still have big games against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
Last Week: 14
13. USC (7-2) – The Trojans two losses came to very good teams, but their championship will be against Oregon in two weeks since they can’t play in any bowl games this year.
Last Week: 15
14. South Carolina (7-2) – The loss of All-American Marcus Lattimore may have cost South Carolina the SEC East with a big loss to Arkansas last week.
Last Week: 13
15. Nebraska (7-2) – The Huskers are the Auburn of the Big 10. What kind of team is this? They win against the good teams and lose to the bad ones. They still have a shot at the Big 10, but need to win out in a top heavy conference.
Last Week: 10
16. Michigan State (7-2) – Celebration in East Lansing, Michigan State beat the horrible Golden Gophers last week!
Last Week: 16
17. Wisconsin (7-2) – Wisconsin turned it around and looked like Wisconsin again with a blow out win against Purdue.
Last Week: 17
18. Georgia Tech (7-2) – The Yellow Jackets had a bye week after a huge win against Clemson, with wins against Virginia Tech and Georgia, they could end up in a BCS bowl.
Last Week: 19
19. Kansas State (7-2) – I left Kansas State off my list last week though they probably deserved to remain in the Top 25. They played a very good game against Oklahoma State and could conceivably win out.
Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Penn State (8-1) – The latest college football controversy may collapse this team, regardless they have yet to play anyone good on maybe the easiest schedule for a team in a BCS conference.
Last Week: 21
21. Michigan (7-2) – The Wolverines lost to a pretty good Iowa team last week due to Denard Robinson not being able to convert a short touch down in four plays.
Last Week: 18
22. Auburn (6-3) – Auburn is another one of those teams who you just don’t really know how good they are, because they don’t always come to play their best football. They had a bye week last week, but now face two tough games against Georgia and rival Alabama.
Last Week: 22
23. Cincinnati (7-1) – Why isn’t anybody talking about this Bearcat team? Yeah, they have an easy schedule, but they could conceivably win ten games this year. Zach Collaros isn’t the best QB in the country, but he’s pretty darn good and gets the job done a la Josh Freeman for the Bucs. Nice bye week for the Cinci.
Last Week: 23
24. Southern Mississippi (8-1) – The Golden Eagles are dominating Conference USA again this year and will most likely win the league. I doubt they’ll find themselves in a decent bowl game, but a win against UCF will solidify a likely 11 win season.
Last Week: 24
25. Ohio State (6-3) – The Buckeyes have been playing great football since they’ve gotten their players back from suspension… how good would they be with Terrelle Pryor?
Last Week: Not Ranked
Other notable teams: Arizona State, Iowa, Texas, Baylor, TCU