College Basketball Power Rankings for February 27th, 2013

duke-basketballAfter starting out 15-1 and landing a top 10 ranking, the Minnesota Golden Gophers haven’t had much luck. They’d lost 8 out of the last 11 games and were on their way to a disappointing NIT bid. However, there may still be some life left in the Gophers after they pulled off a big upset over number one-ranked Indiana. And while this won’t land Minnesota a spot in our power rankings, it does have an effect on where the Hoosiers sit this week.

1. Duke Blue Devils (24-3) – It was pretty much a no-brainer for us to put Duke back on top. After all, the three teams ahead of them in last week’s power rankings lost while the Blue Devils pulled out a couple more ACC victories. But do note that we cautiously put Duke in this spot since they’ve had some difficulties on the road. In any case, mark your calendar for March 2nd when Duke gets a shot to avenge an earlier loss to the fifth-ranked Miami Hurricanes.

2. Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-2) – The West Coast Conference doesn’t exactly provide a lot of powerhouse teams to help Gonzaga boost their image. However, with all the other top-ranked teams losing games recently, you can’t exactly fault the Zags for continuing to win. They face their last tough test on the road against a 20-9 Brigham Young team. Assuming Gonzaga wins this contest, they should have no trouble beating Portland and setting themselves up for a number one NCAA tournament seed.

victor-oladipo3. Indiana Hoosiers (24-4) – In a month where no team has truly stepped into the nation’s number one ranking, Indiana took its turn being the top dog. Unfortunately, they fell at the hands of a desperate Minnesota team that’s fighting to make the NCAA tournament. Indiana center Cody Zeller had one of his worst games of the season (2-for-9 shooting), while Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe had the hot hand (8-for-10 shooting). The Hoosiers play Iowa on Saturday before closing out with tough games against Ohio State and Michigan (road).

4. Michigan Wolverines (23-4) – Michigan moves up a few spots to number four after beating Penn State and Illinois over the past couple of games. The Illinois victory was particularly nice as Michigan guard Trey Burke poured in 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Out of the four remaining Big-10 games for Michigan, Indiana and Michigan State figure to be pretty brutal battles.

5. Miami Hurricanes (22-4) – Just when the Hurricanes were on top of the college basketball world and looking unbeatable, they lose to a 12-15 Wake Forrest team by 15 points. Demon Deacons guard C.J. Harris was instrumental in this victory as he scored 21 points on 5-for-5 shooting from behind the three-point arc. As for Miami, they must go back and figure out why they’ve only scored totals of 45, 54 and 65 points against fairly mediocre teams lately.

elijah-johnson6. Kansas Jayhawks (22-4) – Kansas leaps back into our power rankings after winning five straight games. Of these wins, beating Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Iowa State will look particularly impressive to poll voters. Senior Elijah Johnson was spectacular in the 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State as he scored 39 points and hit six three-pointers in this contest. That’s definitely stepping up when you consider that his season average is 10.2 PPG.

7. Michigan State Spartans (22-6) – The Spartans might be facing the most brutal three-game stretch of any team this season. They lost to number one-ranked Indiana and 16th-ranked Ohio State (road), and they still have to play fourth-ranked Michigan (road) and 17th-ranked Wisconsin. This being said, we can’t fault Michigan State too much for dropping a couple of tough games in a row. The question is, can they stop the losing streak any time soon?

8. Louisville Cardinals (22-5) – Louisville may only be sitting third in the Big East right now, but they’re number one in our minds. The Cardinals really get a chance to prove where they stand in the conference with upcoming games against Syracuse, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. If they’re going to pick up wins against these clubs, guard Russ Smith (18.4 PPG) is definitely going to need some scoring help.

9. Georgetown Hoyas (21-4) – The Hoyas are closing in on a Big East regular season title, but there are some difficult tests remaining. They have to travel to Connecticut and Villanova in addition to facing Syracuse one more time. Georgetown will go as far as do-it-all forward Otto Porter Jr. (15.9 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.0 SPG) will take them – which we expect to be pretty far in regard to the NCAA tournament.

10. Florida Gators (22-4) – Florida falls five places this week after dropping two out of the past three games. If there’s any solace to come out of these losses, it’s that the Gators were playing two tournament-hungry teams on the road in Missouri (19-8) and Tennessee (17-10). A top seed is probably out of the question for Billy Donovan’s club; however, they can definitely grab a nice NCAA tournament position by winning their final three conference games against Alabama, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

College Football Power Rankings – 2012 Championship Week Edition

We’re now down to the final week before bowl games are decided and the BCS title matchup is figured out. As for the latter, we’re simply waiting to decide who undefeated Notre Dame plays for the championship. At this point, Alabama appears to be in control of their own destiny, but that destiny won’t be easy to reach with a game against third-ranked Georgia looming ahead. Let’s discuss these three teams and more in our latest power rankings.

1. Alabama (11-1) – Throughout most of the season, many people thought Alabama would never be beaten. However, they lost a close game against Texas A&M a couple weeks ago and were sent into a tailspin. But Alabama has since recovered and looked marvelous during a beatdown of rival Auburn.

Last Game: 49-0 win over Auburn
Next Game: vs. Georgia (SEC Championship)

2. Ntore Dame (12-0) – Is it fair that the Irish drop a spot from our previous power rankings following a road win against USC? First off, Notre Dame got a break when Matt Barkley was sidelined with an injury, leaving freshman Max Wittek to make his first career start. Secondly, the Irish have won most of their games in ugly, defensive battles. They get a chance to prove all of the critics wrong in the BCS Championship though.

Last Game: 22-13 win over USC
Next Game: TBD (BCS Championship)

3. Ohio State (12-0) – It’s never easy to cap off an undefeated season – just ask Oregon, Kansas State or Alabama. However, the Buckeyes did pull off this impressive accomplishment and deserve some credit. They probably would’ve been playing the Irish in Miami had it not been for NCAA sanctions.

Last Game: 26-21 win over Michigan
Season is finished

4. Oregon (11-1) – Just three weeks ago, Oregon was riding high and looking at a clear shot at the BCS Championship game. Now they won’t even get to play in the Pac-10 Championship game due to the Stanford loss. It’ll be interesting to see what bowl game the Ducks land in now.

Last Game: 48-24 win over Oregon State
Next Game: TBD

5. Georgia (11-1) – While we consider the Bulldogs to be just a little less good than the top four teams on this list, none of it means anything if they can win the SEC title. Essentially, this matchup with Alabama is like a big playoff game before the championship.

Last Game: 42-10 win over Georgia Tech
Next Game: vs. Alabama (SEC Championship)

6. Texas A&M (10-2) – If the season restarted today, A&M could possibly be the top team in the eyes of voters. Johnny “Football” Manziel took another step closer to winning the Heisman after throwing for 372 yards and three touchdowns against Missouri.

Last Game: 59-29 win over Missouri
Next Game: TBD

7. Florida (11-1) – Despite having one loss, the Gators dropped out of our top 10 rankings after some atrocious offensive performances. However, they leaped back into our rankings after beating ACC standout and rival Florida State. Now they could be Sugar Bowl-bound.

Last Game: 37-26 win over Florida State
Next Game: TBD

8. Stanford (10-2) – The Cardinals easily defeated UCLA to set up a rematch between these two teams in the Pac-10 Championship. Based on this road game blowout, we have to heavily favor Stanford in the rematch as well.

Last Game: 35-17 win over UCLA
Next Game: vs. UCLA (Pac-10 Championship)

9. LSU (10-2) – While the Tigers did nothing deserving of dropping two spots in our power rankings, other teams just shined more in the last week of the regular season. With Florida, Georgia and Alabama fighting over two BCS bowl bids, LSU is left out of the party.

Last Game: 20-13 win over Arkansas
Next Game: TBD

10. Kansas State (10-1)  – K-State is just one of those teams that got lost in the shuffle at season’s end. Of course, getting blown out by a mediocre Baylor team will do that to you. It’ll also put an end to any Heisman hopes that Collin Klein had.

Last Game: Bye
Next Game: TBD

College Football Power Rankings for Nov. 21st, 2012


For the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the possibility of several unbeaten teams at the end of the season. But just like many other years in the past, most of these unbeatens have fallen by the wayside with Oregon and Kansas State joining the one-loss club. So how does this affect our power rankings? Let’s take a look right now….

1. Notre Dame (11-0) – If the BCS system was based on pretty victories, Notre Dame wouldn’t be in the top 10. But as it stands, the Irish have found a way to win every game and are one of only two unbeaten teams in college football – and one of them is ineligible for bowl games. All that stands in between the Irish and the title game is a tough road game against USC.

Last Game: 38-0 win over Wake Forest
Next Game: at USC Trojans

2. Alabama (10-1) – Just a week after the Crimson Tide wondered if they’d have any shot at a national title, they’re back in control of their own destiny. But don’t confuse controlling destiny with having a clear shot to the title. A potential SEC Championship game against Georgia looms within the next two weeks.

Last Game: 49-0 win over Western Carolina
Next Game: vs. Auburn Tigers

3. Oregon Ducks (10-1) – The Ducks were rolling towards a national title game, and suddenly, they might not even win the Pac-10 North. Now Oregon is going to be rooting for UCLA to beat Stanford just so they have a shot at the Pac-10 Championship. An upcoming game against the Beavers is certainly not going to be easy for the Ducks either.

Last Game: 17-14 (OT) loss to Stanford
Next Game: at Oregon State Beavers

4. Georgia (10-1) – Who would have thought that Georgia would be in the national title picture at this point? Assuming they can beat a solid Georgia Tech team, the Bulldogs actually have a shot at a BCS title if they can beat Alabama….but that’s a big IF!

Last Game: 45-14 win over Georgia Southern
Next Game: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

5. Texas A&M (9-2) – The Aggies are by far our favorite two-loss team since they managed to prove that Alabama wasn’t as unbeatable as everybody thought. QB Johnny Manziel appears to be a Heisman trophy front runner now as well.

Last Game: 47-28 win over Sam Houston State
Next Game: vs. Missouri Tigers

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) – Despite an undefeated record, nobody considers Ohio State to be the nation’s best team thanks to a fairly easy schedule. Even still, they’ve found ways to win and could top off an undefeated year by beating hated rival Michigan.

Last Game: 21-14 (OT) win over Wisconsin
Next Game: vs. Michigan Wolverines

7. LSU (9-2) – The Tigers appear to be the SEC’s odd team out with a pair of losses. Even with this being the case, a victory at Arkansas could put them in an at-large BCS bowl game.

Last Game: 41-35 win over Ole Miss
Next Game: at Arkansas Razorbacks

8. Florida State (10-1) – It’s funny how little respect the Seminoles have gotten despite having just one loss. Much of this lack of respect comes from a mediocre ACC and a poor out-of-conference schedule. All of this could be thrown out the window though if Florida State wins against Florida this week.

Last Game: 41-14 win over Maryland
Next Game: vs. Florida Gators

9. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1) – The Wildcats take a major tumble in our power rankings thanks to a beating at the hands of Baylor. Nobody expected the Bears to win against K-State, much less dominate them. QB Collin Klein’s Heisman hopes are now finished and so are the Wildcats national championship aspirations.

Last Game: 52-24 loss to Baylor
Next Game: vs. Texas Longhorns (Dec. 1st)

10. Stanford (9-2) – The Cardinals make their first appearance in our top 10 after a dramatic overtime victory against Oregon. And they could be climbing further with wins over UCLA (to clinch Pac-10 North) and a PAC-10 Championship victory against UCLA again.

College Football Power Rankings for Nov. 15th, 2012

Just when it looked like nobody would tarnish Alabama’s undefeated season, they drop a stunner to Texas A&M and send our power rankings into a frenzy. Okay, so it’s not that much of a frenzy because three other top unbeatens survived another week without losing. However, it sure was interesting finding a spot for both Alabama and Texas A&M following last week’s upset.

1. Oregon (10-0) – The rest of the season is going to get tougher for Oregon because of both injuries and their schedule (Stanford, Oregon St., Pac-12 South champ). But for right now, we can firmly say that the Ducks are the best team in college football after a stomping of Cal.

Last Game: 59-17 win over California
Next Game: vs. Stanford

2. Kansas State (10-0) – After an injury scare with QB Collin Klein, the Wildcats appear to be alright since their top playmaker took the field against TCU. Seeing as how their defense keeps shutting down opponents, Kansas State is perfectly balanced on both sides of the ball.

Last Game: 23-10 win over TCU
Next Game: at Baylor

3. Notre Dame (10-0) – There’s no beauty in the way Notre Dame wins each week. But the key is that they do win each week thanks to a dominating defense. Assuming either Oregon or Kansas State loses before the end of the regular season, the Irish could be playing in the national title game.

4. Alabama (9-1) – Based on their performance through the first nine games of the year, we can’t drop the Tide too low following a single loss. But with the season nearing an end and three undefeated teams still left, Alabama may be left out of the national title picture.

Last Game: 29-24 loss to Texas A&M
Next Game: vs. Western Carolina

5. Georgia (9-1) – The Bulldogs look poised to meet Alabama in the SEC Championship game if they can get through their next two games unscathed. Depending upon how things go with the unbeatens, the SEC Championship could decide who goes to the BCS title game.

Last Game: 38-0 win over Auburn
Next Game: vs. Georgia Southern

6. Texas A&M (8-2) – Following an extremely tough road win at Bryant-Denny Stadium, some might argue that the Aggies should be ranked ahead of Alabama. However, we’re already stretching things enough by ranking A&M over two teams that beat them earlier (LSU and Florida). In any case, congratulations to the Aggies for their HUGE win!

Last game: 29-24 win over Alabama
Next game: vs. Sam Houston State

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) – Despite being undefeated at this point, many experts are putting Ohio State down as an underdog against Wisconsin this Saturday. It could all come down to how well OSU linebackers Etienne Sabino and Ryan Shazier can shut down Montee Ball and the Badgers run game.

Last game: 52-22 win over Illinois
Next Game: at Wisconsin

8. LSU (8-2) – Unfortunately for LSU, there’ll be no BCS or SEC Championship games in the near future. However, they could certainly land an at-large BCS bowl bid by winning their final two games against Ole Miss and Arkansas. Sure this is no slam dunk, but we definitely like the Tigers chances.

Last Game: 37-17 win over Mississippi State
Next Game: vs. Ole Miss

9. Oklahoma (7-2) – Earlier in the year, it looked as if the upcoming Oklahoma-West Virginia game would have national title implications. But now it’ll merely be a game between two good teams. Actually, the Sooners are a VERY good team which is why we definitely like them to win on the road.

Last Game: 42-34 win over Baylor
Next Game: at West Virginia

10. Florida State (9-1) – The Seminoles aren’t getting much respect outside of the ACC since many experts don’t even consider them a top 10 team. However, we like them better than the fellow 9-1 Florida Gators, which have looked terrible in three straight games. Back to FSU, it’s sad that they aren’t really playing for a chance at the national title with just one loss. But they can still get an at-large BCS bid and beat up on another major conference to prove their point.

College Football Power Rankings for Nov. 7th, 2012

We’re going to issue a spoiler alert right away and tell you that most of college football’s top teams won last week. However, there were plenty of close games that put these teams in danger of losing their lofty position. As you’ll find out, Alabama was one such club as they eked out a close win in Baton Rouge.

1. Alabama (9-0) – While LSU is no doubt one of the top teams in the nation this year, most people wouldn’t have been surprised if the Crimson Tide blew them out. After all, Alabama had been destroying opponents by a 31.7-point margin of victory. However, this meant nothing as the Tigers took this game down to the wire. But the Tide persevered on the last drive thanks to a 28-yard screen play TD by T.J. Yeldon.

Last Game: 21-17 win over LSU
Next Game: vs. Texas A&M

2. Oregon Ducks (9-0) – Kenjon Barner had an incredible performance after rushing for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns against USC on the road. With the Trojans out of the way, Oregon should coast towards an undefeated season and hope the BCS favors them.

Last Game: 62-51 win over USC
Next Game: at California

3. Kansas State (9-0) – We cautiously put K-State here while we wait on the extent of QB Collin Klein’s injury. But assuming he can suit up again soon after being knocked out of the Oklahoma State game, the Wildcats are still fairly close to Oregon.

Last Game: 44-30 win over Oklahoma State
Next Game: at TCU

4. Notre Dame (9-0) – The Irish won’t gain any style points for taking three overtimes to polish off a mediocre Pitt team. But a win is a win, and Notre Dame remains in the BCS Championship picture after grinding out a difficult game.

Last Game: 29-26 (3OT) win over Pittsburgh
Next Game: at Boston College

5. Georgia (8-1) – The Bulldogs still lead our list of one-loss teams following a convincing win over Ole Miss. Assuming Georgia can get by their hated rival Auburn this Saturday, they’ll be facing off against Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

Last Game: 37-10 win over Ole Miss
Next Game: at Auburn

6. Ohio State (9-0) – The Buckeyes jump a couple of spots this week because A) they’re still undefeated, and B) they dismantled Illinois last weekend. Sure Ohio State has nothing to play for in regard to the postseason. But you can bet that QB Braxton Miller and the rest of the Bucks will be gunning for an undefeated season.

Last Game: 52-22 win over Illinois
Next Game: at Wisconsin (Nov. 6th)

7. Florida (8-1) – We haven’t exactly been inspired by the Gators’ last two outings: a narrow win over Missouri and an offensively-anemic loss to Georgia. However, all of this can be forgotten if Georgia loses Saturday since Florida would be in line for an SEC Championship Game berth.

Last Game: 14-7 win over Missouri
Next Game: vs. LA-Lafayette

8. LSU (7-2) – Despite two losses, LSU still deserves a top 10 spot after they way they played against Alabama. Many people contend that the Tigers outplayed the Tide before coming up short in the win column. This could be the closest that anybody plays the Tide all year.

Last Game: 21-17 loss to Alabama
Next Game: vs. Mississippi State

9. Oklahoma (6-2) – Much like LSU, Oklahoma benefits from quality losses in our power rankings. Dropping games against Kansas State and Notre Dame is nothing to be ashamed of….but it is enough to keep a team from playing in the National Title Game.

Last Game: 35-20 win over Iowa State
Next Game: vs. Baylor

10. Florida State (8-1) – Once again Florida State rounds out our top 10. They were off last week and got much needed preparation for a tough road game in Blacksburg. If the Seminoles can survive this test, they’ll be one step closer to a major BCS bowl game.

Last Game: Bye
Next Game: at Virginia Tech.

 

College Football Power Rankings for Oct 24th, 2012

Right now the BCS Rankings are a jumbled mess where a half dozen legitimate title contenders are still undefeated. And there are plenty of other undefeated teams sprinkled throughout the AP Top 25. Of course, chances are that many of these powerhouses will fall by the wayside as we head towards season’s end, but it certainly doesn’t make our job with the power rankings any easier. We’ll give it a try anyways by offering you our take on the top teams.

Also, you can check out the real BCS Rankings below:

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Kansas State
4. Oregon
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
7. Oregon State
8. Oklahoma
9. USC
10. Georgia

Week 9 College Football Power Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0) – No surprise here since the Crimson Tide have garnered 59 of a possible 60 first place votes in the AP poll and are atop the NCAA’s toughest football conference. Plus it’s difficult to overlook Alabama’s impressive 32.7-point margin of victory. However, they’ve still yet to face the most difficult part of their schedule – Mississippi State, LSU and Texas A&M – which combine for a 19-3 record. But even these three shouldn’t stop the Tide on their path towards the BCS title game.

Last Game: 44-13 win over Tennessee
Next Game: vs. Mississippi State (7-0)

2. Oregon (7-0) – Let the annual BCS controversy begin with the Ducks since they are undefeated, yet only fourth in the BCS. However, Oregon will have plenty of chances to improve this standing with future games against USC, Stanford and Oregon State.

Last Game: 43-21 win over Arizona State
Next Game: vs. Colorado (1-6)

3. Florida (7-0) – As it stands now, the computers have Florida facing Alabama in the championship game. And so far, the Gators have done what they need to do to be deserving of this spot. But everything will be put to the test this coming week as Florida squares off against one of their rivals, 10th-ranked Georgia.

Last Game: 44-11 win over South Carolina
Next Game: vs. Georgia (6-1)

4. Kansas State (7-0) – A dominating win last week over West Virginia has moved K-State further up the polls and into serious national title contention. However, things won’t get any easier this week when 9th-ranked Texas Tech comes into town. But assuming the Wildcats can survive the test, they’ll have a clear shot at the Big 12 Championship Game with their toughest games out of the way.

Last Game: 55-14 win over West Virginia
Next Game: vs. Texas Tech

5. Notre Dame (7-0) – Off to their best start in years, Notre Dame has played some excellent football this season. But there are still challenges ahead including a huge road game this week against 6th-ranked Oklahoma. The contest may all come down to how well the Irish’s defensive backs can cover Oklahoma’s speedy receivers.

Last Game: 17-14 win over BYU
Next Game: at Oklahoma (5-1)

6. Oregon State (6-0) – The argument against Oregon State being ranked higher is that they haven’t played anybody significant. However, the Beavers do own victories over some tough teams in Wisconsin and UCLA. Perhaps we will truly see what Oregon State is made of when they face the Ducks later on.

Last Game: 21-7 win over Utah
Next Game: at Washington (3-4)

7. Oklahoma (5-1) – The lone blemish on the Sooners schedule is a close 24-19 loss to Kansas State. Unfortunately in a year where so many teams are unbeaten, this tough loss puts Oklahoma a ways back in the BCS race. But they can jump back into the hunt if they can beat undefeated Notre Dame this Saturday.

Last Game: 52-7 win over Kansas
Next Game: vs. Notre Dame (7-0)

8. LSU (7-1) – Much like Oklahoma, LSU is the victim of an early season loss to a very good team in Florida. But the Tigers have stayed strong and are hoping to climb the BCS ladder. They face the ultimate test against number one-ranked Alabama in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide are beating teams by almost 33 points, but at least the Tigers are at home.

Last Game: 24-19 win over Texas A&M
Next Game:  vs. Alabama (Nov. 3rd)

9. Texas Tech (6-1) – The Big 12 is filled with roadblocks, and the Red Raiders hit one of them head-on against Oklahoma (41-20 loss). However, quarterback Seth Doege has been hot in recent wins over West Virginia and TCU. He will no doubt have to stay on fire since Texas Tech has the unenviable task of traveling to Manhattan, Kansas this Saturday.

Last Game: 56-53 (OT) win over TCU
Next Game: at Kansas State (7-0)

10. Ohio State (8-0) – OSU’s overtime win against Purdue wasn’t pretty since it was filled with sloppy mistakes. However, the Buckeyes pulled out the victory and remain unbeaten. Ohio State will have to be much sharper if they want to grab a win in Happy Valley against QB Matt McGloin and the Nittany Lions.

Last Game: 29-22 (OT) win over Purdue
Next Game: at Penn State (5-2)