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. 31st, 2012

It hasn’t been easy sorting out college football’s elite this year because there’s a logjam of stellar unbeaten teams.  Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State have all proven themselves worthy of a title shot after surviving a tough schedule and looking good while doing so. Assuming all of these teams can remain undefeated, they’ll give the BCS computers fits. Speaking of the BCS, here is how the current rankings look:

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

This is how the BCS computers currently see things, but let’s move on to our interpretation of the top 10 college football teams.

Week 10 College Football Power Rankings

1. Alabama (8-0) – The Crimson Tide continue to roll after dispatching a previously unbeaten Mississippi State team. Their 31.7-point margin of victory truly shows the dominance of Alabama this season despite playing some pretty good teams. This week they’ll be playing a great team in LSU, which has just one loss on the season.

Last Game: 38-7 win over Mississippi State
Next Game: at LSU Tigers

2. Oregon Ducks (8-0) Despite running over many of their opponents so far, the Ducks are losing the BCS battle. However, they have a solid chance to jump Notre Dame if they can handily beat USC on the road this week. The key to this involves slowing down Matt Barkley and star receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

Last Game: 70-14 win over Colorado
Next Game: at USC Trojans

3. Kansas State (8-0) – After an easy victory over ninth-ranked Texas Tech, K-State looks to have a clear road to the Big 12 Championship Game. Assuming they can stay unbeaten and continue racking up convincing victories, the Wildcats could be eyeing Alabama in the National Championship.

Last Game: 55-24 win over Texas Tech
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma State

4. Notre Dame (8-0) – At this point, it’s almost like splitting hairs between the Fighting Irish and Kansas State. Notre Dame grabbed their own impressive victory on the road in Norman, Oklahoma. Despite playing such as tough schedule, the Irish may need an Alabama or K-State loss to get into the title game.

5. Georgia (7-1) – As if the top isn’t jumbled enough, things don’t get any simpler when it comes to one-loss teams. In our opinion, Georgia has a slight lead among the rest of the pack following a game where their defense dominated previously unbeaten Florida. With wins over Ole Miss and rival Auburn, the Bulldogs could face Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Last Game: 17-9 win over Florida
Next Game: vs. Ole Miss

6. LSU (7-1) – You could make an argument for LSU being ahead of Georgia at this point, and the Tigers will have a chance to prove their case against Alabama. But based on the dominance that the Crimson Tide have shown so far, it’ll be a tough home game for LSU. Even still, don’t count this team out since they boast plenty of talent.

Last Game: 24-19 win over Texas A&M
Next Game: vs. Alabama

7. Florida (7-1) – Just about everything went wrong for the Gators in an ugly outing against Georgia last Saturday. Several turnovers now have Florida on the outside looking-in. In a crowded SEC, the best they can hope for at this point is an at-large BCS bowl bid – even with just one loss.

Last Game: 17-9 loss against Georgia
Next Game: vs Missouri

8. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) – Entering last week’s game against Penn State, the Bucks knew that they’d have to slow down QB Matt McGloin. And OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier did just this as he picked McGloin off and went to the house. Everything is set up for the probation-ridden Bucks to meet their hated rivals, Michigan, with an unblemished record.

Last Game: 35-23 win over Penn State
Next Game: vs. Illinois

9. Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) – Oklahoma may have two losses, but they’ve both come to powerhouses in Kansas State and Notre Dame. This being said, the Sooners are better than a lot of the one-loss teams out there right now.

Last Game: 30-13 loss to Notre Dame
Next Game: at Iowa State

10. Florida State (8-1) – The Seminoles have done a good job in overcoming an earlier loss at N.C. State. And while the BCS Championship may be out of the question – mainly due to the lack of respect for the ACC – Florida State is currently in the driver’s seat for a big bowl game.

Last Game: 48-7 win over Duke
Next Game: at Virginia Tech (Nov. 8)

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)