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. 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.