Tag:rankings
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:48 am
 

Week 14 Power Poll: Oklahoma State over Bama

There’s just something wrong about a team that didn’t win its division getting a national championship berth while sitting on the couch.

Such was Alabama’s fate on Saturday. The Tide seemingly got to New Orleans without lifting a weight, running a lap or repping a play on the last day of the season. Look, I don’t have a Dawg in the hunt – neither does Georgia – but there is something weird about that.

All props to the Tide to getting to their second national championship game in three years. Alabama perhaps had the “best” loss of any team behind LSU. But the best thing Bama had going for it on Saturday was Nick Saban. There are worst spokesman to have.

As the regular season closes, the Power Poll is going with Oklahoma State at No. 2 and Bama at No. 3. We’ve got a month to debate. Fire away.



1. LSU – Closed out with combined 83-3 rallies against Arkansas and Georgia.
2. Oklahoma State – Won conference. Handed Bob Stoops his second-worst loss. Beat five ranked teams.
3. Alabama – Didn’t win division. Lost at home to LSU while missing four field goals and throwing two interceptions.
4. Stanford – Best era in Cardinal history? 23-2 last two seasons under two coaches. More than just Andrew Luck.
5. Arkansas – Please, Garrick McGee, you can do better than UAB.
6. Boise State – Kellen Moore lost three games in his career by a total of five points.
7. USC – Lane Kiffin, Pac-12 coach of the year.
8. Oregon – Time for Ducks to step up in third consecutive BCS bowl.
9. Wisconsin – Montee Ball’s 38 total touchdowns more than 52 teams.
10. Michigan – First Sugar Bowl since 1984?
11. South Carolina – Spurrier best coaching job of his career?
12. Kansas State – Look who finished second in the Big 12.
13. Virginia Tech – It’s called the ACC title game. Your supposed to show up for it.
14. Baylor – “I could be wrong but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight,” RGIII.
15. TCU – So Gary Patterson's defense didn’t finish No. 1. So what? Frogs rebound to win 10 in “off” year.
16. Southern Miss – Furious Bradley scoop and scored for Southern Miss. That should have been the first sign that Houston was in for an upset.
17. Houston – Looked distracted by coach’s job rumors. Looked entitled playing for CUSA at home.
18. Georgia – Should have stopped and taken team picture with “10-0” on the scoreboard in the background vs. LSU.
19. Clemson – Those are the Tigers we knew before November.
20. Oklahoma – Landry Jones slumped badly this season.
21. Michigan State – The wait for the Rose Bowl enters its 24<sup>th</sup> year.
22. Nebraska – DC Carl Pelini reportedly leaving for Florida Atlantic.
23. West Virginia – Yes, this is the Big East and, yes, this particular tri-champion is ranked.
24. Florida State – Looking back, Atlantic Division was decided on Sept. 24 in five-point loss at Clemson.
25. Cincinnati  -- There’s a reason Butch Jones is getting all these job mentions.  

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Power Poll Week 13: SEC can't be beat

Let’s see, what would it have to be?

Georgia by 30? Georgia by 40?

That’s the projected point spread that would keep LSU out of the BCS title game as the season draws to an anti-climactic close. LSU virtually clinched a spot in the BCS game last week. It really doesn’t matter if it beats Georgia on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game. Does it?

Actually, it does. The best possible result for everyone in the SEC is Georgia winning. That would all but assure the league an unprecedented three BCS teams. That wouldn’t impact an LSU-Alabama championship game rematch.

Unless Georgia wins by 30.

Or would it be 40?

This week's Power Poll ... 

1. LSU: Best. Team. Ever? Getting into discussion after beating seven ranked teams, three in top five.
2. Alabama: Second place in SEC West = Second in the country.
3. Oklahoma State: Big, big Georgia fans this week because OSU needs a big, big Bulldog margin of victory over LSU.
4. Stanford: This is the look of a hot BCS at-large: 11-1 with prospective Heisman winner.
5. Arkansas: Did Bobby Petrino have words for Les Miles? “Not many,” says LSU coach.
6. Virginia Tech: Yes, Virginia there is an ACC Championship Game. You’re just not playing in it.
7. Houston: Tulsa had its shot, and failed miserably.
8. Boise State: Chris Petersen signs two new recruits – Slim and None – in hopes of getting to BCS.
9. USC: Neuheisel: UCLA has “closed the gap.” Actually, soon to be working at The Gap.
10. Oregon: The ice on LaMichael James’ elbow looked troubling.
11.Oklahoma: Life in the Big 12: A week after giving up 600 yards to Baylor, Sooners smother Iowa State.
12. Michigan State: Classy: Dantonio didn’t rest players against Northwestern prepping for Big Ten title game. Spartans won 10 for the fourth time in history.
13. Wisconsin: Montee Ball within shouting distance of Barry Sanders’ single-season rushing touchdowns record.
14.Georgia: Richt couldn’t be blamed for going to middle of Georgia Dome and lobbing middle finger to his own fans Saturday.
15. Michigan: Exactly 366 days since Ohio State has beaten Michigan.
16. South Carolina: One of Spurrier’s masterful coaching jobs this season and against Clemson.
17. Kansas State: National coach of the year award awaiting Bill Snyder’s acceptance.
18. Baylor: Texas Tech pays for two cheap shots on RGIII. Rout 66 by Briles vs. Red Raiders.
19. TCU: Getting ready to face UNLV team that just beat North Carolina. Wait, that was basketball.
20. Nebraska: Say Rex Burkhead 38 times. Bo Pelini did. It resulted in 160 yards vs. Iowa.
21. Florida State: Jimbo Fischer has swept Miami and Florida in each of first two seasons.
22. West Virginia: Baby steps for Big East. First produce a ranked champion.
23. Southern Miss: If it isn’t already, Larry Fedora’s phone should be ringing off the hook.
24. Clemson: November goes out like a lamb for Tigers, who lost three of last four.
25. Penn State: Bowl poison?

 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

We know the SEC has a choke hold on the top three spots, and thus the national championship race. But who is next in line?

The Power Poll says it's Oklahoma State which went from despair to hope in the space of 24 hours. The Cowboys are still in it despite losing Friday to Iowa State. They have to hope for losses by two SEC teams above them and then smack down Oklahoma in Bedlam.

 
1. LSU – Don’t load up on turkey, boys. There’s plenty of Hog to go around.
2. Alabama – Dear Lane: Thank you for the lovely gift. We received it late Saturday night. Signed, Nick.
3. Arkansas – This has to be the best week of football for the Piggies since 1969.
4. Oklahoma State – Nothing like a Friday night in Ames.
5. Stanford – Cardinal still have another Big Game left if teams above them lose.
6. Virginia Tech – What’s wrong with a fourth ACC title in five years?
7. Houston – Question: If the Cougars are the lone remaining undefeated team, do they play for it all. If that happens do dogs and cats start living together?
8. Boise State – It’s hard to believe that Kellen Moore will probably play in only one BCS bowl.
9. Oregon – On that final drive against USC, Chip Kelly was too fast even for himself.
10. Oklahoma – Can’t win the little ones.
11. Michigan State – Indy or bust. Spartans clinch a spot in first Big Ten title game.
12. Wisconsin – Please, someone, quick, trademark “MonteeBall”.
13. Kansas State – Cotton Bowl on Line 1.
14. South Carolina – Back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time.  
15. Georgia – Hot seat has turned into a comfortable recliner for Mark Richt. Dawgs clinch SEC East.
16. USC –  At last check, were still singing “Fight On” in raucous Autzen Stadium lockerroom.
17. Clemson – This is called a let down game: Losing big to N.C. State after the division is clinched.
18. Baylor – We all need a hero in our lives. Robert Griffin III is it.
19. TCU – Soon to be in their third conference in a year, Froggies clinch at least a share of their third straight Mountain West. Or was it the Big East?
20. Penn State – Good on Tom Bradley. He wins the Interim Coach Bowl over Ohio State.
21. Michigan –  Big House fans chated “Beat O-hi-o [State]”. It’s been almost 3,000 days since the Wolverines have.
22. Nebraska – The good version of Denard Robinson showed up in Ann Arbor. Huskers were just bad.
23. Notre Dame – Could still win 10 after matching last year’s victory total (eight).  
24. Virginia – Mike London can have his pick of jobs.
25. Iowa State – In case you haven’t heard, Paul Rhoads is so proud to be your coach, Cyclones.

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 11:59 am
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

They weren’t exactly celebrating in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. A win over a lethargic Mississippi State was consoling but it was a side issue.

An LSU-Alabama rematch just became a lot more likely.

Two unbeatens went down (Stanford, Boise State). Alabama is projected to stay solidly at No. 3 in the BCS as the “best” one-loss team in the country. You know what that means: If Oklahoma State cannot, for whatever reason, fulfill its duties as a BCS title game finalist, the Tide will be glad to take over if the Cowboys lose.

This week's Power Poll ...

1. LSU – Tigers 10-0 for the first time since 1958. Quarterback shuffling for the second time in a week.
2. Oklahoma State – If you had Texas Tech and 61 points, you were a big winner. Red Raiders weren’t.
3. Alabama – Trent Richardson stars in The Week After.
4. Oregon – Ducks don’t let Stanford Stadium grass grow between their webbed feet, scorch the Cardinal. Ducks haven’t lost a conference game since 2009.
5. Oklahoma – Loss to Texas Tech looks even worse.
6. Virginia Tech – David Wilson for Heisman?
7. Clemson – Sammy Watkins injured, Tajh Boyd uneven. Tigers still win ACC Atlantic.
8. Stanford – Cardinal are really, really good except when they Oregon. Outscored 105-61 in last two meetings.
9. Arkansas – Armageddon scenario shaping up if Hogs win at LSU.
10. Houston – Look who’s headed to the Sugar Bowl.
11. Boise State – For the second straight season, a crushing November loss with the kicker taking the “starring” role.
12.Nebraska – Huskers competing just fine in the Big Ten. Could win 10 in their first season.
13. Michigan State – Are there any Legends or Leaders left in the Big Ten? Spartans in control of division named after the former following big road win at Iowa.
14. Wisconsin – Russell Wilson back in Heisman race (16 of 17, four touchdowns). Badgers back in Leaders race.
15. South Carolina – Spur Dog cries in the lockerroom. Calls Florida win his sweetest ever. How will that play in Gainesville?
16. Georgia – Dawgs tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in the country.
17. USC – “This has become a big rivalry,” Lane Kiffin says after Washington win. Trojans have also become a resilient team.
18. TCU -- Gary Patterson had more stones than the Broncos had field goals.
19.Penn State – Let the healing begin.
20. Michigan – Where was this against Iowa?
21. Kansas State – In its last four weeks, Wildcats have scored 50 twice and given up 50 twice.
22. Southern Miss – Ole Miss could do worse than hire Eagles’ Larry Fedora.
23. Florida State – The evil Jacory Harris shows up again throwing crippling interception against Noles.
24. Baylor – Bears avoided biggest embarrassment of the day, coming back from 21 down against Kansas.  
25. Notre Dame – To be honest, there was no one else to put here. Irish won on a coin flip.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:44 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 9:32 am
 

Power Poll Week 10: Cowboys in title chase

Picture in your mind, the No. 3 offense meeting the No. 3 defense for the national championship.

In the afterglow of LSU-Alabama, Oklahoma State-LSU seems fairly appealing.

It’s looking more and more like the humble Cowboys of Stillwater are going to get their chance against LSU. Oklahoma State moved up to No. 2 in the latest Power Poll after surviving Kansas State 52-45. The Cowboys have done with an offense that has averaged more than 50 points per game (No. 3 in total offense). LSU, well, do you have to ask? (No. 3 in total defense).

Oklahoma State has scored at least 52 five times. LSU has held five opponents to single digits.  

Points or defensive pounding? The BCS title game could decide which philosophy is best.

This week's almighty Power Poll ... 

 

1. LSU – Touchdowns? We don’t need no stinking touchdowns.

2. Oklahoma State – After throwing up 52 on Kansas State, Mike Gundy says, “ … they [LSU-Alabama] should be watching us.”

3. Stanford – Goes for sweep of [state of] Oregon this week against Ducks.

4. Alabama – All the breathless breakdowns forgot to account Bama kickers batting .333.

5. Boise State – Kellen Moore becomes all-time winningest quarterback in history.

6. Oregon – NCAA? Injuries? Issues? Ducks at full speed for Stanford after whipping U-Dub.

7. Oklahoma – If you had any doubts about Oklahoma State being the best team in the Big 12 consider the Sooners have now lost their leading rusher (Dominique Whaley) and receiver (Ryan Broyles).

8. Virginia Tech – Should decide ACC Coastal Thursday at Georgia Tech.

9. Clemson – Bitter loss to Georgia Tech doesn’t taste any better a week later.

10. Arkansas --  Best reason for lifting the two-team BCS bowl limit.

11.Penn State – Silas Redd led the country in rushing in October with 703 yards. 

12. Houston – Timmy Chang we hardly knew ya.

13. Nebraska – Huskers could have used some legends vs. Northwestern. Nebraska gave up control of Legends Division.

14. Michigan State – Sparty needs 10-point fourth-quarter rally to beat Goldy. That enough hip mascot references for you?

15. Wisconsin – Two pass completions in the final 30 seconds against Michigan State and Ohio State keep Badgers from competing for national championship.

16. South Carolina – How bad is the SEC East? The Gamecocks still might win it.

17. Georgia – Seven consecutive wins have come over teams with a combined record of 24-33.

18. Georgia Tech –  Hokies and Jackets have a week off before huge Thursday clash.

19. USC – Just to reiterate, it doesn’t matter that Trojans are in a three-way tie for the Pac-12 South. They can’t win it.

20. TCU – Frogs run for 390 yards and it could have been worse for Wyoming. TCU loses four fumbles.

21. Michigan – Is it just me or shouldn’t Denard Robinson run at least once down near the goal line there at the end against Iowa.

22. Kansas State – Cats have given up 110 points the past two weeks and can hold their heads high.

23. Cincinnati – Butch Jones, national coach of the year candidate?

24. Southern Miss – Larry Fedora building his case for the Arizona job.


25. (tie) UCLA – Is it possible for Slick Rick to win the Pac-12 South while on the hot seat?

Texas – Mack Brown quietly building toward a 10-2 season.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

When was the last time the top two teams in the country had a bye on the same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on the same day before playing each other?

Maybe never.

LSU and Alabama both rested on the couch Saturday. They planned it that way. LSU’s Les Miles told me last week he requested the bye week from the SEC before the Alabama game. You can bet Nick Saban did the same thing.

The SEC complied with the requests making the biggest regular-season game in (perhaps) five years equal footing before Saturday’s Ya’ll Brawl in Tuscaloosa.

This week's Power Poll ... 



1. LSU – Jarrett Lee must somehow throw downfield to loosen up Bama defense. For all you rematch fans, the best and pretty much only chance at one is if the Tigers lose at the gun by a field goal. Keep reading. The details will be coming later in the week. 

2. Alabama – Six, seven, eight future future pros on defense? Hope there’s room in the press box for, you know, media with all those NFL scouts showing up this week.

3. Oklahoma State – Cowboys quietly became the best team in the Big 12 on Saturday. Thirty-five point win against Baylor doesn’t properly reflect dominance.

4. Stanford – Bad Luck puts Cardinal in position to lose by throwing pick six. Good Luck leads four consecutive scoring drives to beat USC.

5. Boise State – Best chance at scoring BCS points the rest of the way is beating TCU Nov. 12 at home.

6. Oregon – Strange days in Eugene. Darron Thomas was pulled at halftime against Washington State in favor of redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett.

7. Oklahoma – Sooners’ only loss looks like a curd in the punch bowl -- to Texas Tech which lost by 34 at home Saturday to Iowa State. Yuck.

8. Virginia Tech – Hokies get caught up in research project with Duke. Almost fail.

9. Nebraska – Huskers’ only loss looks worse all the time. The best team (?) in the Big Ten has lost by 31 to Wisconsin. Still in control in Big Ten Legend.

10. Clemson – The Sprained Ankle That Killed A National Championship. Andre Ellington’s replacements – D.J. Howard and Mike Bellamy -- each lost a fumble against Georgia Tech.

11. South Carolina – SEC East put on endangered species list. This is where good football goes to die.

12. Arkansas – That’s why they’re Vanderbilt.

13. Penn State –JoePa passes up Eddie Robinson on all-time wins list; Lions have 2 ½-game lead in Leaders Division.

14. Michigan – Look who’s alive in the Big 12 Legends.

15. Houston – What, Case Keenum couldn’t get to double figures in touchdown passes against Rice? What a bum.

16. Kansas State – Yes, Oklahoma proved the Wildcats were patching it together with spit, mud and glue. And they’re still a heck of a story.

17. Michigan State – Too hard physically and mentally to get up three weeks in a row for Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. For now, the Spartans have lost control of Legends.

18. Wisconsin – Great job at producing instant classics for the World Wide Leader to re-air. Bad job at finishing games.

19. Arizona State – Could clinch Pac-12 South this week.

20. Georgia Tech – This doesn’t seem right but it is: Tevin Washington’s 176 rushing yards against Clemson were the most ever by a Jacket quarterback

21. Georgia – Nothing bad to say here about Mark Richt. Finally. Dawgs win sixth in a row.

22. West Virginia – Are frequent flyer miles considered an extra benefit? Mountaineers welcomed to the Big 12. 

23. USC – Lane Kiffin has done one of the best coaching jobs this season. Really.

24. TCU – Allowed only 42 points in three games since losing to SMU

25. Cincinnati – Well, someone’s got to win the last Big East title. Kidding, kidding. 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Power Poll Week 8: USC moves up

Question of the week in the Power Poll: Does Pac-12 South Division title count if no one recognizes it?

That’s a significant question as USC moves up to No. 17 this week. Most of us can agree that the Trojans are overachieving at 6-1 to this point. They were supposed to be distracted, discouraged at this point with nothing to play for. Then along came Notre Dame. USC’s 31-17 win wasn’t that surprising considering the Trojans have won nine of the last 10 over the Irish.

But look at the Pac-12 standings. The Trojans are tied with Arizona State at 3-1 atop the South Division. The Sun Devils hold the tiebreaker having embarrassed USC 44-23 on Sept. 24. Since then the Trojans have won three in a row by an average of two touchdowns.

These Trojans look like the Trojans of old. One problem: It doesn’t matter in the big picture. This is the second year of USC’s NCAA postseason bowl ban. Not only can it not go bowling, it also can’t win the South even if it, well, does. That’s part of the postseason ban.

So there is a chance the second-place team in the South will play the North Division winner (probably Oregon at Stanford) in the first Pac-12 championship game. That means that with five games remaining Arizona State just about has the South locked up.  First or second, doesn’t matter.

USC is ineligible. Third-place UCLA (3-4, 2-2) is a mess but, strangely, controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 South and Pac-12. The division could come down to the Nov. 5 Arizona State-UCLA game. At least the Sun Devils will get to play once in the Rose Bowl.

 

Elsewhere …

 

--At 4-3, Notre Dame is officially out of the BCS race. Brian Kelly is now blaming players. Wow.

--OK, I’ll say it. The LSU-Alabama bye week is overshadowing Florida-Georgia in the Cocktail Party.

--Talk about overshadowed, Houston’s Case Keenum threw for six touchdowns against Marshall and became the FBS career total offense leader. But how does he compete with Albert Pujols, Michigan State and Texas Tech for headline space?

--Anyone notice that Penn State (7-1, 4-0) has a 1 ½-game lead over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Leaders Division?

--Let’s give credit to the Big Ten for getting it right. The league that created and refined replay review looked fantastic Saturday night in making the right ruling on Michigan State’s Hail Mary “Rocket” play.

--Best $30 million spent: On Pujols by the Cardinals (per year) to sign the pending free agent or the exit fee Missouri is going to have to fork over to join the SEC?

 

This week’s Power Poll

  1. LSU – Can’t get any “higher” in the rankings. Synthetic Three (Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware, Tharold Simon) ready to make return vs. Alabama.  
  2. Alabama – Caught sleeping through wake-up call for the third week in October.
  3. Stanford – Is there any more physical team in the country?
  4. Oklahoma State – Cowboys now rule the Sooner State.
  5. Clemson – Let’s just go ahead and call this the best offense in the land.
  6. Boise State – Lost style points for struggling with Air Force and wearing hideous gray uniforms.
  7. Oregon – No Darron Thomas, no LaMIchael James, no problem at Colorado.
  8. Kansas State – Another destruction of Kansas impacts Turner Gill’s job security.
  9. Michigan State – Can we please have a Big 12 champ game rematch between the Badgers and Spartans?
  10. Wisconsin – You could see on Bret Bielema’s face: We blew it. The lead, last play of the game, national championship hopes.
  11. Oklahoma – Sooners never left the lockerroom (mentally) after 90-minute lightning delay.
  12. Virginia Tech – David Wilson is the best running back you never heard of.
  13. Nebraska – Bye week, er check that, win over Minnesota sets up Legends Division clash with Michigan State.
  14. South Carolina – Still in control of SEC East but UGA coming on.
  15. Arkansas – You just knew trailing Ole Miss 17-0 the Hogs would come back.
  16. Michigan – Little Sisters have to watch Big Brother Spartans win again.
  17. USC – Irish had shiny new helmets. Trojans had the goods.
  18. Texas A&M – Still included in Big 12 promo commercials. Guys, it’s over. The Aggies are going to the SEC.
  19. Penn State – Let me get back to you on this one. I don’t know how Joe is doing it either.
  20. Texas Tech – The Riverboat Gambler is back.
  21. Houston – The case for Case. Next stop, statistical immortality as NCAA career passing leader.
  22. Cincinnati – Bearcats closing in on third BCS bowl in four years. Might literally keep Cincinnati in a BCS league (Big 12?)  
  23. West Virginia – What. Was. That. Against. Syracuse?
  24. BYU – Season will be defined by Friday neutral site game vs. TCU at Cowboys Stadium.
  25. Georgia Tech – Consecutive, embarrassing ACC road losses. 
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:58 am
 

Power Poll Week 7: Bama jumps LSU

There has been a change at the top.

No need to call the office, it's only this week's Power Poll. Alabama leap-frogged LSU for the No. 1 spot after a dominating performance over Ole Miss. You shouldn't be surprised. Dominating is a relative word after the top four teams won by an average of 39.5 points.

If you haven't noticed already, we have officially entered the fashion-show portion of our competition. With the release of the first BCS standings Sunday, it is in everyone's best interests to win by as much as possible.

Humans, as you might have surmised, can still be impressed. The battle among the top four remains a week-to-week, well, battle.

Time to go stylin' boys.

 

1. Alabama -- Trent Richardson posts career highs in yards (183) and touchdowns (four) against Ole Miss and says it isn't his best game. Heisman likes humble.

2. LSU -- Tennessee could have used too many men on the field again. Tigers get seventh consecutive double-digit win.

3. Oklahoma -- Sooners wake up in second half against half while the rest of the nation falls asleep (9:15 pm ET start).

4. Wisconsin -- Russell Wilson gets his Heisman moment, catching a touchdown pass from Montee Ball.

5. Stanford -- Pluck for Luck: Stanford QB throws for four TDs in second half against Washington State.

6. Oklahoma State -- Nation's highest-scoring offense is held a couple of touchdowns under its average -- and still dominates Texas.

7. Boise State -- Broncos trying to rout their way to the Big East (63-13 over Colorado State). Or are they?

8. Clemson -- Tigers used to tank on days like this, giving up 468 yards and 45 points to Maryland. "The good thing is, it didn't cost us the game," said d-coordinator Kevin Steele.

9. Oregon -- Where does Chip Kelly get these guys? Overcame Arizona State with backup quarterback and tailback.

10. Michigan State -- Izzo and The Flintstones would love this defense: five personal fouls and only 250 yards given up to Michigan.

11. Kansas State -- The Big 12's only undefeated team outside of Oklahoma wins at Texas Tech.

12. Virginia Tech -- Hokies get wake-up call from Wake.  

13. Nebraska -- Bo Pelini spoils win over Ohio State last week by chastising reporter. Good time for a bye week.

14. South Carolina --  Unburdened by his starting quarterback and snarky local columnist, Spurrier cruises to two-point win over Mississippi State.

15. Arkansas -- Pork futures plummet as Hogs watch Alabama, LSU and Auburn all win in the SEC West during bye week.

16. Michigan -- Search teams find remains of Denard Robinson's confidence in wooded area behind Spartan Stadium.

17. West Virginia -- Does a Big East title count if the league no longer exists?

18. Georgia Tech -- (Mike) London calling! Jackets embarrassed by Virginia.

19. Illinois -- The only upset is no Buckeyes were suspended. Illini lose ninth in a row at home to Ohio State.

20. Auburn -- In the South they call it big boy football. Everywhere else games like Saturday's 14-6 win over Florida are anguishing to watch.

21. USC -- Trojans pick up Giant win. Pac-12 South title still in the ballpark after USC beats Cal at AT&T Park.

22. Washington -- Keith Price accounts for more than half of the half a hundred hung on Colorado by throwing four touchdowns.

23. Texas A&M -- Ryan Tannehill throws for six touchdowns. Aggies and Bears combine for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns. Just another day in the Big 12.

24. Penn State -- Had to triple check but this it is true: Lions have Big Ten's best conference record (3-0).

25. Houston -- During the bye week, Cougars' conference picks up key Hawaii demographic in merger with Mountain West. 

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