With #1 Alabama being upset by #15 Texas A&M and #9 Louisville falling to Syracuse, there will be some big changes in the new rankings before Week 12 is played.
(This week’s rankings from the AP, Coaches’, Harris Interactive, BCS Standings. Rankings given last week appear in parentheses. NR = Not Rated. Numbers in parentheses after the team’s name are the records.)
1/1/1/1 (1/1/1/1) Alabama (9-1) The Crimson Tide fell to the #15 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) 29-24. The Aggies played dominating ball on both sides of the line of scrimmage. A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead during the first quarter, their only blemish being a missed extra point on the third TD. Bama stormed back in the second quarter with a 14-0 period. A field goal in the third quarter made it 20-17 but that would be as close as Alabama would get. AJ McCarron was 21 of 34 for 309 yards and one TD but he threw two INTs including one at the goal line on the final drive. Johnny Manziel was 24 of 31 for 253 yards, two TDs and no INTs. He also rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries.
2/2/2/3 (2/2/2/4) Oregon (10-0) The Ducks routed the California Golden Bears (3-8) 59-17. Marcus Mariota threw for six TDs on a 27 of 34 for 377 yards performance. Josh Huff caught three of those TDs with five catches for 109 yards and De’Anthony Thomas made eight catches for 101 yards.
3/3/3/2 (3/3/3/2) Kansas State (10-0) The Wildcats beat the TCU Horned Frogs (6-4) 23-10. Klein was fine and did pretty well going 12 of 21 for 145 yards and scoring twice on the ground including a nifty 34 yard run in the third quarter. He was, however, intercepted once (fourth of the year) and sacked three times (a season high).
4/4/4/4 (4/4/4/3) Notre Dame (10-0) The Fighting Irish easily defeated the Boston College Eagles (2-8) 21-6. Everett Golson ran for one TD and threw for two more. Theo Riddick added 104 yards 18 carries.
5T/NR/NR (6/NR/NR/NR) Ohio State (10-0) The Buckeyes had the week off.
5T/5/5/5 (7/6/6/6) Georgia (9-1) The Bulldogs shutout the Auburn Tigers (2-8) 38-0. Aaron Murray completed 18 of 24 passes for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns. Georgia’s Todd Gurley rushed 11 times for 116 yards and teammate Keith Marshall ran eight times for 105 yards. Each of the freshman running backs had one TD. Marshall’s came on a 62-yard run.
7/7/7/6 (8/8/8/7) Florida (9-1) The Gators edged the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette (5-4) 27-20 when Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt for a touchdown WITH 2 SECONDS LEFT in the game. It was the second blocked punt for a TD in the game. Earlier Blake Comminie returned one 22 yards for a Cajun score.
8/6/6/10 (9/7/7/9) Florida State (9-1) The Seminoles came from behind on the road to edge the Virginia Tech Hokies (4-6) 28-22 Thursday night. Virginia Tech hit a go ahead field goal and held a 22-20 lead with 2:19 to go when they gave the ball to the Seminoles. With 40 seconds remaining, E.J. Manuel hit Rashad Greene on a slant that went 39 yards for a TD to put the Seminoles ahead. Greene had six catches on the night for 125 yards and two TDs. Corey Fuller had 7 catches for 124 yards and one TD for the Hokies.
9/9/8/7 (5/5/5/5) LSU (8-2) The Tigers beat the #22 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-3) 37-17. Zach Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes for 273 yards and two TDs. Craig Loston returned an interception 100 yards for an LSU TD.
10/8/9/13 (10/9/9/13) Clemson (9-1) The Tigers trounced the Maryland Terrapins (4-6) 45-10. Clemson scored early and often in this game with a 35-7 lead at the half. Tajh Boyd completed 18 of 26 passes for 261 yards and three TDs before giving way to back-up Cole Stoudt who was 5 of 8 for 40 yards and a TD himself. Meanwhile the Clemson defense held the Terrapins to just 180 yards net offense.
11/10/10/9 (12/10/10/10) Louisville (9-1) The Cardinals went into the Dome to face the Syracuse Orange (5-5). It gets noisy in the Dome. When it was over, Louisville was no longer undefeated as the Orange, playing mistake-free football for one of the few times this year, romped 45-26. Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three TDs as the Orange racked up 524 total yards on offense. Alec Lemon made nine catches for 176 yards and two TDs, while Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Prince-Tyson Gulley added 98 yards rushing and two TDs. Teddy Bridgewater completed 36 of 49 passes for 424 yards and three TDs for the Cardinals
12/11/11/8 (11/11/11/8) South Carolina (8-2) The Gamecocks beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-6) 38-20. Even without Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina managed enough offense and a couple of big plays to come away with a big SEC victory. Connor Shaw was 14 of 22 for 272 with one INT and two TDs, Bruce Ellington had five catches for 104 yards and one TD, and D.J. Swearinger returned an interception 69 yards for a TD for the Gamecocks.
13/12/12/11 (13/13/13/11) Oregon State (7-2) The Beavers got edged by the #16 Stanford Cardinal (8-2) 27-23. The Cardinal committed four turnovers while the Beavers committed just one. But the Beavers got only thre points off those four take-aways and that proved critical. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 114 yards and one TD on 19 carries for the Cardinal. He also caught a 40-yard TD pass from Kevin Hogan who completed 22 of 29 passes for 254 yards and three TDs.
14/13/13/12 (14/12/12/12) Oklahoma (7-2) The Sooners beat the Baylor Bears (4-5) 42-34. Landry Jones was 25 of 36 for 277 yards and two TDs and Damien Williams rushed for 99 yards and two TDs on 23 carries for the Sooners have more than enough defense and just enough offense to down the Bears.
15/14/15/15 (16/16/18/16) Texas A&M (8-2) The Aggies knocked off the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) 29-24. More above.
16/15/14/14 (15/15/14/14) Stanford (8-2) The Cardinal edged the #13 Oregon State Beavers (7-2) 27-23. More above.
17/19/21/18 (25/NR/NR/NR) UCLA (8-2) The Bruins defeated the Washington State Cougars (2-8) 44-36. The Bruins had a 37-7 lead at the halftime break but the Cougars stormed back with 29 points in the second half to make things interesting. Brett Hundley completed 18 of 21 for 261 yards and 3 TDs. In addition, Sheldon Price had a 68-yard return of a blocked field goal for a TD, Eric Kendricks had a 40-yard fumble return for another and Anthony Barr had a safety for the Bruins. Connor Halliday completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 330 yards and five TDs. The game was marred by sloppy play. Each team had three turnovers and penalties abounded. UCLA was flagged 12 times for 126 yards and Washington State nine times for 103 yards.
18/16/16/16 (21/21/21/20) Nebraska (8-2) The Cornhuskers rallied from a 20-6 deficit at halftime to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-4) 32-23. Zach Zwinak rushed 21 times for 141 yards—including a 50-yard TD run— and Matt McGloin was 18 of 37 for 240 yards and one TD for Penn State, but they were more than matched by Ammer Abdullah’s 116 yards on 31 carries, Taylor Martinez’ 104 yards on 15 carries and Imani Cross’ two short TD runs in the third quarter. Martinez was also 12 of 20 passing for 171 yards and one TD.
19T/18/19/20 (22/23/24/25) Louisiana Tech (9-1) The Bulldogs outscored the Texas State Bobcats (3-6) 62-55. I said, “The Bulldogs will score early and often on the Bobcats.“ What I didn’t figure was that the Bobcats would do the same. Texas State had a season high in points and total yardage (577). LA Tech has scored 52 points or more in eight of their ten games this season. Their only loss was to Texas A&M 59-57. Colby Cameron completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards, three TDs, and no INTs. He has now gone 419 attempts without an interception. Cameron also scored once on the ground. In addition, Kenneth Dixon scored four TDs on 21 carries for 144 yards and a fifth on a pass; and Ray Holley had 145 yards and one TD on 27 carries. For the Bobcats, Marcus Curry rushed 13 times gaining 134 yards and two TDs. He also scored one on a pass.
19T/17/17/17 (NR/22/22/23) Texas (8-2) The Longhorns rolled over the Iowa State Cyclones (5-5) 33-7. David Ash completed 25 of 31 passing attempts for 364 yards and two TDs. Eight of those completions went to Jaxon Shipely who had 137 yards, seven went to Mike Davis for 113 yards including one for a 61-yard TD. Johnathan Gray scored twice on the ground for the Longhorns.
21/22/18/19 (18/17/16/17) Southern California (7-3) The Trojans beat the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5) 38-17. Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and one TD Curtis McNeal scored three times—once on a pass and twice on the ground—for the Trojans. McNeal finished the day with 31 carries for 163 yards. USC DID commit five turnovers, however, two lost fumbles and three INTs by Matt Barkley.
22/23/20/21 (17/18/15/15) Mississippi State (7-3) The Bulldogs lost to the #9 LSU Tigers (8-2) 37-17. More above.
23/25/NR/25 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Toledo (8-2) The Rockets lost to the Ball State Cardinals (7-3) 34-27 on Tuesday night. A close contest all night, Ball State’s Jahwan Edwards’ 15 yard score with 1:43 left proved the decider. David Fluellen rushed for 200 yards and a TD on 34 carries for the Rockets. Keith Wenning completed 29 of 42 passes for 280 yards and three TDs for the Cardinals.
24/20/22/23 (NR/25/23/NR) Rutgers (8-1) The Scarlet Knights beat the Black Knights of Army (2-8) 28-7. You might not know it from the stats, but defense was the name of the game in this one. Rutgers gave up a lot of yardage on the ground in the first half but only one TD. Army had 196 yards on the ground in the first half but the RU defense and special teams came up strong. The D bent, but did not break. The forced one Army fumble in the red zone and blocked two field goal attempts in limiting the Cadets to just 7 points. RU offense was very conservative for much of the game. (Gary Nova only threw five times in the first half.) One exception being a trick play that resulted in Jawan Jamison tossing his first touchdown pass—a 16-yarder to Brandon Coleman that tied the score at 7 in the second quarter. With 11 minutes remaining in the game, Army self destructed. A shanked punt led to one RU touchdown. A bad snap on a punt resulted in RU ball on the 1-yard line—and another touchdown. Finally, a juggled handoff/fumble returned by Duron Harmon 73 yards for yet one more RU TD and a final score of 28-7.
25/NR/25/22 (20/20/19/18) Texas Tech (7-3) The Red Raiders edged the Kansas Jayhawks (1-9) 41-34 in double overtime after the Jayhawks rallied from 10 points back to tie with less than a minute to go in regulation. Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for 476 yards and three TDs for the Red Raiders but it was running back Eric Stephens who scored the TD in the first OT and then passed for the winning score in the second OT. For the Jayhawks James Sims rushed 30 times for 127 yards and two TDs and had another TD on a five yard pass. Tony Pierson rushed 16 times for 202 yards.
NR/21/24/24 (NR/NR/NR/NR) Northwestern (7-3) Wildcats fell to the Michigan Wolverines (7-3) 38-31 in OT. The Wolverines defense stiffened late in the fourth quarter and then got a much needed a 26-yard field goal from Brendan Gibbons in the closing minutes to tie the score in regulation. They then scored first in OT and kept the Wildcats out of the endzone for the win.
NR/24/23/NR (19/14/17/19) Boise State (8-2) The Broncos headed to the Islands to play the Hawaii Warriors (1-8) and obviously enjoyed the trip bringing home a 49-14 victory. Joe Southwick completed 17 of 29 passes for 209 yards and three TDs. His replacement, Grant Hedrick was 3 for 4 for 47 yards but also rushed for a TD. The Bronco defense held the Warriors to just 240 net yards offense and minus 14 yards rushing.