Week 11 produced a couple of notable loses by ranked teams (#2 Oregon, #10 LSU, #12 Oklahoma, #24 Notre Dame and #25 Texas Tech) so there will be changes in this week’s rankings.
The numbers on the right are for the Associated Press, the Coaches’ Poll, the BCS standings and the CBSSports.com 126. NR means that the team was Not Ranked by that particular poll. I’m not sure for the reason that the CBSSports Poll is so different from the others except that it is the result one man’s opinion and not much else. There is a way you can vote as to whether a team is ranked too low or too high.
1/1/1/1 Alabama (9-0) The Crimson Tide made it look easy—in the second half—as they tamed the #10 LSU Tigers (7-3) 38-17. AJ McCarron tossed three TD passes and T.J. Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two TDs as the Tide remains dominant.
2/2/3/2 Oregon (8-1) the Ducks fell behind early and failed to come back as they fell from the ranks of the unbeatens at the hands of the #6 Stanford Cardinal (8-1) 26-20. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 45 times for 157 yards and a touchdown and Jordan Williamson connected on four field goals for the Cardinal who jumped out to a 26-0 lead and had to hold on in the fourth quarter as Marcus Mariota (20 0f 34 for 250 yards and two TDs) and Co. staged a comeback that came up short. Rodney Hardrick returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for the third Ducks’ touchdown.
3/3/2/3 Florida State (9-0) The Seminoles overwhelmed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-6) 59-3. Jameis Winston completed just 17 of 28 passes for only 159 yards and two touchdowns—and one INT, but it hardly mattered that he had an “off” day. The Seminoles got three rushing TDs and TDs from a 56 yard interception return (Nate Andrews), a 23 yard fumble return (Jalen Ramsey) and a 97 yard kick return (Levonte Whitfield) following Wake’s only score.
4/4/4/4 Ohio State (9-0) The Buckeyes had the weekend off.
5/5/6/5 Baylor (8-0) The Bears beat the #12 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2) 41-12 Thursday night. Baylor proved it’s more than a high scoring, offensive team as their defense performed amazingly. Bryce Petty rushed for two TDs and threw for three as the Bears exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter of a 5-3 game to take a 24-5 lead into the locker room and never looked back.
6/6/5/6 Stanford (8-1) The Cardinal beat the #3 Oregon Ducks (8-1) 26-20. See above for more.
7/10/9/9 Auburn (9-1) The Tigers destroyed the Tennessee Volunteers (4-6) 55-23. Nick Marshall rushed for 214 yards on 14 carries scoring two TDs and Tre Mason rushed for 117 yards and scored three TDs as the Tigers ran, ran, and ran again.
8/7/7/7 Clemson (8-1) The Tigers will be idle this weekend.
9/9/8/8 Missouri (9-1) The Tigers routed the Kentucky Wildcats (2-7) 48-17. Maty Mauk tossed five TDs and Henry Josey scored three times (twice rushing) for Missouri.
10/12/13/12 LSU (7-3) The Tigers stood toe-to-toe with the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) before they went down 38-17.
11/13/15/13 Texas A&M (8-2) The Aggies beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5) 51-41. Johnny Manziel went 30 of 39 for 446 yards and five TDs—but proved he’s human as he also tossed three INTS—as the Aggies and Bulldogs went back and forth. Dak Prescott rushed for 154 yards and tossed two TD passes, and De’Runnya Wilson and LaDarius Perkins scored twice each for the Bulldogs
12/8/10/10 Oklahoma (7-2) The Sooners got beat badly by the #5 Baylor Bears (8-0) 41-12 Thursday night. See above for more.
13/15/12/16 South Carolina (7-2) The Gamecocks were idle this weekend.
14/14/11/14 Miami (Fla.) (7-2) The Hurricanes fell to the Hokies of Virginia Tech (7-3) 42-24. Trey Edmunds rushed for just 74 yards on 14 carries but he scored four touchdowns for the Hokies and Logan Thomas threw for 366 yards and two TDs. The Hokies also held Miami to just 28 yards on the ground on 24 carries.
15/11/14/11 Oklahoma State (8-1) The Cowboys jumped all over the Kansas Jayhawks (2-7) 42-6. Clint Chelf threw for 265 yards and three TDs, Desmond Roland and Tracy Moore scored twice each, and Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for the Cowboys.
16/18/19/19 UCLA (7-2) The Bruins beat the Arizona Wildcats (6-3) 31-26. Myles Jack rushed for 120 yards including a 66-yard TD run and Brett Hundley tossed two TD passes for the Bruins. Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 149 yards and one TD, while B.J. Denker connected with Nate Phillips for two TDs for the Wildcats.
17/17/16/17 Fresno State (9-0) The Bulldogs continued their winning ways, beating the Wyoming Cowboys (4-5) 48-10. Derek Carr completed 33 of 46 attempts for 360 yards and four TDs as the Bulldogs gave the Cowboys a 10 point head start before going on to put 48 unanswered points on the board.
18/19/17/15 Michigan State (8-1) The Spartans had the weekend off.
19/21/21/21 UCF (7-1) The Knights struggled to down the Houston Cougars (7-2) 19-14 in what was expected to be an offensive show but ended up as a defensive battle. Storm Johnson rushed for 127 yards on 28 carries, William Stanback scored two TDs on the ground and Shawn Moffitt kicked two first half field goals for the Knights.
20/16/20/24 Louisville (8-1) The Cardinals had an easy time beating the Connecticut Huskies (0-8) 31-10 on Friday night. Then, who hasn’t had an easy time beating the Huskies this year. Teddy Bridgewater tossed just one TD pass—and one INT but Louisville also got TDs on a blocked punt returned 7 yards by Charles Gaines and a 17 yard interception return by Terell Floyd.
21/22/24/18 Wisconsin (7-2) The Badgers beat the Cougars of BYU (6-3) 27-17. James White rushed for 147 yards and two TDs and scored a third on a short pass from Joel Stave for the Badgers
22/20/18/20 Northern Illinois (9-0) The Huskies were idle this weekend.
23/24/22/22 Arizona State (7-2) The Sun Devils were down by 12 in the fourth quarter before coming back to edge the Utah Utes (4-5) 20-19. Marion Grice rushed for 136 yards and Taylor Kelly rushed for two TDs and threw for a third for the Sun Devils.
24/25/23/25 Notre Dame (7-3) The Irish got beat by the Pitt Panthers (5-4) 28-21. Tommy Rees threw for 318 yards and two TDs only to be matched by Tom Savage’s 243 yards and two TDs—both the Devin Street. It came down to two short TD runs by James Conner for Pitt vs one by TJ Jones for the Irish. That and the three turnovers the Irish committed.