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1. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) – The Crimson Tide rolled to their 11th straight win and marched one-step closer to a National Title berth. After a slow start, the Crimson Tide outscored Mississippi State 20-0 in the second half en route to a 32-7 win. Bama accumulated 364 total yards of offense on the night. The win for the Crimson Tide moved them to 11-0 overall, and 7-0 in the SEC West. Alabama will take this Saturday off, before their regular season finale against Auburn on November 29th. The Crimson Tide are a perfect 6-0 when playing at home, which is where Saturday’s interstate battle will take place. Alabama will then play in the SEC title game on December 6th against the SEC East champion – Florida Gators. The win for Alabama kept them at # 1 in the Top 25 rankings.
2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-0) – The Red Raiders were able to take this weekend off, and it was much deserved after three straight wins over then ranked opponents – Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State. The brutal stretch is not over yet for the Red Raiders as on Saturday they will travel to Norman Oklahoma to take on the Sooners. After the trip to Oklahoma, Texas Tech will conclude the regular season on November 29th at home with Baylor. They will then find out if they are playing in the Big 12 Title game, against Missouri, before their bid fate becomes known. If the Red Raiders win their last three remaining games, expect them to be playing for a National Title in 2009. Graham Harrell continues his march towards the Heisman Trophy with over 4000 yards and 36 touchdown passes thrown. The Red Raiders continue to hold form at # 2.
T3. Texas Longhorns (10-1) – The Texas Longhorns continued their impressive play since the Texas Tech defeat on the first of November. The Longhorns were 35-7 winners over the Kansas Jay Hawks on Saturday. In the win, quarterback Colt McCoy threw two touchdown passes, and 255 yards, while running for 78 yards and another touchdown. The win for Texas was there 10th, moving them to 10-1 and 6-1 in the Big 12 South. The Longhorns continue to hold out hope for an Oklahoma win over Texas Tech to form a three-way tie in the messy, but solid Big 12 South. The Longhorns will take this weekend off, before their season finale November 27th with interstate rival Texas A+M. Texas remains in a three-way tie for third in the Top 25.
T3. Florida Gators (9-1) – The Florida Gators, on Saturday continued one of the most impressive streaks to be put on in college football. The Gators, since the September 27th loss, have won six straight games, by a combined total of 39.3. They have outscored opponents 299-64 in that span. Saturday’s win, over former Gator coach Steve Spurrier was sparked by Percy Harvin’s 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns, on just eight carries. The win for Florida moved them to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the SEC East. The Gators already have the SEC East locked up, and will play Alabama on December 6th for the SEC title. Before that game, the Gators still will host Citadel on Saturday, before a November 29th battle with interstate rival Florida State. The Gators continue to hold onto one of the three third place spots in the Top 25.
T3. Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) – The Oklahoma Sooners were able to take Saturday off, and get plenty of rest and preparation for Texas Tech, coming up on Saturday. With a win on Saturday, the Sooners would force a three-way tie in the Big 12 South. After Saturday’s game with Texas Tech, Oklahoma will still take on interstate rival Oklahoma State on November 29th, so a lot of action is still to be played within the Big 12. Oklahoma on the year has scored 516 points, while allowing just 236. The Sooners lone loss came in Dallas on October 11th to then # 1 Texas; 45-35. Sam Bradford, the Sooners quarterback has thrown for over 3400 yards and 38 touchdown passes on the season.
6. USC Trojans (9-1) – The USC Trojans allowed the most amount of points in a game, since their 27-21, but this time were 45-23 winners over Stanford. The Trojans won their 7th straight game, moving to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Pac Ten. The Trojans are still in a virtual tie with Oregon State at the top of the Pac Ten; with Oregon State garnering the tiebreaker with their win over USC. In the win on Saturday, quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw for 136 yards, but two touchdowns. USC’s running back Stafon Johnson ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The win keeps USC at # 6 in the rankings. The Trojans will take Saturday off before playing a nonconference affair with Notre Dame on November 29th. USC will then conclude the season on November 29th at UCLA.
7. Boise State Broncos (10-0) – The Broncos won their 10th straight game of the 2008 season with a 45-10 decision over Idaho. In the win, quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 210 yards, but no touchdowns. Running back Jeremy Avery ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the win. On the year, the Broncos have now outscored opponents by an astounding 371-103 mark. The Broncos moved to 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference locked up the conference title. The Broncos will play at Nevada on Saturday before a Friday November 28th season finale against Fresno State, at home. The Broncos remain at # 7 in the rankings.
8. Utah Utes (11-0) – The Utah Utes continued their march towards a BCS bowl; with a 63-14 blowout win over San Diego State. Up 35-7 at halftime, the Utes were able to cruise in the second half to come away with the 49 point win. In the win, the Utes offense picked up 520 total yards of offense; including 320 via the air. Quarterback Brian Johnson threw for five touchdowns on 283 total yards of passing. Deshawn Richard returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the game. The win moved Utah to 11-0 overall, and 7-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Utah will conclude their regular season, looking to clinch the conference title on Saturday at home against 10-1 Brigham Young. A Brigham Young win would cause a three way tie atop the Mountain West Conference (barring a TCU loss to Air Force). Utah remains # 8 in the rankings.
9. Penn State Nittany Lions (10-1) – The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up their 10th win of the season, bouncing back strong from their week 11 loss; by knocking off Indiana 34-7. In the win, Daryll Clark, the Nittany Lions dynamic quarterback threw for 240 yards, and two touchdowns. The defense for Penn State allowed Indiana just six first downs in the game. Penn State moved into a three-way tie with Michigan State and Ohio State atop the Big Ten standings. The Nittany Lions will host Michigan State on Saturday, while Ohio State hosts Michigan. Penn State remains # 9 in the rankings.
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-2) – The Cowboys of Oklahoma State bounced back after a week 11 loss to Texas Tech; with a week 12 win over Colorado 30-17. In the win, quarterback Zac Robinson threw for 217 yards, and a touchdown, with 82 of the yards going to top receiver Dez Bryant. The win for Oklahoma State was their 9th of the season, and moved the Cowboys to 5-2 in the Big 12 South. Oklahoma State will take this Saturday off before a November 29th battle with interstate rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys have scored 458 points on the year, allowing 262. The Cowboys are 6-0 in home games played this season. Oklahoma State remains # 10.
11. Georgia Bulldogs (9-2) – The Bulldogs remain at the # 11 spot with a 17-13 win over Auburn on Saturday. In the win, Knowshon Moreno ran for 131 yards, and Matthew Stafford threw for 215 to avoid the upset. The win for Georgia was their 9th on the year, and moved them to 6-2 in the SEC East. The Bulldogs will take Saturday off, before going out of the SEC for their final regular season game on November 29th against interstate rival, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs remained # 11 in the polls.
12. Missouri Tigers (9-2) – The Tigers win on Saturday clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game; by winning the Big 12 North. Missouri will take on either Texas Tech, Texas or Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. In the win on Saturday, 24 second quarter points aided the Tigers to a 31-7 halftime lead, en route to their 52-20 win over Iowa State. In the win, quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 328 yards on 32 of 40 passing. On his career, Daniel has now thrown for 102 passing touchdowns tying him with Brad Smith at the top of the Tigers all time passing lead. Missouri will take Saturday off before a November 29th game with the Kansas Jay Hawks. After the win on Saturday, the Tigers remained at # 12.
13. Ball State Cardinals (10-0) – The Ball State Cardinals won their 10th straight game over Miami OH 31-16. Ball State led 17-13 at halftime, but outscored the Red Hawks 14-3 in the second half to roll to the victory. Quarterback Nate Davis threw for 289 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 21 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals moved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the MAC West. The Cardinals are tied with Central Michigan, and a full game ahead of Western Michigan in the MAC West. The last two games of the year for Ball State will be against those two teams; with a November 19th game at Central Michigan, and a November 25th battle with Western Michigan.
14. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2) – The Buckeyes won their ninth game of the season; a 30-20 decision over Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State got just 49 yards of passing from Terrelle Pryor, but that was all they needed as they accumulated 305 yards of rushing. Beanie Wells ran for 143 yards and a touchdown, and was aided by Pryor’s 110 yards and a touchdown. The win moved Ohio State to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are tied with Michigan State and Penn State atop the Big Ten Standings. The Nittany Lions and Spartans will battle on Saturday, while the Buckeyes will host the Michigan Wolverines. The win for Ohio State kept them at # 14.
15. Brigham Young Cougars (10-1) – The Brigham Young Cougars round out the top 15; which remains the same as it was last week, at # 15. On Saturday, BYU was a 38-24 winner over Air Force. Trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Cougars scored 21 third quarter points, en route to a 28-10 second half difference to win. Quarterback Max Hall threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns on the year. Hall has completed 279 of 390 passes for 3424 yards and 34 touchdowns on the year. The win for BYU moved them to 6-1 in the Mountain West Conference, tied in second place with TCU. Both teams trail the Utah Utes, by a full game. The Cougars will take on Utah on Saturday, on the road, in an effort to take a part of the MWC conference title.
16. Michigan State Spartans (9-2) - The Spartans were able to sit back and watch the rest of the college football action on Saturday, and remain at # 16 in the rankings. Michigan State has just one game remaining in the 2008 season, and it will decide the Big Ten Champion. With Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State all at 6-1, the Spartans and Nittany Lions winner on Saturday will decide to champion (or co-champion) if Ohio State beats Michigan. Michigan State has won three in a row; Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue.
17. TCU Horned Frogs (9-2) – The Horned Frogs also took Saturday off, and watched the top 16 teams ahead of them all win. TCU remains # 17 for the second straight week. The Horned Frogs will take on Air Force on Saturday, hoping to win, and see a BYU win over Utah to make a three-way tie for the Mountain West Conference title. On the year TCU’s two losses have come to Oklahoma and Utah; both within the top 10. The Horned Frogs have scored 376 points on the season, allowing 121. TCU is 5-0 when playing at home this season, which is where Saturday’s game with Air Force will be.
18. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2) – The Panthers, the third straight team to take Saturday off were able to make a jump one position from # 19 to # 18. Pittsburgh is 7-2 on the year, and 3-1 in the Big East. That mark is tied with West Virginia, and ½ game behind the Bearcats of Cincinnati. Pittsburgh still has three games remaining on the season starting with a Saturday Big East tilt at Cincinnati, before November 28th home game with West Virginia, followed by a December 6th game at Connecticut. On the year Pittsburgh’s two losses have come to Bowling Green and Rutgers.
19. Cincinnati Bearcats (8-2) – The second straight Big East team; the Cincinnati Bearcats lead the Big East. At 8-2, and 4-1 in the conference the Bearcats hold their own destiny with a November 22nd game with Pittsburgh, before a November 29th game with Syracuse, and then a December 6th non conference tilt at Hawaii. On the year Cincinnati has fallen to Oklahoma and Connecticut. The Bearcats are 4-0 at home on the year. With the mid-week win, the Bearcats move up three positions from # 22 to # 19.
20. Oregon State Beavers (7-3) – The Oregon State Beavers move up five spots from # 25 to # 20. Oregon State continues to lead the Pac Ten, and controls their destiny on winning the division. Oregon State is 6-1, trailing USC by ½ game in the conference, but with a head to head win over the Trojans; Oregon State would win the tiebreaker. On Saturday, the Beavers got a late fourth quarter touchdown to oust the California Bears. Oregon State’s three losses on the season have come at Stanford, to Penn State, and at Utah. Oregon State will travel to Arizona on Saturday and then finish the season on November 29th at home, against Oregon.
21. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3) – A team many wonder why they continue to sit in the top 25; the West Virginia Mountaineers moved up two spots after their bye week from # 23 to # 21. The Mountaineers have three losses on the year; at East Carolina, at Colorado, and at home with Cincinnati. In the Big East; West Virginia is tied with Pittsburgh in second place, and ½ game behind the Bearcats. Pat White, the Mountaineers quarterback has thrown for 1104 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. West Virginia will take on Louisville, Saturday on the road. A November 28th road game at Pittsburgh will be followed by a December 6th home game with South Florida.
22. Maryland Terrapins (7-3) – The Terrapins move back into the top 25, after being unranked last week, coming away with a 17-15 win over North Carolina Saturday. The Atlantic Coast Conference continues to be a jumbled mess with every team having at least two conference losses. Maryland now sits atop the Atlantic Coast Conference – Atlantic Division with a 4-2 mark, ½ game ahead of Florida State, and Wake Forest. The Terrapins have two touch ACC games left; starting on Saturday when Florida State comes to town. Maryland will finish the year on November 29th traveling to Boston College.
23. North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3) – Within that jumbled mess, known as the Atlantic Coast Conference standings is the North Carolina Tar Heels. After failing to take charge of the Conference on Saturday; falling 17-15 to Maryland the Tar Heels are now 3-3 within the conference. The three losses for North Carolina have come to Virginia Tech, Virginia and now at Maryland. The loss dropped North Carolina five spots from # 18 to # 23. North Carolina will host North Carolina State on Saturday, and then conclude the season November 29th at Duke.
24. LSU Tigers (7-3) – The LSU Tigers were on the verge of a disastrous home loss on Saturday. Trailing Troy 31-10 after three quarters, the Tigers scored 30 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, to come away with a 40-31 win. The win moved LSU to 7-3 overall. In the win, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee completed 20 of 34 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers have outscored opponents 321-249 on the year. The Tigers will take on two SEC teams to conclude the season. On Saturday, LSU will host Mississippi, and then on November 28th, LSU will travel to Arkansas, to take on the 4-6 Razorbacks. The Tigers stayed at # 24, the same spot they held last week.
25. Oregon Ducks (8-3) – The Oregon Ducks move into the Top 25 after being out of it last week. The Ducks were 55-45 winners on Saturday over Arizona. In the win for Oregon, the Ducks led 45-17 at halftime, and 48-24 after three quarters. On the night Oregon offense compiled 504 total offense, including 298 in the air. The Ducks are now 8-3 overall, and 6-2 in the Pac Ten. The Ducks three losses on the year have come to Boise State, USC and California. Oregon will take on Oregon State on November 29th, their final game of the regular season.
Best of the Rest:
Boston College Eagles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Western Michigan Broncos, Central Michigan Chippewas, Miami Hurricanes, Northwestern Wildcats
Dropped from Rankings:
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, Florida State Seminoles, LSU Tigers