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2008 Week 15 NCAA Football Top 25
(Top 25 After Week 14 Games - From 11/30 to 12/6/2008)

Here is Our Archieved Bankroll Sports Week 15 Top 25 Rankings

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Below you will find the Bankroll Sports columnists' archieved college football top 25 rankings for week fifteen of the college football season. These are the official Bankroll College Football Top 25 rankings following the week fourteen games! Check out our NCAA Football Top 25 Page for more national polls along with the latest AP, Coaches, & Harris Poll. Thanks for visiting Bankroll Sports.

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1. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) – Alabama put no doubt in the minds of voters on Saturday with their win over rival Auburn. Leading just 10-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide blew Auburn out 26-0 in the second half en route to a 36-0 win, to cap off a perfect 12-0 regular season. The win allowed Alabama to keep the # 1 position. Alabama will now take on the Florida Gators in the SEC title game on Saturday. On the year, Alabama has scored 385 points, allowing just 138. Alabama finished the season 7-0 at home and 5-0 on the road. Leading the way for Alabama thus far has been quarterback John Parker Wilson, who has thrown for 1,909 yards and nine touchdowns. His running back duo of Glen Coffee, and Mark Ingram has combined for 20 rushing touchdowns on the year. If Alabama can knock off Florida on Saturday, the Crimson Tide will play in the national title game.

2. Texas Longhorns (11-1) – The Texas Longhorns made sure they did their part to keep their # 2 rank on Thanksgiving Day. The Longhorns blew out state rival Texas A+M 49-9 to finish the regular season 11-1; and most importantly finished in a three-way tie at 7-1 in the Big 12 South. In the win on Thursday, Colt McCoy passed for 311 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy also ran for 48 yards and two more touchdowns. On the year, McCoy has thrown for 32 touchdowns, and ran 10 more in. He is one of three legitimate Heisman Candidates, all from the Big 12 conference. On the year, the Longhorns averaged 43.9 points per game, while allowing just 18.6. Texas gets left out of the Big 12 title game, but still has an outside shot at playing in the national title game. If Missouri beats Oklahoma, the Longhorns could sneak in against the winner of Florida/Alabama.

3. Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) – The Sooners did their part of the mess atop the Big 12 North. After seeing Texas win on Thursday and Texas Tech win earlier on Saturday, the Sooners knew they needed to win to force a three way tie. The win kept the Sooners at the # 3 position in the power rankings. In the win for Oklahoma, quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns. The Sooners were only winning 44-41, before they scored the final 17 points of the game to put away their rival – Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Sooners were aided in the game by forcing two Cowboy turnovers, and not committing a turnover on offense. Bradford finished the regular season completing 268 of 393 passes for 4080 yards and 46 touchdowns. Oklahoma finished the regular season putting up an average of 53.3 points per game, going their last four scoring 60+ points. Oklahoma will now play Missouri in the Big 12 title game due to jumping Texas in the BCS standings – the tiebreaking formula for the Big 12.

4. Florida Gators (11-1) – The Florida Gators had no problems getting by their longtime rival; Florida State Seminoles on Saturday. The win for Florida was their fifth straight over Florida State. The win kept the Gators at # 4. In the win, quarterback Tim Tebow was only needed for 185 passing yards, but three touchdowns. Florida running back Chris Rainey ran for 97 yards in the win. Florida finished the regular season with a 11-1 mark with their lone loss coming to Mississippi 31-30. The Gators on the year scored 556 points and allowed just 147. Florida will now prepare for the SEC title game on Saturday, against the # 1 team in the country, Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida won the SEC East; one full game ahead of Georgia, while Alabama won the SEC West; three games ahead of Mississippi.

5. USC Trojans (10-1) – The University of Southern California Trojans had no problem getting by Notre Dame on Saturday. The win for USC was their 10th on the year, and the loss for Notre Dame sent them to 6-6 on the year. USC moves up one spot in the rankings from # 6 to # 5, passing up Texas Tech. The Trojans picked up 267 passing yards, and two touchdowns from quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Trojans can clinch a trip to the Rose Bowl on Saturday when they take on state and city rival UCLA on the road. On the year, USC is only allowing 7.8 points per game, going 7 games giving up 10 points or less, and holding three teams scoreless this season.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1) – The Red Raiders struggled a bit on Saturday over Baylor, but came away with a 35-28 win. Texas Tech came into the fourth quarter trailing 28-21, but 14 unanswered points did the job for the Red Raiders. McKinner Dixon’s sack with 3:32 turned the ball back over to Texas Tech and essentially ended Baylor’s chances. In the game quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 309 yards and two passing touchdowns. Harrell is one of three Big 12 quarterbacks that will be in the final running for the Heisman. Texas Tech finishes the regular season 11-1 and 7-1 in the Big 12 South. That record ties them with Texas and Oklahoma atop the Big 12 South. The BCS standings determined the tiebreaker; going to Oklahoma. Despite the win, USC jumped Texas Tech for the # 5 position, causing the Red Raiders to fall one spot.

7. Boise State Broncos (12-0) – The Boise State Broncos found themselves in a rare position on Friday evening. Ahead of three points; 13-10 at halftime over Fresno State, the Broncos must have had themselves a pep talk at halftime. The Broncos came out of the locker room and scored 48 unanswered points to blow out the Bulldogs 61-10. In the win Ian Johnson ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Boise State finished the season with no losses for the third time in five seasons. Boise State was the winner of the Western Athletic Conference by three full games ahead of Hawaii, Nevada, and Louisiana Tech. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore finished the regular season with 3,264 yards and 25 touchdowns. Boise State will now sit and wait for their postseason bowl game fate. The win for Boise State keeps them at # 7.

8. Utah Utes (12-0) – The Utah Utes did not play on Saturday, and remained at the # 8 position. The Utes will play in a bowl game to finish the season, but which bowl game? That result will be disclosed in the next week, with the Utes chances of a BCS game hanging in the hands of other teams. The Utes did all they could winning all 12 of their games and winning the Mountain West Conference; a game ahead of Texas Christian University. On the year Utah averaged 37.4 points per game, and allowed 17.3. Quarterback Brian Johnson completed 241 of 353 passes on the year, for 2636 yards and 24 touchdowns.

9. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-1) – The Nittany Lions were another team that finished their season last week. In the off week, the Nittany Lions saw all the teams ahead of them in the rankings win, therefore keeping their # 9 position. Penn State and legendary head coach Joe Paterno will play in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day. The Big Ten Champion Nittany Lions will play USC, barring a Trojans loss to UCLA on Saturday. The Nittany Lions finished in a tie for the Big Ten title with Ohio State, but won the tiebreaker due to the 13-6 win over the Buckeyes. On the year, Penn State averaged 40.2 points per game, allowing 12.4. Running back Evan Royster finished the regular season with 185 carries, 1202 yards and 12 touchdowns.

10. Ball State Cardinals (12-0) – The Ball State Cardinals enter the top ten for the first time all season, after their 45-22 win over Western Michigan. The Cardinals moved up three spots from # 13. In the win on Tuesday night, Ball State and Western Michigan were knotted at 14 before the Cardinals scored 24 unanswered points. Nate Davis, the Cardinals quarterback threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Running back MiQuale Lewis rushed for his 20th touchdown of the season, which sets a Ball State school record. The Cardinals won the MAC – Western division and will now play in the MAC title game on Friday against the Buffalo Bulls – the MAC Eastern Division Champions. Buffalo finished 5-3 in the conference, and 7-5 overall.

11. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) – The Ohio State Buckeyes did not win the Big Ten outright; causing them another trip at the Rose Bowl. Instead, the Buckeyes may get a chance to play in another BCS game. Ohio State hopes they are one of the last teams chosen to play in a BCS game when the matchups are announced next week. Ohio State did not play this past weekend, but moved up from # 14 to # 11. The Buckeyes finished the season with two losses; to Penn State and USC. The Buckeyes scored 28.2 points per game, and allowed 13.1. Ohio State was led by running back Beanie Wells, who ran for 1091 yards and 8 touchdowns.

12. TCU Horned Frogs (10-2) – The Horned Frogs moved up three spots from # 15 to # 12 despite not playing this weekend. TCU finishes the season at 10-2, second place in the Mountain West Conference; a conference emerging as a top conference in collegiate football. TCU on the season lost to Oklahoma and Utah; two teams within the top 10. In the loss to Oklahoma the 35 points scored for the Sooners was their lowest output of the season. TCU averaged 35 points per game and allowed just 10.9 on the season. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 11 touchdowns on the season, along with 2,045 passing yards. TCU will wait for the bowl announcements to see where their final game of the season will be, and who their opponent will be.

13. Cincinnati Bearcats (10-2) – The Bearcats wrapped up a Big East title with their 30-10 win over Syracuse. The win moved Cincinnati from # 16 up to # 13. The two losses on the year for the Bearcats were to Oklahoma and Connecticut. Cincinnati, in the win got 272 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Tony Pike. The Bearcats will head to their first ever BCS bowl game. Before the bowl game, Cincinnati will play one final regular season game when they travel to the 7-5 Hawaii Rainbows late Saturday night.

14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) – The Cowboys fell for the third time on the season Saturday evening, but not without putting a fight and a scare into the Oklahoma Sooners. The Cowboys trailed Oklahoma just 44-41 in the fourth quarter before allowing Oklahoma to score the last 17 points of the game, to walk away with a 61-41 win. The loss for Oklahoma State caused them to fall four spots from # 10 to # 14. The Cowboys three losses on the year came to Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma, teams that were 1,2,3 at the time of played. The Cowboys also played, and beat Missouri, who was ranked # 3 when they hooked up. Quarterback Zach Robinson finishes the regular season throwing for 2735 yards and 24 touchdowns, with 18 of the touchdowns going to top receiver Dez Bryant.

15. BYU Cougars (10-2) – The Brigham Young Cougars finished the 2008 regular season with a 10-2 record, finishing third in the Mountain West Conference. This weekend, BYU did not play, therefore being the beneficiary of several teams losses and move up from # 20 to # 15. The Cougars two losses on the year came to conference opponents TCU and Utah. On the year BYU scored 35.3 points per game, allowing 21.2 defensively. Quarterback Max Hall threw for 3629 yards and 34 touchdowns during the regular season. BYU will wait for their bowl match up, with announcements set to be made by the weekend.

16. Oregon Ducks (9-3) – The Oregon Ducks sent their state rival out of a Pac 10 title chance with a 65-38 blowout win. The win for Oregon was their ninth of the season, finishing 7-2 in the Pac Ten. The Ducks, along with Oregon State could tie USC atop the Pac Ten if UCLA could pull off an upset win over USC on Saturday. The win for Oregon moved the Ducks up five spots from # 21 to # 16. In the win on Saturday Jeremiah Johnson rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown. On the year Johnson has ran for 1082 yards and 12 touchdowns. Oregon will now wait until next weekend to figure out their final opponent of the 2008 season.

17. Boston College (9-3) – The Boston College Eagles picked up a 28-21 win over Maryland to clinch the Atlantic Coast Conference – Atlantic Division. The Eagles scored in all four quarters in the win. The win was capped off by a 36-yard interception return by Robert Francois to give the Eagles a 28-14 lead. In the win, the Eagles defense only allowed Maryland negative 4 rushing yards on 25 carries. The Eagles will now play Virginia Tech, the ACC – Coastal Champion on Saturday in the ACC championship game. The win for Boston College moved them from # 22 to # 17.

18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-3) – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets needed help from Virginia to win the ACC Coastal Division, and did not get it, instead finishing second and settling for another bowl game – to be determined. Instead Georgia Tech got a huge win on the road against state rival Georgia. The Yellow Jackets trailed 28-12 at halftime, picking up 26 third quarter points, along with another fourth quarter touchdown en route to a 45-42 win. The win moved the Yellow Jackets up from # 25 to # 18. In the win, Georgia Tech picked up 409 rushing yards, led by top rusher Johnathan Dwyer. The Yellow Jackets three losses this season came at Virginia Tech, home to Virginia and on the road at Chapel Hill to North Carolina.

19. Michigan State Spartans (9-3) – The Michigan State Spartans remained # 19 during the week off. Michigan State finished in third place in the Big Ten with losses to both Ohio State and Penn State. The Spartans other loss on the season was a 38-31 loss to California the opening week of the season. Michigan State will most likely play in a New Years Day bowl game, but that will be determined by the end of the weekend. The Spartans were led offensively by running back Javon Ringer, who ran for 1590 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year. Michigan State averaged just 26.9 points on the year, and also allowed 21.9, one of the lowest margins of victory from teams within the Top 25.

20. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) – The Bulldogs dropped nine positions from # 11 to # 20 after their disappointing 45-42 home loss to state rival Georgia Tech on Saturday. In the loss, the Bulldogs defense allowed 409 rushing yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 407 yards, finishing the regular season with 3209 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Bulldogs three losses on the year came to Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech. Georgia finished in second place in the SEC – East, one full game behind Florida, and two games ahead of South Carolina. The Bulldogs will definitely play in a bowl game, with their destination and opponent to be determined later.

21. Missouri Tigers (9-3) – The Missouri Tigers fell in their rivalry game on Saturday to the Kansas Jay Hawks. The win for Kansas put them at 7-5 and bettered their bowl elgibility. The loss for Missouri dropped them to 9-3 and 5-3 in the Big 12 North, tying them with Nebraska. The Tigers won the tiebreaker due to their 52-17 win. In the loss on Saturday the Tigers allowed Jay Hawks quarterback Todd Reesing to throw for 375 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 27 seconds left. The Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel finished the regular season with 3880 yards and 34 touchdown passes. The Tigers, with the loss dropped nine spots from # 12 to # 21.

22. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3) – The Northwestern Wildcats finished the regular season at 9-3, and 5-3 in the Big Ten. That conference marked allowed them to finish tied in fourth in the Big ten, behind Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan State and tied with Iowa. Despite not playing this weekend, the Wildcats moved up from # 24 to # 22. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 27-10 win over state rival Illinois on November 22nd. The Wildcat offense scored 24.5 points per game, while the defense allowed just 19.3.

23. Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3) – Pittsburgh picked up a 19-15 win over West Virginia on Friday in the backyard brawl. The win moved the Panthers back into the Top 25 for the fourth time this season. On the year Pittsburgh has scored 318 points per game, while allowing 266. The Panthers will finish their regular season schedule on Saturday when they travel to Storres Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies. Pittsburgh is tied with West Virginia and Rutgers in second place in the Big East, as Cincinnati has clinched the conference with their 6-1 mark. In the win on Saturday running back LaSean McCoy ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning touchdown with 52 seconds to go in the game.

24. Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) – The sixth Big 12 team enters the Top 25, after being unranked last week – the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska finished the regular season with a 8-4 mark, 5-3 in the Big 12 North, tied with Missouri for first place. Missouri on the tiebreaker with there 52-17 win in October. Nebraska finished the season winning their last three games with five of their last six. The four losses for the Cornhuskers on the season were to Virginia Tech, Missouri, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Nebraska’s quarterback Joe Ganz completed 266 of 384 passes for 3332 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.

25. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (10-2) – The Golden Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 38-35 win over Marshall. The win was the 10th on the season for Tulsa, who won the Western Division of Conference USA. Tulsa moved back into the rankings after being unranked last week. Tulsa’s two losses this season were back to back as Arkansas knocked them off 30-23 followed by Houston 7-30 thrashing on November 15th. Tulsa is scoring 49.3 points per game, while the defense is allowing 29.3. Tulsa will play in the Conference USA title game on Friday against the East Carolina Pirates.

Best of the Rest:  
Iowa Hawkeyes, Virginia Tech Hokies, California Bears, Connecticut Huskies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Mississippi Rebels

Dropped from Rankings: 
West Virginia Mountaineers, Oregon State Beavers, Florida State Seminoles


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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