ACC - SEC Top 10, Week 12
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1. Alabama – Until the Crimson Tide loses, they are still the number one team in the nation. After a convincing win against Mississippi State, and ending another losing streak to an SEC West foe, the Tide rest for a week until the Tigers of Auburn come to town. The Tide hopes to end one more streak before moving on to Atlanta.
2. Florida – After becoming the first team in SEC history to beat six straight conference foes by at least four touchdowns, there’s only two things holding Florida back from being a lock for the title game. One is top ranked Alabama, but the other is a promising Florida State team that is coming off a disheartening loss.
3. Georgia – Though the Dawgs had their hands full in the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”, they still found a way to win. That is enough (this week) to place Georgia up one spot…right under the only two teams they lost to.
4. Miami – Surprise rise this week goes to the Hurricanes, who were able to knock off division rival Virginia Tech in a close game. That should come as no surprise, though, since the ‘Canes are now 13-1 all time in Thursday night games and four of their last five wins have come by less than a touchdown.
5. Maryland – Another ranked foe for unranked Maryland, another win. That brings the Terps record against ranked teams to 4-0 this season. Unfortunately, their one game played as a ranked team ended in a loss, and their three losses have all come to unranked teams.
6. Vanderbilt – After a 25 year bowl drought, he Commodores are finally going bowling. After 17 straight losses as a five win team, the 18th time was a charm. They may not be playing the best football in the world, but an end to the nation’s longest bowl drought certainly does call for recognition.
7. LSU – The Tigers were close to having the worst loss by a defending national champion, trailing Troy 31-3. By the time they took the lead, Death Valley was deserted. Already out of the SEC race, LSU looks to Ole Miss and Arkansas (and a bowl victory) to reach it’s fourth straight 10 win season. It won’t be easy.
8. Boston College – An upset of the Seminoles gave new life to the Golden Eagles, who now control their destiny in the ACC race. With wins over upcoming division foes Maryland and Wake Forest, a trip to Tampa is on the horizon.
9. Ole Miss – The Rebels didn’t do anything to gain ground this week, but enough teams losing allowed them to back their way into the Top 10 this week. All things considered, their body of work is quite impressive. Virtually the same team that won just three games, all outside the SEC, last season is bowl eligible and hasn’t lost a game by more than a touchdown.
10. Florida State – After a disappointing loss to Boston College, the Seminoles are rooting hard Maryland…next week. To make it to Tampa, they need BC to hand Wake Forest a loss, and lose to Maryland – whom FSU plays this week and needs a win for hope to survive.
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