The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Twelve
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The top two teams in the land remain unbeaten and in the same position as a week ago. As we get near the end of the season, the BCS is once again ready to let us down big time as there is a jumbled mess of very good teams at the top. Here is my top 25 for week twelve of the college football season...
1. Oregon Ducks (10-0) - On the road at Cal, Oregon didn't put up one of its 50-point specials, but rather had to win a close game. A win is a win, and the Ducks hang onto the top spot. Next: at Arizona (Nov 26)
2. Auburn Tigers (11-0) - War Eagle finished the season 7-0 at home, and will represent the West in the SEC title game December 4th in Atlanta. Arch-rival Alabama stands between Auburn and a perfect season. Next: at Alabama (Nov 26)
3. Boise State Broncos (9-0) - A 52-14 win on the road at Idaho last week was nice. A shutout would have been better. Fresno State is always pretty good under Pat Hill, but they must travel to Boise. Next: vs. Fresno State.
4. TCU Horned Frogs (11-0) - When trying to earn style points, it doesn't help to let San Diego State take you the distance at home. But a win is a win. Next: at New Mexico.
5. Wisconsin Badgers (9-1) - The Badgers might have been the biggest noisemaker of the weekend, thowing down 83 points on Indiana! This team is dangerous and in a playoff would cause major problems. Next: at Michigan.
6. Stanford Cardinal (9-1) - Stanford had to rally for a late win, but still sees the only blemish on their schedule a loss at Oregon six weeks back. They are averaging 39 points a game. Next: at Cal.
7. LSU Tigers (9-1) - Like Stanford, LSU's only loss came to a team ranked in the current top two. LSU has no big-name star, but has overall tremendous speed and talent. Props for the shutout this past weekend, 51-0. Next: vs. Ole Miss.
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1) - There may not be a hotter team in the ocuntry right now. This team averages 45 points per game, and their lone loss was at Nebraska. Next: at Kansas.
9. Michigan State Spartans (9-1) - The Spartans had the week off. Two big Big Ten games await and winning both could see them possibly win the league. Next: Purdue.
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-1) - Husker fans will object to Oklahoma State being ranked higher, but right now I see the Cowboys as more dangerous. Something about NU is holding me back this year. Next: at Texas A&M.
11. Arkansas Razorbacks (8-2) - A 58-21 beating of UTEP didn't garner national headlines, but this team is one of my favorites. They could play with and beat anyone in the nation. Next: at Mississippi State.
12. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) - The Buckeyes are averaging a nation's 6th best 42 points per game while giving up a nation's 5th best 13 points per game. That will win a lot of games. Next: at Iowa.
13. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-2) - I never thought this team would face two losses in 2010 - but so it is. Did anyone see the butt-chewing Nick Saban laid on Greg McElroy Saturday?? Ouch! Next: Georgia State.
14. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-2) - After a miserable start to 2010, VT has won eight straight and are looking like one of the better teams in America. Damn that James Madison loss! Next: at Miami.
15. South Carolina Gamecocks (7-3) - It is too bad the Cocks slipped in the second half against Kentucky, for this could be a top 10 team. Two sets of Tigers now stand between them and a huge year: Clemson and Auburn. But they get a breather first. Next: Troy.
16. Missouri Tigers (8-2) - When I look at Missouri's body of work, I am averagely impressed. The Oklahoma and Texas A&M wins were nice, but they lost back-to-back to the other quality teams they faced. Next: at Iowa State.
17. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-3) - This team may not deserve a ranking quite this lofty, but I just like them this year. They were given little shot, yet played Auburn close, and have been more than competive in the toughet division in the game. Next: Arkansas.
18. Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) - The Sooners are not a very good road team, having lost two of four so far in 2010. Therefore, the news doesn't look good as they close with two more on the highway: at Baylor and at Oklahoma State. Next: at Baylor.
19. Texas A&M Aggies (7-3) - I have long been hard on A&M because they remind me of my own team which chokes on a regular basis. But maybe here in 2010 they really do have something going on. Next: Nebraska.
20. USC Trojans (7-3) - Lane Kiffin is flirting with having a nice first season back in LA. He seems to be all business, at least right now. These last three games are tricky, but a 10-3 regular season is possible. The next game is the scariest of the three. Next: at Oregon State.
21. Miami Hurricanes (7-3) - Winning at a 7-3 type of mark is ok at most schools, but not at Miami. That said, knocking off VT would go a long way in boosting Randy Shannon's popularity. Their Coastal chances are slim even with a win Saturday. Next: Virginia Tech.
22. Iowa Hawkeyes (7-3) - Preseason, I liked Iowa's chances as much as anyones to go unbeaten. But while this season has been a let-down, a win against the Buckeyes could lift spirits. Next: Ohio State.
23. Florida State Seminoles (7-3) - With the win over Clemson, FSU finds themselves still very much alive for the ACC Atlantic crown. NC State must still play Maryland, so one of those two will get a loss automatically. Next: at Maryland.
24. Arizona Wildcats (7-3) - With a trip to Oregon on the horizon, this could be the last we see of Arizona in the top 25 this year. They follow with a rivalry game. Once 4-0 and top 15, the Wildcats could end up with five losses. Next: at Oregon.
25. Nevada Wolfpack (9-1) - I'm not sure why I have the 'Pack ranked, but here they are. The schedule is weak, and they still have a loss. But they play Boise in two weeks, so they will either lose then and be unranked or win and deserved to be ranked following that game. Next: New Mexico State.
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