Note: Remember my reasons for updating every three weeks, even if some of you think I am really an idiot.
1. Alabama, 11-0
The Crimson Tide keep winning, but they are starting to look a little less intimidating. They have some business to take care of in the “Iron Bowl.” Then, they have to beat Florida, the hottest team in the country, in the SEC Championship Game. Defeat Arkansas State 35-0, at LSU 27-21 OT, Mississippi State 32-7.
2. Texas Tech, 10-0
The Red Raiders have played some of the most exciting football in the past three weeks beating routing Kansas and Oklahoma State slipping past Texas 39-33. The Raiders go to Norman to play the Sooners and then get Baylor at home to finish the season.
3. Florida, 9-1
Fans can argue that Texas looks better on paper when considering the results, but no one is hotter than Florida is now. The Gators survived the early part of their schedule, and then they were promptly upset by Houston Nutt’s Ole Miss Rebels. Then, the Gators regrouped and have not looked back since. The Gators won at Georgia (49-10) and Vandy (42-14) and annihilated South Carolina 56-6.
4. Texas, 10-1
The Longhorns may be the victim of circumstances when it is all over. The Horns beat Oklahoma on a neutral field and their only loss is on the road in a very close game to Texas Tech. But, when the dust settles, will Oklahoma get the nod to play in the Big 12 Championship Game? It could happen. What do you do with three teams with one loss, to each other, tied for first? The Horns lost at Texas Tech 39-33, won over Baylor 45-21 and at Kansas 35-7.
5. Oklahoma, 9-1
The Sooners have rebounded from the October loss to the Longhorns, and they are looking to exact a little revenge on Texas Tech who beat them last year and further completecate the Big 12 South. However, even if they beat the Raiders, they have to beat a very salty Oklahoma State team in Stillwater. The Sooners won at Kansas State (58-35), beat Nebraska 62-28, and at Texas A & M 66-28.
6. USC, 9-1
The Trojans got their revenge on Stanford last week in Palo Alto pulling away for the 45-23 win. The Trojans beat Washington 56-0, Cal 17-3 and at Stanford (45-23). Up next is Notre Dame and UCLA. Unfortunately, USC may go 11-1 and not make the Rose Bowl. Oregon State controls its own destiny there.
7. Utah, 11-0
I don’t know what to say about the Running Utes. They just keep winning. They aren’t flashy, their defense leads the way and they are able to win the game when trailing. The Utes beat New Mexico and TCU 13-10 and ripped San Diego State 63-14. The next game is what locals call the “Holy War.” It’s the yearly rival with BYU, and it is a home game for Utah. These kind of games transcend records, so Utah will be in for a tough, close game. If they win this game, they will go to a BCS Bowl.
8. Penn State, 10-1
The Nittany Lions is a feel good story, but they saved everyone a lot of Big Ten heartache when they lost at Iowa a couple of weeks ago. They are still a go for the Rose Bowl. How do you like that match up, Penn State versus Oregon State, a rematch? The Lions won at Ohio State (13-6), lost at Iowa (24-23) and beat Indiana (34-7). Up next, Michigan State.
9. Oklahoma State, 9-2
What can you say about the Cowboys? They have been impressive all year. Yes they loss two games, but those games were on the road against teams that were ranked number 1 and number 2 when they played them. OSU had its own gauntlet to run, and they managed beat Missouri on the road. What’s more, every top 5 team they have played has been on the road. The next on will be in Stillwater. After a week off, they get cross state rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys beat Iowa State (59-17), loss to Texas Tech (56-20) and beat Colorado (30-17).
The Tigers had dropped out in my last poll because they had dropped two straight games. But give them credit, they are pretty good. One of those losses was at Texas in Austin. The Tigers take care of business, and their offense is just so explosive. They get the unfortunate task of facing whoever survives the Big 12 South in the Big 12 Championship Game. Good luck. The Tiges won at Baylor (31-28), beat Kansas State (41-24) and won at Iowas State (52-20). Next up, the “Border War” against Kansas on November 29th.
Penn State (but not out)