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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

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P.S.R. 1-120: Week 12 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, but with mere weeks left in the regular season, things are growing clearer.

The Top 25

1. L.S.U. (10-0, 6-0)
Western Kentucky had more points than Alabama by halftime.
2. Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0)
The road, already clear, is now completely open.
3. Oregon (9-1, 7-0)
Let the debate over one-loss teams begin.
4. Alabama (9-1, 6-1)
For the second straight week, the Tide battled kicking issues.
5. Oklahoma (8-1, 6-1)
First Baylor, then Iowa State, then Oklahoma State.
6. Arkansas (9-1, 5-1)
The Razorbacks notched a historic win over Tennessee.
7. Stanford (9-1, 7-1)
There’s no avoiding the disappointment: Oregon had its way.
8. Houston (10-0, 6-0)
The Cougars have scored 321 points over the last five weeks.
9. Clemson (9-1, 6-1)
A late field goal gave Clemson the Atlantic crown.
10. Boise State (8-1, 3-1)
Next time, the Broncos should just go for six.
11. Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1)
A great win over Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, to take Coastal lead.
12. U.S.C. (8-2, 5-2)
After dusting off Washington, the Trojans take on the Ducks.
13. Kansas State (8-2, 5-2)
All pay homage to the great Bill Snyder, who has done it again.
14. T.C.U. (8-2, 5-0)
I only wish the Horned Frogs and Broncos would meet yearly.
15. South Carolina (8-2, 6-2)
For the first time, Gamecocks beat Florida in back-to-back years.
16. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1)
A huge win at Iowa puts Spartans in control of Legends division.
17. Georgia (8-2, 6-1)
In a bit of a lean year, the Bulldogs may win 10 games.
18. Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2)
Minnesota hasn’t topped the Badgers since 2003.
19. Nebraska (8-2, 4-2)
Not a bad performance by the Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium.
20. Michigan (8-2, 4-2)
The Wolverines stormed out to a 14-0 lead and cruised.
21. Southern Mississippi (9-1, 5-1)
The Golden Eagles will end the regular season 11-1.
22. Penn State (8-2, 5-1)
Football distracted State College for a few hours.
23. Florida State (7-3, 5-2)
The Seminoles took care of business against the Hurricanes.
24. West Virginia (7-3, 3-2)
A nice road win for Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.
25. Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1)
The team’s B.C.S. hopes might have left with Zach Collaros.

The Rest

26. Tulsa (7-3, 6-0)
27. Notre Dame (7-3, 0-0)
28. Texas (6-3, 3-3)
29. Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3)
30. Northern Illinois (7-3, 5-1)
31. Virginia (7-3, 4-2)
32. Arkansas State (8-2, 6-0)
33. Missouri (5-5, 3-4)
34. Iowa (6-4, 3-3)
35. Baylor (6-3, 3-3)
36. Auburn (6-4, 4-3)
37. Ohio State (6-4, 3-3)
38. B.Y.U. (7-3, 0-0)
39. Washington (6-4, 4-3)
40. Nevada (6-3, 4-0)
41. Arizona State (6-4, 4-3)
42. Wake Forest (5-5, 4-3)
43. Miami (Fla.) (5-5, 3-4)
44. S.M.U. (6-4, 4-2)
45. Texas A&M (5-5, 3-4)
46. Utah (6-4, 3-4)
47. Illinois (6-4, 2-4)
48. Florida (5-5, 3-5)
49. Toledo (6-4, 5-1)
50. Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5)
51. Rutgers (7-3, 3-2)
52. North Carolina (6-4, 2-4)
53. Pittsburgh (5-5, 3-2)
54. Northwestern (5-5, 2-4)
55. Louisiana Tech (6-4, 4-1)
56. Ohio (7-3, 4-2)
57. Purdue (5-5, 3-3)
58. Louisville (5-5, 3-2)
59. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3, 6-2)
60. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4)
61. Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5)
62. San Diego State (6-3, 3-2)
63. U.C.L.A. (5-5, 4-3)
64. Wyoming (6-3, 3-1)
65. California (6-4, 3-4)
66. N.C. State (5-5, 2-4)
67. Temple (6-4, 4-3)
68. Air Force (5-5, 1-4)
69. Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5)
70. Ball State (6-4, 4-2)
71. South Florida (5-4, 1-4)
72. Eastern Michigan (6-4, 4-2)
73. Navy (4-6, 0-0)
74. Connecticut (4-5, 2-2)
75. Florida International (6-4, 3-3)
76. Washington State (4-6, 2-5)
77. Western Michigan (5-5, 3-3)
78. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6)
79. Syracuse (5-5, 1-4)
80. Marshall (4-6, 3-3)
81. Utah State (4-5, 2-2)
82. UTEP (5-5, 3-4)
83. Western Kentucky (5-5, 5-1)
84. Miami (Ohio) (4-6, 3-3)
85. U.C.F. (4-6, 2-4)
86. East Carolina (4-6, 3-3)
87. Kentucky (4-6, 1-5)
88. North Texas (4-6, 3-3)
89. Duke (3-7, 1-5)
90. Hawaii (5-5, 3-3)
91. New Mexico State (4-6, 2-3)
92. Army (3-7, 0-0)
93. Bowling Green (4-6, 2-4)
94. Rice (3-6, 2-4)
95. Oregon State (2-8, 2-5)
96. Boston College (3-7, 2-5)
97. Kent State (4-6, 3-3)
98. Fresno State (3-7, 2-3)
99. Maryland (3-7, 1-5)
100. Colorado (2-9, 1-6)
101. Arizona (2-8, 1-7)
102. La.-Monroe (3-7, 2-4)
103. San Jose State (3-7, 2-4)
104. Minnesota (2-8, 1-5)
105. Mississippi (2-8, 0-6)
106. Colorado State (3-6, 1-4)
107. Idaho (2-8, 1-4)
108. Troy (2-7, 1-4)
109. Kansas (2-8, 0-7)
110. Central Michigan (3-8, 2-5)
111. Indiana (1-9, 0-6)
112. Middle Tennessee (2-7, 1-4)
113. Buffalo (2-8, 1-5)
114. U.A.B. (2-8, 2-4)
114. U.N.L.V. (2-7, 1-3)
116. Tulane (2-9, 1-6)
117. Memphis (2-8, 1-5)
118. Akron (1-9, 0-5)
119. New Mexico (1-9, 1-4)
120. Florida Atlantic (0-9, 0-6)

Three noteworthy jumps

Arkansas State 21 spots (No. 53 to No. 32)
Purdue 18 spots (No. 75 to No. 57)
T.C.U. 11 spots (No. 25 to No. 14)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Texas Tech 20 spots (No. 49 to No. 69)
N.C. State 18 spots (No. 48 to No. 66)
Arizona State 12 spots (No. 29 to No. 41)

Previous rankings

Week 11 rankings L.S.U., No. 1
Week 10 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 9 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 8 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 7 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 6 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 5 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 4 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 3 rankings Alabama, No. 1
Week 2 rankings Alabama, No. 1
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Comments

  1. roo says:

    i’d love to see houston against stanford or clemson in a bcs bowl

  2. BobJ says:

    Oregon’s defense, the weak link at the start of the season is now officially ferocious. Right now, the team as a whole is playing better than anyone else in the country.

  3. Lee says:

    Bob,

    Your just flat wrong. Oregon looks great because they haven’t played anyone with a pulse until Stanford. Which not surprisingly is the Luckand that’s all they got show. Without him they are a 6 win team. They simply don’t have anywhere near the athletes that the top teams have and it showed. LSU and Bama are the best teams in the country. I hate saying that( I am a Gator) but it’s the truth. They are just way too fast and physical for Oregon, Ok St, OU, VT, and Clemson. None of those teams can compete with those two.

  4. Lee says:

    Paul,

    Please explain why Oregon should be ranked ahead of BAMA. They both lost to the same team but Oregon lost 40-27( that awesome defense gave up 40 to LSU) and Bama lost by 3 but had their chance to win the game. Oregon never had a chance to win. They were never in control.

    The ranking just doesn’t make any sense. I don’t want to see a LSU/ Oregon rematch either. So let us all hope that Okie State can somehow beat OU and LSU doesn’t choke versus ARK or UGA.

    Can you all imagine the cluster if LSU loses? If Bama and Oregon end up playing for the title when LSU beat them both and all three teams have 1 loss. Lousianna would succeed from the Union. haha

  5. DMK says:

    It’s quite possible that the three best teams in the nation are all in the SEC West…

  6. Paul Cutlip says:

    It was an ugly win with some horrible officiating but I’m glad to see my ‘Noles back in the top 25.

  7. Paul Cutlip says:

    It was an ugly win but I’m glad to see my ‘Noles back in the top 25.

  8. Paul Cutlip says:

    argh sorry didn’t know the first one had posted.

  9. Lee says:

    Typical Seminole- can’t do anything right the first time :)

  10. Dave says:

    Wow, I KNOW a Gator fan isn’t talking smack abour the ‘Noles this year…

  11. Lee says:

    Hey man,

    I can talk all I want until they beat us.

  12. Hokieshibe says:

    VT beats a top-20 team, has two team ranked above it lose, and goes down one place? That doesn’t really seem all that fair to me…

  13. Hogfan says:

    Paul – I don’t understand why Arkansas is ranked behind Oklahoma in your poll (as well as in all the national polls). Arkansas’ loss came to Alabama on the road while they were missing multiple key starters. Oklahoma’s came to an awful Texas Tech team at home, more recently than Arkansas’ loss. Are Oklahoma’s wins really that much better than Arkansas’? If they look that way it’s only because the SEC teams Arkansas plays (Ole Miss, Miss State, Tennessee, Auburn) also had to play against LSU and Alabama, and so don’t have very good records.

    If Arkansas were to win out, including a win against #1 LSU on the road, do you think they jump Oregon and Oklahoma to become the 2nd best 1 loss team behind Alabama?

    Paul: For the first question, it’s more a matter of the wins than the losses. Oklahoma has a bad loss but three good wins: Florida State, Texas and Kansas State. I think that trumps Arkansas’ wins, though it’s close. For the second, Arkansas would definitely move up a big way with a win over L.S.U. in a few weeks. Then we’d have a problem: Arkansas beat L.S.U., L.S.U. beat Alabama, Alabama beat Arkansas.

  14. Redwolf4life says:

    So proud of our Red Wolves. It was an amazing game. ULL fought hard and their fans cheered their hearts out and were fun to talk to. Feel free to come down to a game sometime Paul. Arkansas State is close to breaking the top 25, what an amazing year. Go StAte!

  15. bayzing says:

    I’m still a bit mortified as to why 7-3 BYU (#38) is ranked ahead of 6-4 Utah (#46) when UTAH DEMOLISHED BYU earlier in the season. Maybe there was an argument a few weeks ago when Utah was sitting at 3-4…

    But lets GET REAL about BYU… they’ve defeated Utah State, Idaho State, Idaho, San Jose State, and UCF to pad their record.

    I love this blog… but COME-ON… the formula to rank these teams should have some provision for a head to head match up…. if one team DESTROYS its opponent by 40+ points… it should be ranked ahead of that team throughout the remainder of the season if the two have similar overall records… ESPECIALLY in this case… where UTAH has been cutting its teeth in the PAC-12 whereas BYU has been hard press to win against weaklings.

  16. Nathaniel says:

    Paul,
    By your own poll, BYU’s best victories are against Utah State (#81) and U.C.F. (#85). Why is BYU ranked ahead of Utah?

  17. Randy says:

    I agree with the BYU & Utah argument. Utah should be ranked higher than BYU

    Also why do you have SDSU at 62 and Wyoming at 64 when Wyoming beat them in San Diego a few weeks ago? They have the same overall record?

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