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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. 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. Now that we’re into November, everything is falling into place. I think so, at least.

The Top 25

1. Oregon (10-0, 7-0)
For the first time all season, the Ducks looked vulnerable.
2. Auburn (11-0, 7-0)
Not impressed by this team, but that quarterback is good.
3. Boise State (9-0, 5-0)
The rivalry with Idaho is over, thanks goodness.
4. T.C.U. (11-0, 7-0)
San Diego State’s pretty good, though T.C.U. struggled.
5. L.S.U. (9-1, 5-1)
A nice breather against the Sun Belt for the Tigers.
6. Wisconsin (9-1, 5-1)
Did the Badgers run up the score?
7. Nebraska (9-1, 5-1)
Wins, no matter how ugly, should be all that matters.
8. Stanford (9-1, 6-1)
We knew the Cardinal would be in for a fight against A.S.U.
9. Ohio State (9-1, 5-1)
The Buckeyes pulled away with a strong second half.
10. Oklahoma State (9-1, 5-1)
The Cowboys strolled into Austin and pushed U.T. around.
11. Michigan State (9-1, 5-1)
The regular season ends with Minnesota and Penn State.
12. Alabama (8-2, 5-2)
Mississippi State never had a chance in Tuscaloosa.
13. Arkansas (8-2, 4-2)
A breather against UTEP precedes two tough games.
14. Missouri (8-2, 4-2)
The Tigers got back in the win column against Kansas State.
15. Oklahoma (8-2, 4-2)
Sooners burst out of the gate, cruised against the Red Raiders.
16. Virginia Tech (8-2, 6-0)
As expected, the A.C.C. title is within Tech’s grasp.
17. Nevada (9-1, 4-1)
After slipping past Fresno State, Boise State awaits.
18. South Carolina (7-3, 5-3)
A Spurrier-coached team won in the Swamp, just not U.F.
19. Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2)
Back-to-back wins prove the Aggies are for real.
20. Utah (8-2, 5-1)
What was worse: T.C.U. or Notre Dame?
21. Iowa (7-3, 4-2)
Iowa’s Rose Bowl hopes are over after a loss to Northwestern.
22. U.S.C. (7-3, 4-3)
U.S.C. finally beats a ranked conference opponent.
23. Florida State (7-3, 5-2)
One week after missing, Dustin Hopkins delivered.
24. Northern Illinois (8-2, 6-0)
N.I.U. beat up on its next-closest MAC West competition.
25. Arizona (7-3, 4-3)
Wildcats barely squeaked in ahead of M.S.U. and Northwestern.

The Rest

26. Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3)
27. Northwestern (7-3, 3-3)
28. Miami (Fla.) (7-3, 5-2)
29. Temple (8-2, 5-1)
30. Hawaii (7-3, 5-1)
31. Michigan (7-3, 3-3)
32. N.C. State (7-3, 4-2)
33. San Diego State (7-3, 4-2)
34. Maryland (7-3, 4-2)
35. Air Force (7-4, 4-3)
36. Navy (7-3, 0-0)
37. Florida (6-4, 4-4)
38. U.C.F. (7-3, 5-1)
39. Baylor (7-4, 4-3)
40. Penn State (6-4, 3-3)
41. North Carolina (6-4, 3-3)
42. West Virginia (6-3, 2-2)
43. Ohio (7-3, 5-1)
44. Syracuse (7-3, 4-2)
45. Southern Mississippi (7-3, 4-2)
46. Tulsa (7-3, 4-2)
47. Fresno State (6-3, 4-2)
48. Pittsburgh (5-4, 3-1)
49. Kansas State (6-4, 3-4)
50. Notre Dame (5-5, 0-0)
51. California (5-5, 3-4)
52. South Florida (6-3, 3-2)
53. Georgia (5-6, 3-5)
54. Clemson (5-5, 3-4)
55. Connecticut (5-4, 2-2)
56. Georgia Tech (5-5, 3-4)
57. Texas Tech (5-5, 3-5)
58. East Carolina (6-4, 5-1)
59. Kentucky (6-5, 2-5)
60. B.Y.U. (5-5, 4-2)
61. Illinois (5-5, 3-3)
62. S.M.U. (5-5, 4-2)
63. Army (6-4, 0-0)
64. Boston College (5-5, 3-4)
65. U.C.L.A. (4-5, 2-4)
66. Toledo (6-4, 5-1)
67. Louisville (5-5, 2-3)
68. Houston (5-5, 4-3)
69. Iowa State (5-6, 3-4)
70. Rutgers (4-5, 1-3)
71. Oregon State (4-5, 3-3)
72. Miami (Ohio) (6-4, 5-1)
73. UTEP (6-5, 3-4)
74. Texas (4-6, 2-5)
75. Arizona State (4-6, 2-5)
76. Troy (5-4, 4-2)
77. Tennessee (4-6, 1-5)
78. Florida International (4-5, 4-1)
79. Purdue (4-6, 2-4)
80. Mississippi (4-6, 1-5)
81. La.-Monroe (4-6, 3-3)
82. Washington (3-6, 2-4)
83. Cincinnati (3-6, 1-3)
84. Colorado (4-6, 1-5)
85. Louisiana Tech (4-6, 3-3)
86. Arkansas State (4-6, 4-3)
87. Western Michigan (4-6, 3-3)
88. Marshall (4-6, 3-3)
89. Virginia (4-6, 1-5)
90. Utah State (4-6, 2-4)
91. Middle Tennessee (3-6, 2-3)
92. Kent State (4-6, 3-3)
93. Tulane (4-6, 2-4)
94. Duke (3-7, 1-5)
95. Florida Atlantic (4-5, 3-3)
96. Indiana (4-6, 0-6)
97. Ball State (4-7, 3-4)
98. Kansas (3-7, 1-5)
99. Idaho (4-6, 1-4)
100. U.A.B. (3-7, 2-3)
101. Central Michigan (3-8, 2-5)
102. Vanderbilt (2-8, 1-6)
103. Washington State (2-9, 1-6)
104. Colorado State (3-8, 2-5)
105. North Texas (3-7, 3-4)
106. Wake Forest (2-8, 1-6)
107. Minnesota (2-9, 1-6)
108. Bowling Green (2-8, 1-5)
109. Buffalo (2-8, 1-5)
110. La.-Lafayette (2-8, 2-4)
111. U.N.L.V. (2-8, 2-4)
112. Rice (2-8, 1-5)
113. New Mexico State (2-8, 1-5)
114. Western Kentucky (2-8, 2-4)
115. Wyoming (2-9, 0-7)
116. Eastern Michigan (1-9, 1-5)
117. Memphis (1-9, 0-6)
118. New Mexico (1-9, 1-5)
119. San Jose State (1-9, 0-5)
120. Akron (0-10, 0-6)

Previous rankings

Week 11 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 10 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 9 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 8 rankings Oregon, No. 1
Week 7 rankings Oregon, 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 Boise State, No. 1
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Comments

  1. Bob J says:

    The Bob Rankings:
    Here’s my take on the top ten, based on actual play this season: Oregon, Boise State, TCU, Auburn, Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama.

    Everybody except Iowa won, so there wasn’t much movement. Both Oregon and TCU had the one hiccup a top team is allowed.

    By “actual play,” I mean there is no legacy built into the rankings. Every team starts the year at zero and builds up its standing from there.

  2. RS says:

    2. Auburn (11-0, 7-0)
    Not impressed by this team, but that quarterback is good.

    Let’s take a look at where the teams that Auburn and Oregon have played rank, based on your world view:

    Auburn: 5, 13, 18, 26, 53, 54, 59, 80, 81, 86 and Chattanooga

    Oregon: 8, 22, 51, 65, 75, 77, 82, 103, 118 and Portland

    Auburn has played a far more difficult schedule. It is not remotely close.

    Auburn is on pace to have three 1,000 yard rushers (Newton, Dyer, McCalebb). Auburn has an offensive line with four seniors. Auburn has the most dominant defensive lineman in the nation. Auburn’s weakness is its secondary, but to imply that this is a one man team is myopic at best.

  3. schedule nit says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Bob!

    Without Cam, even with good qb play AU is probably near the bottom of the top 25. That guy is simply a game- changer.

  4. Zaboo says:

    Auburn also can’t play team defense, by any measure. Oregon can, since it ranks 12th in yards allowed per play and is 24th in total defense, despite the number of plays it allows opponents to run. Auburn? 38th and 45th.

    Auburn a one man team? Probably not; the offense would be almost as explosive as long as Malzahn sticks around. But Newton certainly pushes it over the edge, allowing AU to go undefeated as opposed to losing a game or two due to the mediocre defense.

  5. DMK says:

    Arkansas will beat LSU. For me, they look a lot like Oregon and Auburn and Ok. St: You could play ten round robins with them and who outscores whom would have to do with the phases of the moon. Honest championship stuff? Probably not, but no one wants to play these teams.

    Another note: South Carolina can beat anyone and lose to anyone. They’re exactly like they’ve been for 10 years: weirdly good talent and weirdly schizophrenic behavior. Only this year the SEC East is a mess. Gamecocks fans will not be surprised no matter what happens in Atlanta. We’ve suffered.

  6. Msulaxer27 says:

    MSU ends the season with Purdue and PSU. State played Minnesota before their bye week.

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