College Football Rankings 2011, Week 9: LSU, Alabama Set For Epic 1 Vs. 2 Clash In Tuscaloosa

A wild weekend in college football saw two more teams fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. The top two remains unchanged though, and the 1 vs. 2 game everyone is waiting for seems set as LSU and Alabama maintain their top spots.

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BCS Standings, Week 2: LSU, Alabama Sit Atop Standings Ahead Of Epic Showdown

After a fairly bland early part of the day in college football from a Top 25 standpoint, all hell broke loose in the night games.  Michigan St. pulled off one of the greatest miracles college football has ever seen as they handed previously #6 Wisconsin their first loss of the season, and then late into the night, and long after most east coasters had gone to bed, Texas Tech ran out to a 31-7 halftime lead over #3 Oklahoma, and then held on for dear life in the closing seconds to become the first team in 39 tries to beat the Sooners in Norman and likely dash their national championship hopes.

The BCS Standings for this week show LSU and Alabama as the number one and two teams in the country ahead of their showdown in Tuscaloosa in on November 5th.  Both are idle this week and hold a significant enough lead over third ranked Oklahoma St. that we are all but guaranteed a rare regular season 1 vs. 2 match-up.

 

 

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 LSU .9702 1 1 2854 .9927 1 1457 .9878 3 3 1 3 2 3 3 .930
2 Alabama .9627 2 2 2777 .9659 2 1434 .9722 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 .950
3 Oklahoma State .9240 4 3 2559 .8901 4 1301 .8820 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1.000
4 Boise State .8302 5 5 2410 .8383 5 1213 .8224 5 5 4 4 6 8 6 .830
5 Clemson .8240 7 6 2346 .8160 6 1174 .7959 4 6 5 5 4 4 4 .860
6 Stanford .8124 8 4 2523 .8776 3 1327 .8997 9 7 6 8 14 21 9 .660
7 Oregon .6877 10 7 2136 .7430 7 1121 .7600 12 14 7 12 12 12 12 .560
8 Kansas State .6681 11 10 1764 .6136 12 827 .5607 5 4 9 6 5 5 5 .830
9 Oklahoma .6642 3 8 1866 .6490 9 964 .6536 7 8 8 7 8 11 14 .690
10 Arkansas .6581 9 9 1851 .6438 8 974 .6603 8 12 11 15 7 6 7 .670
11 Michigan State .5380 16 11 1760 .6122 10 932 .6319 15 18 10 16 17 17 17 .370
12 Virginia Tech .5338 12 15 1343 .4671 15 729 .4942 10 11 16 10 9 10 8 .640
13 South Carolina .5014 14 14 1378 .4793 14 730 .4949 13 10 17 11 11 14 15 .530
14 Nebraska .4385 13 13 1508 .5245 13 798 .5410 21 20 13 18 22 23 19 .250
15 Wisconsin .4333 6 12 1731 .6021 11 867 .5878 24 24 12 23 0 25 21 .110
16 Texas A&M .4281 17 17 1040 .3617 16 520 .3525 11 13 14 17 10 7 10 .570
17 Houston .3676 19 18 975 .3391 18 507 .3437 14 9 0 9 16 0 11 .420
18 Michigan .3416 18 16 1072 .3729 17 519 .3519 19 15 20 13 21 24 18 .300
19 Penn State .3071 21 19 769 .2675 19 448 .3037 17 16 23 14 18 19 16 .350
20 Texas Tech .2012 NR 21 407 .1416 22 180 .1220 18 22 15 25 13 13 20 .340
21 Arizona State .1633 NR 20 542 .1885 20 253 .1715 23 25 21 22 24 20 24 .130
22 Georgia .1594 NR 22 337 .1172 21 208 .1410 22 19 0 20 20 18 23 .220
23 Auburn .1310 20 NR 60 .0209 NR 3 .0020 15 21 18 0 15 9 13 .370
24 Texas .1187 24 25 152 .0529 NR 49 .0332 20 17 0 19 19 15 22 .270
25 West Virginia .0733 15 23 330 .1148 24 155 .1051 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
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BCS Standings, Week 1: LSU Holds Narrow Lead Over Alabama

The first BCS Standings have been released and, as expected, LSU holds the top spot, but by the narrowest of margins over conference rival Alabama.  The one surprise in the BCS Standings is that the computers heavily favor Oklahoma St.  The Cowboys hold the #1 ranking in five of the seven computer polls.  Alabama and LSU split the other two. 

Boise St. and their weak strength of schedule haven't hurt them much in the initial poll.  They're rated fifth by the BCS, just about in line with the human polls.  Wisconsin opens up in the sixth position, despite being ranked fourth in both human polls.

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 LSU .9522 NR 1 2819 .9891 2 1410 .9559 3 3 1 4 5 2 3 .920
2 Alabama .9519 NR 2 2744 .9628 3 1403 .9512 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 .950
3 Oklahoma .9301 NR 3 2684 .9418 1 1426 .9668 4 4 2 2 4 5 5 .890
4 Oklahoma State .8568 NR 6 2315 .8123 6 1173 .7953 1 1 4 1 1 4 1 .970
5 Boise State .8027 NR 5 2339 .8207 7 1172 .7946 6 6 5 5 7 8 6 .800
6 Wisconsin .7708 NR 4 2463 .8642 4 1262 .8556 11 10 8 14 17 6 12 .600
7 Clemson .7582 NR 8 2063 .7239 8 1028 .6969 5 5 6 6 3 3 4 .860
8 Stanford .7484 NR 7 2291 .8039 5 1222 .8285 8 8 9 8 20 15 10 .620
9 Arkansas .6263 NR 10 1805 .6333 10 931 .6312 8 15 11 17 8 7 8 .620
10 Oregon .6190 NR 9 1955 .6860 8 1028 .6969 12 16 7 16 13 11 18 .480
11 Kansas State .5688 NR 12 1457 .5112 16 678 .4597 7 7 10 7 6 9 7 .740
12 Virginia Tech .5048 NR 16 1259 .4418 14 688 .4664 10 12 13 9 9 14 9 .610
13 Nebraska .4972 NR 11 1484 .5207 11 775 .5254 15 17 12 15 16 12 16 .450
14 South Carolina .4914 NR 13 1396 .4898 12 765 .5186 13 9 15 13 12 20 17 .470
15 West Virginia .3730 NR 14 1359 .4768 14 688 .4664 21 23 25 20 18 19 24 .180
16 Michigan State .3288 NR 15 1290 .4526 13 690 .4678 24 25 19 23 0 0 23 .070
17 Texas A&M .3074 NR 19 779 .2733 18 415 .2814 18 18 18 22 10 16 15 .370
18 Michigan .2995 NR 17 914 .3207 17 458 .3105 20 14 20 10 23 0 20 .270
19 Houston .2863 NR 22 562 .1972 20 359 .2434 16 11 0 12 19 18 13 .420
20 Auburn .2645 NR 21 565 .1982 23 202 .1369 14 19 14 25 14 10 11 .460
21 Penn State .2311 NR 24 293 .1028 22 253 .1715 16 20 0 11 15 13 14 .420
22 Georgia Tech .1968 NR 18 839 .2944 19 396 .2685 27 24 0 24 25 0 0 .030
23 Illinois .1516 NR 20 571 .2004 21 260 .1763 22 22 22 18 0 0 0 .080
24 Texas .1348 NR NR 77 .0270 NR 26 .0176 19 13 0 19 11 17 19 .360
25 Washington .0871 NR 25 240 .0842 24 174 .1180 25 0 16 0 0 21 25 .060
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College Football Rankings 2011, Week 8: Top 10 Remains Steady Ahead Of First BCS Poll

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Boise St. all cruised to relatively easy wins this past weekend and helped to keep things in the Top 10 on an even keel before the first BCS Poll is released later Sunday night. 

Outside of the Top 10, there was a great deal of chaos as three of the remaining undefeated teams in the country went down.  Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia Tech all suffered their first losses of the season, resulting in their respective plunges down the rankings. 

The state of Florida made headlines last week when the AP Poll showed no teams from the Sunshine State in the Top 25 for the first time in recent memory.  This week, the state of Texas makes the rounds as two of the four teams from the Longhorn state were ousted in Baylor and Texas.  Texas A&M and Houston remain in the rankings.

The two new additions to the rankings this week are Georgia and Washington.

1 LSU Tigers (41) 7-0 1452 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11) 7-0 1411 2
3 Oklahoma Sooners (6) 6-0 1372 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers
6-0 1252 4
5 Boise St. Broncos (1) 6-0 1218 5
6 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
6-0 1186 6
7 Stanford Cardinal
6-0 1164 7
8 Clemson Tigers
7-0 1064 8
9 Oregon Ducks
5-1 1020 9
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
5-1 946 10
11 West Virginia Mountaineers
5-1 778 13
12 Kansas St. Wildcats
6-0 762 17
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers
5-1 748 14
14 South Carolina Gamecocks
6-1 690 15
15 Michigan St. Spartans
5-1 610 23
16 Virginia Tech Hokies
6-1 597 19
17 Texas A&M Aggies
4-2 467 21
18 Michigan Wolverines
6-1 442 11
19 Auburn Tigers
5-2 374 24
20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
6-1 281 12
21 Houston Cougars
6-0 238 25
22 Washington Huskies
5-1 221 NR
23 Illinois Fighting Illini
6-1 207 16
24 Georgia Bulldogs
5-2 144 NR
24 Arizona St. Sun Devils
5-2 144 18
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College Football Rankings 2011, Week 7: Top 10 Remains Unchanged, Houston Makes First Appearance

Without quarterback John Brantley, the Florida Gators were mostly helpless against the ferocious LSU defense.  The same could be said of Texas, except that both of their quarterbacks were healthy, they just weren't very good.  The Longhorns were demolished by Oklahoma  in the days other big game.  The wins by LSU and OU over their ranked rivals, coupled with Alabama's easy win over Vanderbilt helped to keep the Top 10 unchanged for the first time this season.

The only newcomers to the poll this week were Michigan State, who re-appears after a brief two week absence, and Houston, who makes its first appearance of the season.

1 LSU Tigers(40)
6-0 1450 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (10) 6-0 1405 2
3 Oklahoma Sooners (8) 5-0 1382 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers
5-0 1243 4
5 Boise St. Broncos (1) 5-0 1222 5
6 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
5-0 1176 6
7 Stanford Cardinal
5-0 1164 7
8 Clemson Tigers
6-0 1080 8
9 Oregon Ducks
4-1 1000 9
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
5-1 921 10
11 Michigan Wolverines
6-0 868 12
12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
6-0 741 13
13 West Virginia Mountaineers
5-1 659 16
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers
5-1 642 14
15 South Carolina Gamecocks
5-1 608 18
16 Illinois Fighting Illini
6-0 594 19
17 Kansas St. Wildcats
5-0 580 20
18 Arizona St. Sun Devils
5-1 414 22
19 Virginia Tech Hokies
5-1 410 21
20 Baylor Bears
4-1 308 25
21 Texas A&M Aggies
3-2 251 24
22 Texas Longhorns
4-1 216 11
23 Michigan St. Spartans
4-1 181 NR
24 Auburn Tigers
4-2 156 15
25 Houston Cougars
6-0 142 NR
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College Football Rankings 2011, Week 6: LSU Stays On Top, Alabama Moves To #2

Alabama, Wisconsin, and Clemson all made loud statements this weekend with impressive wins over highly ranked opponents, and all were rewarded with a jump in the rankings this week.  Alabama moved from third to second, leap frogging Oklahoma (a winner over Ball St.), and setting up a potential 1 vs. 2 match-up in November between the Tide and the Tigers.

Wisconsin was also impressive, as they rudely welcomed Nebraska to the Big 10 by running and throwing all over the Cornhusker defense thanks to 150 yards and four touchdowns from running back Montee Ball.  The Badgers jumped from seventh to fourth.

Clemson made perhaps the loudest statement of all.  Coming into the season, the team expected to compete for a national title from the ACC was either Florida St. or Virginia Tech, but after knocking out Auburn, Florida St. and Virginia Tech in consecutive weeks, the Tigers are in the Top 10 and look like one of the best teams in the country.  The Tigers are ranked eighth, right behind Stanford.

1 LSU Tigers (40) 5-0 1473 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide(12) 5-0 1435 3
3 Oklahoma Sooners (7) 4-0 1397 2
4 Wisconsin Badgers
5-0 1266 7
5 Boise St. Broncos (1) 4-0 1248 4
6 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
4-0 1191 5
7 Stanford Cardinal
4-0 1185 6
8 Clemson Tigers
5-0 1093 13
9 Oregon Ducks
3-1 1028 9
10 Arkansas Razorbacks
4-1 860 18
11 Texas Longhorns
4-0 833 17
12 Michigan Wolverines
5-0 812 19
13 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
5-0 667 21
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers
4-1 555 8
15 Auburn Tigers
4-1 550 NR
16 West Virginia Mountaineers
4-1 544 22
17 Florida Gators
4-1 498 12
18 South Carolina Gamecocks
4-1 487 10
19 Illinois Fighting Illini
5-0 428 24
20 Kansas St. Wildcats
4-0 349 NR
21 Virginia Tech Hokies
4-1 341 11
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils
4-1 256 25
23 Florida St. Seminoles
2-2 237 23
24 Texas A&M Aggies
2-2 216 14
25 Baylor Bears
3-1 186 15
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AP Top 25, Week 5: LSU Rises To Number One After Win Over West Virginia

The LSU Tigers have unquestionably played the nations toughest schedule through the first 4 weeks of the season.  They now hold victories over Oregon, West Virginia, and Mississippi St., all of them away from home.  Those credentials were enough to lift the Tigers past Oklahoma and into the #1 spot for the first time since 2007.

Oklahoma, who struggled to subdue Missouri at home, dropped to #2, but is followed closely by Alabama, who impressively defeated Arkansas to move to 3-0 on the year.

Boise State and Oklahoma St. round out the top five in this weeks poll.  The Cowboys moved up from #7 after an impressive win on the road against previously 8th ranked Texas A&M.

1 LSU Tigers (42) 4-0 1471 2
2 Oklahoma Sooners (12) 3-0 1422 1
3 Alabama Crimson Tide (5) 4-0 1413 3
4 Boise St. Broncos (1) 3-0 1280 4
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
4-0 1209 7
6 Stanford Cardinal
3-0 1205 5
7 Wisconsin Badgers
4-0 1177 6
8 Nebraska Cornhuskers
4-0 991 9
9 Oregon Ducks
3-1 985 10
10 South Carolina Gamecocks
4-0 950 12
11 Virginia Tech Hokies
4-0 883 13
12 Florida Gators
4-0 820 15
13 Clemson Tigers
4-0 744 21
14 Texas A&M Aggies
2-1 734 8
15 Baylor Bears
3-0 659 17
16 South Florida Bulls
4-0 585 18
17 Texas Longhorns
3-0 466 19
18 Arkansas Razorbacks
3-1 434 14
19 Michigan Wolverines
4-0 417 22
20 TCU Horned Frogs
3-1 338 20
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
4-0 298 25
22 West Virginia Mountaineers
3-1 280 16
23 Florida State Seminoles
2-2 239 11
24 Illinois Fighting Illini
4-0 179 24
25 Arizona State Sun Devils
3-1 112 NR
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AP Top 25, Week 4: Oklahoma Widens Lead After Downing Florida St.

The Oklahoma Sooners went into hostile territory this weekend to take on the previously 5th ranked Florida St. Seminoles.  After a back and forth affair which involved a lot more defense than the blowout that took place in Norman last year, the Sooners emerged with a 23-13 victory. 

The win helped to widen Oklahoma's lead as the No. 1 team in the country over SEC members the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.  The Tigers and Tide swapped places in the rankings for the third consecutive week following LSU's impressive road win over the Mississippi St. Bulldogs.

This week, the poll welcomes five new additions including ACC representatives Clemson and Georgia Tech and says goodbye to the Ohio St. Buckeyes who were ranked for 103 consecutive polls (roughly seven years).

1 Oklahoma Sooners (37) 2-0 1471 1
2 LSU Tigers (14) 3-0 1424 3
3 Alabama Crimson Tide (7) 3-0 1402 2
4 Boise St. Broncos (2) 2-0 1309 4
5 Stanford Cardinal
3-0 1212 6
6 Wisconsin Badgers
3-0 1170 7
7 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
3-0 1092 8
8 Texas A&M Aggies
2-0 1043 9
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers
3-0 911 11
10 Oregon Ducks
2-1 899 12
11 Florida St. Seminoles
2-1 896 5
12 South Carolina Gamecocks
3-0 891 10
13 Virginia Tech Hokies
3-0 830 13
14 Arkansas Razorbacks
3-0 781 14
15 Florida Gators
3-0 669 16
16 West Virginia Mountaineers
3-0 579 18
17 Baylor Bears
2-0 521 19
18 South Florida Bulls
3-0 496 20
19 Texas Longhorns
3-0 402 23
20 TCU Horned Frogs
2-1 273 23
21 Clemson Tigers
3-0 272 NR
22 Michigan Wolverines
3-0 266 NR
23 USC Trojans
3-0 260 NR
24 Illinois Fighting Illini
3-0 106 NR
25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
3-0 59 NR
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AP Top 25, Week 3: Oklahoma Hits Milestone, Alabama & LSU Swap Again.

For the 100th time in school history the Oklahoma Sooners are ranked #1.  The Sooners retained their top ranking despite having a bye week as they prepare for their enormous showdown in Tallahassee with Florida State (#5). 

Meanwhile, the jockeying for the #2 spot in the rankings continued.  After dumping Oregon (#12) with authority, LSU jumped Alabama for 2nd, but after the Tide rolled up Penn State on Saturday Nick Saban and Alabama leapfrogged their SEC West rival to reclaim their pre-season ranking.

The complete rankings for Week 3 are below.

1    Oklahoma Sooners (32)                    1-0    1441
2    Alabama Crimson Tide (9)                2-0    1422
3    LSU Tigers (17)                                   2-0    1416
4    Boise St Broncos (2)                          1-0    1309
5    Florida St Seminoles                          2-0    1194
6    Stanford Cardinal                                2-0    1161
7    Wisconsin Badgers                            2-0    1091
8    Oklahoma St Cowboys                      2-0    1034
9    Texas A&M Aggies                              1-0    1023
10    Nebraska Cornhuskers                  2-0    893
11    South Carolina Gamecocks           2-0    888
12    Oregon Ducks                                   1-1    848
13    Virginia Tech Hokies                        2-0    830
14    Arkansas Razorbacks                     2-0    768
15    Michigan St Spartans                      2-0    598
16    Florida Gators                                   2-0    511
17    Ohio St Buckeyes                             2-0    461
18    West Virginia Mountaineers           2-0    419
19    Baylor Bears                                     1-0    374
20    South Florida Bulls                          2-0    347
21    Auburn Tigers                                   2-0    343
22    Arizona St Sun Devils                      2-0    306
23    TCU Horned Frogs                          1-1    166
24    Texas Longhorns                             2-0    153
25    Mississippi St Bulldogs                  1-1    128

Dropped from rankings: Missouri 21, Penn State 23

Others receiving votes:

Michigan 104, USC 68, Houston 32, Maryland 32, UCF 31, Missouri 23, Northwestern 19, Penn State 18, Brigham Young 14, Tennessee 13, Washington 12, Georgia 8, Georgia Tech 2

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College Football Rankings 2011: Oklahoma, LSU Top AP Top 25 Poll

Oklahoma remained on top in the first AP Top 25 poll of the 2011 college football regular season and LSU crept up to the No. 2 spot with its win over Oregon. Alabama is third in the latest poll, while Boise State rose to fourth and Florida State entered the top five at No. 5.

Boston College (0-1) and Connecticut (1-0) were unranked in the poll. The Eagles opened their season with a disappointing 24-17 loss to Northwestern on Saturday when UConn walloped Fordham, 35-3, in its opener.

Oregon slipped from the fourth spot all the way down to No. 13 after its loss to the Tigers. Auburn, the defending national champion, fell out of the top five completely after barely beating Utah State. Auburn started the year at No. 23.

Notre Dame, which suffered a bad loss to the South Florida Bulls (23-20), fell out of the poll. Georgia and USC also dropped out of the Top 25. No. 20 Baylor, No. 22 South Florida, No. 23 Penn State and No. 24 Texas ascended into the Top 25.

AP Top 25 Poll - Week 1

  1. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0; 32 first-place votes)
  2. LSU Tigers (1-0; 17 first-place votes)
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0; 9 first-place votes)
  4. Boise St. Broncos (1-0; 2 first-place votes)
  5. Florida St. Seminoles (1-0)
  6. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
  7. Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)
  8. Wisconsin Badgers 91-0)
  9. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (1-0)
  10. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0)
  11. Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0)
  12. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
  13. Oregon Ducks (0-1)
  14. Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0)
  15. Ohio St. Buckeyes (1-0)
  16. Mississippi St. Bulldogs (1-0)
  17. Michigan St. Spartans (1-0)
  18. Florida Gators (1-0)
  19. West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0)
  20. Baylor Bears (1-0)
  21. Missouri Tigers (1-0)
  22. South Florida Bulls (1-0)
  23. Penn St. Nittany Lions (1-0)
  24. Texas Longhorns (1-0)
  25. TCU Horned Frogs (0-1)
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Arizona State 119, Auburn 85, USC 69, Georgia 52, Northwestern 40, Maryland 34, Brigham Young 33, Iowa 29, Houston 27, Utah 24, Notre Dame 22, Michigan 17, Pittsburgh 11, Air Force 11, UCF 10, North Carolina State 8, Tennessee 6, Hawaii 6, NORIL 5, Arizona 5, Southern Miss 4, Georgia Tech 1, Clemson 1.
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College Football Rankings: Oklahoma Tops AP Top 25 Preseason Poll; BC, UConn Unranked

Oklahoma is on top of the world, at least the football team is. The Sooners received the top ranking in the nation in the AP Top 25 Preseason poll, which was released on Saturday. Boston College and UConn were not surprisingly unranked.

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