College Football: Week 11 Top 25 Power Rankings

Al Dannity | Updated Nov 14, 2011

And the wall came tumbling down! Al Dannity wades through the carnage in the Top 25 as two unbeatens fell and BCS Armageddon raised its ugly head.

1. LSU (10-0, 6-0 SEC, 7-3 ATS) After a tight first half, this turned out to be a routine win for the Tigers. The extended use of Jordan Jefferson left no doubt that he has won the starting spot from Jarrett Lee at quarterback. Last week: W 42-9 vs. Western Kentucky. Next game: Saturday at Mississippi.

2. Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12, 8-2 ATS) The offense ran riot in Lubbock but don’t ignore a defense that leads the nation in turnover margin. Last week: W 66-6 at Texas Tech. Next game: Saturday at Iowa State.

3. Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC, 7-3 ATS) Despite jumping two spots in these rankings, the Tide did themselves no favors in a dull win over the Bulldogs. If they want a rematch with LSU they may need to explode in the Iron Bowl. Last week: W 24-7 at Mississippi State. Next game: Saturday vs. Georgia Southern.

4. Oregon (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12, 6-4 ATS) That was a huge win over the Cardinal. Getting a re-match with the Tigers may be beyond reach for the Ducks. Last week: W 53-30 at Stanford. Next game: Saturday vs. USC.

5. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, 6-3 ATS) The Sooners jump two spots in an idle week and could yet play their way into the BCS title game with a win in Bedlam. Voters will however be hard pressed to forgive that loss at home to the Red Raiders. Last week: Idle. Next game: Saturday at Baylor.

6. Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12, 9-1 ATS) The Pac-12 and BCS title hopes of the Cardinal evaporated on Saturday night. They could yet make the BCS but Stanford must win out first. Last week: L 53-30 vs. Oregon. Next game: Saturday vs. California.

7. Houston (10-0, 6-0 Conf. USA, 8-2 ATS) The Cougars have hit an extra gear but they face a tough road to finish line in their bid for a trip to the BCS. If they lose, the tumble down the rankings will be huge. Last week: W 73-17 at Tulane. Next game: Saturday vs. SMU.

8. Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 SEC, 6-4 ATS) Oh look, the Hogs are building up a head of steam as their date with LSU draws near. Now wouldn’t it be fun if we had a three-way tie in the SEC West? Last week: W 49-7 vs. Tennessee. Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi State (at War Memorial Stadium).

9. Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC, 7-3 ATS) A narrow win over Wake Forest booked a spot in the ACC title game and sees the Tigers hold on at #9 in these rankings. Last week: W 31-28 vs. Wake Forest. Next game: Saturday at NC State.

10. Boise State (8-1, 3-1 MWC, 4-5 ATS) For the second year running the Broncos’ BCS hopes end on a missed field goal/ Last week: L 36-35 vs. TCU. Next game: Saturday at San Diego State.

11. Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1 ACC, 3-7 ATS) Just like that the Hokies are back on course for a shot at redemption in a likely re-match with Clemson. Should they win that, they will surely rue the missed opportunity at a perfect season. Last week: W 37-26 at Georgia Tech. Next game: Thursday vs. North Carolina.

12. Georgia (8-2, 6-1 SEC, 7-3 ATS) The Dawgs only need to beat hapless Kentucky to secure an unlikely trip to the SEC title game. Quite the turnaround. Last week: W 45-7 vs. Auburn. Next game: Saturday vs. Kentucky.

13. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, 6-4 ATS) The Spartans know the task ahead of them. Win out and they are in the Big Ten title game. Last week: W 37-21 at Iowa. Next game: Saturday vs. Indiana.

14. South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC, 5-5 ATS) A 10 win season is still within reach but the Gamecocks know they had a shot at returning to Atlanta this season. Last week: W 17-12 vs. Florida. Next game: Saturday vs. Citadel.

15. Nebraska (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten, 3-6-1 ATS) They needed to hang on but that win at Penn State put Nebraska in the mix for a BCS at-large bid. Last week: W 17-14 at Penn State. Next game: Saturday at Michigan.

16. Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten, 7-3 ATS) The Badgers are back in the driver’s seat in the race to the Big Ten title game. Two more wins and they’re in. Last week: W 42-13 at Minnesota. Next game: Saturday at Illinois.

17. Kansas State (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, 8-2 ATS) It took triple-overtime but the Wildcats proved they belong in these rankings with a big win over the Aggies. Last week: W 53-50 vs Texas A&M. Next game: Saturday at Texas.

18. TCU (8-2, 5-0 MWC, 5-5 ATS) To all the non-believers out there, these Horned Frogs plan on making a big splash in the Big 12 next season. Last week: W 36-35 at Boise State. Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado State.

19. USC (8-2, 6-2 Pac-12, 6-4 ATS) It was tough not to move the Trojans up after an excellent display but the teams above them did too much to be ignored. Last week: W 40-17 vs. Washington. Next game: Saturday at Oregon.

20. Southern Mississippi (9-1, 5-1 Conf. USA, 7-3 ATS) Southern Miss just squeezed home against UCF and should have it easier against the Blazers on Thursday. Last week: W 30-29 vs. UCF. Next game: Thursday at UAB.

21. Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, 2-7-1 ATS) The Nittany Lions took a big tumble following that home loss. Last week: L 17-14 vs. Nebraska. Next game: Saturday at Ohio State.

22. Arkansas State (8-2, 6-0 Sun Belt, 8-2 ATS) One more win and the Red Wolves will lock up at least a share of the Sun Belt title. Last week: W 30-21 vs. Louisiana Lafayette. Next game: Saturday at Middle Tennessee.

23. Michigan (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten, 7-3 ATS) Congratulations Brady Hoke on getting more wins in your first season than Rich Rodriguez managed in any of his three in Ann Arbor. Last week: W 31-14 at Illinois. Next game: Saturday vs. Nebraska.

24. Notre Dame (7-3, 5-5 ATS) The Fighting Irish creep up one spot. A home win over Boston College would ensure Brian Kelly’s troops outdo their regular season showing from 2010. Last week: W 45-21 at Maryland. Next game: Saturday vs. Boston College.

25. Virginia (7-3, 4-2 ACC, 4-5-1) The Cavaliers enter the rankings almost by default, as the only one of last week’s last five out not to lose. They face a tough trip to Tallahassee on Saturday. Last week: W 31-21 vs. Duke. Next game: Saturday at Florida State.

Last five out: Baylor, Florida State, San Diego State, Tulsa, West Virginia.

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