Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

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    The college football season is getting ready to enter November, and it is not without its fair share of storylines. 

    This past weekend, Notre Dame went on the road and earned a huge win over Oklahoma, Kansas State kept rolling with a victory over Texas Tech, the Tide rolled over Mississippi State, Florida lost to Georgia, USC dropped a stunner to Arizona, and the Ducks got jumped in the BCS rankings again, this time by Notre Dame. 

    With so much football left to be played and the rest of the story yet to be written, here is a look at this week's power rankings of all 124 teams. 

No. 124-No. 86

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    No. 124: Massachusetts

    No. 123: Southern Miss

    No. 122: University of Alabama at Birmingham

    No. 121: Army

    No. 120: Akron 

    No. 119: Buffalo

    No. 118: Eastern Michigan

    No. 117: Wyoming

    No. 116: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    No. 115: Colorado 

    No. 114: Florida International University

    No. 113: Kentucky

    No. 112: New Mexico State

    No. 111: Idaho

    No. 110: Hawaii

    No. 109: Memphis 

    No. 108: University of Texas at El Paso

    No. 107: Kansas

    No. 106: Florida Atlantic

    No. 105: South Alabama

    No. 104: Auburn 

    No. 103: Washington State

    No. 102: Colorado State

    No. 101: Illinois

    No. 100: South Florida             

    No. 99: Virginia 

    No. 98: Boston College

    No. 97: Tulane

    No. 96: Marshall

    No. 95: Western Michigan

    No. 94: Rice

    No. 93: Tennessee

    No. 92: North Texas

    No. 91: Texas State

    No. 90: Utah 

    No. 89: Cal

    No. 88: Central Michigan 

    No. 87: Arkansas 

    No. 86: Purdue

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    No. 85: Indiana

    No. 84: Troy

    No. 83: Vanderbilt

    No. 82: New Mexico 

    No. 81: Miami (OH)

    No. 80: Missouri 

    No. 79: Connecticut  

    No. 78: Baylor

    No. 77: Southern Methodist

    No. 76: Iowa 

    No. 75: Temple

    No. 74: Houston  

    No. 73: Georgia Tech

    No. 72: Washington 

    No. 71: Wake Forest

    No. 70: Pittsburgh 

    No. 69: Maryland 

    No. 68: Miami 

    No. 67: Syracuse

    No. 66: Louisiana Lafayette 

    No. 65: University of Texas at San Antonio

    No. 64: Middle Tennessee

    No. 63: Air Force

    No. 62: Brigham Young

    No. 61: Navy

    No. 60: East Carolina 

    No. 59: Virginia Tech

    No. 58: Arkansas State

    No. 57: Ole Miss

    No. 56: Michigan State

    No. 55: San Jose State

    No. 54: NC State

    No. 53: San Diego State

    No. 52: Fresno State

    No. 51: Arizona State

No. 50: Minnesota

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    Minnesota finally brought their three-game slide to an end this week with a win over Purdue. The win moved the Gophers to 5-3 and have them one game closer to becoming bowl eligible.

    The Gophers have truly turned things around this year and will have a chance to prove themselves late in the year as the schedule picks up.

No. 49: Iowa State

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    After their win this past weekend, Iowa State continues to show life at 5-3. The Cyclones appear to have taken a big step forward this year, and if they weren't in such a tough conference, they may be doing even better.

    While the start is nice, the Cyclones still have three games remaining against ranked teams and have their hands full in becoming bowl eligible. 

No. 48: Penn State

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    Penn State had their fans ready to go with their white-out on Saturday but unfortunately, Ohio State came to town, took control in the second half and coasted to an easy victory. 

    Despite the loss, the Nittany Lions are still overachieving this season. They only have one conference loss and are not out of the conference title hunt. 

No. 47: TCU

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    After a strong 5-1 start to the year, TCU has lost their past two games and are now 5-3 and 2-3 in the Big East.

    The bad news for the Horned Frogs is that the schedule is not going to ease up as they take on West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and then Oklahoma. If the defense does not get their act together, TCU could possibly miss a bowl game. 

No. 46: North Carolina

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    This past week the Tar Heels earned a dramatic victory over NC State when they got a 74 yard punt return with under 20 seconds remaining that gave North Carolina the lead for good. 

    The Tar Heels are now 6--3 on the year, and with three games remaining, North Carolina has a great chance of finishing the year at 9-3.

No. 45: Ball State

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    Despite a defense that is one of the worst in the nation, the Ball State offense has kept this team afloat and currently has the Cardinals at 6-3.

    While the MAC has a lot of tough teams this year, Ball State is showing improvement from last year and appears to be a team that could make some noise over the next couple of seasons. 

No. 44: Bowling Green

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    Since starting the year at 1-3, Bowling Green has gotten things completely turned around and have improved to 6-3 with five straight victories. 

    Over the past five games the Falcons defense has been incredible and is the reason that this team is hanging tough in the race to go play for the MAC title. 

No. 43: Nevada

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    Over the past two weeks, things have been falling apart for the Nevada Wolf Pack. By losing to the Air Force this past weekend, the Wolf Pack may have buried any chance they had of making a run at winning the MWC. 

No. 42: Western Kentucky

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    After a tough loss to Louisiana Monroe, Western Kentucky bounced back to earn a much needed win over FIU.

    With the win, the HIlltoppers move to 6-2 and are looking strong this season. They currently sit second in the Sun Belt and are looking to keep the heat on the Warhawks. 

No. 41: Duke

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    Duke finally saw their season hit the wall as they went up against Florida State this past week. Despite having a great season so far, the Blue Devils know that they hit their limit this week as the Seminoles were more physical and more talented in all areas.

    While the loss is tough, the Blue Devils have already overachieved and have plenty to play for. 

No. 40: Cincinnati

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    Last year, Cincinnati earned a share of the Big East title, but an overtime loss to Louisville this past week could put them behind the eight ball for a repeat performance. 

    If the Bearcats can run the table the rest of the way and take out a Rutgers team that has yet to lose in conference, they will have a shot but will need Louisville to stumble down the stretch. 

No. 39: UCF

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    After four games, UCF is still perfect in Conference USA. With four games remaining, the Knights still have two home games but also two road games to navigate through.

    If UCF can manage to earn a win of Tulsa on the road, they could be on their way to a conference title. 

No. 38: Utah State

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    At 7-2, Utah State is another team in the WAC that is cruising along and moving towards a great season.

    While the schedule does not pick up this week, the Aggies do have a road trip in a couple of weeks with Louisiana Tech, a game that should decide the conference title. 

No. 37: Michigan

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    Michigan went on the road and had a hard time with Nebraska this past week and were handed a tough conference road loss. 

    During the game, Denard Robinson went down with an injury that kept him out the entire second half which really limited the offense all game long. Now, the Wolverines are behind the eight ball in their division and need to turn things around quickly. 

No. 36: Louisiana Monroe

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    The wins keep coming this year for Louisiana Monroe as they have now won five straight and are 6-2 on the year.

    Louisiana Monroe has shown the ability to play with SEC level talent this year, which has made their path through the Sun Belt seem like a walk in the park. 

No. 35: Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin has to be seeing Michigan State in their nightmares now. After seemingly straightening everything out and finding their own rhythm, the Badgers lost a tough overtime game this past week and now drop to 6-3 on the year.

    If the Badgers want to help prevent future losses, they need to get the running game back on track and make sure they don't have the defense shoulder the load all game long. 

No. 34: Ohio

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    Ohio's run at perfection came to an end this past weekend when the Bobcats were looking for the go ahead touchdown, instead of the game tying field goal, and saw quarterback Tyler Tettleton get sacked to end the game.

    With the loss, the Bobcats lost a critical game in conference and will now have to dig themselves out of a late hole. 

No. 33: Northwestern

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    After losing by one point to Nebraska a couple of weeks ago, the Wildcats bounced back to their winning ways by taking down Iowa, 28-17.

    With the Northwestern win, the Wildcats are now 7-2 but will be tested with back-to-back games against Michigan and Michigan State. 

No. 32: Northern Illinois

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    The Northern Illinois Huskies have now won eight-straight games and have improved to 8-1 on the season after their win over Western Michigan. 

    Going forward, the only concern that the Huskies may have is that in the game against Western Michigan the defense let up more points than they had the previous three games combined. We will find out if that is an issue in two weeks when they take on Toledo. 

No. 31: Tulsa

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    Leading the way in Conference USA right now is Tulsa. With a 7-1 record, the Golden Hurricanes find themselves on top of the conference standing and are doing so with great balance. 

    If the Golden Hurricane's continue to run the ball effectively, currently ranked ninth in the nation for rushing yard per games, they will be heading to the Conference USA title game. 

No. 30: Kent State

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    Not many people may have seen it coming, and not many people may have even known it happened, but Kent State found a way to upset Rutgers and end the Scarlet Knights run at perfection. 

    The game was huge for the program and is something that they can use as a springboard for the remainder of the season. 

No. 29: Texas

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    While a win is a win, the Texas last second win over Kansas was not what the fans had in mind when they saw the Jayhawks on the schedule for this week.

    Going forward, the Longhorns need to get their offense back on track, or this could be a rough stretch at the end of the season for them. 

No. 28: Oklahoma State

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    This week marked a third straight win for Oklahoma State, this time over TCU. Over the past three games, the surprising part has been the play of the Cowboys defense. The defense has held teams to under 14 points in each game and are coming up with huge stops.

    While the three wins are nice, the Cowboys now have to head on the road to take on a hot team in Kansas State. 

No. 27: Rutgers

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    The dream season for Rutgers came to an end this past week, but the upside to the loss is that it was not a conference loss so they are still in a two-team race with Louisville. 

    At 7-1, the Scarlet Knights need to shake this game off because they still play Cincinnati and Louisville in conference play.  

No. 26: Toledo

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    Toledo continues to roll in the MAC, this time coming away with a road win over Buffalo. The Rockets are now 8-1, and while they are coming towards the end of their schedule, they still have some challenges to overcome.

    Left on the schedule is still Ball State and Northern Illinois, two teams that will challenge them. 

No. 25: UCLA

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    In the eight games that the Bruins have played so far this year, they have matched their win total from all of last year with six victories. 

    The even better news for the Bruins is that with the USC loss the door is still open for UCLA to make another run at winning the division this year. 

No. 24: Arizona

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    Arizona pulled off the stunner of the weekend as the Wildcats took out USC at home. With the win, the Wildcats jumped back into the Top 25 and still have an outside chance of winning the Pac-12 South. 

    If the Wildcats defense can make as many big plays as they did this past week, Arizona can still salvage this season and end it with a great record. 

No. 23: Louisiana Tech

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    Despite their loss to Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech has rebounded strongly and has moved to 7-1 on the year with a win this past week against New Mexico State.

    The Bulldogs will continue to cruise through their WAC schedule but late in the year, they will take on an Utah State team that is doing just as well as they are this year. 

No. 22: West Virginia

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    After suffering bad losses in back-to-back weeks against Texas Tech and Kansas State, the Mountaineers got this past week off and now pick back up against TCU this week.

    Despite the hot start this year, the Mountaineers will not likely win the Big 12 and will need to use this as a growing moment going forward in their new conference. 

No. 21: Nebraska

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    Nebraska took a huge step towards heading to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game by beating Michigan this past week.

    While the Cornhuskers still have some big game left on the schedule, they are leading the pack and still have all of their goals in front of them. 

No. 20: Texas Tech

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    After back-to-back wins over West Virginia and TCU, the Red Raiders ran out of steam and got blown out on the road against Kansas State.

    While this has been a strong season for Texas Tech, they were not able to stand up to the week in and week out riggers of the Big 12. 

No. 19: USC

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    USC had a huge game against Oregon coming up this week, and it would have been even bigger if the Trojans were able to remain focused at Arizona. Instead they left town with their second loss of the year.

    Now with two losses on the year, the Trojans are not having the season they thought they would, but a win against Oregon could turn things around. 

No. 18: Boise State

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    Quietly, the Broncos have moved to 7-1 on the season, but the only really strong competition that they have faced this year was the team they lost to at the start of the year, Michigan State.

    Despite the chance to finish 11-1 on the year, the Broncos are out of the national spotlight and not likely making a run at a BCS bowl. 

No. 17: Mississippi State

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    With their perfect season intact, the Bulldogs went on the road and got blasted by the Crimson Tide. While Dan Mullen has this program moving in the right direction, this was a measuring stick that they clearly came up short on.

    While the loss is tough, the Bulldogs need to bounce back and get focused for Texas A&M this week. 

No. 16: Texas A&M

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    This past week Texas A&M went on the road and put up more points on Auburn than any other team in their history had scored on them, 63.

    Coming up next for the Aggies is a game against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs need a bounce back win so both teams will be competing hard for this SEC victory. 

No. 15: Stanford

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    Stanford is doing enough to stick around in the Pac-12 race as they defeated Washington State 24-17. 

    While the defense has been consistent, the offense has been on and off, and when the Cardinal go to Eugene to play the Ducks in three weeks, the offense will need to be on if they want to compete. 

No. 14: Oklahoma

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    With a chance to make a statement at home, the Sooners offense fell flat and failed to defeat Notre Dame in one of their bigger games of the year.

    Now with two losses, the Sooners need to make sure they do not let this season slip away. While the likelihood of a conference title is still a long-shot, they can still have a 10-win season. 

No. 13: Oregon State

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    Oregon State is hitting the hard part of their schedule, and it started off with a loss to Washington. The loss brought to an end their dreams of a perfect season and showed some flaws in their offense.

    Now that the Beavers have lost, it will be interesting to see how this teams responds to their first bit of adversity this season. 

No. 12: Louisville

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    Louisville took a huge step towards grabbing control of the Big East by taking out Cincinnati in overtime. With the win, the Cardinals remain perfect and can begin eyeing up Rutgers.

    If Louisville can stay on this path and take down Rutgers, they will most likely win their second straight conference title and head to a BCS game. 

No. 11: South Carolina

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    While the win over Tennessee was good, all of the talk for this game was about the horrific injury that running back Marcus Lattimore suffered. 

    Going forward, the Gamecocks will have to put that image in the back on their mind and continue to salvage this season. 

No. 10: Clemson

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    Despite their head-to-head loss to Florida State, Clemson continues to keep the heat on the Seminoles by not losing. 

    This past week the Tigers defeated Wake Forest and did so impressively. As long as they keep on winning, they will have a shot at earning their way back into the ACC title game. 

No. 9: Florida State

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    After a loss to NC State, Florida State has gotten back on track and has won their past three games. Now at 8-1, the Seminoles are still in control of their division but Clemson is hot on their trail.

    All Florida State needs to do is keep winning, and they will play for their conference title and have an outside shot at the national title should some of the undefeated teams fall. 

No. 8: Florida

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    Florida had a great season going, but this past week they came up against Georgia. Coming up short, not only did an undefeated season come to an end, but now they are behind the eight ball for even going to the SEC title.

    For now, the Gators must keep winning and hope they get some help to sneak back into the race. 

No. 7: Ohio State

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    While this season may not allow the Buckeyes to go to a bowl game, the Buckeyes are playing like a team that is truly inspired.

    Currently Ohio State is 9-0, and this past week they won on the road against Penn State.

    They still have Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan left on the schedule so an undefeated season is not out of the question. 

No. 6: Georgia

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    In a huge SEC battle, Georgia came out on top and took down the previously undefeated Gators. With the win, the Bulldogs grabbed a big advantage in their division and appeared to be the front-runner to head to the SEC title game.

    As long as the Bulldogs can focus in, they should be heading to Atlanta for the SEC championship. 

No. 5: LSU

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    With the week off, LSU was able to sit back and relax as they are continuing to prepare for their huge game with Alabama.

    Since the Tigers only have one loss, a win over the Tide would put them in control of the division and certainly put themselves in a position to win the SEC and potentially go back to the national title game.

    Beat the Tide, and this season could turn right around. 

No. 4: Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame went out on the road and earned themselves a huge win over Oklahoma. The win has put the Irish in a great position to run the table straight into their game against USC.

    It has been a while since the Irish have been undefeated at this point, and if they keep this up, they could find themselves playing for the national title. 

No. 3: Kansas State

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    Another week and another win for the Wildcats. This past week Kansas State took down Texas Tech in convincing fashion.

    Since getting into their Big 12 schedule, the Wildcats have been blowing teams out. While the perfect record is nice, the Wildcats must remain focused because their next four games will continue to challenge them. 

No. 2: Oregon

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    Once again, the Ducks came out and dominated their competition.

    Now at 8-0, the Ducks are facing their biggest game of the year and a game that will draw the most attention, a game at USC.

    If the Ducks can pull out a win over the Trojans on the road, they will receive a huge boost to their strength of schedule and will start to separate themselves with Alabama. 

No. 1: Alabama

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    Mississippi State had all the confidence in the world until they actually kicked off the ball against Alabama. The Tide are flexing their championship muscle every week, but no week is better than this week.

    This week the Tide take on LSU on the road, and if they want all of the hard work they have put in so far to matter, they must beat the Tigers on the road.