College Football Rankings Week 11: Bleacher Report's Top 25

Tyler PiccottiContributor IIINovember 3, 2013

College Football Rankings Week 11: Bleacher Report's Top 25

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    The 10th week of college football action provided plenty of excitement for fans of all teams and conferences.

    There were rivalry games, a number of memorable offensive performances and even a miraculous game-winning pass as time expired.

    As a result, Bleacher Report's Top 25 poll has shifted once again. Here's a look at the new rankings.

     

    Poll voters: Chris Bello, Eric Bowman, Carter Bryant, Phil Callahan, Andrew Coppens, Bill Eichenberger, Michael Felder, Trenise Ferreira, Sean Frye, Kyle Kensing, Ben Kercheval, Sanjay Kirpalani, Hunter Mandel, Adam Kramer, David Luther, Jonathan McDanal, Max Rausch, David Regimbal, Patrick Runge, Barrett Sallee, Alex Sims, Erin Sorensen and Marc Torrence.

    Each voter submitted an individual Top 25, and every first-place team was given 25 points. The second-place team received 24, and so on. The teams are ranked according to total points.

    *All times are ET

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    Texas: 17

    Georgia: 16

    Ole Miss: 8

    Minnesota: 6

    Oregon State: 6

    Nebraska: 3

    BYU: 2

    Ball State: 2

    Houston: 2

    Michigan: 2

    Duke: 1

25. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Previous Rank: Unranked

    Week 10 Result: Win, 55-21, over Washington State

    Week 11: at Utah, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m.

    Overall Record: 6-2

    Poll Points: 50

    The Sun Devils gave the Cougars quite a scare on Halloween, tallying 557 total yards in an easy victory. Taylor Kelly threw the ball at will and wound up with seven total touchdowns.

    The win gave Arizona State a full-game lead in the Pac-12 South.

    Now on a three-game winning streak, the surging Devils run into Utah next weekend. Although the Utes beat Stanford earlier in the season, they've been otherwise ineffective. Thus, four in a row seems likely.

24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Previous Rank: No. 25

    Week 10 Result: Win, 38-34, over Navy

    Week 11: at Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 9, time TBD

    Overall Record: 7-2

    Poll Points: 67

    The Irish and Midshipmen dueled back and forth throughout much of the afternoon, but a late touchdown plunge by Tarean Folston proved to be the deciding score. Folston had 140 rushing yards to lead Notre Dame offensively.

    Next up for Brian Kelly's bunch is Pittsburgh, which took the Irish to triple overtime one year ago and nearly derailed their run to the title game. While a return to that game isn't possible, Notre Dame can begin an unlikely BCS push with a victory against the Panthers.

23. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Previous Rank: No. 13

    Week 10 Result: Loss, 52-34, to Oklahoma State

    Week 11: vs. Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-2

    Poll Points: 95

    The Red Raiders have now sputtered in two straight losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. During that span, they have given up 90 points.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get much easier going forward. While Kansas State is a very beatable opponent next week, matchups with Big 12 leaders Baylor and Texas loom after that.

    The Red Raiders are still barely alive in the conference race, but one more loss will change that.

22. UCF Knights

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    Previous Rank: No. 22

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: vs. Houston, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

    Overall Record: 6-1

    Poll Points: 141

    Quarterback Blake Bortles is quickly becoming one of the biggest hidden gems in college football. After leading the Knights past Louisville earlier this season, he could put them in position for a conference crown in Week 11.

    Recent history favors Central Florida. The Knights have owned the Cougars of late, winning three straight games since the start of the 2005 season. But with control of the AAC on the line, expect Bortles and his teammates to have their work cut out for them.

21. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Previous Rank: No. 21

    Week 10 Result: Win, 28-9, over Iowa

    Week 11: vs. BYU, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 6-2

    Poll Points: 144

    The Badgers bulled their way to the Heartland Trophy by pulling away from Iowa in the fourth quarter. James White provided two late touchdowns to put the game out of reach. He now has seven rushing touchdowns in his last five games.

    Next up for Wisconsin is a nonconference tilt with BYU. Both rushing attacks rank among the top 20 in the country, which means defense will be at a premium. 

     

20. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Previous Rank: No. 20

    Week 10 Result: Win, 63-19, over Massachusetts

    Week 11: Bye

    Overall Record: 9-0

    Poll Points: 151

    The Huskies continued their domination of MAC opponents by demolishing Massachusetts. Quarterback Jordan Lynch had five touchdowns, including four on the ground, in just over one half of play.

    Northern Illinois will head into its Week 11 bye undefeated, but looming beyond that is a huge clash with Ball State. Whoever wins that game will take full control of the MAC West, but the Huskies will be more concerned with keeping their BCS hopes alive.

19. Louisville Cardinals

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    Previous Rank: No. 19

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: at Connecticut, Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 164

    The Cardinals may still be feeling the aftershock from a 38-35 loss to UCF on Oct. 18, but there's no better opportunity to put that loss fully behind them than with a tilt versus winless Connecticut.

    The Huskies allow 35.1 points per game, ranking 108th in the country. Teddy Bridgewater should smell blood in the water and continue what has been a stellar 2013 season.

    He hasn't thrown for fewer than 300 yards since Sept. 21 against Florida International, and that streak will more than likely continue into next week.

18. UCLA Bruins

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    Previous Rank: No. 18

    Week 10 Result: Win, 45-23, over Colorado

    Week 11: at Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 p.m.

    Overall Record: 6-2

    Poll Points: 175

    Following two losses against ranked opponents, the Bruins surged back into the win column by overmatching the Buffaloes. Brett Hundley was nearly flawless, throwing only five incompletions and factoring in four touchdowns.

    The win kept the Bruins' Pac-12 hopes very much intact. If they can beat Arizona on Saturday, they will move into second place in the South division. Plus, they will be in position to take the division should they win out the rest of the way.

17. Michigan State Spartans

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    Previous Rank: No. 23

    Week 10 Result: Win, 29-6, over Michigan

    Week 11: Bye

    Overall Record: 8-1

    Poll points: 198

    The Spartans absolutely manhandled the Wolverines, holding them to 168 total yards. Michigan totaled minus-48 rushing yards, the worst mark in school history.

    Meanwhile, Michigan State has quietly won five games in a row, all against conference opponents.

    Next up for Sparty is a showdown with Nebraska in two weeks. Fresh off a miraculous victory over Northwestern, the Cornhuskers could be in position to wrestle away the Big Ten Legends division lead when the two teams meet.

16. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Previous Rank: No. 17

    Week 10 Result: Win, 41-23, over Nevada

    Week 11: at Wyoming, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:15 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-0

    Poll Points: 209

    The Bulldogs survived a second-half scare from the Wolfpack to continue their BCS run. Derek Carr threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

    Next up for Fresno is Wyoming, which should be an easy victory. The Cowboys allow 31.6 points per game, and Carr will be able to throw at will against such a porous defense.

15. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Previous Rank: No. 8

    Week 10 Result: Loss, 41-14, to Florida State

    Week 11: vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 9, time TBD

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 248

    The Hurricanes' bid for a perfect season came to a crashing halt against the Seminoles. Their defense was torched for 517 total yards in the 27-point loss. Even worse, Duke Johnson will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

    Next week's opponent, Virginia Tech, is the epitome of a hit-or-miss team. In either case, Miami should be considered a heavy favorite.

    Although the national title game is no longer a realistic goal, the Hurricanes are still very much in the BCS picture. They will likely make the ACC title game and be forced to, once again, face Florida State. 

14. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Previous Rank: No. 16

    Week 10 Result: Win, 34-16, over Mississippi State

    Week 11: Bye

    Overall Record: 7-2

    Poll Points: 278

    Sparked by two early touchdown catches from Shaq Roland, the Gamecocks jumped out to a quick 14-7 lead against the Bulldogs and cruised the rest of the way. Quarterback Connor Shaw had four touchdowns to lead South Carolina.

    The Gamecocks now have two weeks to prepare for a home game against the depleted Florida Gators. They need a win in that game to not only erase the memories from an embarrassing 2012 loss at The Swamp, but also to keep their hopes for the SEC East crown intact.

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Previous Rank: No. 15

    Week 10 Result: Win, 52-34, over Texas Tech

    Week 11: vs. Kansas, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 280

    Quarterback Clint Chelf used his legs to propel the Cowboys to a big win over the Red Raiders. Chelf scored on a 67-yard run and later added another eight-yard touchdown.

    Teammate Desmond Roland had three rushing scores of his own.

    Oklahoma State has an easy game against Kansas next week, but then must face the top three teams in the Big 12 (Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma). If the Cowboys can win those games down the stretch, they will climb into the BCS picture. 

12. LSU Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 11

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: at Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-2

    Poll Points: 303

    LSU looked shaky against Furman in its last game, holding only a four-point lead at halftime over the Paladins. However, a strong second half carried the Tigers into this week's bye.

    Unfortunately for Les Miles and Co., they will need all the momentum they can muster for their Week 11 showdown with Alabama. This rivalry is one of the most evenly matched in college football, as the past three regular-season meetings have been decided by a combined 10 points.

    On the bright side, Zach Mettenberger played one of his best games in 2012 against the Tide. If he can give the Tigers offense the same aerial firepower, the game will go down to the wire once again.

11. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Previous Rank: No. 14

    Week 10 Result: Win, 57-7, over UTEP

    Week 11: vs. Mississippi State, Saturday Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-2

    Poll Points: 322

    Johnny Manziel was up to his usual tricks, throwing and running for a combined six touchdowns in a victory over the Miners. Expect more of the same next weekend, as the Aggies will face Mississippi State within the friendly confines of Kyle Field.

    If they can follow that up with victories over LSU and Missouri, the Aggies will climb the rankings. Not to mention, Manziel's campaign for a second Heisman will be on full tilt.

10. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Previous Rank: No. 9

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: at Baylor, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 359

    The Sooners cruised through their weekend bye after a huge win against Texas Tech last week. However, life doesn't get any easier in Week 11 against Baylor and its top-tier passing attack.

    But the real key for Oklahoma may be junior quarterback Blake Bell.

    Bell had his best game in nearly a full month against the Red Raiders, throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns. If he can slow the game down and keep Bryce Petty off the field, the Sooners could very well surge to another statement victory.

9. Missouri Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 12

    Week 10 Result: Win, 31-3, over Tennessee

    Week 11: at Kentucky, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 366

    The Tigers easily avoided a letdown following their heartbreaking loss to South Carolina by routing the Volunteers. Freshman quarterback Maty Mauk continued to impress, rushing for 114 yards and tossing three scores.

    With Texas A&M looming in the season finale, next week's duel with Kentucky is a must-win game that Missouri should roll through with ease.

    Additionally, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN, James Franklin warmed up prior to Saturday's game. That's a good sign for the senior quarterback and Tigers fans. 

8. Auburn Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 10

    Week 10 Result: Win, 35-17, over Arkansas

    Week 11: at Tennessee, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-1

    Poll Points: 368

    The 2012 Auburn renaissance continued with a solid road victory against the Razorbacks. Running back Tre Mason logged 168 yards and four touchdowns to give Gus Malzahn a win in his first return to Fayetteville.

    In terms of the BCS picture, the Tigers could end up playing the role of spoiler. Assuming they dispatch Tennessee next weekend, they will be only two home triumphs away from the SEC title game. Of course, those two games are against Georgia and Alabama. 

    Not bad for a team that went 3-9 one year ago.

7. Clemson Tigers

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    Previous Rank: No. 7

    Week 10 Result: Win, 59-10, over Virginia 

    Week 11: Bye

    Overall Record: 8-1

    Poll Points: 420

    Sammy Watkins had 169 receiving yards, including 96 on a touchdown reception in the early stages of the second half, to lead Clemson's offensive surge.

    Three different quarterbacks threw passes for the Tigers, going for a combined 435 yards.

    Clemson returns home to face the option attack of Georgia Tech on Nov. 14. Last season, the Jackets proved no match for the Tigers offense in a 16-point defeat.

6. Stanford Cardinal

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    Previous Rank: No. 6

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: vs. Oregon, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-1

    Poll Points: 450

    The Cardinal defense got a well-deserved rest this weekend after holding Sean Mannion and the high-powered Oregon State offense to just 12 points during Week 9.

    However, a grueling test awaits versus Oregon on Thursday night.

    Last season, Stanford beat the Ducks 17-14 in overtime and provided one of the defining moments of the 2012 campaign. While that victory propelled David Shaw's team to a Rose Bowl appearance, a win this week will put the Cardinal in prime position to earn a national championship berth by season's end.

5. Baylor Bears

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    Previous Rank: No. 5

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: vs. Oklahoma, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

    Overall Record: 7-0

    Poll Points: 480

    The Bears were idle this weekend, but there's nothing idle about the remainder of their schedule.

    Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are next in line to try to stop Baylor's offense. Then again, holding Bryce Petty and Co. to fewer than 50 points would be a significant accomplishment in itself. Only Kansas State has accomplished the feat in 2013.

    In any case, that stretch will be key to the Bears' Big 12 title hopes before they face TCU and Texas to conclude the regular season.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Previous Rank: No. 4

    Week 10 Result: Win, 56-0, over Purdue

    Week 11: Bye

    Overall Record: 9-0

    Poll Points: 512 (2)

    Only one week after the Buckeyes completely embarrassed Penn State at the Horseshoe, they rolled into Purdue and did the same to the Boilermakers. Braxton Miller threw four touchdowns in a 56-0 romp to continue Ohio State's undefeated season.

    Urban Meyer's team has a bye next week before hitting the road again for Illinois. The only obstacle that appears to be in the way of a perfect regular-season record is the yearly clash with Michigan on Nov. 30.

3. Oregon Ducks

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    Previous Rank: No. 2

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: vs. Stanford, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-0

    Poll Points: 542 (3)

    Mark Helfrich's squad has a few extra days to ride the momentum of its strong second half against UCLA thanks to a bye this week. At the end of that break is the biggest game of the season for the Ducks: a matchup with the Stanford Cardinal.

    Stanford's stunning overtime victory in 2012 knocked Oregon out of national title contention and completely reshaped the BCS landscape. The circumstances surrounding the game are oddly similar this season.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Previous Rank: No. 3

    Week 10 Result: Win, 41-14, over Miami (Fla.)

    Week 11: at Wake Forest, Saturday, Nov. 9, time TBD

    Overall Record: 8-0

    Poll Points: 561 (1)

    Although Jameis Winston struggled at times, the Seminoles rolled past the Hurricanes in front of a packed crowd in Tallahassee.

    The real star was the Florida State defense. The unit held Miami to 83 yards on the ground and forced two Stephen Morris interceptions.

    Based on Saturday's performance, the Seminoles should roll through the regular season undefeated. This could potentially set up a rematch with the Hurricanes in the conference title game. If that's the case, a second win could put the Seminoles in the national championship game, depending on what happens with Oregon.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Previous Rank: No. 1

    Week 10 Result: Bye

    Week 11: vs. LSU, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.

    Overall Record: 8-0

    Poll Points: 568 (17)

    Alabama emerges from its second bye week of the season in perfect position to make another run toward the BCS National Championship Game. The Tide have outscored opponents by a whopping 220 points during the past six games.

    However, don't expect another easy victory next Saturday when the LSU Tigers invade Bryant-Denny Stadium. It took some late magic from AJ McCarron in 2012 to hold off the Bayou Bengals, and an improved LSU offense should make the 2013 edition just as competitive.