Week 11 in the NCAA saw another undefeated team fall from the ranks of the loss-less, but it also saw the fall of another undefeated team, the Boise State Broncos. All four of the remaining undefeated teams posted sizable and impressive victories, but Boise State, which had enjoyed a #2 ranking in the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 college football standings for Week 10, fell to the last of the undefeateds, #4. Elsewhere in the Top 10, LSU took out the defending national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, ending their hopes to somehow get back into the BCS Championship Game. So where does that leave the Top 10 college football rankings list? Besides Oregon at the top and Ohio State and Nebraska at #8 and #9, respectively, the AP Top 25 Poll looks a bit different in Week 11.
Auburn took the #2 spot from Boise State in Week 11 even though they let tiny Chattanooga score 21 points against them. TCU defeated the previously undefeated Utah Utes convincingly, 47-7. They, too, jumped over the Broncos. In defense of Auburn and TCU, they have posted 10 wins already; Boise State only has 8. Still, some might find it difficult to figure out how they dropped two slots in the AP Top 25 when they beat the #1 passing offensive team, Hawaii, 42-7. There is a 118-point spread between Oregon and Boise State, with the Broncos pulling in the second-most first-place votes at 7 (Oregon has 49).
After the undefeateds comes LSU at #5. Previously #12, LSU took Alabama’s place in that position, defeating the Crimson Tide in a hardfought SouthEast Conference battle that came down to the last few minutes to decide a winner.
Week 11 saw Wisconisin win again, taking out Purdue for the #6 position. The #7 spot went to previous #13 Stanford after they posted a solid victory of #15 Arizona. Ohio State remained at the #8 position due to being idle. Nebraska stayed at #9 after Iowa State gambled on a two-point conversion and lost to the Huskers, 31-30.
Rounding out the Top 10 in the anchor position is Michigan State, resurging back into the Top 10 after falling to #16, even though they defeated a team, Minnesota, that had posted only one win this season.
The biggest vertical move was made by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, moving up seven notches to #12 after beating #22 Baylor soundly, 55-28. The largest drop was experienced by Utah, falling nine places to #15.
Three teams dropped from the college football rankings in Week 11. Florida State missed a game-winning field goal and lost their #24 position. Clemson scored with less than seven minutes to go in their Atlantic Coast Conference match-up with North Carolina State, knocking the Wolfpack from their #23 spot. The aforementioned Baylor Bears went down hard to Oklahoma State to drop from the AP Top 25.
The three teams benefitting from those same losses were: Texas A&M (knocked off #11 Oklahoma), Florida (beat Vanderbilt), and UC-Fullerton (beat Houston). These teams entered at numbers 23, 24, and 25, respectively.
Alabama’s loss ensured increased pressure to win this year’s Iron Bowl, the annual meeting between Auburn and Alabama. Not only would it keep Alabama from losing a third game, but it would potentially knock Auburn out of the BCS Championship Game, where it looks as if the Tigers would be headed if the current BCS rankings hold.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings (Week 11, November 7)
4. Boise State
8. Ohio State
10. Michigan State
12. Oklahoma State
16. Virginia Tech
17. Mississippi State
22. South Carolina
23. Texas A&M
Compare to AP Top 25 college football rankings for Week 10.
Associated Press Top 25 Poll via ESPN.go.com