College Football Week 12 Power Rankings: LSU, OSU, Alabama, Oregon and More

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We're getting awfully close to that time in the college football season when these rankings start meaning more and more. No big changes on this go-around, but stay tuned, there are going to be some season-making outings over the next couple of weeks.

Full top ten:

1. LSU Tigers (10-0) : LSU cruised 42-9 over Western Kentucky. The Tigers offense failed to reach 30 points just twice this year—versus Alabama’s top-ranked defense and Mississippi State earlier in the year. They’ve eclipsed 40 points six times. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 11/19 @ Ole Miss

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-0): After a 66-6 rout of Texas Tech Saturday, Oklahoma State is 10-0 for the first time in school history. The Cowboys have one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country; ranked second in the nation in scoring (51.7) and passing offense (394.2 ypg), and third in total offense with 565.3 ypg. Brandon Weeden made one of his strongest cases for the Heisman throwing for 423 yards and five touchdowns while completing 31-of-37 passes and Justin Blackmon had his sixth game with at least 100 yards receiving (103) and fifth multi-scoring effort (2 TDs). On the opposite side of the ball, OSU ranks in the bottom half of the FBS in all major defensive categories, but against the Red Raiders had one of their best performances of the season. Oklahoma State held Texas Tech to 270 total yards of offense, intercepted Seth Doege once, and forced two fumbles recovering both. Texas Tech’s lone touchdown was scored on a recovery after Joseph Randle fumbled to start the third quarter. Next game: at Iowa State Nov. 18th. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 11/18 @ Iowa State

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1): It took a little bit before the Tide separated from Mississippi State, who still cannot get over the hump. Alabama will get Georgia Southern in a warm-up prior to the rivalry game with Auburn. The Bama defense is ranked first in every major defensive category. I’ll repeat: every major defensive category. That’s total, scoring, passing, pass efficiency, and rushing. Hell, more than a quarter of their starting defense is a Bednarik semi-finalist. –Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 11/19 vs. Georgia Southern

4. Oregon Ducks (9-1): The Ducks ended Stanford’s quest for a perfect season and almost assuredly a BCS bid after defeating the Cardinal 53-30 Saturday night. LaMichael James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon took a giant leap towards hosting the inaugural Big 12 Championship game. The Ducks allowed Andrew Luck 271 yards and three scores, but intercepted him twice, forced a fumble, and held him to 65.9% completion percentage (27-of-41). Oregon’s one blemish on their record came in the first week against LSU on the road on a neutral field, but an undefeated Oklahoma State and Alabama’s one loss may hold them out of the BCS Title game in New Orleans. Next game: home vs. USC Nov. 19th– Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank:4; Next Game: Next Game: 11/19 vs. USC

5. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-1): The Razorbacks make it three SEC West teams in our top five. They lost to the third-ranked team in the country, scoring just 14 points on the nation’s best defense, but they’ve lit up scoreboards since. The Hogs are 13th in scoring offense, and 11th in passing offense. They’re not out of the SEC West race just yet. If they win out—meaning they would beat LSU—they’ll be right in the thick of it with the Tigers and Tide. The BCS may ultimately determine the division champs. With a win over top-ranked LSU and loss to highly-ranked Alabama, they’ll arguably have as convincing a resume as any of the three. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 6; Next Game: vs. Mississippi State

6. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1): Oklahoma was off this week, but thanks to losses by Boise State and Stanford, move up a couple spots in our weekly Top 10. Things are shaky for Oklahoma these days with both Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley sidelined for the remainder of the season with injuries that will put a lot of pressure on Landry Jones to execute with a new offensive game plan. Next game: At Baylor Nov. 19th - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank:5; Next Game: 11/19 @ Baylor

7. Stanford Cardinal (9-1): Tough loss for the Cardinal. You just can’t afford to fall in an early hole against the Ducks. They’ll keep scoring, and the Oregon defense can be tough to score on. I’m not ready to count Andrew Luck out of the Heisman race, though. In fact, I think he’ll ultimately win it. Everybody seems to want him to, and he’s one of the top three players in the country this year. That should be enough. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 11/19 vs. California

8. Clemson Tigers (9-1): Wake Forest led Clemson 28-21 entering the fourth quarter, but a 10 yard TD pass from Tajh Boyd to Jaron Brown with 5-1/2 minutes remaining tied it up, and an end of game kick by Chandler Catanzaro gave the Tigers a 31-28 victory and clinched the ACC Atlantic Division for the second time in three years. Boyd overcame an awful start, throwing two picks in the first three quarters to end with 343 yards and two touchdowns and Andre Ellington rushed for 98 yards and two scores while fumbling once. Clemson will end the season 7-0 at home, the perfect season at Memorial Stadium since 1990. Next week Clemson will get a chance for a tenth victory, something that hasn’t been accomplished in 21 years, as they travel to Raleigh to take on NC State. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: Next Game: 11/ 19 @ NC State

9. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-1): Virginia Tech survived Duke a couple weeks ago, and now they have a big showdown with Georgia Tech on Thursday. The defense is ranked in the top 15 in four major defensive categories. - Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 9; 11/17 vs. North Carolina

10.5. Boise State Broncos (8-1): For the second time in as many years, Boise State’s perfect season and BCS title bid were dashed by a missed field goal. Last season, senior Kyle Brotzman missed field goals in regulation and overtime allowing Nevada to walk away with a 34-31 overtime victory. Saturday, Kellen Moore drove the Broncos into scoring range with 55 seconds left, freshman Dan Goodale’s 39-yard kick sailed wide right as time expired to give Horned Frogs a 36-35 victory. Moore finished 28-of-38 for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the first home loss in his career. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 10 ;Next Game: 11/19 @ San Diego State

10.5. Houston Cougars (10-0): 10.5The Cougars keep chugging along. Case Keenum is a top-five Heisman contender, and nobody’s shown that Houston isn’t the best team in the country. I’m not saying they’d beat LSU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Oregon, etc., but shouldn’t they have a shot at the title until they lost at least one game? I understand college football has always done things this way (meaning has relied heavily on rankings), but I’m not convinced it’s the only way to figure out who’s the best team in the country. In fact, if we started with a clean slate to come up with a way to crown a national champion, I’m sure computer formulas and human perception would be pretty far down the list of ‘good ideas’. –Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 10 ;Next Game: 11/19 @ San Diego State