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College Football Power Rankings: LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Stanford and More

We were wrong when we told you things might get a little crazy this past weekend. As it turned out, they got a lot crazy. The top and bottom of this week's Power Rankings look a little different -- what with Oklahoma and Clemson getting the boot, and Michigan State sliding back into the top 10 -- but all in all, it's basically what you would expect.

Full power rankings:

1. LSU Tigers (11-0) : LSU handled Ole Miss with such ease that with a little over five minutes left in the game, Les Miles had his offense line up in a victory formation and take four consecutive knees rather than score again. The game was over from the opening kickoff as LSU led 35-3 going into the break, then added another 17 unanswered points in the second half for a 52-3 victory over the Rebels. Seven Tiger players ran for double-digit yardage, while the defense allowed two passing first downs, and a total of 47 yards in the air. LSU has been the best team in the country the entire season, and if they can beat the best offense in the SEC Friday afternoon, they have a clear shot at the BCS title. Next up: Arkansas, Friday 2:30pm ET in Baton Rouge. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 11/25 vs. Arkansas

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1): The Tide were the biggest winners on Saturday as Oklahoma State and Oregon fell out of the BCS title race. Alabama has a crucial showdown with Auburn coming up in the Iron Bowl, and then depending on the outcome of the LSU – Arkansas game and the BCS standings that follow, could play in the SEC title game. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 11/26 @ Auburn

3. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-1): Arkansas rounds out the SEC West domination with only one blemish this season – a road loss to No. 2 Alabama in week four.  The Razorbacks have the best offense in the SEC; sitting atop the conference in total yards (463.3 ypg), scoring (39.3 ppg), and passing (316.9 ypg). Tyler Wilson leads the SEC in yards per game (292.3) and total passing yards (3215) and is second in completion percentage (63.1%) and TD passes (21). Arkansas will face their toughest challenge to date – a matchup with LSU Friday afternoon in Death Valley. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 11/25 @ LSU

4. Stanford Cardinal (10-1): A week after falling out of the top five following the loss the Oregon, Stanford is back in it thanks to losses from several teams including the Ducks. The Cardinal’s title chances are still alive just when we all thought they were dead in the water. They need to hope for an Oregon loss this Saturday to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game, though. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 11/26 vs. Notre Dame

5.Virginia Tech Hokies (10-1): The Hokies narrowly escaped with a victory over North Carolina at home Thursday night as the Tar Heels scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter, but the 24 points Va Tech scored in the second and third quarters was enough for them to hang on 24-21. Virginia Tech will attempt to clinch the ACC Coastal Division this week in a matchup against in-state rival Virginia, who defeated FSU Saturday, and will also be playing for the Coastal berth in the conference championship game December 3rd against Clemson. The Hokies and Cavaliers match up pretty evenly, as Virginia Tech is second in the conference in rushing (201.27 ypg) and third in total offense (424.1) while Virginia is right behind them at third (177.64) and fourth (411.0) respectively. On the defensive side of the ball, the Hokies are second to the Seminoles in points allowed (16.9 ppg), rushing (104.91) and total defense (307.5). Virginia is third in total defense in the ACC (337.1), and allows an average of 123.36 ypg on the ground (4th). - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 6; 11/26 @ Virginia

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1): This one was perhaps the biggest surprise of them all. Paul Rhodes has done a fine job at Iowa State and the Cowboys had their flaws, but absolutely nobody saw this one coming. At least their Big 12 Championship hopes are alive. They just have to beat Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game—something they failed to do last year with the division title on the line. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 5; Next Game: Next Game: 12/3 vs. Oklahoma

7. Houston Cougars (11-0): The only other undefeated top 25 team should be a sure bet as a non-AQ bid for a BCS bowl, but will have to get past an 8-3 Golden Hurricane squad Saturday in Tulsa. Davey O’Brien Award finalist Case Keenum set the FBS career record for completions on his seventh throw (previous mark was 1,403 set by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell 05-08), and ended the game 30-of-45 passing for 318 yards, while throwing a touchdown pass and rushing for another as Houston stayed unbeaten with a 37-7 win over SMU last week. The number one offense in the country struggled scoring for most of the game, but gained 513 total yards and the Cougars’ 67th ranked defense stepped in to help Keenum’s perfect season alive. The Cougars’ sixth-year quarterback also joined Hawaii’s Tim Chang as the only quarterbacks to reach 4,000 yards passing in three seasons, and he tied Chang’s FBS record for career 300-yard passing games (36). – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 11/25 @ Tulsa

8. Boise State Broncos (9-1): Last year the Broncos wouldn’t have played for the national title even if they had finished undefeated. This year, they may have gotten that opportunity. But now they won’t win the Mountain West and they won’t play in a BCS bowl game. Hey, they’re not the only team to see its national title hopes dashed on a missed field goal and they probably won’t be the last. –Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: 11/26 vs. Wyoming

9.Oregon Ducks (9-2): Oregon’s two losses have both come to formidable opponents; LSU in week one, and a close loss at home at the hands of a hot USC team. Despite the 38-35 loss, the Duck’s dynamic duo of backs had solid performances; Kenjon Barner gained 123 yards on 15 carries and added two touchdowns and LaMichael James rushed 20 times for 78 yards and a score. The defeat by the Trojans has assured Oregon will not have a rematch against LSU for the national championship in New Orleans, however,  a home win against state rival Oregon State will clinch the Pac-12 North Division. USC has one final game, next week against their city-rival UCLA. The league’s southern representative in the inaugural championship game is still up for grabs between Arizona State, Utah and UCLA. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 11/26 vs. Oregon State

10. Michigan State Spartans (9-2): We debated whether to include the Spartans or USC Trojans in the ten spot, even considering including an 11th team this week just because. The Spartans have beaten Wisconsin and Michigan, and lost to Notre Dame and Nebraska. USC has beaten Oregon and Notre Dame, and lost to Arizona State and Stanford. It’s a close one. USC won’t play in a bowl game or the Pac-12 Championship Game—no matter how much they deserve it—while Michigan State may end up facing a revenge-minded Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship Game. College football never gets boring, I’ll give it that. –Danny Hobrock

AP Rank:11; Next Game: 11/26 @ Northwestern

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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