College football power rankings Washington State moves into the top 10

What occurred to the ides of November?

That is usually the time of the yr that unusual issues begin occurring within the faculty soccer world. You already know, upsets showing out of nowhere and video games that weren’t purported to be video games maintaining us all on the sting of our seats.

However when you got here into Week 11 on the lookout for chaos, you have been severely disillusioned. The highest 11 groups in final week’s ESPN Energy Rankings all gained, and eight of these groups gained by no less than 20 factors.

After all, we are able to all the time rely on the Massive 12, although, and particularly Bedlam. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State performed one other wild one, not that anyone’s shocked, with the Sooners pulling out a 48-47 win in a sport that featured 1,342 yards of complete offense.

As Caddyshack’s Carl Spackler as soon as mentioned, no less than we have that going for us.

Transferring into the highest 10 this week is Washington State, which went on the highway and thumped Colorado. Mike Leach’s Cougars are the Pac-12’s solely hope for a Faculty Soccer Playoff berth. They get Arizona at residence subsequent week after which Washington at residence within the Apple Cup the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Cougars and Huskies are the one two groups within the Pac-12 with fewer than three convention losses.

1. Alabama (10-0, 7-Zero SEC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Mississippi State 24-0
What’s subsequent: vs. The Citadel (Saturday, 12 midday ET, TBA)

For a change, Alabama did not look unbeatable on offense and even had some moments the place it appeared mortal towards a proficient Mississippi State defensive entrance. Much more worrisome for the Crimson Tide, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took a depraved shot to his already gimpy proper knee, and Mac Jones completed the sport at quarterback. However whereas it wasn’t excellent on offense, that is an Alabama protection that is getting higher and nastier by the week with back-to-back SEC shutouts for the primary time since 1980.

2. Clemson (10-0, 7-Zero ACC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Boston Faculty 27-7
What’s subsequent: vs. Duke (Saturday, TBA)

Sure, it was chilly, and Boston Faculty hung round for some time, but it surely was one other dominant ACC win for Clemson. For the fifth straight outing, the Tigers gained in a sport that was by no means actually doubtful after halftime. And after 4 wins the place the closest sport was a 34-point unfold, this one by comparability was a nail-biter, solely 20 factors. The Tigers’ protection is enjoying its greatest soccer of the season. They’ve now gone 5 straight video games the place they have not given up greater than 16 factors.

3. Notre Dame (10-0)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Florida State 42-13
What’s subsequent: vs. Syracuse (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., NBC)

No Ian Book, no downside. Enjoying with out its beginning quarterback, Notre Dame breezed to the win. And whereas this was hardly your father’s Florida State, the Irish proceed to show on a weekly foundation that they seem to be a well-rounded soccer workforce. They’re two wins away from locking up a berth within the Faculty Soccer Playoff, however an enormous take a look at awaits subsequent week towards Syracuse in Yankee Stadium.

4. Michigan (9-1, 7-Zero Massive Ten)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Rutgers 42-7
What’s subsequent: vs. Indiana (Saturday, TBA)

On this period of offense and extra offense in faculty soccer, watching Michigan play each week is a reminder that protection nonetheless issues. Michigan cruised previous Rutgers on the highway for the Wolverines’ ninth straight win. Michigan hasn’t given up greater than 21 factors throughout that profitable streak and has restricted its final 4 opponents to a complete of 34 factors. It is on to Indiana subsequent week at residence after which The {Game}.

5. Georgia (9-1, 7-1 SEC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Auburn 27-10
What’s subsequent: vs. UMass (Saturday, Four p.m. ET, SEC Community)

The countdown to the Alabama-Georgia rematch had already begun, as the 2 groups clinched berths within the SEC championship sport final week. However the Dawgs flexed their muscle Saturday night time towards their oldest rival, dashing for greater than 300 yards for the second straight week and beating up Auburn bodily. It was Georgia’s third straight win, all coming over groups within the newest Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings.

6. Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Massive 12)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Oklahoma State 48-47
What’s subsequent: vs. Kansas (Saturday, TBA)

The Sooners won’t be the perfect workforce in faculty soccer, however they’re proper there on the prime of the checklist in relation to being probably the most entertaining workforce. Kyler Murray is spectacular, and Oklahoma has scored no less than 45 factors in its final six video games. However the Sooners have not been in a position to cease anyone on protection, though they bought a vital 2-point conversion cease on the finish to carry off the Cowboys and win Bedlam. Clearly, Oklahoma can rating with anyone, and the showdown with West Virginia on the Friday after Thanksgiving might short-circuit the scoreboard. However the Sooners’ protection …

7. LSU (8-2, 5-2 SEC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Arkansas 24-17
What’s subsequent: vs. Rice (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU)

The Alabama hangover is actual, no less than for many groups. However LSU bounced again with a highway win towards Arkansas, which was solely the Tigers’ third true highway sport of the season. They misplaced their final one at Florida, however constructed an enormous lead towards Arkansas after which held on. Any hope of an SEC championship was misplaced final week, however the Tigers might nonetheless win 10 video games and probably have an opportunity to play in a New 12 months’s Six bowl sport.

8. West Virginia (8-1, 6-1 Massive 12)

Week 11 outcome: defeated TCU 47-10
What’s subsequent: at Oklahoma State (Saturday, TBA)

After falling behind 3-0, West Virginia and Will Grier outscored TCU 47-7 over the ultimate three quarters. Grier handed for 343 yards and three touchdowns, and the Mountaineers have scored 147 factors of their final three video games. Their solely hiccup this season was the 30-14 loss to Iowa State three weeks in the past. West Virginia remains to be most likely on the surface wanting in in relation to the Faculty Soccer Playoff, however the panorama might change these subsequent two weeks with the Oklahoma swing. The Mountaineers journey to Oklahoma State subsequent week earlier than going through Oklahoma at residence the Friday after Thanksgiving.

9. Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Massive Ten)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Michigan State 26-6
What’s subsequent: at Maryland (Saturday, TBA)

Ohio State is not going to win any type factors with the way in which it is performed the previous few weeks, and it is exhausting to make a case that the Buckeyes appear like a Faculty Soccer Playoff workforce proper now. Even so, the Buckeyes no less than remained within the playoff image by grinding out a win at Michigan State. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been unable to regain his early-season type, however the Buckeyes are nonetheless discovering methods to win and turned in maybe their greatest defensive efficiency of the season.

10. Washington State (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Colorado 31-7
What’s subsequent: vs. Arizona (Saturday, TBA)

The Pac-12 goes to want some assist to affix the Faculty Soccer Playoff social gathering this season, but when anyone’s going to do it, it is Washington State. The Cougars’ convincing highway win towards Colorado was their fifth in a row, and their final two video games are at residence – towards Arizona and Washington. Mike Leach and Gardner Minshew have been fairly the mixture for the Cougars, who’ve gained 22 of their final 29 video games towards Pac-12 opponents.

11. UCF (9-0, 6-Zero American)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Navy 35-24
What’s subsequent: vs. Cincinnati (Saturday, TBA)

No one within the UCF camp is thrilled with the shortage of affection the Faculty Soccer Playoff choice committee has proven the Knights, and that is most likely not going to vary when the brand new rankings come out. UCF gained its 22nd straight sport and hasn’t misplaced since Dec. 17, 2016, however the Knights let Navy dangle round till the fourth quarter, the identical Navy workforce that was blown out 42-Zero by Cincinnati final week.

12. Texas (7-3, 5-2 Massive 12)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Texas Tech 41-34
What’s subsequent: vs. Iowa State (Saturday, Eight p.m. ET, Longhorn Community)

Simply one of many extra unpredictable groups within the nation this season, the Longhorns recovered from back-to-back losses to blow an enormous lead over Texas Tech after which put collectively a clutch drive late to win it in Lubbock. This can be a Texas workforce that beat Oklahoma and USC and misplaced to West Virginia by a degree, but in addition a workforce that misplaced to Maryland within the opener. The Longhorns are clearly improved from a yr in the past. They return residence to face Iowa State in a sport that can go a great distance towards shaping their season.

13. Syracuse (8-2, 5-2 ACC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Louisville 54-23
What’s subsequent: vs. Notre Dame (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., NBC)

Please, no extra basketball references. This Syracuse soccer workforce demonstrates somewhat bit extra every week that it is for actual. The Orange gained their fourth in a row Friday night time, and in doing so, have scored 40 or extra factors in all 4 wins. Actually, they’ve scored no less than 40 factors in seven of their eight wins this season, and their solely two losses have been to Pittsburgh in additional time and to No. 2 Clemson in a sport the Orange led till the very finish. Dino Babers has this program on the transfer, and the sport subsequent week towards Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium would be the greatest in years for the Cuse.

14. Iowa State (6-3, 5-2 Massive 12)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Baylor 28-14
What’s subsequent: at Texas (Saturday, Eight p.m. ET, Longhorn Community)

The extra the Cyclones preserve profitable, the extra everyone in Ames winces on the considered dropping their head coach. Matt Campbell has been that good and can little question be a sizzling commodity within the offseason. He is carried out an unimaginable job in main Iowa State to its fifth straight win, the Cyclones’ longest profitable streak for the reason that formation of the Massive 12.

15. Florida (7-3, 5-Three SEC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated South Carolina 35-31
What’s subsequent: vs. Idaho (Saturday, 12 midday, TBA)

For a lot of Saturday, Florida appeared prefer it was headed towards a 3rd straight loss, and coach Dan Mullen appeared like he was headed somewhat deeper within the canine home with the Florida followers after calling them out final week. However the Gators rallied from 17 factors down within the second half with quarterback Feleipe Franks shaking off boos from the house crowd to attain the profitable landing. The Gators have blown cold and hot this season however nonetheless have an opportunity to win 10 video games for simply the second time within the final six seasons.

16. Northwestern (6-4, 6-1 Massive Ten)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Iowa 14-10
What’s subsequent: at Minnesota (Saturday, TBA)

We all know who one of many contributors shall be within the Massive Ten championship sport, and it is a Northwestern workforce that clinched the Massive Ten West title Saturday with a gritty highway win at Iowa. The Wildcats maintain the tiebreaker over each Purdue and Wisconsin and confirmed some critical mettle in regrouping from their loss final week to Notre Dame. It was the Wildcats’ fifth straight Massive Ten win, and so they have not given up greater than 17 factors of their final three Massive Ten video games.

17. Kentucky (7-3, 5-Three SEC)

Week 11 outcome: misplaced to Tennessee 24-7
What’s subsequent: vs. Center Tennessee (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, TBA)

A season as soon as stuffed with a lot promise for Kentucky has out of the blue hit the November blahs. The Wildcats misplaced for the second straight week, and that is one that can sting for a while. Kentucky was attempting to win for the primary time in Neyland Stadium since 1984, however was dominated within the line of scrimmage by the Vols. The Wildcats managed simply 68 yards of complete offense within the first half in falling behind 24-Zero and blew any probability they could have had for a New 12 months’s Six bowl sport with a lopsided loss to their archrival.

18. Mississippi State (6-4, 3-Four SEC)

Week 11 outcome: misplaced to Alabama 24-0
What’s subsequent: vs. Arkansas (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, TBA)

The reality is that Mississippi State’s protection simply hasn’t gotten a lot assist this season. The Bulldogs have misplaced 4 SEC video games and have not scored greater than seven factors in any of these 4 losses. Mississippi State had solely given up an FBS-best 9 touchdowns coming into the sport and allowed three to Alabama, however a type of was arrange by a fumbled punt on the Alabama 27.

19. Michigan State (6-4, 4-Three Massive Ten)

Week 11 outcome: misplaced to Ohio State 26-6
What’s subsequent: at Nebraska (Saturday, TBA)

It has been an up-and-down season for Michigan State, which performed Ohio State robust, however could not overcome horrible subject place within the second half. The Spartans have been stout towards the run all season. However of their final two losses to Ohio State and Michigan, they’ve scored a complete of 13 factors. That is not going to get it carried out even once you’re enjoying properly on protection.

20. Penn State (7-3, 4-Three Massive Ten)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Wisconsin 22-10
What’s subsequent: at Rutgers (Saturday, TBA)

The Nittany Lions did not churn out a lot offense, however they did drive 4 turnovers to put on down Wisconsin at residence and put final week’s drubbing by the hands of Michigan within the rear-view mirror. Trace McSorley, battling a sore knee, gained his 29th sport as Penn State’s beginning quarterback to tie Todd Blackledge because the Nittany Lions’ winningest quarterback. Whereas Penn State is out of the Massive Ten race, the Nittany Lions might nonetheless get to 10 wins, which might be their third straight season of 10 or extra wins. The final time that occurred was 1980-82.

21. Washington (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12)

Week 11 outcome: open date
What’s subsequent: vs. Oregon State (Saturday, TBD)

The Huskies are nonetheless alive within the Pac-12 North race and may wrap up a berth within the Pac-12 championship sport with wins over Oregon State and Washington State the subsequent two weeks. The open date most likely got here at a very good time for each Washington and quarterback Jake Browning, who bounced again from being benched towards Cal to serving to Washington beat Stanford two weeks in the past. Operating again Myles Gaskin also needs to be more healthy. He’d missed two video games with a shoulder damage earlier than dashing for a season-high 148 yards towards the Cardinal.

22. Utah State (9-1, 6-Zero MWC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated San Jose State 62-24
What’s subsequent: at Colorado State (Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, TBA)

Utah State has been one of many hottest groups within the nation with its ninth straight win after dropping 38-31 at Michigan State within the season opener. The Aggies have scored 179 factors of their final three video games. It seems to be like it’ll come all the way down to the Boise State journey in two weeks for the MWC Mountain Division title.

23. Boise State (8-2, 5-1 MWC)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Fresno State 24-17
What’s subsequent: at New Mexico (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, CBSSN)

Boise State, rallying from a 17-10 deficit late within the third quarter, gained a November sport over a nationally ranked opponent for the primary time in class historical past, and extra necessary, the Broncos prolonged their profitable streak to 5 straight video games. They continue to be in nice form within the MWC Mountain Division race and face an enormous showdown with Utah State in two weeks at residence.

24. Cincinnati (9-1, 5-1 American)

Week 11 outcome: defeated South Florida 35-23
What’s subsequent: at UCF (Saturday, TBA)

If not for stumbling in additional time towards Temple three weeks in the past, Cincinnati can be getting the sort of Group of 5 love that UCF is correct now, though the Knights would argue that they are not getting any love. Both approach, Cincinnati stayed proper within the within the American Athletic Convention race with a win over South Florida on Saturday and can get its shot at UCF subsequent week on the highway.

25. UAB (9-1, 7-Zero C-USA)

Week 11 outcome: defeated Southern Miss 26-23 in additional time
What’s subsequent: vs. Texas A&M (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, TBA)

Invoice Clark and the Blazers are one of many extra compelling tales in faculty soccer. From a program that was disbanded a couple of years in the past, UAB is now driving an eight-game profitable streak (the 9 wins this season are probably the most in class historical past) and bearing down on a possible Convention USA title. In different phrases, there’s greater than only one workforce within the state of Alabama this season with championship aspirations.


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