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College Football Power Rankings: Oregon and TCU Remain Perfect Despite Scare

Despite a win over San Diego State, are TCU and Andy Dalton the best team in the country? (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

What was thought to be a quite weekend in college football brought us a lot of close games as we sit here on Monday asking “what if.” What if California, Georgia and San Diego State pulled off the upsets. California held Oregon’s high-powered offense to just 15 points, but could only muster up 13 points of their own.

Georgia had a 21-7 lead after the first quarter, but the threat was upheld thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by Onterio McCalebb to stretch the lead to 35-28 in favor of Auburn. Cameron Newton and Co. added more in the final quarter, as the final score was 49-31, which propelled Auburn to clinch the SEC West.

Meanwhile, after jumping out to a 14-0 lead against No. 3 TCU, San Diego State fell behind 40-21 heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Aztecs mounted a comeback scoring two touchdowns in under three minutes to close the gap to 40-35 with 4:50 left. TCU, however held the ball for the rest of the contest to save their undefeated season.

With that said, aside from Iowa falling to Northwestern there wasn’t much that we didn’t expect in Week 11.

Here’s the latest rankings.

How do we see the top 10 shaping out? Take a look.

Rank Team Record Comment
1 Oregon Ducks 10-0 Every team is allowed “that game.” Oregon had that game this weekend, when they barely beat California. Still, there isn’t a better team in college football. The Ducks will go as far as Heisman candidate LaMichael James will take them, which appears to be Arizona.
2 Auburn Tigers 11-0 Sure, Cameron Newton may have some major allegations against him. Sure, Auburn is now looked upon as the dirtiest team in college football (Nick Fairley, ejections, etc.) — but — there’s no denying that this team is on fire right now. Auburn will get their toughest test of the season in two weeks against Alabama.
3 Boise State 9-0 Eh. It’s really my only reaction to Boise State. They win in dominating fashion EVERY week, but the fact that their schedule is considerably weak leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Boise State’s fate in the postseason will be known after two “tough” weeks against Fresno State and Nevada. Does Boise State deserve to play in the national championship if they finish undefeated? You be the judge.
4 LSU Tigers 9-1 LSU piled it on to poor University of Louisiana-Monroe, 51-0 on Saturday, as the Tigers continue to make their claim as the best one-loss team in the nation. LSU will close out their season at home against Mississippi and in Arkansas after Thanksgiving, which will provide a terrific match-up between Ryan Mallett and a great LSU secondary. If Les Miles and the Tigers finish 11-1, a Sugar Bowl appearance should be on the horizon.
5 Wisconsin Badgers 9-1 Quietly the Wisconsin Badgers have put together a fantastic season. Aside from a minor hiccup against a determined Michigan State squad, the Badgers beat both then No. 1 Ohio State and Iowa in back-to-back weeks. Anytime you score 83 points in a game, something is clicking. Look for Wisconsin to end the season with one loss.
6 Stanford Cardinals 9-1 Led by Andrew Luck, the Stanford Cardinals are one poor second half against Oregon from being undefeated. Despite a close, 4-point win against Arizona State Saturday, Stanford remains one of the more consistent teams in all of college football.
7 TCU Horned Frogs 11-0 I know that TCU is 11-0, but I’m not impressed. Their two “big” wins this season came against an Oregon State team that fell to a horrible Washington State team this weekend. The other was a thrashing to Utah. The same Utes squad that got blanketed by Notre Dame. Although TCU will end the season undefeated, don’t expect the Horned Frogs to appear in the title game.
8 Ohio State Buckeyes 9-1 After falling to Wisconsin in Week 7, Ohio State has outscored their opponents 139-24 as they gear up for an important conference game against No. 20 Iowa next weekend. The Buckeyes currently find themselves in a three team race for supremacy in the Big 10.
9 Alabama Crimson Tide 8-2 Nick Saban and his boys had a rough week following a loss to LSU, but like champions do, Alabama bounced back against Mississippi State. Although Alabama is out of the BCS picture, they would like nothing more than handing the much-hyped Auburn program their first loss of the season. First, Alabama has to get by the mighty Georgia State.
10 Michigan State Spartans 9-1 Not many people know where this Michigan State team stands. After a big win against Wisconsin earlier in the season, the Spartans were embarrassed by Iowa — who lost to Northwestern on Saturday. Still, you have to love Mark Dantonio and the fight of his team.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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