Week 12 College Football Power Rankings 2011

College Football was bursting at the seams with emotion in Week 11!

Everything from the Penn State scandal to the end of the BCS controversy (at least for this year) with Boise State—to the sheer pain fans were forced to endure just by looking at the uniforms in the Maryland-Notre Dame game to the quadruple overtime thriller between Texas A&M and Kansas State—this definitely was one for the books.

Here’s my Week 12 College Football Power Rankings.  I apologize for my recent waning consistency in college football coverage.  Recent media events and other personal conflicts caused me to miss the past two weeks in the rankings department and the Week 11 predictions.  However, I quickly posted the material on our Facebook page, so there is proof that I did in fact pick the games beforehand.

Last Week: 15-6 (178-42 Overall)

Just Missed Cut: West Virginia (7-3), Cincinnati (7-2), Texas A&M (5-5), Missouri (5-5), Utah (6-4)

Dropped Out: No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 25 Ohio State

CollegeFootballTalk.com’s John Taylor wasn’t hesitant to harangue the Coaches Poll’s latest rankings.  It’s reminiscent of when I used to take a hammer to nearly every poll each week in my days as a College Football Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report.

Virginia Tech escalated to 7th in this week’s latest poll, one spot ahead of 8th-ranked Clemson.

“It should be noted yet again that both Tech and Clemson have on loss, but the Tigers beat the Hokies by 20 points in Blacksburg earlier this year; how the hell do the coaches have one-loss VT rated ahead of one-loss Clemson?  This is just reason No. 1,479 why it’s an utter joke and an absolute grace that the coaches are involved in a poll that makes up one-third of the BCS components.”

Note I have gone up and beyond to provide you with game-by-game results for every team in our latest Top 25, along with the remaining games for each program.

To my knowledge, we’re the only site in the industry that presents this convenience all on one page for our readers.

Forget about the fact that a top-tier team beat Texas, Texas A&M or Florida when they were a Top 10-15 team.  In these set of rankings, opponents are ranked based on where they are now.

Remember, these are not your AP, Coaches Poll or BCS rankings.   Though they have some similarities, they are conducted weekly by your’s truly.

Virginia CavaliersNo. 25 Virginia (4-2, 7-3): The Cavs, like many teams from the ACC, have the tendency to play down to their opponents at times, but they’ve consistently been very solid all year and could crack the conference championship with an upset over their in-state rivals.

Previous Ranking: NR

Résumé: Won 40-3 vs. William & Mary, Won 34-31 at Indiana, Lost 17-28 at North Carolina, Lost 24-30 vs. Southern Miss, Won 21-20 vs. Idaho, Won 24-21 vs. Georgia Tech, Lost 14-28 vs. N.C. State, Won 28-21 at Miami (FL), Won 31-13 at Maryland, Won 31-21 vs. Duke

Remaining Schedule: at No. 22 Florida State (7-3), vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech (9-1), Possible ACC Championship

TCU Horned FrogsNo. 24 TCU (5-0, 8-2): Andy Dalton’s presence was profound and the team clearly hasn’t been the same without him.  Nevertheless, the Horned Frogs shot blood out of their eyes en route to pulling off one of the most significant upsets of the season,giving Boise State the kiss of death.

Previous Ranking: NR

Résumé: Lost 48-50 at Baylor, Won 35-19 at Air Force, Won 38-17 vs. UL Monroe, Won 55-13 vs. Portland State, Lost 33-40 vs. SMU, Won 27-14 at San Diego State, Won 69-0 vs. New Mexico, Won 38-28 vs. BYU, Won 31-20 at Wyoming, Won 36-35 at No. 14 Boise State

Remaining Schedule: vs. Colorado State (3-6), vs. UNLV (2-7)

Southern Miss Golden EaglesNo. 23 Southern Miss (5-1, 9-1): Style points actually have an impact in college football, unlike the NFL, but the Golden Eagles did exactly what they needed to against Central Florida—just win, baby.  They’ve gotta by psyched to face BCS bustin’ Houston in the conference title.

Previous Ranking: 23

Résumé: Won 19-17 vs. LA Tech, Lost 20-26 at Marshall, Won 52-6 vs. S. Louisiana, Won 30-24 at Virginia, Won 48-24 vs. Rice, Won 63-35 at Navy, Won 27-3 vs. SMU, Won 31-13 at UTEP, Won 48-28 at East Carolina, Won 30-29 vs. UCF

Remaining Schedule: at UAB (2-8), vs. Memphis (2-8), C-USA Championship

Florida State SeminolesNo. 22 Florida State (5-2, 7-3): What’s up with the ‘Noles’ bizarre back-to-back scoring patterns?  This is a different team with E.J. Manuel on the field.

Previous Ranking: 22

Résumé: Won 34-0 vs. UL Monroe, Won 62-10 vs. Charleston Southern, Lost 30-35 at No. 8 Clemson, Lost 30-35 at Wake Forest, Won 41-16 at Duke, Won 41-16 vs. Maryland, Won 34-0 vs. N.C. State, Won 38-7 at Boston College, Won 23-19 vs. Miami (FL)

Remaining Schedule: vs. No. 25 Virginia (7-3), at Florida (5-5)

Penn State Nittany LionsNo. 21 Penn State (5-1, 8-2): Though the modus operandi Joe Paterno left the University of Penn State was disheartening, it can’t even begin to compare to the poignant current circumstances of the victims and their families.

Previous Ranking: 16

Résumé: Won 41-7 vs. Indiana State, Lost 11-27 at No. 3 Alabama, Won 14-10 at Temple, Won 34-6 vs. Eastern Michigan, Won 16-10 at Indiana, Won 13-3 vs. Iowa, Won 23-18 vs. Purdue, Won 34-24 at Northwestern, Won 10-7 vs. Illinois, Lost 14-17 vs. No. 11 Nebraska

Remaining Schedule: at Ohio State (6-4), at No. 10 Wisconsin (8-2), Possible Big Ten Championship

Notre Dame Fighting IrishNo. 20 Notre Dame (1-0, 7-3): It’s been an up-and-down roller coaster for the Fighting Irish.  Bryan Kelly is certainly “the guy”—it’s just going to take some time.

Previous Ranking: 21

Résumé: Lost 20-23 vs. South Florida, Lost 31-35 at No. 19 Michigan, Won 31-13 vs. No. 9 Michigan State, Won 15-12 at Pittsburgh, Won 38-10 at Purdue, Won 59-33 vs. Air Force, Lost 17-31 vs. USC, Won 56-14 vs. Navy, Won 24-17 at Wake Forest, Won 45-21 vs. Maryland

Remaining Schedule: vs. Boston College (3-7), at No. 7 Stanford (9-1)

Michigan WolverinesNo. 19 Michigan (4-2, 8-2): Mathematically still alive in the Big Ten Legends division, though absolute unprecedented chaos would have to unfold.  Brady Hoke’s future looks luminous, especially if the Wolverines win that last game on November 26th…

Previous Ranking: 20

Résumé: Won 34-10 vs. Western Michigan, Won 35-31 vs. No. 20 Notre Dame, Won 31-3 vs. Eastern Michigan, Won 28-7 vs. San Diego State, Won 58-0 vs. Minnesota, Won 42-24 at Northwestern, Lost 14-28 at No. 9 Michigan State, Won 36-14 vs. Purdue, Lost 16-24 at Iowa, Won 31-14 at Illinois

Remaining Schedule: vs. No. 11 Nebraska (8-2), vs. Ohio State (6-4)

USC TrojansNo. 18 USC (5-2, 8-2): The Trojans are marching into Autzen Stadium with some swagger.  Quack Attack could be in for some trouble, albeit the Ducks are next to impossible to beat at home, USC might treat this game like its championship game.

Previous Ranking: 19

Résumé: Won 19-17 vs. Minnesota, Won 23-14 vs. Utah, Won 38-17 vs. Syracuse, Lost 22-43 at Arizona State, Won 48-41 vs. Arizona, Won 30-9 at California, Won 31-17 at Notre Dame, Lost 48-56 (OT) vs. No. 7 Stanford, Won 42-17 at Colorado, Won 40-17 vs. Washington

Remaining Schedule: at No. 4 Oregon (9-1), vs. UCLA (5-5)

Georgia BulldogsNo. 17 Georgia (6-1, 8-2): Remember when Mark Richt was on a scorching hot seat?  Yeah, I have trouble remembering, too.  The Bulldogs will win the SEC East with a win on Saturday.

Previous Ranking: 18

Résumé: Lost 21-35 vs. No. 14 Boise State, Lost 42-45 vs. No. 16 South Carolina, Won 59-0 vs. Coastal Carolina, Won 27-13 at Ole Miss, Won 24-10 vs. Mississippi State, Won 20-12 at Tennessee, Won 33-28 at Vanderbilt, Won 24-20 at Florida, Won 63-16 vs. New Mexico State, Won 45-7 vs. Auburn

Remaining Schedule: vs. Kentucky (4-6), at Georgia Tech (7-3), Probable SEC Championship

South Carolina GamecocksNo. 16 South Carolina (8-2): I have to give the Gamecocks some credit for the way they’ve played without their best player in Marcus Lattimore.  However, unless the Kentucky Kitties play like a tiger against Georgia and somehow pull off the jaw-dropping upset, South Carolina won’t be playing the SEC West Champ in Atlanta.

Previous Ranking: 17

Résumé: Won 56-37 vs. East Carolina, Won 45-42 at No. 17 Georgia, Won 24-21 vs. Navy, Won 21-3 vs. Vanderbilt, Lost 13-16 vs. Auburn, Won 54-3 vs. Kentucky, Won 14-12 at Mississippi State, Won 14-3 at Tennessee, Lost 28-44 at No. 6 Arkansas, Won 17-12 vs. Florida

Remaining Schedule: vs. Citadel (4-6), vs. No. 8 Clemson (9-1), Possible SEC Championship

Kansas State WildcatsNo. 15 Kansas State (5-2, 8-2): K-State’s got game, especially under center with Colin Klein.  The Wildcats can duke it out in a wild thriller with the best of them every week.

Previous Ranking: 15

Résumé: Won 10-7 vs. Eastern Kentucky, Won 37-0 vs. Kent State, Won 28-24 at Miami (FL), Won 36-35 vs. Baylor, Won 24-17 vs. Missouri, Won 41-34 at Texas Tech, Won 59-21 at Kansas, Lost 17-58 vs. No. 5 Oklahoma, Lost 45-52 at No. 2 Oklahoma State, Won 53-50 vs. Texas A&M (4OT)

Remaining Schedule: at Texas (6-3), vs. Iowa State (5-4)

Boise State BroncosNo. 14 Boise State (3-1, 8-1): I didn’t hear much reaction from Broncos Nation on Sunday.  Then again, I was busy watching the NFL action…. The Broncos die by the kicker.  Nonetheless, both head coaches showed a lot of class, as always.  I think Heisman hopeful Kellen Moore will depart this team on top with a big win in the bowl game.

Previous Ranking: 5

Résumé: Won 35-21 at No. 17 Georgia, Won 40-15 at Toledo, Won 41-21 vs. Tulsa, Won 30-10 vs. Nevada, Won 57-7 at Fresno State, Won 63-13 at Colorado State, Won 37-26 at Air Force, Won 48-21 at UNLV, Lost 35-36 vs. No. 24 TCU

Remaining Schedule: at San Diego State (6-3), vs. Wyoming (6-3), vs. New Mexico (1-9)

Houston CougarsNo. 13 Houston (6-0, 10-0): The Coogs are jumping for joy for two reasons.  ESPN’s College GameDay is rolling into town this coming Saturday.  Oh, and Boise State just lost, opening the door to sneaking into a BCS bowl game.  Don’t get hurt again, Case Keenum.

Previous Ranking: 14

Résumé: Won 38-34 vs. UCLA, Won 48-23 at North Texas, Won 35-34 at LA Tech, Won 56-0 vs. Georgia State, Won 49-42 at UTEP, Won 56-3 vs. East Carolina, Won 63-28 vs. Marshall, Won 73-34 vs. Rice, Won 56-13 at UAB, Won 73-17 at Tulane

Remaining Schedule: vs. SMU (6-4), at Tulsa (7-3), C-USA Championship

Virginia Tech HokiesNo. 12 Virginia Tech (5-1, 9-1): Barring an upcoming letdown (which are always at a premium in the conference), the Hokies will have an opportunity to rematch the ACC Atlantic Champion Clemson.

Previous Ranking: 12

Résumé: Won 66-13 vs. Appalachian State, Won 17-10 at East Carolina, Won 26-7 vs. Arkansas State, Won 30-10 at Marshall, Lost 3-23 vs. No. 8 Clemson, Won 38-35 vs. Miami (FL), Won 38-17 at Wake Forest, Won 30-14 vs. Boston College, Won 14-10 at Duke, Won 37-26 at Georgia Tech

Remaining Schedule: vs. North Carolina (6-4), at No. 25 Virginia (7-3), Likely ACC Championship

Nebraska CornhuskersNo. 11 Nebraska (4-2, 8-2): Expectations to win the Big Ten in the first year was awfully lofty, but contending for the conference championship was right up their ally.  And that’s what the Cornhuskers have done.  A couple of pretty bad games have cost them dearly.

Previous Ranking: 13

Résumé: Won 40-7 vs. Chattanooga, Won 42-29 vs. Fresno State, Won 51-38 vs. Washington, Won 38-14 at Wyoming, Lost 17-48 at No. 10 Wisconsin, Won 34-27 vs. Ohio State, Won 41-14 at Minnesota, Won 24-3 vs. No. 9 Michigan State, Lost 25-28 vs. Northwestern, Won 17-14 at No. 21 Penn State

Remaining Schedule: at No. 19 Michigan (8-2), vs. Iowa (6-4), Possible Big Ten Championship

Wisconsin BadgersNo. 10 Wisconsin (4-2, 8-2): The Badgers found a much-needed “W” on the road against woeful Minnesota, but the Fighting Illini will be a daunting clash since Wisconsin struggles so much away from Madison.

Previous Ranking: 11

Résumé: Won 51-17 vs. UNLV, Won 35-0 vs. Oregon State, Won 49-7 at Northern Illinois, Won 49-10 vs. South Dakota, Won 48-17 vs. No. 11 Nebraska, Won 59-7 vs. Indiana, Lost 31-37 at No. 9 Michigan State, Lost 29-33 at Ohio State, Won 62-17 vs. Purdue, Won 42-13 at Minnesota

Remaining Schedule: at Illinois (6-4), vs. No. 21 Penn State (8-2), Possible Big Ten Championship

Michigan State SpartansNo. 9 Michigan State (5-1, 8-2): The Spartans slightly surprised the country with an all-important 37-21 win at Iowa.  Win the next two games and Sparty will be sitting pretty playing for the conference title.

Previous Ranking: 10

Résumé: Won 28-6 vs. Youngstown State, Won 44-0 vs. Florida Atlantic, Lost 13-31 at No. 20 Notre Dame, Won 45-7 vs. Central Michigan, Won 10-7 at Ohio State, Won 28-14 vs. No. 19 Michigan, Won 37-31 vs. No. 10 Wisconsin, Lost 3-24 at No. 11 Nebraska, Won 31-24 vs. Minnesota, Won 37-21 at Iowa

Remaining Schedule: vs. Indiana (1-9), at Northwestern (5-5), Likely Big Ten Championship

Clemson TigersNo. 8 Clemson (6-1, 9-1): These Tigers continued to earn their stripes on Saturday, coming back to beat Wake Forest.  They’ve shown their sharp claws all season, clawing back to win their fair share of contests in comeback fashion.  They’re off to their best start since 1987.

Previous Ranking: 9

Résumé: Won 43-19 vs. Troy, Won 35-27 vs. Wofford, Won 38-24 vs. Auburn, Won 35-30 vs. No. 22 Florida State, Won 23-3 at No. 12 Virginia Tech, Won 36-14 vs. Boston College, Won 56-45 at Maryland, Won 59-38 vs. North Carolina, Lost 17-31 at Georgia Tech, Won 31-28 vs. Wake Forest

Remaining Schedule: at N.C. State (5-5), at No. 16 South Carolina (8-2), ACC Championship

Stanford CardinalNo. 7 Stanford (7-1, 9-1): Stanford’s chances at a BCS Bowl are still intact and Heisman favorite Andrew Luck, the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft definitely can still take home the hardware.  But bouncing back is easier said than done.

Previous Ranking: 4

Résumé: Won 57-3 vs. San Jose State, Won 44-14 at Duke, Won 37-10 at Arizona, Won 45-19 vs. UCLA, Won 48-7 vs. Colorado, Won 44-14 at Washington State, Won 65-21 vs. Washington, Won 56-48 at No. 18 USC, Won 38-13 at Oregon State, Lost 30-53 vs. No. 4 Oregon

Remaining Schedule: vs. California (6-4), vs. No. 20 Notre Dame (7-3)

Arkansas RazorbacksNo. 6 Arkansas (5-1, 9-1): The BCS National Championship will feature two of the top six teams.  Three of them are from the SEC—and all the Western division.  I think it’s safe to say this will be the most exciting BCS title game speculation to date, despite no BCS busters.  I’m already breaking down all of the possible scenarios and how the rankings unfold.  Oh, and Saturday’s 49-7 spanking told me one thing about the Razorbacks—they’re ready for LSU.

Previous Ranking: 7

Résumé: Won 51-7 vs. Missouri State, Won 52-3 vs. New Mexico, Won 38-28 vs. Troy, Lost 14-38 at No. 3 Alabama, Won 42-38 vs. Texas A&M, Won 38-14 vs. Auburn, Won 29-24 at Ole Miss, Won 31-28 at Vanderbilt, Won 44-28 vs. No. 16 South Carolina, Won 49-7 vs. Tennessee

Remaining Schedule: vs. Mississippi State (5-5), at No. 1 LSU (10-0), Potential SEC Championship

Oklahoma SoonersNo. 5 Oklahoma (5-1, 8-1): The Sooners are a little under-the-radar on the national spotlight.  That makes sense since they are coming off of a bye and still have plenty of work to do with three conference contests still on the docket.

Previous Ranking: 5

Résumé: Won 47-14 vs. Tulsa, Won 23-13 at No. 22 Florida State, Won 38-28 vs. Missouri, Won 62-6 vs. Ball State, Won 55-17 at Texas, Lost 38-41 vs. Texas Tech, Won 58-17 at No. 15 Kansas State, Won 41-25 vs. Texas A&M

Remaining Schedule: at Baylor (6-3), vs. Iowa State (5-4), at No. 2 Oklahoma State (10-0)

Oregon DucksNo. 4 Oregon (7-0, 9-1): In conducting those aforementioned possible stumbling block scenarios for the top six teams, Quack Attack looks to be the sitting duck—the only team that really has no realistic shot at playing for the title.

If Oklahoma upsets Oklahoma State, you’d likely see these standings: 1. LSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Oregon, 5. Oklahoma State and 6. Arkansas.

If Arkansas upsets LSU, you’d likely see these standings: 1. Oklahoma State, 2. Alabama, 3. Arkansas, 4. LSU, 5. Oregon, 6. Oklahoma.

If Arkansas upsets LSU AND Oklahoma upsets Oklahoma State, I think this would be the results: 1. Alabama, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Arkansas, 4. LSU, 5. Oregon, 6. Oklahoma State.

If LSU lost to Ole Miss, Oklahoma lost to Baylor, Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State, Alabama lost to Auburn, Oregon lost to USC and Arkansas lost to Mississippi State or LSU, or any combination of these events happened, I think there would be a Prozac shortage in Boise, ID.  And everyone’s heads would be spinning—fans, players, coaches and analysts alike.

It can’t hurt to speculate.  It’s all in good fun.  Oh, and it’s pretty cool when something off-the-charts like that happens and you actually thought (and/or said or wrote) about the possibility of it actually unfolding.

Previous Ranking: 8

Résumé: Lost 27-40 at No. 1 LSU, Won 69-20 vs. Nevada, Won 56-7 vs. Missouri State, Won 56-31 at Arizona, Won 43-15 vs. California, Won 41-27 vs. Arizona State, Won 45-2 at Colorado, Won 43-28 vs. Washington State, Won 34-17 at Washington, Won 53-30 at No. 7 Stanford

Remaining Schedule: vs. No. 18 USC (8-2), vs. Oregon State (2-8), Probable Pac-12 Championship

Alabama Crimson TideNo. 3 Alabama (6-1, 9-1): Nick Saban and the Tide might have sent a formal thank you letter to Oregon and TCU.  With Boise State and Stanford out of the way and a looming trap game weekend ahead, the Crimson Tide could roll right into the title game in a rematch and it could be against Arkansas or LSU.  Oregon’s also far from done and those two teams from the state of Oklahoma should be ready to ignore distractions and remain right in the running.

Previous Ranking: 3

Résumé: Won 48-7 vs. Kent State, Won 27-11 at No. 21 Penn State, Won 41-0 vs. North Texas, Won 38-14 vs. No. 6 Arkansas, Won 38-10 at Florida, Won 34-0 vs. Vanderbilt, Won 52-7 at Ole Miss, Won 37-6 vs. Tennessee, Lost 6-9 (OT) vs. No. 1 LSU, Won 24-7 at Mississippi State

Remaining Schedule: vs. Georgia Southern (9-1), at Auburn (6-4), Potential SEC Championship

Oklahoma State CowboysNo. 2 Oklahoma State (7-0, 10-0): The potent Cowboys surrendered fewer than 24 points for the first time all season against the Red Raiders.  Was that because OK-State is so good or because Tech has become so bad?  We’ll find out soon enough.  Potential trap game is ahead on Thursday night.  It could also be another big blowout.

Previous Ranking: 2

Résumé: Won 61-34 vs. UL Lafayette, Won 37-14 vs. Arizona, Won 59-33 at Tulsa, Won 30-29 at Texas A&M, Won 70-28 vs. Kansas, Won 38-26 at Texas, Won 45-24 at Missouri, Won 59-24 vs. Baylor, Won 52-45 vs. No. 15 Kansas State, Won 66-6 at Texas Tech

Remaining Schedule: at Iowa State (5-4), vs. No. 5 Oklahoma (8-1)

LSU TigersNo. 1 LSU (6-0, 10-0): There’s no question this team deserves to be No. 1, but it will have to take these next three games—at Ole Miss, the season finale against Arkansas and the SEC Championship (which could actually still could feature Alabama or Arkansas) seriously.

Previous Ranking: 1

Résumé: Won 40-27 vs. No. 4 Oregon, Won 49-3 vs. Northwestern State, Won 19-6 at Mississippi State, Won 47-21 at West Virginia, Won 35-7 vs. Kentucky, Won 41-11 vs. Florida, Won 38-7 at Tennessee, Won 45-10 vs. Auburn, Won 9-6 (OT) at No. 3 Alabama, Won 42-9 vs. Western Kentucky

Remaining Schedule: at Ole Miss (2-8), vs. No. 6 Arkansas (9-1), Potential SEC Championship

Verse of This Piece: “Peace of mind means a healthy body, but jealousy will rot your bones.”—Proverbs 14:30 

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