College Football Rankings: Oregon Takes Top Spot In Week 11 Polls

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College Football Rankings: The Winners And Losers Of The Week 11 Polls

The best part of the college football polls every week is the discussion they bring. With that in mind, a rundown of the winners and losers from this week's rankings.

Winners

Oregon, Auburn, TCU, and Boise State are the winners of a clear conscience thanks to this week's polls. Those four unbeatens are likely locked into that order for the rest of the season, provided they keep winning.

Stanford is also a big winner, rocketing up to the top nine in both polls thanks to a rout of Arizona and well-timed losses by a few schools that were ahead of the Cardinal last week. This solidifies Stanford's bid to become the second Pac-10 team to earn a BCS berth this year, and though the Rose Bowl is a near-impossibility, Andrew Luck's bunch should be playing on a big stage in January.

This week's polls also make it look more and more certain that Wisconsin will get to a Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000.

And congratulations to Central Florida, which is ranked for the first time in school history. The once-Golden Knights have shed that colorful adjective — they're just the Knights now — and have rebranded a couple of times since the Daunte Culpepper Era, but still haven't managed to shake the directional label that the school has grown to hate. Oh, well. You're ranked, UCF fans!

Losers

Sorry, Utah: your one shot at being more than TCU and Boise State's little brother evaporated about as quickly as any pretense of competition did in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

This week's polls are especially bad for the legions of SEC haters nationwide. In what is still a down year for the conference, there are seven ranked SEC teams, three SEC teams in BCS contention, and one team that appears likely to make it to the BCS National Championship Game. Other conferences wish they could have off years like this.

Also, sadly my eternal war against the coaches poll is also a losing effort this week. Sure, Iowa three spots behind Michigan State still defies most things humans would call logic. But there's nothing other than that that stands out as particularly egregious in the Week 11 USA Today poll, so I suppose a cease-fire is in effect.

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College Football Rankings: Week 11 AP Poll Has Oregon Ahead Of The Pack

Oregon's dominance of the college football world for another week is now certified by two separate polls.

The Ducks top the just-released Week 11 AP Poll, just as they did the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11. It's the second straight week that the Ducks have been on top of both major human polls.

Oregon is followed by Auburn, TCU, Boise State, and LSU. The Tigers are tied for the biggest jump this week, moving up seven spots after taking down Alabama.

Also moving up seven spots: Oklahoma State, which decimated Baylor. The biggest fall belongs to Utah, which falls like a rock from sixth to 15th after being stomped by TCU.

That result also helps reconfigure the top of the poll, and not in the biggest mid-major's favor. Boise State, despite a blowout win, falls from second to fourth, and the Broncos will probably not move past any of the undefeated squads for the rest of the season.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. LSU
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Stanford
  8. Ohio State
  9. Nebraska
  10. Michigan State
  11. Alabama
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Iowa
  14. Arkansas
  15. Utah
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Arizona
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Missouri
  21. Nevada
  22. South Carolina
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Florida
  25. Central Florida
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College Football Rankings: Virginia Tech Is Lone ACC Team In Week 11 USA Today Poll

As it was at the beginning of the year, Virginia Tech is the highest-ranked ACC school in the USA Today poll. But the route to this point — and the lack of partners in the rankings — is a bit unusual.

Virginia Tech is ranked 17th in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11 and is the only ACC school that earns a ranking.

This isn't what most observers would have predicted after the Hokies began the season 0-0-2, with a loss to James Madison, but attrition has picked off all of the other ACC contenders. Florida State and North Carolina State fell out of the poll this week after losses, and Virginia Tech is the only ACC school without a conference loss.

Virginia Tech could still get the ACC's BCS berth — in fact, it's very, very likely to do so — and would be the only school to do so. This just isn't the way it looked like that would happen early in September.

Full ACC rankings are as follows:

- No. 17 Virginia Tech

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College Football Rankings: Big East Not Participating In Week 11 USA Today Poll

The Big East is a terrible, terrible, terrible association of football teams.

How bad is it, you ask? Well, no Big East teams are ranked in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11, and the only Big East team even receiving votes is Pittsburgh.

And the Panthers got only five votes.

It's a sad state of affairs for the weakest of the BCS automatic qualifier conferences, which is almost guaranteed to send Pittsburgh to a BCS bowl and may send the Panthers to that bowl without a ranking in any poll. And the best news may not even be from a conference team.

That's because Central Florida is ranked for the first time this year, coming in at 23rd after a 40-33 win over Houston, and UCF is one of the schools that repeatedly surfaces in talks about Big East expansion.

It's a commentary on how desperate the Big East is for football relevance that a directional school from Florida might be its savior.

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College Football Rankings: Pac-10 Led By Oregon In Week 11 USA Today Poll

It's still just a few Pac-10 teams that show up in the USA Today poll, but at least the conference has the poll's top slot.

Only three Pac-10 schools are part of the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11, but all three are in the top 20.

Oregon claims the top spot in the poll, and increases its lead on the nation's other three undefeated teams, Auburn, TCU, and Boise State, after a win over Washington that looked much better on paper than it did on the field. That might be thanks to Stanford's rise: the Cardinal show up in the top ten again at ninth thanks to a dominant win over Arizona, which falls to 19th after the loss.

Two teams in the top ten gives the Pac-10 a good shot at having two BCS bowl participants at the end of the season, and Oregon's season so far makes a BCS National Championship Game not a possibility but a likelihood.

Full Pac-10 rankings are as follows:

- No. 1 Oregon
- No. 9 Stanford
- No. 19 Arizona

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College Football Rankings: Four Big Ten Teams In Week 11 USA Today Poll

The Big Ten may not have a ton of depth, but the big four teams in the conference continue to rise in the USA Today coaches poll.

It's the same four teams as always in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11, and no Big Ten team is higher than Wisconsin at fifth or lower than Iowa at 13th. This seems about right for a conference that has beaten itself black and blue this year, though the only team egregiously ranked ahead of one it beat is Michigan State, which still has a higher ranking than the Iowa team that torched it.

Interestingly, poll rankings may help decide which Big Ten team earns a Rose Bowl berth. If there is no clear winner after the regular season, thanks to every team losing to another one-loss team, the winner will be determined by the team with the highest BCS ranking at season's end.

Full Big Ten rankings are as follows:

- No. 5 Wisconsin
- No. 7 Ohio State
- No. 10 Michigan State
- No. 13 Iowa

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College Football Rankings: Big 12 Tumbles In Week 11 USA Today Poll

The Big 12's weird weekend has hurt it in the Week 11 USA Today coaches poll.

Though five Big 12 schools are ranked, none show up in the top seven, and Oklahoma State's seven-spot leap comes at the expense of Baylor.

Nebraska is now the highest-ranked Big 12 team, showing up at eighth. Texas A&M takes advantage of an upset win over Oklahoma to make a leap into the polls for the first time this season.

We could still see two BCS teams from the Big 12, especially if Oklahoma State and Nebraska win out and play a close Big 12 Championship Game. But it's increasingly likely that the Big 12 champion this year will be a team that's leaving the conference next season, and that the brand that kept the conference semi-cohesive this summer — Texas — might be looking at no better than a trip to Shreveport in December.

Full Big 12 rankings are as follows:

- No. 8 Nebraska
- No. 11 Oklahoma State
- No. 16 Oklahoma
- No. 20 Missouri
- No. 25 Texas A&M

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College Football Rankings: SEC Dominates Week 11 USA Today Poll

The SEC's "down year" definitely means nothing to the USA Today coaches poll voters.

Seven SEC teams show up in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 11, leading all conferences, and five are in the top 18.

As has been the case for almost a month, five of the SEC's ranked schools are from the unusually strong SEC West, and those are the five schools in the top 18; only Mississippi is unranked. South Carolina, which has held onto the SEC East lead despite a recent tailspin, comes in at 22nd largely on the strength of a big win over Alabama, which now has two losses. Florida re-enters the rankings after a month's absence, thanks to a huge day against Vanderbilt.

It's still likely that the SEC West will produce a BCS National Championship Game participant, but it's overwhelmingly likely to be Auburn, as LSU can't get to the SEC Championship Game without an Auburn loss to Georgia.

Full SEC rankings are as follows:

- No. 2 Auburn
- No. 6 LSU
- No. 12 Alabama
- No. 15 Arkansas
- No. 18 Mississippi State
- No. 22 South Carolina
- No. 24 Florida

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College Football Rankings: Oregon Takes Top Spot In Week 11 USA Today Poll

To no one's surprise, Oregon is on top of the college football world for another week.

The Ducks top the just-released USA Today coaches poll, and should be atop both of the college football polls this week.

Oregon holds the top spot for the third straight week, and is followed by Auburn, TCU, Boise State, and Wisconsin. TCU jumps Boise State after dispatching Utah on Saturday, and though all four undefeated teams received first-place votes, TCU received two, the fewest of the four schools. Wisconsin moves up thanks to that Utah loss and LSU's win over Alabama.

LSU moves up to sixth following that win, while Alabama becomes the highest-ranked two-loss team at 12th. Seven SEC teams are ranked, including all of the teams from the SEC West except Mississippi and East leaders South Carolina and Florida.

Central Florida, ranked for the first time this season at 23rd, is the highest-ranked Florida school. This is the first time that a Florida school not named Florida, Florida State or Miami has held that honor since South Florida's brief run to the top of the polls in 2007.

The Week 11 AP Poll will be released later this afternoon.

Full poll is as follows:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Stanford
  10. Michigan State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Alabama
  13. Iowa
  14. Arkansas
  15. Utah
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Arizona
  20. Missouri
  21. Nevada
  22. South Carolina
  23. Central Florida
  24. Florida
  25. Texas A&M
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