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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 11

Rick Gagliano | Through games of November 13, 2010

1. Boise State 9-0
2. TCU 11-0
3. Oregon 10-0
4. Auburn 11-0
5. Wisconsin 9-1
6. Stanford 9-1
7. Ohio State 9-1
8. Nebraska 9-1
9. LSU 9-1
10. Virginia Tech 8-2
11. Alabama 8-2
12. Oklahoma St. 9-1
13. Arkansas 8-2
14. Michigan St. 9-1
15. Nevada 9-1
16. Oklahoma 8-2
17. South Carolina 7-3
18. Florida State 7-3
19. Missouri 8-2
20. USC 7-3
21. Northwestern 7-3
22. Arizona 7-3
23. San Diego State 7-3
24. Texas A&M 7-3
25. Utah 8-2

--- Week 11 Notes below ---

Week 11 Notes:

Week 11 produced few surprises at the top of the rankings, as the first 11 teams all won, though some were less impressive than others, notably, #2 TCU, which had its hands full with an upset-minded San Diego State squad. The Aztecs took an early 14-0 lead, but the Horned Frogs responded with 37 straight points on five TDs, a missed extra point and a field goal. After scoring twice in the first six minutes of the game, the TCU defense held the Aztecs scoreless until there was just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.

San Diego State (7-3) cut that lead down to less than a touchdown, eventually succumbing by a 40-35 score. It was the most points scored upon TCU this season and more than all of the other six Mountain West teams had scored on the Frogs combined this season (23 points). Nonetheless, the narrow margin of victory doesn't damage TCU's reputation. The Aztecs are a solid squad, their three losses coming by a combined 11 points. Even with the loss, San Diego State enters the rankings at #23.

#3 Oregon (OK, BCS, how's that not including the margin of victory working out for you?) just barely escaped with a 15-13 win at Cal, getting a huge lift from their defense and holding the ball for the final 9:25 to go to 10-0. Cal proved that the Ducks can be defended, quieting the oohs and aahs from fawning announcers who think Oregon is unbeatable. The Ducks will be tested in each of their final two games. They face Arizona on November 26 and finish the regular season at Oregon State in the game fondly known as the "Civil War" on December 4.

#4 Auburn got into a tussle with Georgia, but once again came away with a rather lopsided, 49-31 win, though once again, the Tiger defense showed considerable weakness in all aspects of the game. Cam Newton, the Auburn QB under the microscope on allegations that his father pursued a "pay to play" deal with Mississippi State, came through with a big game. If Newton remains eligible, he's likely to win the Heisman, a good probability since he personally had no involvement in any wrongdoing.

The Tigers also face an uphill road to the national championship. Having already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game (they'll face South Carolina on December 4), they first must play at Alabama on November 26. The scenarios are mixed, though winning or losing both would ensure being either in or out of the final bowl game of the season.

With the other three unbeaten teams struggling, #1 Boise State players sat back and wathed, basking in the glow of their 9-0 record after pounding Idaho, 52-14 on Friday night. The Broncos still appear the most balanced team in the country, despite the obvious shortcomings in the BCS. Both the AP Top 25 and USA Today poll have Boise at #3. In both polls, the Broncos received a handful of first place votes, nearly as many as Auburn. Boise has won 23 straight games, dating back to their 2008, 17-16 loss to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. Included in the streak is a return, 17-10, win over those same Horned Frogs in last year's Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos' day of reckoning comes November 26 at Nevada, currently 9-1.

Six teams - Utah, Arizona, Iowa, UCF, Penn State and Mississippi State - took losses in Week 11, the worst of them Utah's 28-3 beating at Notre Dame. The Utes have proven to be nothing but a paper tiger. After going 8-0, they've dropped two straight by big scores, last week losing 47-7 to TCU. They play at San Diego State this coming Saturday.

Iowa was bounced by Northwestern, Penn State by Ohio State and Mississippi State took a 30-10 battering from Alabama. Arizona was topped by USC, 24-21, and UCF had no excuses in a 31-21 loss to Southern Miss, making Conference-USA, along with the Big East, Sun Belt and Mid-American, the only conferences shut out of the Top 25.

Penn State, UCF, Mississippi and Iowa dropped out with USC, Northwestern, Texas A&M and San Diego State picking up vacated spots.

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