Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Top 25 - Week Fourteen

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)
Record: 12-0 (8-0)
Coaches Poll: 1
Associated Press: 1
Last Week: Won vs. Auburn 36-0

Alabama ended its six-game losing streak versus Auburn with style – turning in the largest Iron Bowl blowout for either program since 1962 – yet most are expecting their run to end this week.
Up Next: 12/6: SEC Champ. Game vs. Florida

2. Oklahoma Sooners (2)
Record: 11-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 2
Associated Press: 4
Last Week: Won @ Ok. St. 61-41

With four straight 60-point games for Oklahoma, no team has more flair than Boomer Sooner. Sophomore Sam Bradford takes the Heisman lead with some help from Jermaine Gresham.
Up Next: 12/6: Big 12 Champ. Game vs. Missouri

3. Texas Longhorns (3)
Record: 11-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 3
Associated Press: 3
Last Week: Won vs. Texas A & M 49-9

Texas did a great job of pushing 45-35, while pretending 39-33 was meaningless. The campaigning worked with the voters, but did not sway the passionless computer rankings.
Up Next: Bowl Game

4. Florida Gators (4)
Record: 11-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 4
Associated Press: 2
Last Week: Won @ Florida St 45-15

The Gators looked comfortable in the Tallahassee swamp, with speedsters Chris Rainey and Jeffery Demps (combined 186 yards) skating past ‘Nole defenders on a wet Bobby Bowden Field.
Up Next: 12/6: SEC Champ. Game vs. Alabama

5. Texas Tech (6)
Record: 11-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 8
Associated Press: 8
Last Week: Won vs. Baylor 35-28

Without Michael Crabtree in the second half (injured ankle), Graham Harrell still led the Red Raiders back from a 14-point deficit. Has Bob Stoops’ thank you note arrived yet?
Up Next: Bowl Game

6. Southern Cal Trojans (5)
Record: 10-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 5
Associated Press: 5
Last Week: Won vs. Notre Dame 38-3

Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, Pete Carroll toyed with Charlie Weis last Saturday. The Trojans did not allow a first down until the final play of the third quarter. Is the thank you note for Oregon’s Mike Bellotti in the mail yet?
Up Next: 12/6: @ UCLA

7. Penn St. Nittany Lions (7)
Record: 11-1 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 6
Associated Press: 6
Last Week: Season Complete

Penn St. wants USC in the Rose Bowl – be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.
Up Next: 1/1: Rose Bowl

8. Utah Utes (8)
Record: 12-0 (8-0)
Coaches Poll: 7
Associated Press: 7
Last Week: Season Complete

They appear either Fiesta Bowl or Sugar Bowl bound with Texas, Florida or Alabama waiting.
Up Next: Bowl Game

9. Boise St. Broncos (13)
Record: 12-0 (8-0)
Coaches Poll: 9
Associated Press: 9
Last Week: Won vs. Fresno St. 61-10

After playing more of supporting role for much of his final campaign in Boise, Ian Johnson broke free for his first 100-yard game of the season.
Next: Bowl Game

10. Ohio St. Buckeyes (11)
Record: 10-2 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 10
Associated Press: 10
Last Week: Season Complete

The Oregon St. loss could open a slot in the BCS for the Buckeyes if USC clinches the Pac-10 title.
Up Next: Bowl Game

11. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (9)
Record: 9-3 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 15
Associated Press: 14
Last Week: Lost vs. Oklahoma 61-41

The Pokes are a very good team, with the misfortune of playing in the toughest division maybe in the history of college football.
Up Next: Bowl Game

12. TCU Horned Frogs (14)
Record: 10-2 (7-1)
Coaches Poll: 11
Associated Press: 11
Last Week: Season Complete

Leading the top total defense and run defense, not to mention the most prolific pass rush, is a major reason why Jerry Hughes is a Bronko Nagurski Finalist (nation’s best defender).
Next: Bowl Game

13. Cincinnati Bearcats (17)
Record: 10-2 (6-1)
Coaches Poll: 12
Associated Press: 13
Last Week: Won vs. Syracuse 30-10

Before Brian Kelly came to Cincinnati, the Bearcats reached 10 wins once in the program’s history – way back in 1951. Now they have two in two seasons, so it’s no surprise that Kelly is one of the hottest coaches in the business. Cincinnati also clinched the Big East title, their first conference title of any kind since 1964, when they won the Missouri Valley Conference. Win number 11 is on the horizon.
Up Next: 12/6: @ Hawaii

14. Ball St. Cardinals (15)
Record: 12-0 (8-0)
Coaches Poll: 13
Associated Press: 12
Last Week: Won vs. WMU 45-22

With three touchdown runs MiQuale Lewis reached 20 scores on the season, setting a school record, as the Cardinals won their 12th game.
Up Next: 12/5: MAC Champ. Game vs. Buffalo

15. Missouri Tigers (12)
Record: 9-3 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 17
Associated Press: 19
Last Week: Lost vs. Kansas 40-37

It’s not fair to the Jayhawks to say the Tigers were looking ahead to the Big XII Championship Game. Chase Daniel went for 391 total yards.
Up Next: 12/6: Big 12 Champ. Game vs. Oklahoma

16. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (20)
Record: 9-3 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 16
Associated Press: 15
Last Week: Won @ Georgia 45-42

The Ramblin’ Wreck has rumbled their way 881 yards rushing – in their last two games – with freshman Roddy Jones joining sophomore Jonathan Dwyer to form a deadly duo. They have two more years to run all over the ACC.
Up Next: Bowl Game

17. Georgia Bulldogs (10)
Record: 9-3 (6-2)
Coaches Poll: 19
Associated Press: 17
Last Week: Lost vs. Georgia Tech 45-42

This was an utter collapse for the Dawgs, who have allowed at least 38 points in four of their final five games, as Tech ran all over them.
Up Next: Bowl Game

18. Boston College Eagles (21)
Record: 9-3 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 20
Associated Press: 18
Last Week: Won vs. Maryland 28-21

Coach Jeff Jagodzinski wins his second Atlantic Division title in as many seasons, this time led by freshmen Dominique Davis (two touchdown passes) and Montel Harris (116 rushing yards).
Up Next: 12/6: ACC Champ. Game vs. Va. Tech

19. Oregon Ducks (24)
Record: 9-3 (7-2)
Coaches Poll: 14
Associated Press: 16
Last Week: Won @ Oregon St. 65-38

One of the sweetest things in sports is knocking your rival out, which is exactly what the Ducks did on Saturday. “To go out and ruin somebody’s dreams like that, it feels real good,” was how Oregon receiver Jaison Williams put it. Jeremiah Johnson ran for 219 yards in the victory.
Up Next: Bowl Game

20. Michigan St. Spartans (18)
Record: 9-3 (6-2)
Coaches Poll: 21
Associated Press: 21
Last Week: Season Complete

Running back Javon Ringer was joined by defenders Greg Jones and Otis Wilson on the All-Big Ten Conference First Team.
Up Next: Bowl Game

21. Pittsburgh Panthers (22)
Record: 8-3 (4-2)
Coaches Poll: 23
Associated Press: 23
Last Week: Won vs. West Virginia 19-15

Behind a career-high 183 yards (two touchdowns) from sophomore LeSean “Shady” McCoy the Panthers were able to win their second straight Backyard Brawl over rival West Virginia.
Up Next: 12/6 @ UConn

22. Brigham Young Cougars (19)
Record: 10-2 (6-2)
Coaches Poll: 18
Associated Press: 20
Last Week: Season Complete

For the first time in school history the Cougars had three Academic All-Americans in David Oswald, Kellen Fowler and Matthew Bauman.
Up Next: Bowl Game

23. Oregon St. Beavers (16)
Record: 8-4 (7-2)
Coaches Poll: 24
Associated Press: 25
Last Week: Lost vs. Oregon 65-38

The Beavers could not be more disappointed as they missed out on their first Rose Bowl bid in over 40 years. Let’s not forget their loss in August to Stanford in the final seconds.
Up Next: Bowl Game

24. Northwestern Wildcats (25)
Record: 9-3 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 22
Associated Press: 24
Last Week: Season Complete

With only one member on the First and Second All-Big Ten Teams, the ‘Cats were a true team.
Up Next: Bowl Game

25. Mississippi Rebels (NR)
Record: 8-4 (5-3)
Coaches Poll: 25
Associated Press: 22
Last Week: Won vs. MSU 45-0

The Rebels are hot. Ole Miss dominated the Bulldogs, out-gaining them 461 yards to 37.
Up Next: Bowl Game

Dropped Out: West Virginia (23)

Five to Watch: California, Iowa, Nebraska, Tulsa, Virginia Tech

Photo Credit: College Press Box (Alabama)