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HogManInLA’s Top 25 College Football Poll: Week Twelve

Another great week of college football has come and gone with two undefeated teams knocked down to the land of mere pigskin mortals.

Alabama, for the second year in a row, joins a large group of “wait and see” college football teams. Their 29-24 loss to Texas A&M was not a big surprise to many… outside the state of Alabama.

Bama ducked LSU with a last minute touchdown to win the game and have had the benefit of not playing many tough teams in 2012.

Michigan was over-hyped and over sold to the college football masses in week one. Arkansas was without Tyler Wilson when they laced them up, not that it would have made a difference in the final outcome, but they really were not challenged by the Razorbacks.

Ole Miss is better than last year but what does that really say about a team that was 2-10 in 2011?

Missouri was without their starting quarterback, James Franklin. Again, the outcome may not have changed but the Tide was not challenged by the Tigers.

Mississippi State very easily could end up 7-5 after starting 7-0, another team that no longer looks good on paper for Alabama.

Once they lined up against teams at full strength and with talent the Tide has not stepped up their game to match or rise above their opponents. Looking at the BCS Championship Game, could Bama hang with Oregon? No longer seems possible.

The other unbeaten to fall from grace in Week 11 was Louisville. All season long the Cardinals were playing with fire. Head coach Charlie Strong dodged a few bullets by letting teams back into games after developing comfortable leads only to seemingly hold on to wins to stay undefeated.

On Saturday Syracuse punished Louisville 45-26.

The loss puts Rutgers, 8-1, back in the fold to win the Big East when they suit up against Louisville Nov. 29, in New Jersey.

The rest of the college football landscape shuffled here and there without many surprises.

Stanford and Oregon State are both second fiddle to Oregon in the Pac-12 North. The Cardinal did claim a home victory against the Beavers on Saturday winning 27-23.

UCLA is temporarily sitting pretty atop the Pac-12 South but has USC and Stanford left on their schedule. A loss to USC more than likely puts the Trojans in the Pac-12 title game. A Bruins win puts the “other” LA team in the Pac-12 title game for a second year in a row.

Florida State has one more ACC game left against Maryland before their showdown with Florida. Clemson fans are praying for a Terps upset.

Ohio State fans have to be happy about the future in Columbus, Ohio. With two games left against Wisconsin and Michigan and undefeated season seems imminent. Too bad for the Buckeyes, that’s like being all dressed up with no place to go. OSU, see ya when your team is off NCAA suspension.

 

Top Games in Week 12

USC at UCLA

Stanford at Oregon

Oklahoma at West Virginia

Kansas State at Baylor

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Mississippi at LSU

 

HogManInLA’s Top 25 College Football Poll

1. Oregon 10-0

2. Kansas State 10-0

3. Notre Dame 10-0

4. Georgia 9-1

5. Florida 9-1

6. Alabama 9-1

7. LSU 8-2

8. Texas A&M 8-2

9. Florida State 9-1

10. Ohio State 10-0

11. Clemson 9-1

12. South Carolina 8-2

13. Oklahoma 7-2

14. Louisiana Tech 9-1

15. Rutgers 8-1

16. Louisville 9-1

17. Stanford 7-2

18. Oregon State 7-2

19. UCLA 7-2

20. Nebraska 8-2

21. USC 7-3

22. Texas Tech 7-3

23. Utah State 8-2

24. Boise State 8-2

25. Kent State 9-1

 

New to the Poll:

No. 25 Kent State

 

Dropped Out of Poll:

No. 19 Mississippi State 7-3

 

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