CFN 2013 Rankings
Nov. 10, Week 11
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2013 Week 11 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 9-0
Last Week: W, LSU, 38-17
Why They Should Be No. 1: In its biggest threat since mid-September, the Crimson Tide withstood the challenge, handing LSU its most lopsided loss since the 2011 national championship game against the Tide. The three-touchdown victory was the closest an opponent has come to Alabama since the Texas A&M game in Week 2.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: When compared with Florida State, the Seminoles have been more dominant in their games this fall, especially in marquee games. Against the Aggies and the Tigers, the Tide prevailed 87-59. Against Clemson and Miami, FSU won by a combined score of 92-28.
2. Florida State 9-0
Last Week: W, Wake Forest, 59-3
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Seminoles completely dominated plucky Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, tying a school record with six interceptions. Florida State is winning by an average margin of more than 40 points, including routs of Clemson and Miami by 37 and 27, respectively.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: If there's a nitpick of the Seminoles' quest to play in the national championship game, it's that they haven't played a particularly thorny schedule. The ACC isn't the ACC or the Pac-12, and the non-conference slate included games with Nevada and Bethune-Cookman, with Idaho and 4-5 Florida still to come.
3. Ohio State 9-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Fueled by a scoring average of 48 points per game, the Buckeyes have won all but one game by double-digits. Back on Sept. 28, they handled a Wisconsin team that's been steadily surging north ever since.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After the Badgers, who has Ohio State beaten? Is 7-2 Buffalo the Buckeyes' next best victim? The Big Ten's struggles and lack of depth are killing OSU's ability to rise higher without getting help.
4. Baylor 8-0
Last Week: W, Oklahoma 41-12
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bears validated their ranking and attracted a whole new set of followers by bombarding the Sooners by more than four touchdowns. Baylor got contributions from its offense and its defense in a total team effort, and it now has outscored opponents by an average margin of 61-15.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Great win, but Baylor hardly knocked off a championship-caliber Oklahoma team. The Sooners were crushed by Texas, and got tested by West Virginia and Kansas. While the victory obviously helps, the Bears have still played just one ranked team all year.
5. Stanford 8-1
Last Week: W, Oregon, 26-20
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Suffocating the Ducks in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated qualifies as one of the best wins by any team this season. Since Sept. 21, the Cardinal has defeated Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington and Arizona State, which has been on a roll.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Stanford owns one of the worst losses for a top 10 team, bowing to 4-5 Utah. The Cardinal defense is phenomenal, but the offense is just inconsistent enough to put the team in a vulnerable spot against lesser competition.
6. Oregon 8-1
Last Week: L, Stanford, 26-20
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: A single loss to one of the country's best teams doesn't eliminate the fact that Oregon ripped through the first eight games of the schedule. When not facing Stanford, the Ducks still have one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Forget the score. the Ducks got mauled by the Cardinal on Thursday night, looking like a shell of the team that went through the first two months virtually unchallenged. Oregon cannot handle physical opponents, and its schedule is light on marquee wins outside of UCLA.
7. Clemson 8-1
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers have gotten back on track following their Oct. 19 loss to Florida State, slapping 99 combined points on Maryland and Virginia on the road. The only time that Clemson has won a game by fewer than 10 points was in the opener against No. 5 Georgia.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: When was the last time Clemson beat a quality opponent? It was that opener against the Dawgs. The only other time the Tigers faced a ranked team, they were slaughter at home by Florida State, 51-14.
8. LSU 7-3
Last Week: L, Alabama, 38-17
Why The Ranking Should be Higher: The Tigers are the only team to have beaten Auburn this season, which grows in weight each week. All three of LSU's losses have been tough teams on the road, Georgia, Ole Miss and Alabama.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: That win over Auburn occurred a very long time ago. Since Sept. 21, LSU is just 3-3, with victories over Mississippi State, Florida and Furman failing to register on the strength of schedule Richter scale.
9. Missouri 9-1
Last Week: W, Kentucky, 48-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers avoided the trap of going on the road as a heavy favorite, burying the Wildcats. With two games left, Mizzou is just one of three remaining SEC teams with no more than one loss, a three-pointer to South Carolina that it dominated for three quarters.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Missouri never should have lost to the Gamecocks, a team that has a loss to 4-6 Tennessee and was using a banged-up quarterback in the matchup at Faurot Field. The Florida and Georgia teams that the Tigers beat in October were severely shorthanded by injuries.
10. Auburn 9-1
Last Week: W, Tennessee, 55-23
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Saturday's rout was more impressive than it might look on face value since the Volunteers beat South Carolina and nearly shocked Georgia at Neyland Stadium. The Tigers have defeated Ole Miss and Texas A&M, with their lone defeat coming at LSU.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While the Tigers have made an amazing turnaround within the SEC, they'll get no style points from a cushy non-conference that included games with Washington State, Arkansas State, Mississippi State and Western Carolina on the Plains.
11. Texas A&M 8-2
Last Week: W, Mississippi State, 51-41
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies got five touchdown passes from Johnny Manziel outscore the Bulldogs in College Station. Texas A&M hasn't been held below 50 points in almost a month, and has won the last three handily. It's only losses were to Alabama and Auburn, two of the premier programs in the country.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Texas A&M beat Ole Miss on the road on Oct. 12. After the Rebel game, not much. The Aggies' next most impressive win was over Vanderbilt, which is 5-4 and outside the Top 25.
12. Wisconsin 7-2
Last Week: W, BYU, 27-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers have been very impressive over the last month, picking notable wins at Iowa and versus BYU over the last two games. The ground game is vintage Wisconsin, and the defense has come a long way. If not for getting jobbed by officials in Tempe on Sept. 14, the Badgers would be a legit top 10 team.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Since the Badgers did lose to the two ranked teams of the schedule, the Sun Devils and Ohio State, red-letter moments have been scarce. There have been good wins, sure, but none that scream out for a higher ranking.
13. Ole Miss 6-3
Last Week: W, Arkansas, 34-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Sure, the record doesn't scream top 10, but Ole Miss has beaten LSU and Texas, one of the two hottest teams in the Big 12. The Rebels' three defeats came at the hands of SEC West powerhouses Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M, all of whom are currently in the top 10.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Rebels had some struggles on Saturday, beating by 10 a 3-7 Arkansas team that had dropped its last four by at least 18 points. The defense generally hasn't looked great this season, flashing vulnerabilities against better teams.
14. South Carolina 7-2
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks have beaten a couple of ranked teams, UCF and Missouri, the latter of which could eventually unlock an SEC East crown. Both of their losses came outside of Columbia versus divisional rivals.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Not only has South Carolina dropped two games, but one of those losses was to 4-6 Tennessee. This is not always a pretty team, trailing the Knights at halftime, allowing Kentucky to make things close late and needing Connor Shaw's heroics to beat Mizzou.
15. Michigan State 8-1
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Spartans have won their last five games, capped by a demolition of rival Michigan two weeks ago. Their lone loss to Notre Dame in South Bend was by four points, and their defense is far and away leading the country at just 210 yards allowed a game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Notable wins are scarce for the Spartans. Sure, whipping the Wolverines was impressive on numerous levels, but what else stands out? Michigan State has faced and beaten a lot of very bad teams this season.
16. Oklahoma State 8-1
Last Week: W, Kansas, 42-6
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cowboys suffered no letdown from its big win over Texas Tech, coasting to a win over the Jayhawks. Oklahoma State has swept its last five games, steadily improving on both sides of the ball.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: That lone loss of the season was an ugly one, to a West Virginia team still clawing for bowl eligibility. While winning in Lubbock seemed impressive at the time, the Red Raiders are now riding a three-game losing streak, including Saturday's blowout loss to Kansas State.
17. UCLA 7-2
Last Week: W, Arizona, 31-26
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins went on the road and got past a surging Wildcat team to remain in Pac-12 South contention. UCLA's only losses were to Oregon and Stanford, the two premier teams in the conference.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Sure, UCLA has some nice wins this season, but not one of those victories came over a team that's currently ranked. With Arizona State and USC still on the schedule, the Bruins must use those opportunities to scale a little higher in the rankings.
18. Texas 7-2
Last Week: W, West Virginia, 47-40
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Longhorns found a way to win on the road on a night when they weren't playing at their peak. Texas has now won six straight games to remain in the mix for a Big 12 championship. It also started with a victory over Kansas State, which has won its last three games.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Just because losses occurred a long time ago don't mean they don't count. The Longhorns got hammered by BYU and Ole Miss in September, which should put a hard ceiling on just how high they can climb. UT allowed 40 points to a West Virginia team that began the week with problems on offense.
19. Arizona State 7-2
Last Week: W, Utah, 20-19
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Tested for the first time in a month, the Sun Devils rose up with a fourth-quarter rally to knock off Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Arizona State also has wins over Wisconsin and USC, both of whom have been on a roll of late.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: In its two losses this season, Arizona State was not competitive versus Stanford, and lost to an average Notre Dame squad. If not for some terrible officiating in the game with the Badgers, ASU might be a three-loss team right now.
20. Georgia 6-3
Last Week: W, Appalachian State, 45-6
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Yeah, Georgia has lost three times, but two of those games were against top 10-caliber Missouri and Clemson. The Dawgs have also beaten South Carolina and LSU, and have top 10 potential as well now that RB Todd Gurley is back.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Oct. 19 loss to Vanderbilt was a tough one to swallow for a program that began the year with visions of an SEC or even a national championship run. Not since the end of Sept. 28 has Georgia defeated a really, really tough opponent.
21. UCF 7-1
Last Week: W, Houston, 19-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Knights moved a step closer to a school-first BCS bowl game, beating Houston to remain atop the American. UCF has also defeated a very good Louisville team on the road, and lost by just three points to South Carolina back on Sept. 28.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: UCF's ceiling is rather limited by a so-so schedule that's a little short on red-letter matchups. The Knights have toppled just one ranked team, and won't get a crack at another one until the postseason.
22. Louisville 8-1
Last Week: W, Connecticut, 31-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinals pitched a shutout until the final minute, easily getting past Connecticut on Friday. Louisville is in a select group of remaining one-loss teams, having won its games by an average score of 38-10.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Louisville is not even the top team in the American, courtesy of its Oct. 18 loss to UCF. The Cardinals have no quality wins as mid-November approaches, facing a staggeringly soft schedule through the first nine weeks.
23. Oklahoma 7-2
Last Week: L, Baylor, 41-12
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners have lost to two of the Big 12's best teams, Baylor and Texas. Oklahoma also defeated Notre Dame in South Bend, and was the first team of 2013 to knock off Texas Tech.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: OU didn't just lose to the Bears and the 'Horns; they got ambushed by both programs. That win over the Red Raiders has become increasingly less impressive over the past couple of weekends.
24. Kansas State 5-4
Last Week: W, Texas Tech, 49-26
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Leave it to Bill Snyder to turn things around on the fly. The Wildcats have win three in a row, including Saturday's beatdown of the once-ranked Red Raiders. No one has come closer to beating Baylor as Kansas State did on Oct. 12, narrowly falling by 10 points.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Four losses indicate that Kansas State is a middling team in a middling Big 12 Conference. Okay, so North Dakota State is the nation's top-ranked team, but you can't lose to an FCS opponent and expect to be ranked in the FBS Top 25.
25. Minnesota 8-2
Last Week: W, Penn State, 24-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gophers' most remarkable season continued with a great defensive effort Saturday against the Nittany Lions. Minnesota has won four straight, and still has a shot of winning 10 games in the regular season.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Minnesota has beaten a lot of average teams, none of whom are currently ranked. The Gophers losses were to Iowa and sliding Michigan, which have seven losses between them.
2013 Week 11 Rankings, No. 26-125