Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2012

Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

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    College football fans have been treated to an outstanding season so far this year. During this season, we have seen huge upsets and outstanding plays, and we continue to see teams elevate to a new level.

    This past week saw plenty of headlines as Alabama and Florida stayed perfect in the SEC, Oregon dominated on the road, Kansas State had a huge win over West Virginia and Notre Dame stayed perfect.

    With plenty of college football remaining, here is a look at the current power ranking of all 124 teams.

No. 124-No. 85

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    No. 124: Massachusetts 

    No. 123: Southern Miss

    No. 122: Florida International

    No. 121: Idaho 

    No. 120: UNLV

    No. 119: Wyoming 

    No. 118: Florida Atlantic 

    No. 117: New Mexico State

    No. 116: Colorado 

    No. 115: Eastern Michigan

    No. 114: Colorado State

    No. 113: Hawaii 

    No. 112: Akron 

    No. 111: Buffalo

    No. 110: Army

    No. 109: UAB

    No. 108: Memphis

    No. 107: Kansas 

    No. 106: Boston College

    No. 105: Tulane

    No. 104: Kentucky

    No. 103: South Alabama

    No. 102: Auburn

    No. 101: Utah

    No. 100: Central Michigan

    No. 99: Rice

    No. 98: Washington State

    No. 97: UTEP

    No. 96: Indiana

    No. 95: South Florida 

    No. 94: Illinois 

    No. 93: Virginia 

    No. 92: Western Michigan 

    No. 91: Arkansas

    No. 90: Miami (OH)

    No. 89: Washington 

    No. 88: SMU

    No. 87: Marshall

    No. 86: Houston 

    No. 85: Purdue

No. 84-No. 51

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    No. 84: Connecticut 

    No. 83: Temple

    No. 82: Pittsburgh

    No. 81: Syracuse 

    No. 80: Baylor

    No. 79: Georgia Tech 

    No. 78: UTSA

    No. 77: Texas State

    No. 76: Cal  

    No. 75: North Texas

    No. 74: Tennessee

    No. 73: Vanderbilt  

    No. 72: Missouri 

    No. 71: Troy

    No. 70: Arkansas State

    No. 69: Middle Tennessee

    No. 68: Ole Miss

    No. 67: New Mexico 

    No. 66: Air Force

    No. 65: BYU

    No. 64: Navy

    No. 63: Minnesota 

    No. 62: Iowa 

    No. 61: Iowa State

    No. 60: Miami 

    No. 59: Wake Forest

    No. 58: San Jose State

    No. 57: Maryland 

    No. 56: Louisiana-Lafayette

    No. 55: San Diego State

    No. 54: Bowling Green 

    No. 53: East Carolina 

    No. 52: Virginia Tech 

    No. 51: UCF

No. 50: Ball State

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    At 5-3, Ball State is surpassing even its own expectations this year. During the last two weeks, the offense has showed up in a big way and allowed the Cardinals to gain some ground.

    The MAC is a tough conference this year, but with Toledo and Ohio ahead, the Cardinals hold their fate in their own hands. 

No. 49: North Carolina

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    North Carolina versus Duke is a huge basketball rivalry, and now that Duke is showing more than a pulse in football, the rivalry could go to a new level. This past week the Tar Heels lost on the road to Duke, which dropped them to 5-3.

    If the Tar Heels hope to make any noise in the ACC, the defense, which gave up 33 to Duke, must play better.

No. 48: Fresno State

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    Another 5-3 team is Fresno State, which got back on track with a win over Wyoming this past week. So far this year, the Bulldogs have done a nice job of putting together a balanced offense and defense. If it continues, the Bulldogs will more than make up for last year's letdown. 

No. 47: Western Kentucky

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    Out in the Sun Belt, Western Kentucky lost a rough conference game in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe. After the one-point loss at home, the Hilltoppers now head on the road to play FIU, a team they will look to take all of their frustrations out on.

No. 46: Duke

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    If you guessed that Duke would be bowl-eligible eight games into the season, you're not telling the truth. The Blue Devils have shocked everyone by starting the season 6-2, and based on how they have performed so far this year, the winning is not yet over.

No. 45: Northwestern

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    Just as surprising as Duke, Northwestern currently sits at 6-2 and is having a fantastic year so far.

    With the schedule now picking up, we are going to get a better sense of how good this team can be, but if the Wildcats hope to achieve more, they have to shake out of this funk that has seen them lose two out of their last three games. 

No. 44: Kent State

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    Out in the MAC, Kent State is 6-1 but is about to face a huge test this week. Up next on the schedule for the Golden Flashes is an undefeated Rutgers team. While Kent State has had a good year, this is not likely a game that it will win.

No. 43: Nevada

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    After a 6-1 start to the year, Nevada will be coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss to San Diego State that dropped it to 6-2.

    This year the Wolf Pack offense has been doing fine, but the defense finally caught up to them. This week they take on Air Force on the road and must have a much better defensive performance if they hope to win.

No. 42: Louisiana-Monroe

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    After taking some out-of-conference opponents to the brink, Louisiana-Monroe is cruising through the Sun Belt this year. With their overtime victory over Western Kentucky, the Warhawks are now 5-2 and having an outstanding season.

    Going forward, if Louisiana-Monroe can get constant performance out of its defense, this team will continue to be dangerous.

No. 41: Utah State

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    At 6-2, Utah State continues to surpass expectations on a weekly basis. This past week the Aggies defeated New Mexico State, which gave them two straight wins and six on the year.

    Currently the Aggies sit first in the WAC, and if they keep playing the way that they are, they could win the conference.

No. 40: Michigan State

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    Michigan State is currently on the edge of seeing this entire season fall apart. With a late lead over Michigan and a chance to make it five straight victories in the series, the Spartans allowed Michigan to get into field-goal range and win the game.

    The loss was their fourth of the season, and if the Spartans are not careful, they may miss a bowl game.

No. 39: Cincinnati

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    Cincinnati's undefeated record finally came to an end this past week, as it lost an out-of-conference game to Toledo. The loss is tough, but with it being out of conference, the Bearcats are still in the hunt for the Big East title with Rutgers and Louisville.

    This Friday will be an important day as Cincinnati goes head-to-head with Louisville in a huge conference showdown.

No. 38: Northern Illinois

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    In the first week of the season, Northern Illinois lost a tough game to Iowa. Since that loss, the Huskies have won seven straight and jumped to the top of the MAC.

    Northern Illinois is playing great football this year, and the biggest test it has left is its game with Toledo.

No. 37: Tulsa

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    To open the season, Tulsa lost on the road against Iowa State. In response to that loss, Tulsa did exactly what Northern Illinois did and won seven straight games.

    Currently at 7-1, the Golden Hurricane now hit the road in back-to-back weeks and play Arkansas and Houston.

No. 36: UCLA

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    Currently at 5-2, UCLA returns from its bye week to take on Arizona State. The Bruins are having a much better season than last year, and Jim L. Mora appears to be helping this team get things turned around.

No. 35: Arizona

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    After three straight losses, the Arizona defense finally showed up, which led to a blowout of Washington. The win puts the Wildcats at 4-3, but they are still out of the Pac-12 race.

    As the second half of the season progresses, the Wildcats should continue to get more comfortable in Rich Rodriguez's system and will look to build towards next year.

No. 34: Oklahoma State

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    The past two weeks Oklahoma State has been getting back on track, and it has been largely due to the rebirth of its defense. Over the past two weeks, the Cowboys have only allowed 24 total points, which has allowed them to win both games.

    Now the tough stretch of games begins, as they take on TCU, Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma the next five weeks.

No. 33: Arizona State

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    After a 5-1 start to the season, Arizona State was hoping to make a statement at home against Oregon. While that statement appeared to be ready after the first minute of play, the Sun Devils then gave up 43 straight points and lost badly at home.

    A lot will be learned about this team now that it was punched in the mouth. It will be interesting to see how it is able to rebound.

No. 32: NC State

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    With its win over Maryland this past week, NC State has moved to 5-2 and still only has one loss in the ACC. The biggest thing that the Wolfpack have going for them is their win over Florida State, which has kept them close in the ACC race.

    If NC State can keep up its current pace and get a loss from Clemson, it may stun everyone and pull ahead in the conference race.

No. 31: Penn State

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    Since its 0-2 start, Penn State has ripped off five straight wins and is overachieving based on the depth of talent on the roster.

    This past week the Nittany Lions defeated Iowa 38-14, and it will be interesting to see how far they can ride their current hot streak.

No. 30: Nebraska

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    Two weeks ago Nebraska lost a tough game to Ohio State, but it rebounded this past week with a one-point win over Northwestern on the road.

    With the win, Nebraska moves to 5-2 and only has one loss in the Big Ten. If the offense can keep up its current pace, the Cornhuskers will be tough to beat.

No. 29: TCU

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    This past week TCU lost to Texas Tech, and the loss may eliminate it from the Big 12 race this year. Over the past three weeks, the Horned Frogs have gone 1-2, and it has driven them out of the conference race.

    Going forward, TCU's defense must rebound and compete on the same level as its offense to help it finish this year strong. 

No. 28: Wisconsin

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    After an extremely rough start to the season, Wisconsin has gotten on track and has now won three straight games. This past week the Badgers were at home and took down Minnesota.

    With the win Wisconsin is now 6-2 overall and has only lost one game in the Big Ten. If the running game can continue to dominate, the Badgers could make a run at a third straight conference title.

No. 27: Michigan

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    It may not have been pretty, but a win is a win, and the Wolverines earned a 12-10 win over in-state rival Michigan State. The win brought a four-game win streak to an end for the Spartans and gave the Wolverines an inside track in the Big Ten.

    With games against Nebraska, Northwestern, Iowa and Ohio State remaining, the Wolverines are still not out of the woods and are a long ways away from heading to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game.

No. 26: Texas

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    After losing two straight conference games, the Longhorns bounced back and earned a huge win over Baylor.

    Going forward, the Longhorns have good news and bad news. The good news is that the offense is clicking and putting up big numbers. The bad news that could cost them through the second half of the season is that the defense appears to be falling apart.

No. 25: Toledo

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    Toledo is one of four MAC teams having a great season so far this year. Right now Toledo is 7-1 and is undefeated in conference.

    With a strong offense and a defense that is keeping up its end of the bargain, the Rockets are a dangerous team but will need to go through Northern Illinois to win the division.

No. 24: West Virginia

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    Over the past two weeks the Mountaineers have been exposed and blown out. This past week, Kansas State came to town and destroyed West Virginia.

    With back-to-back losses in conference, West Virginia has gone downhill. This coming week it takes on TCU and need to find a way to stop the bleeding.

No. 23: Louisiana Tech

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    After a tough loss to Texas A&M, the Bulldogs returned and won big over Idaho. Going forward, the Bulldogs have one challenge, and that is their defense.

    When the Bulldogs went up against a great team last week, the defense was shredded. If this team goes up against another good team, the defense could fail it again.

No. 22: Ohio

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    After having this past week off, the Bobcats return to the field and will be taking on Miami of Ohio.

    So far this season Ohio has done a great job of staying on track and is still undefeated. As long as Tyler Tettleton and the offense can remain focused, the Bobcats could be looking at a special year.

No. 21: Texas A&M

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    Texas A&M has been having a good year, but every time it goes up against a great team, it seems to fall short. This past week the LSU Tigers came to town and left with a 24-19 victory.

    Coming up over the next few weeks, the Aggies will be taking on Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama. This will go a long way in telling the nation how good they are.

No. 20: Boise State

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    After its opening-week loss to Michigan State, Boise State has run the table but has done so against less than stellar talent.

    While the Broncos keep winning, the attention is not what they are used to. With the remaining teams on their schedule, the only chance the Broncos have of earning a big win will be the final week against Nevada.

No. 19: Stanford

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    After a loss to Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago, the Stanford defense came up huge this week and shut down the Cal offense.

    With the win, the Cardinal remain in the Pac-12 race, as they only have one conference loss and are now 5-2 on the season.

No. 18: South Carolina

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    During the most important three-game stretch of its season, South Carolina went 1-2 and is all but out of the SEC East race. This past week was the final dagger, as the Gamecocks went on the road again and lost to Florida.

    While they may be out of the SEC race, the Gamecocks can still have a 10-win season and finish this year out strong.

No. 17: Rutgers

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    This past week was a tale of two games for the Scarlet Knights. In the first half against Temple, the Knights fell behind 10-0. After some halftime adjustments, Rutgers scored the next 35 points of the game.

    Along with Cincinnati and Louisville, the Scarlet Knights are still undefeated in conference. This race will be interesting down the stretch.

No. 16: Louisville

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    Louisville keeps on rolling, as it earned a win over South Florida this past week. Around the Big East, Cincinnati did lose, but it was out of conference, so the three-way race continues between Rutgers, Cincinnati and Louisville.

    As long as Teddy Bridgewater continues to lead this team with big numbers, the Cardinals may be the team to beat.

No. 15: Texas Tech

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    The usual scenario for the Red Raiders would be to win a huge game and then come back the next week and lose. This past week Texas Tech put together another great effort and won in triple overtime over TCU.

    With the win the Red Raiders are 6-1 and have a huge game coming up against Kansas State.

No. 14: Clemson

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    For the third time in two years, Clemson has disposed of the Virginia Tech Hokies. This past week Clemson won 38-17 and continues to keep pressure on Florida State in the ACC.

    Going forward, the Tigers need to continue to win and hope that the Seminoles drop another game and allow them to overcome their head-to-head loss.

No. 13: Mississippi State

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    Mississippi State did a great job of remaining undefeated and also avoiding a trap game against Middle Tennessee. With the win under their belt, the Bulldogs can now shift their attention to Alabama.

    While the season has been going well, the Bulldogs can see things go to another level if they can find a way to beat Alabama on the road.

No. 12: USC

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    Before the Trojans can get their biggest test of the year with Oregon coming to town, they have to head on the road and take on Arizona.

    USC has been picking up steam since its early-season loss to Stanford. The Trojans must remain focused for Arizona and understand that Oregon is still over a week away.

No. 11: Georgia

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    After returning from a bye week, the Bulldogs kicked things off with a win over Kentucky. With the win, the Bulldogs are now 6-1 and have a huge matchup in the division with Florida this week.

    If Georgia can bring a strong defensive performance against Florida, the offense should score enough points to close the door.

No. 10: Florida State

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    This past week Florida State went on the road and was able to take down Miami. With the win, the Seminoles moved to 7-1 and have won the past two games since their loss to NC State.

    Despite that loss, Florida State is hoping to continue to win and eventually separate itself as the best one-loss team in the nation.

No. 9: Oregon State

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    Oregon State continues to prove on a weekly basis that it belongs in the Top 10. Coach Mike Riley has been helping this team overachieve, and it is now 6-0. 

    With the first half of the season behind them, the Beavers head on the road to take on Washington, which should give people a better idea of how good this team truly is.

No. 8: Ohio State

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    This past week, Ohio State struggled to earn a win over Purdue and also had to come back late in the game after losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller.

    With the comeback win, the Buckeyes move to 8-0 and are having an impressive season. While the season has been great, the concern going forward will be the health of their starting quarterback.

No. 7: Oklahoma

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    Since the Sooners' loss to Kansas State they have bounced back in a big way. This past week Oklahoma dismissed Kansas and is now staring down a game with Notre Dame.

    With the Irish next up on the schedule, whoever wins will get a huge national push from that win and could position itself as the best one-loss team in the nation.

No. 6: LSU

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    LSU is proving that it is alive and still in the race for the SEC title, or even the national championship.

    This past week, the Tigers went on the road and took down Texas A&M for a huge win. The win puts LSU in a great position, as it will have two weeks to prepare for its home date with Alabama at the start of November.

No. 5: Notre Dame

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    The dream season for the Irish marches on, as they remain undefeated after their victory over BYU. With the win, Notre Dame keeps its dream of heading to the national title game alive.

    If the Irish continue on this track and find a way to get past the Sooners, the idea of going to the national championship game will become a reality.

No. 4: Kansas State

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    Week in and week out, Kansas State is impressing the nation more and more. This past week it went on the road and earned a huge win over West Virginia.

    The win gives the Wildcats victories over the Sooners and Mountaineers and puts them in a great position to win the Big 12.

No. 3: Florida

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    A lot of people thought that the game against South Carolina would be a huge test, but the Gators disposed of the Gamecocks with ease.

    With the win, the table is set for Florida to run the table and head to the SEC title game with a shot at going to the national title game up for grabs. At this point, the only thing standing in the way is Georgia.

No. 2: Oregon

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    This past Thursday night, Oregon and Marcus Mariota were supposed to be challenged by the Sun Devils, as it was the first true road game the Ducks had played. After a disastrous first minute of play that saw a Ducks turnover and ASU touchdown, the Ducks rattled off 43 straight and cruised to a win.

    The win moves Oregon to 7-0, and now all that stands between it and USC is a home game against Colorado.

No. 1: Alabama

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    Alabama continues to hold the top spot, and that is because it continues to win in the SEC. This past week the Crimson Tide took down Tennessee, and they are now one game away from a date with LSU.

    Before the Tide get things kicked off against LSU, they will have to host Mississippi State, a team that could surprise them if they are not focused.