Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 11

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 11

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    It took three overtimes, but Notre Dame beat Pittsburgh 29-26 to stay undefeated. Irish quarterback Everett Golson ran it in from one yard out after the Panthers made a field goal in the final overtime. Pittsburgh actually had a 20-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    Oregon's offense was nearly unstoppable as the Ducks beat the Trojans, 62-51. Running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon racked up 426 yards on the ground against the USC defense.

    In the prime-time SEC game, Alabama beat LSU, 21-17. Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron hit T.J. Yeldon on a 28-yard screen pass that went for a touchdown with just 51 seconds in the game to complete the comeback victory for Alabama.

    Read on to see the new Bleacher Report Top 25.

    *Note: Votes are calculated with 25 points going to the No. 1 ranking, 24 points going to No. 2, 23 points going to No. 3 and so on.

Others Receiving Votes

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    TCU: 23

    Texas Tech: 21

    Michigan: 17

    West Virginia: 9

    Ohio: 9

    Northwestern: 8

    Wisconsin: 7

    Penn State: 6

    Oklahoma State: 5

    Utah State: 5

    Kent State: 3

    Northern Illinois: 3

    Arizona State: 2

    Arizona: 1

    BYU: 1

No. 25: Toledo Rockets

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    Poll Points: 35          

    Record: 8-1 (5-0, MAC)   

    Last Game: Oct. 27, beat Buffalo Bulls, 25-20

    Next Game: Nov. 6 vs. Ball State Cardinals

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Bye week.

No. 24: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 36        

    Record: 7-2 (4-1, MWC)     

    Last Game: Nov. 3, lost to San Diego State, 21-19

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Hawaii Warriors

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Broncos running back D.J. Harper ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Boise State lost to San Diego State, 21-19.

    Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick completed 20 of 31 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

No. 23: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 37          

    Record: 7-2 (3-2, SEC)            

    Last Game: Nov. 3, lost to Texas A&M, 38-13

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at LSU Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Mississippi State fell to Texas A&M, 38-13, despite Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell throwing a touchdown and running in another.

    Russell finished the game completing 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

No. 22: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 44          

    Record: 7-1 (4-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Oct. 27, lost to Kent State, 35-23

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Army Black Knights

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Bye week.

No. 21: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 64          

    Record: 6-3 (4-3, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Nov. 3, lost to Oregon, 62-51

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

    Previous Ranking: 15

    USC quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 484 yards and five touchdowns but couldn't keep the Trojans from falling to the Ducks, 62-51.

    Wide receivers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor combined to catch 18 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans.

No. 20: UCLA Bruins

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    Poll Points: 68          

    Record: 7-2 (4-2, Pac-12)   

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Arizona, 66-10

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Washington State Cougars

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Bruins running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns as UCLA trounced Arizona, 66-10.

    UCLA gained 308 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground.

No. 19: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 77                        

    Record: 8-1 (3-0 WAC)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat UTSA, 51-27

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Texas State Bobcats

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Bulldog quarterback Colby Cameron threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns as Louisiana Tech beat UTSA, 51-27. Cameron completed 30 of 39 passes on the day.

    Running back Kenneth Dixon rushed for 72 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs.

No. 18: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 103                      

    Record: 7-2 (4-2, Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Texas Tech, 31-22

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Iowa State Cyclones

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Longhorn quarterback David Ash threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns as Texas beat Texas Tech, 31-22.

    Wide receiver Mike Davis caught four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns.

No. 17: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 111                   

    Record: 7-2 (4-1, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Michigan State, 28-24

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw two touchdowns and ran for two more as Nebraska beat Michigan State, 28-24. Martinez finished the day running for 205 yards on 17 rushes.

    Running back Ameer Abdullah added 110 yards rushing as Nebraska racked up 313 yards on the ground.

No. 16: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 164

    Record: 7-2 (5-1, Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Colorado, 48-0

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Oregon State Beavers

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinal defeated Colorado, 48-0. Regular starting quarterback Josh Nunes was benched early in the game due to his inability to move the ball.

    Hogan finished the game completing 18 of 23 passes while running for another 48.

No. 15: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 165                   

    Record: 7-2 (4-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Mississippi State, 38-13

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Alabama Crimson Tide

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards while running for another 129 in Texas A&M's 38-13 win over Mississippi State. Manziel added two rushing touchdowns.

    Texas A&M running back Ben Malena ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries as the Aggies racked up 361 yards on the ground.

No. 14: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 187

    Record: 7-1 (5-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Arizona State, 36-26

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Stanford Cardinal

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz completed 14 of 33 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Beavers beat the Sun Devils, 36-26.

    Running back Terron Ward ran for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers.

No. 13: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 202

    Record: 7-2 (5-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Oct. 27, beat Tennessee, 38-35

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Bye week.

No. 12: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 204

    Record: 6-2 (4-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Oct. 3, beat Iowa State, 35-20

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Baylor Bears

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma's 35-20 win over Iowa State.

    Running back Brennan Clay added 157 yards and one touchdown on the ground for the Sooners.

No. 11: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 236     

    Record: 9-0 (4-0, Big East)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Temple, 45-17

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Syracuse Orange

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdowns in a 45-17 beating of Temple. Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 passes for 324 yards.

    Louisville wide receivers Andrell Smith and Ryan Hubbell combined for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 10: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 240

    Record: 8-1 (5-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Duke, 56-20

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Maryland Terrapins

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw five touchdowns and ran for another as Clemson routed Duke, 56-20. Boyd threw for 344 yards while running for another 72 in just under three quarters of play.

    Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught four passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers.

No. 9: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 249

    Record: 7-2 (3-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, lost to Alabama, 21-17

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 24 of 35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown, but LSU fell late to the Crimson Tide, 21-17.

    Tigers running back Jeremy Hill ran for 107 yards and and one touchdown as LSU outgained Alabama 435-331 in total offensive yards.

No. 8: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 268  

    Record: 8-1 (7-1, SEC)             

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Missouri, 14-7

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

    Previous Ranking: 9

    The Gator defense picked off Tigers quarterback James Franklin four times in Florida's 14-7 win over Missouri.

    Running back Mike Gillislee ran for 68 yards and caught a 45-yard touchdown for the Gators.

No. 7: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 277

    Record: 8-1 (5-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Oct. 27, beat Duke, 48-7

    Next Game: Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech Hokies

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Bye week.

No. 6: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 278

    Record: 10-0 (6-0, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Illinois, 52-22

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Wisconsin Badgers

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Ohio State destroyed Illinois, 52-22. Miller completed 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards while running for another 73.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde added 137 yards and three rushing touchdowns as the Buckeyes had 330 yards on the ground.

No. 5: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 305

    Record: 8-1 (6-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Ole Miss, 37-10

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Auburn Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-10 rout of Ole Miss. Murray completed 21 of 28 passes for the Bulldogs.

    Running back Todd Gurley ran for 117 yards for the Bulldogs.

No. 4: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 332 (1)

    Record: 9-0               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Pittsburgh, 29-26 (3 OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at Boston College Eagles

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Irish quarterback Everett Golson ran for a one-yard touchdown in triple overtime as Notre Dame beat Pittsburgh, 29-26. Golson finished with 227 yards passing, 74 rushing yards and three total touchdowns (two passing).

    Running back Theo Riddick added 85 yards on the ground for the Irish.

No. 3: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 351

    Record: 9-0 (6-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Oklahoma State, 44-30

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at TCU Horned Frogs

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Wildcat running back John Hubert ran for two touchdowns in Kansas State's 44-30 win over Oklahoma State. He finished with 38 yards on nine carries.

    Quarterback Collin Klein threw for 245 yards while running for 64 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats. Klein did leave in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

No. 2: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 354 (1)

    Record: 9-0 (6-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat USC, 62-51

    Next Game: Nov. 10 at California Golden Bears

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Ducks running back Kenjon Barner ran for 321 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns as Oregon beat USC, 62-51.

    Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 96 yards rushing on just 15 carries.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 370 (13)

    Record: 9-0 (6-0, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat LSU, 21-17

    Next Game: Nov. 10 vs. Texas A&M Aggies

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon took a screen pass 28 yards to the end zone with just 51 seconds left in the game as Alabama beat LSU, 21-17. Yeldon finished with 76 rushing yards and the single catch for 28 yards.

    Running back Eddie Lacy ran for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide.

    Bleacher Report voters: David Mayer (poll coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, David Luther, Daniel Hudson, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, James Brown, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Kay Jennings, Marty Sondermann, Max Rausch, Michael Felder, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.