Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 11
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
Texas Tech: 21
West Virginia: 9
Penn State: 6
Oklahoma State: 5
Utah State: 5
Kent State: 3
Northern Illinois: 3
Arizona State: 2
No. 25: Toledo Rockets
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
No. 24: Boise State Broncos
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
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
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
No. 21: USC Trojans
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No. 12: Oklahoma Sooners
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
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
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
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
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
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
No. 6: Ohio State Buckeyes
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
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
Poll Points (first-place votes): 332 (1)
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
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
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
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.