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Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent INovember 12, 2012

Power Ranking All 124 College Football Teams

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    Another week of college football has come and gone, and so may have the title hopes for the SEC.

    This past weekend, the improbable happened when Alabama lost at home to Texas A&M. With the loss, the Tide fell out of the top spot and Kansas State and Oregon jumped up to hold the title slots, with undefeated Notre Dame sliding in between at No. 3. 

    As we gear up for another weekend of college football, let's take a look at this week's power rankings before more games can shake up the BCS picture even more. 

No. 124 to No. 86

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    No. 124: Southern Miss

    No. 123: Akron 

    No. 122: Massachusetts

    No. 121: Eastern Michigan 

    No. 120: Idaho 

    No. 119: New Mexico State

    No. 118: Hawaii

    No. 117: Colorado 

    No. 116: Kansas 

    No. 115: Kentucky

    No. 114: FIU

    No. 113: South Alabama

    No. 112: Washington State

    No. 111: UNLV

    No. 110: Army

    No. 109: UTEP

    No. 108: Tulane

    No. 107: Memphis

    No. 106: Illinois

    No. 105: Boston College

    No. 104: Auburn

    No. 103: Texas State

    No. 102: Florida Atlantic

    No. 101: Colorado State

    No. 100: Wyoming

    No. 99: Buffalo

    No. 98: Cal

    No. 97: UAB

    No. 96: South Florida 

    No. 95: North Texas

    No. 94: New Mexico 

    No. 93: Western Michigan

    No. 92: Central Michigan

    No. 91: Tennessee

    No. 90: Utah

    No. 89: Arkansas 

    No. 88: Miami (OH)

    No. 87: Temple 

    No. 86: Marshall

No. 85 to No. 51

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    No. 85: Houston 

    No. 84: Rice

    No. 83: Connecticut 

    No. 82: Purdue 

    No. 81: Pitt

    No. 80: Iowa

    No. 79: Indiana

    No. 78: Virginia

    No. 77: Baylor 

    No. 76: Virginia Tech

    No. 75: Maryland 

    No. 74: Missouri

    No. 73: Arizona State

    No. 72: Air Force

    No. 71: Troy

    No. 70: SMU

    No. 69: Michigan State

    No. 68: Syracuse

    No. 67: Ole Miss

    No. 66: Iowa State

    No. 65: Wake Forest

    No. 64: West Virginia 

    No. 63: Georgia Tech

    No. 62: UTSA

    No. 61: Louisiana Lafayette

    No. 60: Vanderbilt 

    No. 59: Nevada

    No. 58: Navy

    No. 57: BYU

    No. 56: East Carolina 

    No. 55: Miami 

    No. 54: Western Kentucky

    No. 53: Minnesota

    No. 52: Duke

    No. 51: Middle Tennessee

No. 50: North Carolina

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    After seeing their defense get shredded by Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels need to bounce back quickly because they take on Virginia this week.

    If the Tar Heels hope to finish this year strong, they need to get things turned around on the defensive side of the ball. 

No. 49: Penn State

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    Despite the losses to the depth chart, Penn State has bounced back and had a fairly impressive season to this point.

    Going into this week, the Nittany Lions are 6-4 with a very winnable game against Indiana remaining and a tougher matchup with Wisconsin to finish the year. 

No. 48: Louisiana Monroe

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    Despite the impressive start to the year. Louisiana Monroe has faltered over the past weeks and dropped out of the drivers seat for the Sun Belt title.

    In recent weeks, the Warhawks defense has taken a step back and if they are unable to get things fixed, they still may have some losses in front of them. 

No. 47: NC State

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    NC State responded well this past week after having struggles the past couple of weeks on offense and defense. Both the defense and Mike Glennon on offense were able to step up and they secured a win over Wake Forest.

    While they are out of the ACC title hunt, a win over Clemson this week would go a long way for this program. 

No. 46: Ohio

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    After an amazing start to the season, Ohio has two conference loses and appear to be in a hole that they cannot dig out of.

    While Tyler Tettleton and the offense have looked strong, in their two loses they failed to produce like they had been. 

No. 45: Bowling Green

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    This past week Ohio and Bowling Green went head-to-head the Falcons were able to outlast the Bobcats in a defensive battle. 

    With the win, the Falcons remained in the division hunt and if they are able to take down Kent State, they will likely be heading to the MAC title game. 

No. 44: Ball State

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    Ball State was able to secure a huge win this past week when they defeated Toledo. The win kept their title hopes alive but they are extremely unlikely with two conference loses at this point. 

    Regardless, a 7-3 record at this point is extremely impressive for this program. 

No. 43: Arkansas State

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    This week's win over Louisiana Monroe was huge for Arkansas State in the race to win the Sun Belt conference title. 

    With the in, the Red Wolves moved to 7-3 and are two wins away from locking up the conference race. 

No. 42: Washington

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    After three straight losses in the middle of the season, Washington has bounced back with three straight wins now.

    The downside for Washington is that due to their three conference losses, the Huskies have been eliminated for contention in the division. 

No. 41: Northwestern

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    Despite holding a late lead, the Wildcats were unable to finish the deal on a potential road win at Michigan. Instead, Northwestern gave up a deep pass that set up a game tying field goal and then lost in overtime. 

    While the record is better than many expected, Northwestern needs to be careful of fading away down the stretch. 

No. 40: Toledo

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    While the loss to Ball State hurt last week, it did not derail the hopes of a MAC title for Toledo this year. 

    With two games remaining, the Rockets take on Northern Illinois and Akron. As long as they can win out, they will be heading to the MAC Championship game. 

No. 39: San Diego State

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    While San Diego State is having a great season, there head-to-head loss to Fresno State looms large as they head down the stretch.

    Due to the loss against the Bulldogs, the Aztecs must win their final game and hope for some help from the Air Force against Fresno State.

No. 38: Tulsa

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    After a loss out of conference to Arkansas, Tulsa bounced back and took out their frustrations on Houston this past week. 

    Currently Tulsa sits on top of Conference USA but they will need to earn a win this week against UCF to make sure that they can lock things up. 

No. 37: San Jose State

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    While not receiving the attention that Louisiana Tech or Utah State is receiving, San Jose State still does have a path available to win the WAC this year. 

    The Spartans will be cheering for Louisiana Tech this weekend and then hoping Utah State loses their final game of the year.

    If this were to happen, San Jose State could win the conference if they defeated Louisiana Tech in their final game. 

No. 36: Utah State

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    Out in the WAC, Utah State did their part by winning last week and now it sets up a game between them and Louisiana Tech, in which both teams are undefeated in conference.

    This will be a huge game for the Aggies and a win could move them into the Top 25. 

No. 35: TCU

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    TCU had a chance this past weekend to not only bring Kansas State's perfect season to an end but also gain some recognition for themselves.

    Instead, the Horned Frogs offense could not keep up and ultimately cost them. 

No. 34: Arizona

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    After an embarrassing loss to UCLA, Arizona bounced back and defeated Colorado this week. The win puts the Wildcats at 6-4 but they are all but eliminated from the conference title discussion. 

    While Rich Rodriguez has done a nice job of turning the offense around, he still has work to do on a defense that is giving up more than 30 points per game. 

No. 33: Fresno State

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    After a brutal season that saw Pat Hill get fired from being the team's head coach, Fresno State has bounced back and is a win away from claiming the Mountain West Conference title. 

    With a win over San Diego State in head-to-head play, the Bulldogs have control and only need to outlast Air Force in two weeks. 

No. 32: Cincinnati

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    With a win over Temple this weekend, the Bearcats have moved to 7-2 and only have one loss in the conference. 

    This coming week they have a huge game against Rutgers.

    With a win, Cincinnati can move in front of the Scarlet Knights and hope for the Cardinals to stumble one more time. 

No. 31: Boise State

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    Boise State bounced back this past weekend with a win over Hawaii. With the win the Broncos moved to 8-2 but currently sit third in the Mountain West Conference.

    It is important that Chris Petersen gets this team to finish strong so that he can help build towards a stronger 2013 season.

No. 30: Michigan

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    Without Denard Robinson in the game for the second straight week, Michigan pulled out a late victory over Northwestern. 

    With the win, the Wolverines keep the pressure on Nebraska as the Cornhuskers hold the tiebreaker over Michigan. 

    Now that their is only two games remaining, the Wolverines must beat Iowa and Ohio State if they hope to head to the Big Ten title game. 

No. 29: UCF

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    Very quietly, UCF has had a great season and is currently 8-2 overall and undefeated in Conference USA. 

    In order to secure a conference title, UCF is going to have to go on the road and find a way to beat Tulsa and then remain focused enough to take down UAB. 

No. 28: Wisconsin

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    Despite the struggles that Wisconsin had early on in the year, they have gotten things figured out, especially on defense. 

    This past week the offense exploded and put up 62 points against Indiana.

    With only two weeks remaining, the Badgers have games against Ohio State and Penn State remaining and both will test the Badgers. 

No. 27: Mississippi State

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    Mississippi State did get off to a 7-0 start but did so largely against lesser competition. Since seeing the level of competition elevate, the Bulldogs have lost three straight games. 

    In the games against Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU, the Bulldogs found out they still have a lot of work to do before being able to compete with some of the conference's best. 

No. 26: Northern Illinois

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    After losing their first game of the season, Northern Illinois has caught fire and won nine straight games now and still controls their fate in the MAC.

    With only two games remaining, the Huskies main test will be this week's game against Toledo. As long as they can win this game, Northern Illinois should be playing for the MAC title.

No. 25: Oklahoma State

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    While they will not repeat as conference champions, Oklahoma State is having a stronger season than many may have anticipated.

    Currently the Cowboys sit at 6-3 and have not missed a beat on offense. 

    With the last stretch of season remaining, the Cowboys still have game remaining against Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor. 

No. 24: Kent State

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    Kent State has been on a roll since losing their second game of the year. Right now the Golden Flashes sit on top of the MAC standings and are at 9-1. 

    Despite how well they have done this far, they still have two big games remaining, including a showdown with Ohio at the end of the year. 

No. 23: Texas Tech

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    Texas Tech finally bought a two game losing stream to an end but it was not pretty.

    This past week against the Jayhawks, Texas Tech saw the game remain closer than it should and also saw Tommy Tuberville get into an incident with a graduate assistant that still has people talking.

    It will be interesting to see how the Red Raiders move forward from this week. 

No. 22: USC

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    After a rough loss to Oregon, USC was able to refocus and took down Arizona State this past week.

    With the win, the Trojans continue to stay in the Pac-12 South hunt and their game with UCLA will go a long way in determining who will represent the Pac-12 South. 

No. 21: Rutgers

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    Rutgers did a nice job of bouncing back from their previous loss and with the Louisville loss, the Scarlet Knights are now in control of the Big East as they take the number one spot. 

    Coming down the stretch, Rutgers has a tough schedule as they face Cincinnati, Pitt and then Louisville, three games they could lose or could win. 

No. 20: Louisville

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    Louisville was cruising along this week but there were signs the past couple of weeks that their defense was beginning to struggle and eventually it cost them this week.

    The Cardinals came into this week perfect but fell to Syracuse in convincing fashion.

    The good news for Louisville is they still can determine their own fate, win the Big East and get into a BCS bowl game.

No. 19: Louisiana Tech

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    With their win over Texas State, Louisiana Tech will now have one more hurdle to clear and that is this week's game against Utah State.

    Coming into this game, both teams are still perfect in the WAC and driving towards a conference title but a champion could be determined by this week's game.  

No. 18: Texas

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    Since losing back-to-back games against West Virginia and Oklahoma, the Longhorns have been on a roll and have seen both their offense and defense step up their game, 

    As we head into the final two weeks of their season, Texas will have an opportunity to make a statement if they can earn wins over TCU and Kansas State. 

N0. 17: Oregon State

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    This past week, Oregon State had a chance to seize control of their own destiny in the Pac-12 but fell short when they lost to Stanford.

    With the loss, Oregon State fell out of the race for the Pac-12 North title but still have plenty to play for including possibly knocking in-state rival Oregon out of the national title race. 

No. 16: UCLA

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    With a win over Washington State, UCLA still controls their own fate in the Pac-12 South.

    When looking at the schedule, the Bruins still have a couple of big tests with playing USC and Stanford. 

    What Jim More Jr. has been able to do this year has been impressive but pulling out these two wins would be huge for the program and would put them back into the Pac-12 title game for the second straight year. 

No. 15: Nebraska

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    Nebraska was the beneficiary of a fortunate call this past weekend and with a win over Penn State, they still control their own path to the Big Ten title game. 

    At this point, the Cornhuskers still have games remaining against Minnesota and Iowa. As long as they can win out, Nebraska will head to Indianapolis. 

No. 14: Oklahoma

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    Since Kansas State continues to win, the likelihood of the Sooners having a shot at the Big 12 title are slim to none. 

    This past week Oklahoma was able to earn a big win over Baylor and now are 7-2 on the year. Down the stretch, the schedule remains tough as they still play Oklahoma State, West Virginia and TCU. 

No. 13: Stanford

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    Despite not having Andrew Luck this year, the Cardinal still have all of their goals in front of them after their win this past week against Oregon State. 

    With the win, Stanford has the ability to win the Pac-12 North and head to the conference title game but will need to get past this week's opponent, Oregon.

    During the past two years, the Cardinal have not been able to match up with the Ducks and this may be the same scenario. 

No. 12: South Carolina

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    At 8-2, South Carolina may be out of the race to head to the SEC title game but they are still fighting for a solid bowl bid.

    This past week the Gamecocks were able to earn a big win over Arkansas and now turn their attention to Wofford and then Clemson to finish out the year.

    At the very worst, South Carolina is looking at a nine win season. 

No. 11: Clemson

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    Clemson continues to keep the heat on Florida State as they won another conference game this week. 

    This week the Tigers have a game against NC State remaining and know they need to win this game.

    If they are able to win, they will keep the pressure on the Seminoles. With a win, they can hope for a Seminoles loss or they will be shut out of the ACC title game. 

N0. 10: Florida State

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    Despite having it come down to the final couple of minutes against Virginia Tech, Florida State was still able to pull out the win and keep control of the ACC. 

    With their win over Clemson earlier in the year, Florida State has one more hurdle to clear.

    Next week if the Seminoles are able to defeat Maryland, they will punch their ticket to the ACC title game. 

No. 9: Texas A&M

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    The biggest and most impressive win of this past weekend went to Texas A&M, when they were able to go on the road and take down Alabama. 

    Since arriving in the SEC this year, the Aggies have done a great job of adjusting to the style of play and could be a force in the conference for the coming years. 

No. 8: LSU

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    After a tough loss to Alabama the previous week, the Tigers were able to rebound this week with a convincing win over Mississippi State at home. 

    With the win, LSU moved to 8-2 and has two very winnable games remaining.

    If they can secure these next two wins, the Tigers will finish with a 10-win season and should find themselves in a BCS bowl game. 

No. 7: Florida

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    While the Gators keep on winning, they did not look that impressive against Louisiana Lafayette as two touchdowns in the last two minutes bailed them out.

    Despite the win, the Gators loss to Georgia cost them a shot at the SEC as the Bulldogs wrapped up the division with their win over Auburn.

No. 6: Ohio State

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    Ohio State had this past week off and the Buckeyes pick back up on their undefeated season this week.

    While the Buckeyes are not eligible for postseason play, a great season like this is just the way that Urban Meyer hoped to start his time at Ohio State and is something that they can build off of for the 2013 season. 

No. 5: Alabama

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    Many didn't believe it could happen but this past week the Crimson Tide lost at home and at the hands of Texas A&M.

    With the loss, the Crimson Tide are now on the outside looking in and so is the SEC when it comes to the national title picture. 

    Going forward, the Tide still has an opportunity to win the title and if there is any conference that could argue for a spot in the title game, it is the SEC champion. 

No. 4: Georgia

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    With their win over Auburn, Georgia locked up its division and is on its way to play in the SEC title game once the regular season is over.

    Before the Bulldogs play in that game, they still have two games remaining: Georgia South and Georgia Tech. Based on the remaining schedule, Georgia should have no issues getting to 11-1. 

No. 3: Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame kept its undefeated season alive with a win, but right now it appears that the Irish are going to be the odd team out in the race for the national title. 

    With two games remaining, the Irish will have a major test in the final week of the season when they take on USC, but if nothing changes between now and then, Notre Dame will be left out of the national title game. 

No. 2: Kansas State

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    While it wasn't as overwhelming as some of their other victories, the Wildcats got the job done this past weekend and took down TCU. 

    With the win, Kansas State continued to keep its undefeated season alive and is now in the home stretch.

    As long as Collin Klein can stay healthy, the Wildcats will be just fine. 

No. 1: Oregon

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    Despite having defensive players drop like flies, the Ducks took control of their game against Cal and won big, 59-17.

    With the Alabama loss, the Ducks move up to the No. 1 spot and know that if they can win out the rest of the way, they will be playing for the national championship for the second time in three years. 

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