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Power Ranking All 126 Teams Entering Week 12

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2013

Power Ranking All 126 Teams Entering Week 12

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    The haves are starting to separate themselves from the have-nots in the 2013 college football season. So much can be gleaned from the latest power rankings of all 126 FBS teams as we head into Week 12.

    All but a few of the top 50 teams have already reached bowl eligibility, though they're all searching for more. And most of the schools at the bottom of the rankings know their seasons will end within the next four weeks, during which time there are a few last chances to achieve some positives.

    And in the middle are all the rest, tangling and tussling in hopes of being one of the 70 teams that get into a postseason bowl game.

    Scroll through the slideshow to see how we've ranked all 126 teams, then give us your thoughts in the comments section.

    (NOTE: The rankings are comprised of an average of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls, as well as Bleacher Report's official poll, Jeff Sagarin's computer ratings and the author's personal ranking.)

126. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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    Average rating: 175.0

    Week 11 result: Southern Mississippi (0-9, 0-5 Conference USA) lost 36-13 at Louisiana Tech (4-5, 3-2).

    Up next: The Golden Eagles will look to end their 21-game losing streak at home Saturday against Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-4). The schools have never met.

    Notable: USM failed to top 15 points for the eighth time this season.

125. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks

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    Average rating: 172.5

    Week 11 result: Miami (0-9, 0-5 Mid-American) lost 45-3 at home to Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1).

    Up next: The RedHawks play Wednesday at Kent State (2-8, 1-5). Miami lost 48-32 to the Golden Flashes last season.

    Notable: Miami failed to reach double-digits in scoring for the fourth time this season and is now averaging 10.0 points per game.

124. Florida International Golden Panthers

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    Average rating: 170.0

    Week 11 result: Florida International (1-8, 1-4 Conference USA) lost 48-0 at Middle Tennessee State (6-4, 4-2).

    Up next: The Golden Panthers play Saturday at UTEP (1-8, 0-5). The schools have never met.

    Notable: FIU has been shut out three times this season, after not being blanked previously since 2009.

123. Georgia State Panthers

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    Average rating: 160.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Georgia State (0-9, 0-4 Sun Belt) is home Saturday to face Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2, 5-0). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Panthers are losing by an average of 13.4 points per game at home, compared to 27.8 on the road.

122. New Mexico State

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    Average rating: 159.5

    Week 11 result: New Mexico State (1-9) lost 48-34 at home to Boston College (5-4).

    Up next: The Aggies are off until a Nov. 23 trip to Florida Atlantic (3-6). The schools met once before, during NMSU's brief tenure in the Sun Belt, with the Aggies winning 35-7.

    Notable: Though still possessing the worst scoring defense (46.4 points per game) in the country, NMSU is starting to score itself. In the last three games, it has averaged 34.3 points per game after averaging only 16.3 points in the first seven games.

121. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Average rating: 155.5

    Week 11 result: Eastern Michigan (2-8, 1-5 Mid-American) pulled out a 35-32 win in overtime over visiting Western Michigan (1-9, 1-5).

    Up next: The Eagles are off until Nov. 23 when they host Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1). EMU lost 24-3 to the Falcons last season.

    Notable: The 35 points scored were a season high, boosting EMU's average to 20.9 points per game.

120. Idaho Vandals

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    Average rating: 154.5

    Week 11 result: Idaho (1-9) lost 59-38 at home to Old Dominion (7-3).

    Up next: The Vandals next play Nov. 23 at Florida State (9-0). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: Idaho allowed more than 40 points for the eighth time this season.

119. Western Michigan Broncos

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    Average rating: 154.5

    Week 11 result: Western Michigan (1-9, 1-5 Mid-American) lost 35-32 in overtime at Eastern Michigan (2-8, 1-5).

    Up next: The Broncos host Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3) on Saturday. WMU beat the Chippewas 42-31 last season.

    Notable: After failing to top 23 points in its first eight games, WMU has averaged 31.5 points in its last two outings.

118. Massachusetts Minutemen

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    Average rating: 153.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Massachusetts (1-8, 1-4 Mid-American) is home Saturday to face Akron (3-7, 2-4). The Minutemen beat the Zips 22-14 last season for their first-ever FBS victory.

    Notable: UMass has allowed 63 points three times in its 21-game FBS existence.

117. UTEP Miners

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    Average rating: 149.5

    Week 11 result: UTEP (1-8, 0-5 Conference USA) lost 41-7 at North Texas (7-3, 5-1).

    Up next: The Miners are home Saturday to face Florida International (1-8, 1-4). It will be the schools' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: UTEP has dropped seven in a row, but the last three have been particularly brutal, losing by an average of 40.7 points per game in that span.

116. Connecticut Huskies

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    Average rating: 140.0

    Week 11 result: Connecticut (0-8, 0-4 AAC) lost 31-10 at home to Louisville (8-1, 4-1).

    Up next: The Huskies play Saturday at SMU (3-5, 2-3). The teams have met once before, in 1989, with SMU winning 31-30.

    Notable: Connecticut is off to its worst start since joining FBS in 2000, and the eight-game losing streak matches a similar skid in 2001-02.

115. Purdue Boilermakers

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    Average rating: 138.5

    Week 11 result: Purdue (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) lost 38-14 at home to Iowa (6-4, 3-3).

    Up next: The Boilermakers take a seven-game losing streak into a game Saturday at Penn State (5-4, 2-3). Purdue has lost six straight to the Nittany Lions, including last year's 34-9 setback.

    Notable: Purdue scored twice as many points as it did in its previous three games combined, with a first-quarter touchdown ending a streak of nearly 130 clock minutes without a score.

114. UAB Blazers

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    Average rating: 132.0

    Week 11 result: UAB (2-7, 1-4) lost 56-14 at Marshall (6-3, 4-1).

    Up next: The Blazers play Saturday at East Carolina (7-2, 5-1). UAB has lost six in a row to the Pirates, falling 42-35 last season.

    Notable: UAB is giving up 40.3 points per game this season, allowing at least 24 points in every contest.

113. Air Force Falcons

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    Average rating: 131.0

    Week 11 result: Air Force (2-8, 0-6 Mountain West) lost 45-37 at New Mexico (3-6, 1-4).

    Up next: The Falcons are off until Nov. 21 when they host UNLV (5-5, 3-3). UNLV won last September's meeting, 38-35, after Air Force had won the previous five outings.

    Notable: Air Force has lost eight straight league games, its longest skid since joining what was then the Western Athletic Conference in 1980.

112. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 129.5

    Week 11 result: Louisiana Tech (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) won 36-13 at home over Southern Mississippi (0-9, 0-5).

    Up next: The Bulldogs play Saturday at Rice (6-3, 4-1). Louisiana Tech beat the Owls 56-37 last season.

    Notable: Louisiana Tech has allowed just 20 points during its two-game win streak.

111. Hawaii Warriors

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    Average rating: 128.5

    Week 11 result: Hawaii (0-9) lost 42-28 at Navy (5-4) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: The Warriors, who are 0-7 in Mountain West play, are home Saturday to face San Diego State (5-4, 4-1). Hawaii lost 52-14 to the Aztecs last season.

    Notable: Hawaii has allowed at least 30 points in every game this season.

110. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Average rating: 128.0

    Week 11 result: Tulsa (2-7, 1-4 Conference USA) lost 58-24 at East Carolina (7-2, 5-1).

    Up next: The Golden Hurricane are home Thursday to face Marshall (6-3, 4-1). Tulsa is 4-0 all-time against the Thundering Herd, beating them 45-38 last season.

    Notable: Tulsa senior Trey Watts has rushed for 100-plus yards five times this season. His 120-yard effort at East Carolina gave him 3,043 yards for his career.

109. Army Black Knights

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    Average rating: 128.0

    Week 11 result: Army (3-7) was officially eliminated from bowl contention with a 21-17 home loss to Western Kentucky (6-4).

    Up next: The Black Knights are off until Nov. 30 when they visit Hawaii (0-9). Army's last meeting with the Warriors resulted in a 31-28 loss in 2010.

    Notable: Army remains first nationally in rushing offense at 330.6 yards per game.

108. Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Average rating: 125.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Kent State (2-8, 1-5 Mid-American) is home Wednesday to face Miami, Ohio (0-9, 0-5). The Golden Flashes won 48-32 last season.

    Notable: The Golden Flashes, who played in the MAC title game last season, have already suffered their most losses since going 4-8 in 2008.

107. New Mexico Lobos

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    Average rating: 123.5

    Week 11 result: New Mexico (3-6, 1-4 Mountain West) ended a 10-game conference losing streak with a 45-37 win over visiting Air Force (2-8, 0-6).

    Up next: The Lobos are home Saturday to face Colorado State (5-5, 3-2). New Mexico has lost three straight to the Rams, including last season's 24-20 game.

    Notable: The Lobos attempted just three passes against Air Force, with Cole Gautsche completing just one throw for a 28-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Otherwise, New Mexico was strictly a run team with 450 yards rushing.

106. Temple Owls

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    Average rating: 123.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Temple (1-8, 0-5 AAC) is home Saturday to face UCF (7-1, 4-0). It will be the schools' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: The Owls' lone victory came in their last home game, winning 33-14 over Army.

105. Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Average rating: 122.0

    Week 11 result: Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3 Mid-American) lost 44-24 at Ball State (9-1, 6-0).

    Up next: The Chippewas play Saturday at Western Michigan (1-9, 1-5). CMU lost 42-31 to the Broncos last season.

    Notable: CMU is losing by an average score of 34-19 this season.

104. Akron Zips

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    Average rating: 121.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Akron (3-7, 2-4 Mid-American) plays Saturday at Massachusetts (1-8, 1-4). The Zips lost 22-14 to the Minutemen last season.

    Notable: The Zips are looking for their first win streak since 2008.

103. South Florida Bulls

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    Average rating: 121.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: South Florida (2-6, 2-2 AAC) is home Saturday to face Memphis (2-6, 0-4). The schools last met in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl, with the Bulls winning 41-14.

    Notable: USF is third-worst in total offense at 256 yards per game, and its eight offensive touchdowns are the fewest in the nation.

102. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Average rating: 115.0

    Week 11 result: Kansas (2-7, 0-6) lost 42-6 at Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1).

    Up next: The Jayhawks are home Saturday to face West Virginia (4-6, 2-5). Kansas lost 59-10 to the Mountaineers last season, only the second time the teams have played.

    Notable: Kansas' Big 12 losing streak now stands at 25 games.

101. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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    Average rating: 114.0

    Week 11 result: Louisiana-Monroe (5-5, 3-2 Sun Belt) lost 42-14 at home to Arkansas State (5-4, 3-1).

    Up next: The Warhawks next play Sept. 23 at South Alabama (3-5, 1-3). The schools have never met.

    Notable: ULM is 1-2 at home and 2-0 on the road in league play.

100. Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Average rating: 112.5

    Week 11 result: Old Dominion (7-3) earned its first win over an FBS program, taking a 59-38 decision over host Idaho (1-9).

    Up next: The Monarchs host FCS opponent Campbell (2-8) on Saturday.

    Notable: Taylor Heinicke threw for 533 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 3,551 yards and 29 TDs for the season.

99. California Golden Bears

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    Average rating: 111.0

    Week 11 result: California (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12) was destroyed 62-28 at home by USC (7-3, 4-2).

    Up next: The Golden Bears visit Colorado (3-6, 0-6) Saturday in their best opportunity to end their 12-game conference losing streak. The schools last met in 2011, before the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12, with Cal winning 36-33 in overtime.

    Notable: Cal is allowing 44.7 points per game, third-worst in the FBS.

98. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Average rating: 109.5

    Week 11 result: Nevada (3-7, 2-5 MWC) lost 38-17 at Colorado State (5-5, 3-2).

    Up next: The Wolf Pack are home Saturday to face San Jose State (5-4, 4-2).

    Notable: Nevada's five-game losing streak is its worst since a seven-game skid in 2000.

97. Texas State Bobcats

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    Average rating: 108.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Texas State (6-3, 3-2 Sun Belt) plays Saturday at Arkansas State (5-4, 3-1).

    Notable: The Bobcats have won three straight despite having just the 115th-rated passing offense in the FBS.

96. UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    Average rating: 105.0

    Week 11 result: UNLV (5-5, 3-3 Mountain West) fell short in its second try to reach bowl eligibility, losing 28-24 at home to Utah State (6-4, 5-1).

    Up next: The Runnin' Rebels get their next chance to reach a bowl when they visit Air Force (2-8, 0-6) on Nov. 21. UNLV won 38-35 over the Falcons last season.

    Notable: UNLV hasn't been to a bowl game since 2000.

95. Troy Trojans

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    Average rating: 104.0

    Week 11 result: Troy (5-5, 3-3 Sun Belt) lost 41-36 at Louisiana Lafayette (7-2, 4-0).

    Up next: The Trojans step outside the league to visit Ole Miss (6-3) on Saturday. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: With 271 passing yards, Corey Robinson moved up from 13th to 10th on the FBS career yardage list with 13,086. He's on pace to finish eighth all-time.

94. South Alabama Jaguars

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    Average rating: 103.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: South Alabama (3-5) slips out of Sun Belt play to visit Navy (5-4) for the schools' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: The Jaguars' four road games have been determined by a combined 12 points, with them going 1-3 in those contests.

93. Memphis Tigers

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    Average rating: 102.5

    Week 11 result: Memphis (2-6) broke a four-game win streak with a 21-6 home over FCS Tennessee-Martin (6-4).

    Up next: The Tigers resume AAC play, where they're 0-4, Saturday at South Florida (2-6, 2-2). The schools last met in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl, with South Florida winning 41-14.

    Notable: Memphis scored just above its season average, which now stands at 20.4 points per game.

92. Wyoming Cowboys

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    Average rating: 102.5

    Week 11 result: Wyoming (4-5, 2-3 Mountain West) was crushed 48-10 at home by Fresno State (9-0, 6-0).

    Up next: The Cowboys will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they play Saturday at Boise State (6-3, 4-1). Wyoming lost 45-14 to the Broncos last season and are 0-7 all-time against Boise.

    Notable: Wyoming, which has allowed 33.4 points per game this season, is giving up 50.3 per contest during its losing streak.

91. SMU Mustangs

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    Average rating: 101.5

    Week 11 result: SMU (3-5, 2-2 AAC) lost 28-25 at Cincinnati (7-2, 4-1).

    Up next: The Mustangs are home Saturday to face Connecticut (0-8, 0-4). The teams met only once before, when Connecticut was in FBS, and SMU won 31-30 in 1989.

    Notable: Garrett Gilbert threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, completing 80.9 percent (38-of-47) of his passes.

90. Iowa State Cyclones

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    Average rating: 99.5

    Week 11 result: Iowa State (1-8, 0-6 Big 12) lost in the final minute of play, falling 21-17 at home to TCU (4-6, 2-5).

    Up next: The Cyclones play Saturday at Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2). ISU has lost 14 straight to the Sooners, dropping last year's game 35-20.

    Notable: Iowa State has lost seven straight home games.

89. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Average rating: 98.0

    Week 11 result: North Carolina State (3-6, 0-6 ACC) allowed three touchdowns in less than a minute in the fourth quarter, two on interception returns, to lose 38-20 at Duke (7-2, 3-2).

    Up next: The Wolfpack play Saturday at Boston College (5-4, 2-3). NC State won 27-10 over the Eagles last season.

    Notable: NC State has lost five in a row since a 3-1 start and has lost seven straight ACC games.

88. Virginia Cavaliers

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    Average rating: 96.0

    Week 11 result: Virginia (2-8, 0-6 ACC) lost 45-14 at North Carolina (4-5, 3-3).

    Up next: The Cavaliers are off until Nov. 23 when they visit Miami, Fla. (7-2, 3-2). Virginia beat the Hurricanes 41-40 last season, its third straight win in the series.

    Notable: Virginia has lost seven in a row overall and its last eight ACC games.

87. Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    Average rating: 95.5

    Week 11 result: Arkansas State (5-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) won 42-14 at Louisiana-Monroe (5-5, 3-2).

    Up next: The Red Wolves host Texas State (6-3, 2-2) on Saturday. The schools have never met.

    Notable: ASU has won back-to-back games on the road to move within a win of bowl eligibility for the third straight season.

86. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Average rating: 94.0

    Week 11 result: Kentucky (2-7, 0-5 SEC) was crushed 48-17 at home by Missouri (9-1, 5-1).

    Up next: The Wildcats play Saturday at Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4). Kentucky lost 40-0 to the Commodores last season and have been outscored 78-8 in their last two meetings.

    Notable: Kentucky has lost 13 straight SEC games, last winning in the 2011 season finale against Tennessee.

85. Florida Atlantic Owls

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    Average rating: 90.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-4 Conference USA) plays Saturday at Southern Mississippi (0-9, 0-5). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Owls have a very favorable schedule down the stretch, hosting New Mexico State and Florida International after visiting the Golden Eagles. Getting to six wins and reaching bowl eligibility is still possible.

84. Colorado Buffaloes

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    Average rating: 89.5

    Week 11 result: Colorado (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12) was crushed 59-7 at Washington (6-3, 3-3).

    Up next: The Buffaloes are home Saturday against California (1-9, 0-7) in a battle of teams winless in the Pac-12. Colorado has lost three straight to the Golden Bears, including a 36-33 overtime setback in 2011 before joining the league.

    Notable: Colorado has lost 13 straight league games and fell to 5-19 since joining the Pac-12.

83. UTSA Roadrunners

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    Average rating: 88.0

    Week 11 result: UTSA (5-5, 4-2 Conference USA) got a field goal in the final minute of play to win 10-7 over visiting Tulane (6-4, 4-2).

    Up next: The Roadrunners are off until Nov. 23 when they visit North Texas (7-3, 5-1). The schools will be meeting for the first time.

    Notable: The 17 total points were the least scored (by far) in any game during UTSA's brief FBS tenure. The previous low was 48 points, in last season's 34-14 loss to Rice.

82. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Average rating: 87.5

    Week 11 result: Western Kentucky (6-4) got a 2-yard touchdown run from Antonio Andrews with 32 seconds left to win 21-17 at Army (3-7).

    Up next: The Hilltoppers return to Sun Belt play, where they're 2-3, on Nov. 23 when they visit Texas State (6-3, 2-2). The schools have never met as FBS members.

    Notable: Andrews, who has nine straight 100-yard games, is second nationally with 1,407 rushing yards and fourth in yards per game at 140.7.

81. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Average rating: 86.5

    Week 11 result: Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5 ACC) was crushed 59-3 at home by Florida State (9-0, 7-0).

    Up next: The Demon Deacons are off until a Nov. 23 visit from Duke (7-2, 3-2). Wake lost last season's matchup 34-27, ending a 12-game win streak over the Blue Devils.

    Notable: Since its near-upset of Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest has managed just three points in its last two games. The Deacons went scoreless for nearly 115 minutes of clock time before a fourth-quarter field goal against FSU.

80. Colorado State Rams

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    Average rating: 84.5

    Week 11 result: Colorado State (5-5, 3-2 Mountain West) rolled to a 38-17 home win over Nevada (3-7, 2-5).

    Up next: The Rams play Saturday at New Mexico (3-6, 1-4). CSU has won the last three meetings, winning 24-20 last year.

    Notable: Kapri Bibbs ran for a school-record 312 yards and four touchdowns, and now leads the Mountain West in rushing (1,148 yards) and all of the FBS in TDs (19).

79. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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    Average rating: 82.0

    Week 11 result: Middle Tennessee (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) cruised to a 48-0 home win over Florida International (1-8, 1-4).

    Up next: The Blue Raiders next play Nov. 23 at Southern Mississippi (0-9, 0-5).

    Notable: It was MTSU's first shutout victory since beating North Texas 35-0 in 2006.

78. Tulane Green Wave

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    Average rating: 82.0

    Week 11 result: Tulane (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) lost 10-7 at UTSA (5-5, 4-2).

    Up next: The Green Wave are off until Nov. 23 when they host UTEP (1-8, 0-5). Tulane lost 24-20 to the Miners last season.

    Notable: Since achieving bowl eligibility for the first time since 2002, Tulane has dropped two straight, and in the past three games, it has managed just 12.7 points per outing.

77. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Average rating: 79.5

    Week 11 result: Illinois (3-6, 0-5 Big Ten) lost 52-35 at Indiana (4-5, 2-3).

    Up next: The Fighting Illini are home Saturday against Ohio State (9-0, 5-0). Illinois has dropped five straight in the series, losing 52-22 last season.

    Notable: Illinois' Big Ten losing streak now stands at 19 games.

76. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Average rating: 79.5

    Week 11 result: Arkansas (3-7, 0-6 SEC) lost 34-24 at Ole Miss (6-3, 3-3).

    Up next: The Razorbacks are off until Nov. 23 when they host Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4). Arkansas lost 45-14 to the Bulldogs last season.

    Notable: Arkansas has lost nine straight SEC games, its longest streak since joining the league in 1992, and its seven-game losing streak is the longest since 1990.

75. San Jose State Spartans

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    Average rating: 74.0

    Week 11 result: San Jose State (5-4, 4-2 Mountain West) blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead, falling 34-30 at home to San Diego State (5-4, 4-1).

    Up next: The Spartans play Saturday at Nevada (3-7, 2-5). SJSU has lost four straight to the Wolf Pack, falling 17-14 in the last meeting in 2011.

    Notable: One more victory would give the Spartans back-to-back seasons of bowl eligibility for the first time since 1990-91.

74. West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Average rating: 72.5

    Week 11 result: West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) fell 47-40 in overtime to visiting Texas (7-2, 6-0).

    Up next: The Mountaineers play Saturday at Kansas (2-7, 0-6). West Virginia won 59-10 last year against the Jayhawks.

    Notable: West Virginia still has a good shot to make a bowl as it ends with the Big 12's two worst teams. After Kansas, the Mountaineers are off until a Nov. 30 visit from Iowa State. If it wins both, West Virginia makes a bowl for the 13th straight season.

73. TCU Horned Frogs

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    Average rating: 71.5

    Week 11 result: TCU (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) scored a touchdown with 38 seconds left to win 21-17 at Iowa State (1-8, 0-6).

    Up next: The Horned Frogs play Saturday at Kansas State (5-4, 3-3). TCU lost 23-10 to the Wildcats last season.

    Notable: Despite the losing record, TCU has scored four more points than its opponents this season.

72. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Average rating: 70.333

    Week 11 result: San Diego State (5-4, 4-1 Mountain West) scored twice in the last eight minutes to pull out a 34-30 win at San Jose State (5-4, 4-2).

    Up next: The Aztecs visit Hawaii (0-9, 0-7) on Saturday. SDSU beat the Warriors 52-14 last season.

    Notable: SDSU has won five of six since an 0-3 start and is one win away from a school-record fourth straight bowl appearance.

71. Navy Midshipmen

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    Average rating: 70.0

    Week 11 result: Navy (5-4) rolled to a 42-28 win over Hawaii (0-9).

    Up next: The Midshipmen can clinch bowl eligibility and lock up a spot in the Armed Forces Bowl with a win Saturday at home against South Alabama (3-5). The schools have never met.

    Notable: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns against the Warriors. Reynolds is now tied for the national lead in scoring (12.0 points per game) with Arizona State RB Marion Grice.

70. Maryland Terrapins

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    Average rating: 70.0

    Week 11 result: Maryland (5-4, 1-4 ACC) lost 20-3 at home to Syracuse (5-4, 3-2).

    Up next: The Terrapins play Saturday at Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2). Maryland has lost the last five meetings with the Hokies, most recently a 36-9 loss in 2009.

    Notable: Maryland has lost three straight by an average score of 31-13.

69. Ohio Bobcats

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    Average rating: 69.5

    Week 11 result: Ohio (6-3, 3-2 Mid-American) lost 30-3 at Buffalo (7-2, 5-0).

    Up next: The Bobcats play Tuesday at Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1). Ohio lost 26-14 last season.

    Notable: The three points scored were Ohio's fewest in a game since a 28-3 loss to Bowling Green in 2008.

68. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Average rating: 68.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Rutgers (5-3, 2-2 AAC) is home Saturday to face Cincinnati (7-2, 4-1). The Scarlet Knights have won the last two meetings, including last year's 10-3 victory.

    Notable: The Knights need one more victory to make a bowl for the eighth time in nine seasons after only one bowl appearance in school history prior to that.

67. Rice Owls

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    Average rating: 67.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Rice (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) is home Saturday to face Louisiana Tech (4-5, 3-2). The Owls lost 56-37 to the Bulldogs last season.

    Notable: The Owls are bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the second time in school history.

66. Bowling Green Falcons

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    Average rating: 67.0

    Week 11 result: Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) won 45-3 at Miami (Ohio) (0-9, 0-5).

    Up next: The Falcons are home Tuesday to face Ohio (6-3, 3-2). Bowling Green won 26-14 last season.

    Notable: Bowling Green is seventh nationally in scoring defense, allowing 16.8 points per game.

65. North Texas Mean Green

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    Average rating: 64.5

    Week 11 result: North Texas (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) won 41-7 at home against UTEP (1-8, 0-6).

    Up next: The Mean Green are off until a Nov. 23 visit from UTSA (5-5, 4-2). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: North Texas' five-game win streak has seen it win by an average of 25.2 points per game.

64. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Average rating: 63.0

    Week 11 result: Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) won 52-35 at home over Illinois (3-6, 0-5).

    Up next: The Hoosiers play Saturday at Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1). Indiana has lost eight in a row to the Badgers, including last season's 62-14 defeat.

    Notable: Indiana continues to play almost nothing but shootouts. The Hoosiers' average game score has been 43-37 in their favor, scoring at least 35 points each week.

63. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Average rating: 63.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Northwestern (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) is home Saturday to face Michigan (6-3, 2-3). The Wildcats lost 38-31 in overtime to the Wolverines last season.

    Notable: Despite a five-game losing streak, Northwestern is still outscoring opponents by an average of 28-26.

62. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Average rating: 63.0

    Week 11 result: Tennessee (4-6, 1-5 SEC) lost 55-23 at home to Auburn (9-1, 5-1).

    Up next: The Volunteers are off until their Nov. 23 rivalry game at home against Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4). Tennessee lost 41-18 last season, ending a six-game win streak over the Commodores.

    Notable: Since upsetting South Carolina, Tennessee has dropped three straight by an average score of 44-12. Take note that all of those losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10.

61. Boston College Eagles

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    Average rating: 59.5

    Week 11 result: Boston College (5-4) won a 48-34 nonconference game at New Mexico State (1-9).

    Up next: The Eagles return to ACC play, where they're 2-3, when they host North Carolina State (3-6, 0-6) on Saturday. BC lost 27-10 to the Wolfpack last season.

    Notable: Thanks to a school-record 295 yards and two touchdowns, Andre Williams moved into first nationally in rushing yards (1,471) and yards per game (163.4).

60. Buffalo Bulls

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    Average rating: 57.5

    Week 11 result: Buffalo (7-2, 5-0 Mid-American) rolled to a 30-3 win over visiting Ohio (6-3, 3-2).

    Up next: The Bulls play Tuesday at Toledo (6-3, 4-1). Buffalo is 2-7 all-time against the Rockets, including last season's 25-20 loss.

    Notable: Buffalo has already won the second-most games in a season since returning to the FBS in 1999, and the five league wins already match their school-best.

59. Syracuse Orange

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    Average rating: 59.0

    Week 11 result: Syracuse (5-4, 3-2 ACC) won 20-3 at Maryland (5-4, 1-4).

    Up next: The Orange play Saturday at Florida State (9-0, 7-0). The teams last played in 2005, with FSU winning 38-14.

    Notable: Syracuse has allowed just three points in its last two games, this coming after a 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech.

58. Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Average rating: 57.5

    Week 11 result: Penn State (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) failed to score in the second half of a 24-10 loss at Minnesota (8-2, 4-2).

    Up next: The Nittany Lions are home Saturday to face Purdue (1-8, 0-5). Penn State has won six straight over the Boilermakers, including a 34-9 win last season.

    Notable: PSU receiver Allen Robinson had seven catches for 63 yards against Minnesota, giving him 1,106 yards for the season. That broke the previous single-season school record held by Bobby Engram.

57. Washington State Cougars

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    Average rating: 57.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Washington State (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) visits Arizona (6-3, 3-3) on Saturday. The Cougars have dropped five in a row to the Wildcats, most recently in a 24-7 defeat in 2010.

    Notable: The Cougars' last four losses have seen them allow an average of 56 points per game.

56. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Average rating: 55.0

    Week 11 result: North Carolina (4-5, 3-3 ACC) won 45-14 at home over Virginia (2-8, 0-6).

    Up next: The Tar Heels play Saturday at Pittsburgh (5-4, 2-3). It will be the teams' first meeting since North Carolina lost 19-17 to the Panthers in the Meineke Bowl.

    Notable: UNC is averaging 14.3 points per game during its three-game win streak after giving up 30.7 points per game during its 1-5 start.

55. Marshall Thundering Herd

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    Average rating: 55.0

    Week 11 result: Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) won 56-14 at home over UAB (2-7, 1-4).

    Up next: The Thundering Herd play Thursday at Tulsa (2-7, 1-4). Marshall has never beaten the Golden Hurricane, losing 45-38 to Tulsa last season.

    Notable: Marshall has scored 49 or more points five times this season.

54. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 55.0

    Week 11 result: Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4 SEC) held its own offensively with Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2) but couldn't pull off the road upset, falling 51-41.

    Up next: The Bulldogs return home to face Alabama (9-0, 6-0). Mississippi State has lost the last five meetings with the Crimson Tide, including last season's 38-7 victory.

    Notable: Quarterback Dak Prescott, playing just five days after his mother passed away, finished with 303 yards of total offense, including 154 rushing yards. For the season he's accounted for 2,264 yards and 17 total touchdowns.

53. Toledo Rockets

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    Average rating: 55.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Toledo (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) hosts Buffalo (7-2, 5-0) on Tuesday. The Rockets are 7-2 all-time against the Bulls, including last season's 25-20 victory.

    Notable: The Rockets have won 10 of 11 at the Glass Bowl, their home stadium.

52. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Average rating: 50.667

    Week 11 result: Cincinnati (7-2, 4-1 AAC) nearly blew an 18-point lead at home, winning 28-25 over SMU (3-5, 2-2).

    Up next: The Bearcats, who are still in the running for the league title, play Saturday at Rutgers (5-3, 2-2). Cincy has lost its last two to the Scarlet Knights, scoring only three points in each meeting. Last year's result was 10-3 in favor of Rutgers.

    Notable: Cincinnati has faced league foes who are a combined 8-37 overall and 4-17 in the AAC, while its remaining opponents are 20-6 overall and 10-4 in the conference.

51. Michigan Wolverines

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    Average rating: 47.0

    Week 11 result: Michigan (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten) lost for the third time in four games, falling 17-13 at home to Nebraska (7-2, 4-1).

    Up next: The Wolverines play Saturday at Northwestern (4-5, 0-5). Michigan beat the Wildcats 38-31 in overtime last season.

    Notable: Michigan's run game has disappeared the last two games, as the team has combined for minus-69 yards in losses to Michigan State and Nebraska. The Wolverines now rank 97th nationally in rushing offense, at 135.3 yards per game.

50. Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Average rating: 46.33

    Week 11 result: Pittsburgh (5-4) got a 1-yard touchdown run from James Conner with less than 10 minutes left to pace a 28-21 win over Notre Dame (7-3). 

    The Panthers were outgained by 96 yards but used three Notre Dame turnovers to stay in the game despite trailing on three different occasions and not leading until the game-winning score.

    Tom Savage threw for 243 yards and two TDs, both to Devin Street, including a 63-yard score late in the third quarter to tie the game at 21.

    Up next: The Panthers return to ACC play, where they are 2-3 this season, when they host North Carolina (4-5, 3-3) on Saturday. The teams last met in the 2009 Meineke Bowl, with Pitt winning 19-17.

    Notable: After bottoming out at 104 yards a month ago against Old Dominion, Pitt QB Tom Savage has seen his passing numbers increase each week. In the last four games he's also thrown six TDs with just one interception.

49. Florida Gators

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    Average rating: 45.0

    Week 11 result: Florida (4-5, 3-4 SEC) saw its disappointing season take another downward turn, losing 34-17 at home to Vanderbilt to end a 22-game win streak over the Commodores.

    The Gators held Vandy to just 183 yards, but four turnovers from QB Tyler Murphy led to 21 points for the Commodores. Murphy threw for 305 yards, but Florida's run game managed just 39 yards.

    Up next: Florida hits the road Saturday to face South Carolina (7-2, 5-2). The Gators won last year's meeting 44-11.

    Notable: The Gators need to win two of three from a slate that also includes a game against FCS Georgia Southern before finishing at home against Florida State in order to avoid missing out on a bowl for the first time in 23 years.

48. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    Average rating: 44.75

    Week 11 result: Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) won 41-36 at home over Troy (5-5, 3-3).

    Up next: The Ragin' Cajuns play Saturday at Georgia State (0-9, 0-5). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: ULL's seven-game win streak is its longest since opening the 1976 season 8-0.

47. Utah State Aggies

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    Average rating: 44.5

    Week 11 result: Utah State (6-4, 5-1 Mountain West) got a 12-yard touchdown run from Bruce Natson with just under four minutes remaining to pull out a 28-24 win at UNLV (5-5, 3-3).

    Natson scored two of the Aggies' three rushing TDs, while Darell Garretson threw for 288 yards and a score to give Utah State bowl eligibility for a third straight year.

    The Aggies have won three straight games, all since losing starting QB Chuckie Keeton to a season-ending injury.

    Up next: Utah State is off until a Nov. 23 visit from Colorado State (5-5, 3-2). The Aggies won 31-19 last season.

    Notable: Utah State is ranked 35th nationally in both rushing and passing offense, while it's 29th in scoring and 28th in total offense.

46. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Average rating: 44.5

    Week 11 result: Iowa (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) reached bowl eligibility with a 38-14 win at Purdue (1-8, 0-5).

    The Hawkeyes got 165 yards and a touchdown from Jordan Canzeri, part of a 318-yard team rushing effort, while Jake Rudock added 191 yards and two TDs passing.

    Iowa scored 31 straight points after an early 7-7 tie.

    Up next: The Hawkeyes are off until Nov. 23 when they host Michigan (6-3, 2-3). Iowa lost 42-17 to the Wolverines last season.

    Notable: Iowa lowered its scoring defense average to 18.7 points per game, 13th-best nationally.

45. Utah Utes

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    Average rating: 42.5

    Week 11 result: Utah (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) came up short in its bid for a second straight home upset, falling 20-19 to Arizona State (7-2, 5-1).

    The Utes squandered a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter, giving up the lead with 2:37 left in regulation, then seeing Travis Wilson get intercepted with 1:01 remaining.

    Utah held ASU to season lows in points and yardage, but the Utes themselves again struggled on offense, with just 247 total yards.

    Up next: The Utes go back on the road to face Oregon (8-1, 5-1). The teams last met in 2009, prior to Utah joining the Pac-12, with the Ducks winning 31-24.

    Notable: Since its upset of Stanford, Utah has lost three straight and struggled mightily on offense. The Utes are averaging 29.8 points per game for the season, but during the losing streak they're managing just 15.3 per game.

44. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Average rating: 41.5

    Week 11 result: Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-4 SEC) picked up an historic win at Florida (4-5, 3-4), winning 34-17 in Gainesville.

    The Commodores won at Florida for the first time since 1945, ending a 22-game losing streak to the Gators thanks to four turnovers that led to 21 of their points.

    Vandy only gained 183 yards, but Jerron Seymour ran for three touchdowns to move Vandy within a win of its third straight bowl appearance, a feat that's never occurred in school history.

    Up next: The Commodores can lock up that bowl bid at home Saturday against Kentucky (2-7, 0-5). Vandy won last year's meeting 40-0.

    Notable: Seymour now has 12 rushing TDs, one behind LSU's Jeremy Hill for the SEC lead.

43. East Carolina Pirates

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    Average rating: 41.0

    Week 11 result: East Carolina (7-2, 5-1 Conference USA) cruised to a 58-24 win over Tulsa (2-7, 1-4).

    The Pirates got 384 passing yards and five touchdowns from Shane Carden, with Isaiah Jones catching two of those as part of his eight-reception, 104-yard effort.

    Carden also rushed for two scores, setting a school record with seven total touchdowns, while the Pirates forced four turnovers. That included a 100-yard pickoff return for a TD by DaShaun Amos as time expired.

    Up next: East Carolina is home again Saturday against UAB (2-7, 1-4). The Pirates have won six straight over the Blazers, including last year's 42-35 win.

    Notable: Carden is up to 2,973 yards and 24 TDs this season. He threw for 3,116 yards and 23 scores all of last year.

42. Boise State Broncos

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    Average rating: 39.5

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Boise State (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West) is home Saturday to face Wyoming (4-5, 2-3). The Broncos are 7-0 all-time against the Cowboys, including last season's 45-14 victory.

    Notable: Grant Hedrick has shown noticeable improvement since stepping in for injured quarterback Joe Southwick. His yardage has increased from 150 to 232 to 305, with five touchdown passes in the Broncos' last game.

41. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Average rating: 39.375

    Week 11 result: Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 ACC) threw itself firmly back into the Coastal Division title race with a 42-24 win at Miami, Fla. (7-2, 3-2).

    The Hokies looked nothing like the team that had lost back-to-back games to Duke (at home) and at Boston College, racking up 549 yards against the Hurricanes. Logan Thomas threw for 366 yards, completing 15-of-21 passes, while Trey Edmunds rushed for four touchdowns.

    Virginia Tech was opportunistic on defense, recovering Miami fumbles on both a punt and kickoff return and converting those takeaways into points. The Hokies were also smothering on run defense, holding the Hurricanes to just 28 rushing yards.

    Up next: Virginia Tech is home Saturday to face Maryland (5-4, 1-4). The Hokies have won the last five meetings, most recently a 36-9 victory in 2009.

    Notable: The Hokies are one of four teams in the Coastal Division with two losses, and they have the easiest road remaining. After Maryland they get a bye before finishing at Virginia, which is 0-6 in league play. And VaTech is 2-1 against its three challengers for the division's entrant in the ACC title game.

40. Ball State Cardinals

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    Average rating: 37.6

    Week 11 result: Ball State (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American) jumped out to a 34-3 lead en route to a 44-24 win over visiting Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3).

    Keith Wenning threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in the game's first 17 minutes, while Horactio Banks ran for 143 yards and a TD on just 11 carries.

    The Cardinals also forced three turnovers to win their 11th straight MAC game.

    Up next: Ball State visits Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0) on Wednesday in a game that will determine the league's West Division title and a spot in the MAC championship game. The Cardinals have lost to the Huskies the last four meetings, including a 35-23 setback last season.

    Notable: The Cardinals are off to their best MAC start since going 8-0 in 2009, only to lose to Buffalo in the conference title game.

39. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Average rating: 36.5

    Week 11 result: Kansas State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) raced out to a 35-10 halftime lead en route to a 59-26 win at Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3).

    The Wildcats only threw for 76 yards, but a strong run game led by John Hubert (157 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown run) and three forced turnovers made holding down Texas Tech's potent offense less of a concern.

    Daniel Sams added 82 yards and two TDs for K-State, which handed Tech its third straight loss after a 7-0 start and also positioned itself for another bowl bid after a 2-4 start.

    Up next: The Wildcats can secure that fourth straight bowl game when they host TCU (4-6, 2-5). K-State beat the Horned Frogs 23-10 last season.

    Notable: K-State has averaged 48.3 points per game in its last three meetings with Texas Tech, all victories.

38. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Average rating: 35.5

    Week 11 result: Notre Dame (7-3) saw its BCS hopes go up in smoke with a 28-21 loss at Pittsburgh (5-4).

    The Fighting Irish played their second straight back-and-forth game, with Notre Dame taking the lead three different times only to have Pittsburgh rally back to tie it each instance. Pittsburgh then scored the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes left, with Tommy Rees getting intercepted twice in the fourth quarter.

    Rees did have 318 yards and two touchdowns, with TJ Jones catching six passes for 149 yards and a score to go with 41 yards on the ground and a 1-yard TD run.

    Up next: The Irish are off until a Nov. 23 visit from BYU (6-3). Notre Dame is 5-2 all-time against the Cougars, beating them 17-14 last season.

    Notable: Jones, a senior, has a receiving touchdown in seven straight games.

37. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Average rating: 34.25

    Week 11 result: Nebraska (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) got a 5-yard TD catch by Ameer Abdullah with two minutes left to pull out a 17-13 win at Michigan (6-3, 2-3).

    The Cornhuskers offense was sluggish, at best, but their defense did more than enough to make up for that. Nebraska held Michigan to minus-21 rushing yards and 175 total yards.

    Nebraska led 10-0, only to have Michigan score 13 straight to take the lead before Abdullah caught a shovel pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. for the game-winning score.

    Up next: Nebraska is home Saturday to face Michigan State (8-1, 5-0) with first place in the Legends Division on the line. The Cornhuskers are 7-0 all-time against the Spartans, winning 28-24 last season.

    Notable: The 'Huskers have won a game each of the past three seasons in Big Ten play despite failing to score 20 points.

36. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Average rating: 34.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 ACC) visits Clemson (8-1, 6-1) on Thursday. The Yellow Jackets lost 47-31 in last year's meeting.

    Notable: Tech's 119.6 passing yards per game is fifth-lowest in FBS, while its rushing average (311.2) is fifth-best overall.

35. Duke Blue Devils

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    Average rating: 33.25

    Week 11 result: Duke (7-2, 3-2 ACC) scored 21 points in a 26-second span in the fourth quarter, rallying from a three-point deficit to earn a 38-20 win over visiting North Carolina State (3-6, 0-6).

    DeVon Edwards picked off two Wolfpack passes in a 16-second span in the fourth quarter, returning both for scores that came immediately after the Blue Devils had taken the lead 24-20 with 3:31 left in the game. Edwards also returned a kickoff 100 yards late in the third quarter.

    The late surge erased what was otherwise a dismal performance by Duke, which turned the ball over four times (including three interceptions from QB Anthony Boone).

    Up next: The Blue Devils host Miami (7-2, 3-2) on Saturday in a game that will go a long way toward determining the ACC's Coastal Division title. Duke is 1-9 all-time against Miami, losing 52-45 last season.

    Notable: Duke was 6-2 last season before losing its last five games, but this season it has its most victories since 1984.

34. Houston Cougars

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    Average rating: 33.125

    Week 11 result: Houston (7-2, 4-1 AAC) fell short in its chance to get into the BCS conversation, falling 19-14 at UCF (7-1, 4-0).

    The Cougars had their worst offensive performance of the season, with quarterback John O'Korn throwing two interceptions with just one touchdown, while overall they couldn't capitalize on three turnovers forced by an improved defense.

    Houston pulled within five points with four minutes left, but after quickly getting the ball back and moving it into UCF's red zone, the Cougars stalled out.

    Up next: Houston remains on the road to face Louisville (8-1, 4-1) on Saturday. The schools last met in 2004, as Conference USA members, with Louisville winning 65-27.

    Notable: The Cougars' two losses this season are by six total points, including a 47-46 home loss to BYU.

33. Arizona Wildcats

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    Average rating: 33.0

    Week 11 result: Arizona (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) came up short in its home upset bid, falling 31-26 to UCLA (7-2, 4-2).

    The Wildcats never led but had chances to take the lead several times. A key fumble on the goal line by running back Ka'Deem Carey prevented one such instance, while the inability to defend against UCLA's use of linebacker Myles Jack as a tailback also contributed.

    Carey rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown, his 12th consecutive game with 100-plus yards, while B.J. Denker hit Nate Phillips for a pair of TD passes.

    Up next: Arizona remains home to face Washington State (4-5, 2-4). The Wildcats beat the Cougars in their last meeting, a 24-7 victory in 2010.

    Notable: Carey dropped to second nationally in rushing, with 152.6 yards per game. He led the FBS in 2012 with 1,929 yards and a 148.4 average.

32. Oregon State Beavers

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    Average rating: 32.33

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Oregon State (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) plays Saturday at Arizona State (7-2, 5-1). The Beavers won last season's meeting, 36-26.

    Notable: OSU is 4-0 on the road this season but 2-3 in Corvallis.

31. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Average rating: 31.375

    Week 11 result: Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) dropped its third straight game, falling 49-26 at home to Kansas State (5-4, 3-3).

    The Red Raiders were down 35-10 at halftime, the second week in a row they've come out of the gate slow at home. Tech had to switch quarterbacks midway through, with backup Baker Mayfield throwing for 276 yards but getting intercepted twice.

    Tech outgained the Wildcats 459-367, but three turnovers committed and sluggish early play spelled doom for the Red Raiders.

    Up next: Texas Tech heads to Arlington, Texas to face Baylor (8-0, 5-0) at AT&T Stadium. Tech has dropped both meetings with the Bears since the series moved to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, including 52-45 last season.

    Notable: Tech has lost by larger margins each game during its skid, first falling by eight at Oklahoma before last week's 18-point home loss to Oklahoma State.

30. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Average rating: 31.0

    Week 11 result: Minnesota (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) won its fourth straight, taking a 24-10 win over visiting Penn State (5-4, 2-3).

    The Golden Gophers were methodical and fundamental in downing the Nittany Lions, getting 186 yards and a touchdown from quarterback Phillip Nelson to go with 139 rushing yards and a score from David Cobb. 

    Defensively, Minnesota held Penn State scoreless in the second half—the game actually had no scoring after halftime—and limited Lions QB Christian Hackenberg to 163 yards and no TDs. 

    The victory was the 500th in program history.

    Up next: The Gophers are off until Nov. 23 when they host Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1). Minnesota has dropped nine in a row to the Badgers, including last season's 38-13 decision.

    Notable: Minnesota, which has already won more games than in any season since 2003, hasn't won more than four straight Big Ten games since a six-game conference win streak in 1961.

29. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Average rating: 30.0

    Week 11 result: Ole Miss (6-3, 3-3 SEC) locked up a bowl for the fourth time in five seasons with a 34-24 win over visiting Arkansas (3-7, 0-6).

    The Rebels got a masterful day from Bo Wallace, who threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his TDs were long ones, a 75-yarder to Ja-Mes Logan and a 52-yarder to Donte Moncrief, with those receivers combined for 12 receptions for 259 yards.

    The TDs to Logan and Moncrief came three minutes apart in the third quarter, turning a 20-17 deficit into a 17-point advantage.

    Up next: The Rebels continue what will ultimately be a six-game homestand with a nonconference game Saturday against Troy (5-5). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: Ole Miss' season has been full of threes. It won the first three games before dropping three straight and are now on a second three-game win streak.

28. USC Trojans

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    Average rating: 28.25

    Week 11 result: USC (7-3, 4-2 Pac-12) romped to a 62-28 win at California (1-9, 0-7).

    The Trojans got three punt return touchdowns to pace the lopsided victory, with Nelson Agholor returning kicks 75 and 92 yards for scores and Josh Shaw scoring from 14 yards out on a blocked punt.

    Even without the special teams contributions, the Trojans would have cruised behind accurate passing from Cody Kessler, mostly off screens and play-action, and an all-around effort from running back Javorius Allen. Allen had two long rushing TDs and scored on a 57-yard screen pass.

    While USC did allow 483 yards and four TDs, it contained Cal's passing attack for the most part, giving up few big plays.

    Up next: The Trojans are home Saturday to face Stanford (8-1, 6-1) in a game that attracted ESPN's College GameDay crew. USC has lost four in a row to the Cardinal and has dropped its last three meetings with Stanford in Los Angeles.

    Notable: USC improved to 4-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, adding to the wildness of a season that has now seen the Trojans score and allow 62 points in separate games.

27. Washington Huskies

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    Average rating: 27.375

    Week 11 result: Washington (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) rolled to a 59-7 home win over Colorado (3-6, 0-6).

    The Huskies racked up 628 yards of total offense, with Keith Price throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns and Bishop Sankey adding 143 yards and a TD on the ground.

    Washington also forced three turnovers, returning both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns while holding Colorado to just 299 yards and only one big play, a 53-yard TD pass to deep threat Paul Richardson.

    Up next: The Huskies play Friday at UCLA (7-2, 4-2). The teams last met in 2010, with Washington winning 24-7.

    Notable: The 59 points were the most Washington has scored since a 66-0 win over Oregon in 1974.

26. BYU Cougars

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    Average rating: 26.667

    Week 11 result: BYU (6-3) lost a hard-fought 27-17 game at Wisconsin (7-2).

    The Cougars couldn't slow down Wisconsin's run game, allowing 229 yards that included 147 yards and two touchdowns from Badger James White. Meanwhile, BYU's rush attack was slowed down, with Taysom Hill managing just 53 rushing yards along with 207 yards passing.

    Hill did throw two TD passes, both to Cody Hoffman, who finished with seven receptions for 113 yards.

    Up next: The Cougars return home to face FCS opponent Idaho State (3-7) on Saturday. BYU crushed the Bengals 56-3 in a similar late-season meeting in 2011.

    Notable: Independent BYU's rigorous schedule has gotten the better of it three times now. The Cougars' losses have all come to BCS conference opponents, against whom they are 3-3, while they've swept their three games against foes from other leagues.

25. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 25.8

    Week 11 result: Georgia (6-3) locked up its 17th straight bowl appearance with a 45-6 win over FCS opponent Appalachian State (2-8).

    The Bulldogs gained 568 yards of offense and held the Mountaineers to 253, including just 32 yards on the ground, in a game typical of the kind of November cupcakes that SEC teams are known for.

    Georgia led 7-6 after the first quarter, then scored the game's final 38 points as Aaron Murray threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns while Todd Gurley, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas each ran for a TD.

    Up next: Georgia returns to SEC play, where it's 4-2, when it plays Saturday at Auburn (9-1, 5-1). Georgia won last year's meeting 38-0, its sixth win in the last seven meetings with the Bulldogs.

    Notable: Murray's two TD passes gave him 115 for his career, passing former Florida star Danny Wuerffel to become the SEC's all-time leader.

24. Texas Longhorns

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    Average rating: 25.4

    Week 11 result: Texas (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) turned a defensive struggle into an overtime shootout, winning 47-40 at West Virginia (4-6, 2-5).

    Quarterback Case McCoy threw a 2-yard TD pass to Alex De La Torre in overtime, after the Longhorns tied it with 13 seconds left in regulation on a field goal. McCoy was 27-of-49 for 283 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the second half or OT.

    Texas made the most of five West Virginia turnovers while also recording six sacks of Mountaineers quarterbacks. But lost in the celebration of the victory were injuries to running back Johnathan Gray and defensive tackle Chris Whaley, both of whom are done for the season.

    Up next: Texas returns home to face Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1) on Saturday. The Longhorns won 41-36 last season and are 23-4 all-time against the Cowboys.

    Notable: Texas' three remaining opponents are a combined 23-4, as opposed to the six teams it has already beaten in Big 12 play, who combined have 25 victories.

23. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Average rating: 25.0

    Week 11 result: Miami (7-2, 3-2 ACC) dropped its second straight, falling 42-24 at home to Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2).

    The Hurricanes showed how much they miss Duke Johnson by rushing for just 28 yards, compared with the 198 yards per game they'd been averaging before Johnson went down with a season-ending ankle injury last week. As a result, quarterback Stephen Morris was forced to carry the load, but even his 324 yards and two touchdowns weren't enough.

    Miami allowed 549 yards to Virginia Tech, including 366 yards on 25-of-31 passing from quarterback Logan Thomas. The Hokies also got four rushing TDs from Trey Edmunds, capitalizing on numerous Hurricanes special teams miscues that included fumbled punt and kickoff returns.

    Up next: The Hurricanes, now in a four-team fight for the ACC's Coastal Division title, play Saturday at division contender Duke (7-2, 3-2). Miami is 9-1 all-time against the Blue Devils, winning the last nine meetings, including last season's 52-45 triumph.

    Notable: Miami has allowed 29.7 points per game in its last six outings, yielding 40-plus in back-to-back games for the first time since 2007.

22. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Average rating: 25.0

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American) is home Wednesday against Ball State (9-1, 6-0) in a battle for the MAC's West Division title. The Huskies have won the last four meetings, including last season's 35-23 victory.

    Notable: Quarterback Jordan Lynch will surpass 3,500 career rushing yards in his next game, which is ninth-best in FBS history among quarterbacks.

21. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Average rating: 23.8

    Week 11 result: Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) was crushed 41-12 at Baylor (8-0, 5-0).

    The Sooners looked ready for slowing down Baylor in the first 20 minutes, holding a 5-3 lead, but after that, it was all Bears. Oklahoma had no answer for Baylor's quick-strike attack, either in terms of defending it or countering it with its own offense.

    Blake Bell had his worst game as a starter, completing just 15-of-35 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions, as well as a meaningless late touchdown. Even more troubling was Oklahoma's run game, which was averaging 234 yards per game but managed just 87 against the Bears.

    It was the third time in as many seasons that Oklahoma has lost a game by four touchdowns or more, joining a loss to Texas A&M in January's Cotton Bowl and a 2011 defeat in the Bedlam game to Oklahoma State.

    Up next: The Sooners are home Saturday to face Iowa State (1-8, 0-6). Oklahoma is 70-5-2 all-time against the Cyclones, winning the last 14 meetings including a 35-20 victory last season.

    Notable: After rushing for 24 touchdowns during the previous two seasons, mostly out of the so-called "Bell-dozer" set, Oklahoma's quarterback has yet to find the end zone on the ground this year.

20. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 23.4

    Week 11 result: Fresno (9-0, 6-0 Mountain West) rolled to a 48-10 win at Wyoming (4-5, 2-3).

    The Bulldogs got their usual production from quarterback Derek Carr, who was 33-of-46 for 360 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Marcel Jensen. FSU also got 105 rushing yards and a TD from Josh Quezada, while its defense forced two turnovers and held Wyoming to 296 total yards.

    FSU actually trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter before running off the game's final 48 points, including 34 in the second half.

    Up next: Fresno is off until Nov. 23 when it hosts New Mexico (3-6, 1-4). The Bulldogs have taken seven of eight from the Lobos, including last season's 49-32 decision.

    Notable: Carr, who surpassed 11,000 career passing yards against Wyoming, has 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions this season.

19. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Average rating: 18.8

    Week 11 result: Arizona State (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) rallied from a 19-7 fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 20-19 win at Utah (4-5, 1-5).

    The Sun Devils got a 14-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Kelly to Richard Smith with 2:37 left, then defensive lineman Will Sutton intercepted Utah's Travis Wilson with 1:01 remaining to clinch the victory.

    ASU managed a season-low 293 yards but also held Utah to just 247 total yards and forced two turnovers. It was a far cry from the 50-plus points ASU had put up in its previous four league games, but the Devils still got 136 yards on the ground from tailback Marion Grice.

    Up next: ASU is home Saturday to face Oregon State (6-3, 4-2). The Devils lost 36-26 to the Beavers last season.

    Notable: Grice, despite not scoring in ASU's last two games, is still tied for the FBS lead in scoring with 12 points per game. He is tied with Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, both of whom have scored 18 TDs.

18. UCF Knights

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    Average rating: 18.4

    Week 11 result: UCF (7-1, 4-0 AAC) moved one step closer to its first-ever BCS bid with a 19-14 home win over Houston (7-2, 4-1).

    The Knights had to rely on their defense to get the job done, stifling a potent Cougars offense to hold them to just two touchdowns. UCF's offense struggled, particularly quarterback Blake Bortles, who was intercepted once and didn't throw a TD pass.

    William Stanback scored a pair of rushing TDs, while Storm Johnson added 127 yards, helping to keep Houston's offense off the field.

    Up next: The Knights visit Temple (1-8, 0-5) on Saturday. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: With wins over main challengers Houston and Louisville, UCF could actually lose one of its last four games and still win the AAC to get the league's automatic bid.

17. Louisville Cardinals

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    Average rating: 17.4

    Week 11 result: Louisville (8-1, 4-1 AAC) breezed to a 31-10 win at Connecticut (0-8, 0-4), avenging an overtime loss to the Huskies last season.

    The Cardinals weren't particularly impressive but didn't need to be against one of the worst BCS-conference teams in the nation. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 288 yards and one touchdowns, with an interception, though the Louisville rushing game only managed 87 yards, about half its season average.

    Louisville's defense was its usual stellar self, forcing five turnovers and scoring on both an interception return and a blocked punt.

    Up next: Louisville hosts Houston (7-2, 4-1) on Saturday. The schools haven't met since they were both in Conference USA in 2004, when the Cardinals crushed the Cougars 65-27.

    Notable: The Cardinals, tied with Alabama for the FBS lead in scoring defense at 10.6 points per game, have allowed 58 points in their eight victories.

16. LSU Tigers

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    Average rating: 15.8

    Week 11 result: LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) held tough at Alabama (9-0, 6-0) for a little more than a half before becoming the latest Crimson Tide victim, falling 38-17.

    The Tigers were handcuffed by two early fumbles, including one at the goal line on their second possession that completely changed the scope of the game. LSU kept it close into the third quarter, tying it at 17 on a field goal shortly after halftime, but then it was all Alabama.

    LSU managed just 284 yards on offense, including only 41 on the ground, far below its season average of 200.6 rushing yards per game. Jeremy Hill finished with just 42 yards on 13 carries but did score a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

    Up next: LSU is off until Nov. 23 when it hosts Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2) in a matchup rife with BCS implications. The Tigers beat the Aggies 24-19 last season after downing them in the 2011 Cotton Bowl prior to A&M's move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

    Notable: This is the first time since 2009 the Tigers have suffered three league losses and the first time since 1999 that has occurred after just six games.

15. Michigan State Spartans

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    Average rating: 15.6

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) plays Saturday at Nebraska (7-2, 4-1). The Spartans have never beaten the Cornhuskers, going 0-7 all-time. Last year's 28-24 loss was the closest result in the series.

    Notable: The Spartans have allowed nine points in their last three games combined and are third nationally in scoring defense at 11.6 points per game. They've won seven straight Big Ten games and are looking for their first 6-0 start in league play since winning all eight conference games in 1965.

14. UCLA Bruins

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    Average rating: 15.2

    Week 11 result: UCLA (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) used an unorthodox offensive weapon to pace a 31-26 win at Arizona (6-3, 3-3).

    True freshman linebacker Myles Jack played on both sides of the ball, rushing six times for 120 yards and two touchdowns while also recording eight tackles and a key fumble recovery on defense. Jack had never carried the ball in a college game, but his 66-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner.

    UCLA also got 227 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Brett Hundley, who hit Shaq Evans for both scores. The Bruins also cut down on their penalty issues and forced Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey to fumble near the goal line.

    It was UCLA's first win in Tucson since 2003.

    Up next: UCLA is back home Friday to host Washington (6-3, 3-3). The Bruins lost 24-7 to Washington in their last meeting in 2010.

    Notable: The Bruins have now won two straight since back-to-back losses at Stanford and Oregon, keeping them in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title. After Washington, they face the two teams they're fighting for the division lead with, Arizona State and USC.

13. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Average rating: 14.6

    Week 11 result: Wisconsin (7-2) earned a valuable BCS resume-boosting 27-17 nonconference win over visiting BYU (6-3).

    The Badgers got 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns from James White, who also caught a touchdown pass from Joel Stave to personally outscore the Cougars. His effort was part of a 425-yard team performance for Wisconsin.

    Defensively, linebacker Chris Borland was the star with two sacks of elusive BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. Hill was held to 53 rushing yards and had no runs for more than 13 yards.

    Up next: Wisconsin returns to Big Ten play, where it is 4-1, when it hosts Indiana (4-5, 2-3) on Saturday. The Badgers have beat the Hoosiers eight straight times, including last year's 62-14 victory.

    Notable: The Badgers remained fifth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.2 points per game.

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Average rating: 12.6

    Week 11 result: Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) needed little effort to breeze to a 42-6 home win over Kansas (2-7, 0-6).

    The Cowboys didn't look uninterested, per se, rather they showed no impetus to expend too much energy to dispatch the league's worst team. They won the yardage battle 359-316, getting 265 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Clint Chelf, though the OSU run game was limited to just 85 yards.

    OSU got a quick early boost when Justin Gilbert returned the game's opening kickoff 100 yards for a score, all the points it would need against a Kansas team that managed just two field goals and was 5-of-20 on third down.

    Up next: OSU plays nothing but quality competition from here on out, beginning with Saturday's visit to Texas (7-2, 6-0). The Cowboys are 4-23 lifetime against the Longhorns, losing 41-36 last season.

    Notable: The six points allowed is the best defensive effort by OSU in a Big 12 game since a 66-6 win over Texas Tech in November 2011. The Cowboys are allowing 19.7 points per game this season, compared to 28.2 last year.

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Average rating: 12.6

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) is home Saturday to face Florida (4-5, 3-4). The Gamecocks lost 44-11 last season in Gainesville.

    Notable: Despite the off week, Mike Davis remained atop the SEC rushing leaderboard with 1,058 yards, 20 better than Auburn's Tre Mason.

10. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Average rating: 11.4

    Week 11 result: Texas A&M (8-2, 4-2 SEC) dominated on offense but struggled on defense in a 51-41 home win over Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4).

    The Aggies got five touchdown passes and 446 yards from Johnny Manziel, but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was also intercepted three times to keep the visiting Bulldogs in the game. As a result, MSU outgained A&M 556-537, with the Bulldogs gaining 299 yards on the ground thanks to 154 yards from dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott.

    The outcome was never really in doubt once A&M scored early in the third quarter to lead 30-14. Mike Evans caught five passes for 116 yards but was kept out of the end zone, though Malcome Kennedy and Travis Labhart filled in with two TD catches apiece.

    Up next: The Aggies finish the regular season with back-to-back road games, starting with a Nov. 23 trip to LSU (7-3, 3-3). The Tigers beat the Aggies 24-19 last season.

    Notable: A&M scored 50-plus points for the third straight game and fifth time this season. The Aggies rank fourth nationally in scoring at 49.2 points per game.

9. Auburn Tigers

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    Average rating: 9.4

    Week 11 result: Auburn (9-1, 5-1 SEC) put together another dominant rushing performance in a 55-23 win at Tennessee (4-6, 1-5).

    The Tigers ran for 444 yards and five touchdowns, with quarterback Nick Marshall leading the charge en route to 214 yards and two TDs. Tre Mason added 117 yards and three TDs, and a week after Auburn threw only nine passes, it attempted just seven throws in crushing the Volunteers.

    Auburn also got a pair of special teams touchdowns, with Chris Davis scoring on an 85-yard punt return and Corey Grant bringing back a kickoff 90 yards for a TD.

    The Tigers actually trailed 13-6 early in the second quarter before running off 21 straight points in less than 10 minutes to take control.

    Up next: Auburn is home for its final two games, starting with Saturday's visit from Georgia (6-3, 4-2). The Tigers have dropped six of seven to the Bulldogs, including last season's 38-0 loss.

    Notable: Auburn moved up to third in the FBS in rushing offense, averaging 320 yards per game. Mason, a junior, surpassed last season's yardage total and now has 1,038 yards with 16 TDs, third-most nationally.

8. Clemson Tigers

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    Average rating: 8.2

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC) hosts Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) on Thursday in the league finale for both teams. The Tigers won last year's meeting 47-31.

    Notable: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd is trailing his passing yardage pace from 2012, when he averaged 299.7 yards per game. He's at 291.1 yards this season, but after throwing 13 interceptions in 13 games last year he has just six through nine contests in 2013.

7. Missouri Tigers

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    Average rating: 8.0

    Week 11 result: Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) took a ride on the Dorial Green-Beckham train to pace a 48-17 win at Kentucky (2-7, 1-5).

    Green-Beckham caught four touchdown passes from Maty Mauk, part of a seven-reception, 100-yard day for the sophomore, who came into the game with only five TD catches in the previous nine games.

    Mauk finished with 203 yards and a school record-tying five TDs in his fourth start in place of injured QB James Franklin, while Henry Josey ran for 111 yards and two scores (including an 86-yard TD in the fourth quarter).

    Up next: The Tigers are off until a Nov. 23 visit to Ole Miss (6-3, 3-3). The schools last met in 2007, with Missouri taking a 38-25 decision.

    Notable: Missouri registered seven sacks against Kentucky, giving it 34 for the season. At 3.4 per game, the Tigers are No. 3 nationally in that statistic.

6. Oregon Ducks

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    Average rating: 5.8

    Week 11 result: Oregon (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) played like lame ducks for three quarters, then almost made a miraculous comeback before ultimately falling 26-20 at Stanford (8-1, 6-1).

    The Ducks did not score until midway through the fourth quarter, at which time they proceeded to run off 20 straight points (thanks to a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown) and somehow make a game of what had been complete defensive dominance by Stanford.

    Oregon managed just 62 rushing yards after coming into the night averaging 331.5 yards on the ground, while the Ducks also had a pair of costly fumbles that contributed to the poor showing. And though it doesn't put much stock in time of possession, Oregon's offense was on the field for less than one-fourth of the game thanks to Stanford's methodical, plodding run game.

    For the second year in a row, Oregon's lofty goals and hopes were crushed by a Stanford team that seems to always have the Ducks' number.

    Up next: The Ducks are home Saturday to face Utah (4-5, 1-5), the only team to beat Stanford this year. The Ducks and Utes haven't met as Pac-12 cohorts, with Oregon winning the last meeting, 31-24, back in 2009.

    Notable: Until the late surge, Oregon was in jeopardy of being shut out for the first time since November 2009, when it lost 16-0 to UCLA en route to a "bad" 9-4 season.

5. Stanford Cardinal

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    Average rating: 5.0

    Week 11 result: Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) dominated visiting Oregon (8-1, 5-1) for three quarters, then held off a furious fourth-quarter rally to win 26-20.

    The Cardinal again did what no other team has been able to do the past two seasons, not only beating the Ducks but slowing them down to the speed of just another average team. Stanford held Oregon to 62 rushing yards, 270 below its season average, effectively turning the Ducks one-dimensional.

    Stanford also dominated time of possession, holding the ball for more than 45 minutes of play thanks to a yeoman effort from tailback Tyler Gaffney. He carried it a school-record 45 times for 157 yards, part of a 274-yard team rushing effort that grounded Oregon's high-flying attack.

    Up next: The Cardinal play Saturday at USC (7-3, 4-2). The Cardinal have won four straight over the Trojans and have won the last three games played in Los Angeles. That includes a 24-23 win there in 2007 that began Stanford's ascension to a national power.

    Notable: While the late rally by Oregon was troubling, and mirrored a near-collapse late at Oregon State and in the Cardinal's lone loss at Utah, overall the win over the Ducks marked the third time it has stifled a potent Pac-12 offense. Stanford allowed Oregon State to score just 12 points, while UCLA managed only 10, and (like Oregon) both averaged well over 30 points per game before that.

4. Baylor Bears

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    Average rating: 3.8

    Week 11 result: Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) aced its first significant test of the season, cruising to a 41-12 win over visiting Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2).

    What began as an emotional stalemate through the first 20 minutes of play quickly became a rout as Baylor got its offense in gear and began to expose Oklahoma's weakened defense. Though the Bears fell far short of their season scoring and yardage averages, all those points and yards weren't needed.

    Not with Baylor's defense taking center stage in the high-profile game, forcing Oklahoma QB Blake Bell into two interceptions and just 15-of-35 passing. Combine that with the Sooners only rushing for 87 yards, and Baylor's defenders were the stars of the game.

    The victory was not all roses for Baylor, though, as running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin were limited by injuries, while top receiver Tevin Reese dislocated a wrist in the first half. But third-string RB Shock Linwood stepped up, going for 182 yards on 23 carries to complement a five-touchdown (three passing, two rushing) effort by QB Bryce Petty.

    Up next: The Bears face Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3) on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Bears have won both games since moving the series to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, winning 52-45 in overtime last November.

    Notable: Baylor, off to an 8-0 start for the first time school history, is also riding a school-record 12-game win streak.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Average rating: 3.8

    Week 11 result: Bye

    Up next: Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) visits Illinois (3-6, 0-5) on Saturday. This will be the 100th meeting between the schools, with the Buckeyes winning the last five. Last year's game was a 52-22 OSU triumph.

    Notable: Ohio State is one win short of tying the school record for consecutive wins. The Buckeyes won 22 straight from 1967-69. The current 21-game streak is one of 15 the school has produced of 10 or more straight victories.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Average rating: 1.8

    Week 11 result: Florida State (9-0, 7-0 ACC) made quick work of yet another inferior foe, jumping out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and scoring the game's first 52 points en route to a 59-3 win at Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5).

    The Seminoles defense controlled the game from the outset, picking off six passes and scoring touchdowns on consecutive plays in the second quarter to keep the Demon Deacons from ever establishing any momentum. Nate Andrews scored on a 56-yard interception return, and on Wake's next offensive snap Jalen Ramsey scooped up a fumble and brought it back 23 yards for a score.

    The Seminoles added a kickoff return TD after Wake's only score, taking any and all pressure off an FSU offense that only managed 296 yards but didn't even need that much. Jameis Winston had a relatively quiet game as a result, throwing for 159 yards with two TDs and an interception, while Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and James Wilder each ran in a score.

    Up next: The Seminoles are home for the next two games, starting with Saturday's visit from Syracuse (5-4, 3-2). The teams last played in 2005, with FSU claiming a 38-14 victory.

    Notable: FSU has moved to second in the FBS in scoring offense, averaging 52 points per game, while its defense has improved to fourth overall in scoring defense at 12 points allowed per game.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Average rating: 1.2

    Week 11 result: Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) reasserted its position as the top dog in college football with a convincing 38-17 home win over rival LSU (7-3, 3-3), the most points it has scored in the series since 1947.

    A tight battle through the first half became a runaway over the game's final 20 minutes, as the Tide scored the final 21 points following an LSU field goal that tied it at 17 early in the third quarter. Alabama was efficient on offense and, save for some big plays in the first half, dominant on defense, holding the Tigers to just 43 rushing yards and 284 yards overall.

    A.J. McCarron needed just 20 passes (and 14 completions) to throw three touchdowns, while T.J. Yeldon (25 carries, 133 yards, two TDs) was nearly unstoppable.

    The Tide also forced two critical LSU fumbles, including one at the goal line on their second possession of the game. That fumble doesn't happen, and the game could have been much different.

    Up next: The Tide go on the road to face Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday. Alabama has won five straight over the Bulldogs, including last season's 38-7 victory.

    Notable: Despite the second-most points it has allowed all season, Alabama still remains No. 1 nationally in scoring defense. The Tide are allowing 10.6 points per game while putting up 40.9 per game on offense.

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