College Football's 11 Best 11s: Is Auburn Better Than Alabama?

BabyTateSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Chris Todd #12 of the Auburn Tigers against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Week Five of the college football season presented fans with several overtime games, resulting in another topsy-turvy weekend for the top ranked teams.

Oklahoma, playing without injured Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, lost at Miami by one point. It was the second one-point loss of the year for the Sooners, effectively ending any BCS Championship hopes for this season.

Undefeated Houston was humiliated 58-41 by Texas-El Paso, whose last outing was a 57-point loss to the Texas Longhorns.

Michigan, likewise counted among the undefeated, saw their miracle season come to a crashing thud at the hands of arch-rival Michigan State. The final score was 26-20, in overtime.

It was the second win of the season for the Spartans, who now count the Wolverines alongside the Montana State Bobcats as victims this year.

LSU continued their winning ways by disposing of home standing Georgia 20-13, while up-and-coming Auburn continued to surprise with a 26-22 win over the Volunteers of Tennessee in Neyland Stadium.

The Tigers from the Plains may be the most surprising team of the season. Left for dead only months ago, Auburn has survived the exodus of coach Tommy Tuberville and the nightmare of last year to become a legitimate threat in the SEC West.

While it is true Auburn is far superior to last year's version of the Plainsmen, they do not seem to have quite the physical maturity to defeat Alabama.

However, even more peculiar things have happened in the past and this season's "Iron Bowl" bears a remarkable resemblance to the "Punt, Bama Punt" matchup of days gone by.

With road games upcoming against Arkansas, LSU, and Georgia perhaps the fans, who shout "War Eagle", had best bask in the sunlight while they can.

The Trojans of Southern California continued to impress with a 30-3 destruction of free-falling California.

Stanford stunned undefeated UCLA 24-16 while Notre Dame required overtime to defeat the rejuvenated Huskies of Washington, 37-30.

Ohio State and Wisconsin were both sharp as they rolled toward their showdown in Columbus next week. The Badgers took the Paul Bunyan Axe by defeating the Gophers of Minnesota 31-28 and the Buckeyes overwhelmed Indiana, 33-14. 

Alabama was unimpressive in a 38-20 win over hapless Kentucky. Boise State joined in the "misery loves company" mentality by barely escaping lowly Cal-Davis, 34-16.

Undefeated Texas was idle this week.

                                           The 11 Best 11s

RANKING THIS WEEK                             RANKING LAST WEEK

1. Florida                                                 1.

2. Texas                                                   2.

3. Alabama                                              3.

4. Louisiana State                                  5.

5. Southern California                           6 .

6. Ohio State                                           8 .

7. Boise State                                         4.

8. Iowa                                                     7.

9. Cincinnati                                            N/R

10. Auburn                                               N/R

11. Wisconsin                                          N/R

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