College Football's 11 Best 11s: Georgia Tech Stakes a Claim for the Orange Bowl

BabyTateSenior Writer IOctober 18, 2009

ATLANTA - AUGUST 28:  Members of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, including linebacker Brad Jefferson #51, offensive lineman Clyde Yandell #78 and defensive lineman Logan Walls #96, run out of the tunnel before the game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field on August 28, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets beat the Gamecocks 41-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

The latest week of college football action provided the opportunity for several statement games as the final jockeying for BCS position begins.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (pictured above) took advantage of the situation by unleashing their "Avalanche Rushing Attack" to grind vaunted Virginia Tech into pulp.

The Yellow Jackets, eschewing the pass with only one completion for the game, outgained the Hokies 308 to 175 on the ground and controlled the ball for 70 plays to 45 for the Virginians.

The result was a 28-23 win for the Rambling Wreck, in a game never as close as the final score indicates.

Alabama stepped forward with the best rushing performance by a Crimson Tide player in the stadium known as the home of the Bear.

The Red Elephants of Coach Nick Saban met the feisty Gamecock squad of Steve Spurrier in a nationally televised clash from Tuscaloosa. Alabama controlled the ball, and as a result the game, winning by a final score of 20-6.

Iowa, a two-point underdog on the road against the giants of Wisconsin, found themselves down early.

The Hawkeyes gathered momentum and confidence as the game went on and eventually the Badgers succumbed to the most athletic Big 10 squad in years, 20-10.

During the week, Cincinnati made a statement about who is going to be considered the "Boss of the Big East" by drilling undefeated South Florida in Tampa, 34-17.

Few teams could manhandle the Bulls of Coach Jim Leavitt, a faster and more sophisticated unit than any other the Bearcats will face in conference this season. The final result leads one to believe Cincinnati will repeat as Big East champions.

If this were college basketball, and the season was near an end, one could make the case this quartet of impressive red-hot squads would possibly be the Final Four.

But, this is college football. And it is time for the latest 11 Best 11s.

                         The 11 Best 11s

This Week                                       Last Week

1. Alabama                                  3.

2. Florida                                    1.

3.  Texas                                   2. 

4.  Iowa                                     6.

5. Southern California                    4.

6. Boise State                              7.

7. Cincinnati                              N/R

8. Georgia Tech                           11.

9. LSU                                       8.

10. Miami                                   10.

11. Oregon                                11. (Tie)


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