College Football's 11 Best 11s: TCU Makes Its Move

BabyTateSenior Writer INovember 15, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of  TCU throws the ball against Boise State during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 23, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Horned Frogs of Texas Christian have not spent a great amount of time this season croaking up the wrong tree.

They have gone out and put away the opposition, usually leaving no doubt who is the best team on the field that day. Case in point would be the 55-28 destruction of defending Mountain West and Sugar Bowl Champion Utah on Saturday evening.

Going into the encounter with TCU, the Utes had only lost once in the past two seasons, earlier this year at powerful Oregon by a score of 31-24.

It was about that close against TCU, for about 10 minutes.

The road is clearing for the Horned frogs to make the BCS Title game, all they need is a little luck in the next few weeks. And if the Purple People Eaters get there, the rest of the nation had better look out, these men do not come to lose. 

                        The 11 Best 11s:

Ranking This Week           Ranking Last Week

1. Texas                                               1.

2. Alabama                                            2.

3. Texas Christian                                   5.

4. Florida                                              3.

5. Boise State                                        4.

6. Cincinnati                                          7.

7. Georgia Tech                                      6.

8. Pittsburgh                                          8.

9. Oregon                                              9.

10. Ohio State                                       N/R (No.2 On The Porch)

11. Louisiana State                                 10.

On The Porch: Iowa, Mississippi, Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma State

The second week of November produced several close games but few surprises. Most astonishing was Stanford's 55-21 annihilation of the fast-fading Southern California Trojans.

It was the most points ever given up by the Men of Troy at home. That is a shocking indictment of what was to be a dominant defense at the beginning of the season.

The Cardinal eclipsed Southern California in coaching, preparation, and execution. Now the Trojans can await the call from the Sun Bowl Committee, perhaps to face Rutgers. 

Alabama was its normally routine self in disposing of out-classed Mississippi State. Boise State, Cincinnati, and Georgia Tech continued to demonstrate their superiority over conference rivals.

Pittsburgh's great defensive front wall was impressive in striking another blow to the career of Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. Oregon bounced back from its licking in Palo Alto at the hands of Stanford and overwhelmed the injury-riddled Sun Devils of Dennis Erickson.

Ohio State lumbered into the 11 best 11s this week by winning over short-handed Iowa in overtime. This sets up the Buckeyes for another trip to Pasadena.

And what of Florida and LSU, perhaps the two most talented teams in the country and winners of the past two BCS Title games?

LSU after losing a brutal and controversial clash at Alabama last week, suffered the apparent "next week letdown" and barely escaped WAC-entry Louisiana Tech. But, let's give credit to Coach Dooley's Bulldogs.

Last week, La Tech fought mighty Boise State to the end in a 45-35 loss. With the "moral victory" 24-16 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge there should be no bowed heads in Ruston. Merely the hint of better times ahead.

Florida simply plays as hard as they need to play for a win. The defending BCS Champions' uninspired performance against a South Carolina team coached by former Gator Steve Spurrier causes them to drop below the far more explosive TCU in this week's ranking.

With several rivalry games to be played during the next week, there is ample opportunity for even more change to come in the weekly 11 best 11s.


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