Carter's NCAA Football Power Rankings: Week 12

David CarterCorrespondent INovember 17, 2009

BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13:  Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos thorws the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Yet again, I keep the Texas Longhorns as my top team in the FBS, and most deserving of a National Championship Game appearance. After watching them beat on Baylor (as expected) the I just see the chances of Texas falling before the National Title Game get smaller and smaller and the Longhorns are getting tougher by the week. Here’s my latest edition of my NCAA football Power Rankings! Enjoy!

1. Texas Longhorns (10-0)
Last Week: 1, Next Game: vs. Kansas

Last weekend’s win over Baylor was just another day at the office for the Longhorns. The sky continues to be the limit for them, let’s just hope the don’t slip as they still have contests left against Kansas, arch-rival Texas A&M, and then the Big 12 Championship Game.

2. Boise State Broncos (10-0)
Last Week: 3, Next Game: at Utah State

Many are starting to consider Kellen Moore as the best QB in college football. He leads the nation in passer rating (172.5) and touchdown passes (32). With him at QB for the Broncos, a National Championship shot shouldn’t be out of the question.

3. TCU Horned Frogs (10-0)
Last Week: 2, Next Game: at Wyoming

Not the best defensive game in the world, but TCU plasters the Utah Utes. Even though I put the Frogs a spot lower than last week, I still have a Texas-sized confidence in Gary Patterson and his Purple People Eaters.

4. Florida Gators (10-0)
Last Week: 4, Next Game: vs. Florida International

Tebow and the defense got it done yet again over South Carolina. Now on to the scrimmage game against Florida International. I predict the Gators by at least 25 in that one.

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0)
Last Week: 5, Next Week: BYE

The Bearcats survive a tough contest against Big East-rival West Virginia. Cincy proved to me last week that no matter who their QB is, the Cincinnati offense remains as strong as ever and the ‘Cats are no joke.

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)
Last Week: 6, Next Game: Tennessee-Chattanooga

Mark Ingram continued to do his thing against Mississippi State and helped the Tide to at 10-0 record. Things look great in Tuscaloosa…I’m just ready for the SEC title game.

7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-1)
Last Week: 7, Next Week: BYE

This teams knows how to execute the BIG PLAY very well, just like they did against Duke. Josh Nesbitt and the Jackets look as strong as ever. Congratulations to them as they clinch a bid in the ACC Championship Game.

8. Pittsburgh Panthers (9-1)
Last Week: 9, Next Week: BYE

It seems like all this team does is win. They are one win away from being in a VERY BIG Bowl game.

9. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2)
Last Week: 12, Next Game: at Michigan

They might not be going to the National Championship Game this year, but Jim Tressel still has a great team! Ohio State is now officially, without a doubt, the best in the Big Ten and their five straight Conference Championships proves it.

10. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2)
Last Week: 13, Next Game: at Michigan State

Joe-Pa’s Lions did a great job at bouncing back from a tough loss to the Buckeyes with a survival-win over Indiana.

11. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2)
Last Week: 8, Next Game: vs. Minnesota

The Hawkeyes continue to move down my chart with their second-straight loss, after winning the 13 games they played before that.

12. Oregon Ducks (8-2)
Last Week: 14, Next Game: at Arizona

LaMichael James is proving that LaGarrette Blount isn’t really needed anymore as he helps the Ducks roll over the Sun Devils.

13. Central Michigan Chippewas (8-2)
Last Week: 15, Next Game: at Ball State (WEDNESDAY)

They might be getting much national exposure, but the Chippewas are playing like a top-20 team and continue to prove that they have the best team in the MAC.

14. BYU Cougars (8-2)
Last Week: 17, Next Game: vs. Air Force

The Cougars held off a New Mexico team that was desperate to get their first win. Max Hall continues to play like a national top-ten QB.

15. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2)
Last Week: 16, Next Game vs. Colorado (THURSDAY)

The Cowboys seem to be doing just fine without Dez Bryant. If they keep it up, they could possibly see themselves playing their last game in Glendale, Arizona.

16. LSU Tigers (8-2)
Last Week: 18, Next Game: at (22) Ole Miss

Keiland Williams did a nice job backing up injured Charles Scott, running for over 100 yards and two scores. The Tigers got the job done against a less-talented Louisiana Tech team, even though they trailed at halftime.

17. Houston Cougars (8-2)
Last Week: 11, Next Game: vs. Memphis

Houston's attempt at another furious fourth-quarter comeback fell short against UCF, as the Cougars lost on the road 37-32. However, I still believe that Case Keenum is still the nation's top quarterback.

18. Utah Utes (8-2)
Last Week: 10, Next Game: vs. San Diego State

A Mountain West Conference Championship dream was shattered last week with a blowout-loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. They grabbed more penalty yards than rushing yards. Just one of those games where almost nothing goes right.

19. Temple Owls (8-2)
Last Week: 23, Next Game: vs. Kent State

Temple continues to roll right along. RB Bernard Pierce helps the Owls win their eighth straight game, blowing out Akron, 56-17.

20. Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)
Last Week: 22, Next Game: at Northwestern

Their Conference Championship hopes are now over, but the Badgers still have a remarkable team. Scott Tolzien, John Clay, and Nick Toon lifted the Badgers to a third straight win as they beat conference-rival Michigan, 45-24. 

21. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-2)
Last Week: NR, Next Game: at Syracuse

The Scarlet Kights impressed me this week by blowing out South Florida, 31-0. This team could see a 10-win season if they continues to play like they have been over their last three games. They arguably have the best defense in the Big East Conference.

22. Navy Midshipmen (8-3)
Last Week: NR, Next Week: BYE

Recent wins over Wake Forest and Notre Dame lead me to believe that the should at least be considered for a top 25 or 30 spot. If this team continues to run the ball effectively, they could see an 11-win season coming their their way.

23. Ole Miss Rebels (7-3)
Last Week: NR, Next Week: vs. (16) LSU

The couldn't survive Alabama, but I'm a little more confident in the Rebels that they could possibly pull out a win over LSU this weekend.

24. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)
Last Week: NR, Next Game: vs. Kansas State

Imagine how crazy the state of Nebraska will go if the Cornhuskers win the Big 12 North and possibly upset the Longhorns in the Conference Championship game...not highly likely, but hey...anything can happen.

25. Clemson Tigers (7-3)
Last Week: NR, Next Game: vs. Virginia
What can C.J. Spiller do?...or should I say: what can C.J. Spiller NOT do? My answer s leaning towards "nothing." The man is now awesome after running for a touchdown, catching a touchdown pass, and even THROWING a touchdown pass against NC State last weekend!