NCAA Football Top 25 Week 13: Seven Top 25 Teams Fall in Wild Rivalry Week

Tyler StimsonCorrespondent INovember 29, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Defensive end Jerry Hughes #98 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tyler Stimson votes in the ESPN-U poll and the Bleacher Report poll.

(Team Records and last weeks ranking in parentheses)

This is my College Football Top 25 for Week 13.

It was a wild week of college football. Rivalry week always provides some upsets and even though all of the undefeateds survived, this week was no different, with seven ranked teams falling, six to unranked opponents.

The SEC proved its dominance over the ACC with three victories over ACC opponents, including victories by mid-level SEC teams (South Carolina over Clemson, and Georgia over Georgia Tech) over the two participants in next week's ACC championship game.

Here is my newest Top 25:

1. TCU (12-0)—Demolished New Mexico at home, 52-10, and clinched the MWC championship.

Before accounting for this weekends' games (the numbers have not been released yet) TCU's SOS was 32. Texas'? 48.

Victories over teams in the current top 25:

TCU three (Clemson, BYU, Utah)

Alabama two (LSU, Virginia Tech)

Florida one (LSU)

Texas none

This team keeps rolling towards a BCS bowl. They have the most complete team in college football. If Texas loses to Nebraska—watch out. TCU could be the first Non-BCS national champion of the BCS era. They are good enough to beat the winner of the Florida/Alabama game.

This team has no clear weakness. They are the only team in the nation in the top 5 in offense and defense. They have played a tough schedule, and they are worthy of the No. 1 overall ranking.

They have not dilly dallied with clearly inferior opponents, even top 25 caliber ones. They have demolished them, jumping out to a 21-0 lead against BYU, and a 35-7 lead against Utah early in the second quarter. They have consistently jumped out to huge leads, and left no doubt as to who the better team is by the end of the first half.

Regardless of what you think about TCU vs. Texas, there needs to actually be a debate between the voters for having TCU or Texas in the National Championship game against the Florida/Alabama winner.

Here's why:

Team A

SOS: 48
Victories over top-25 teams: one
Won multiple national championships (in its history)
Averages 43 PPG on offense
Gives up 15 PPG on defense
Finished in the top 10 in the final poll last year

Team B

SOS: 32
Victories over top 25 teams: three
Won multiple national championships (in its history)
Averages 40 PPG on offense
Gives up 12 PPG on defense
Finished in the top 10 in the final poll last year
Only team in the country in the top five in both total offense and defense

Which team has the better resume?

If you look at it unbiasedly, it's clearly Team B, albeit, by a small margin.

Team B is TCU.

Team A is Texas.

2. Florida
(12-0) Beat Florida State 37-10. The Florida offense is back! They are averaging 37 points a game for the year! But if you take a closer look, there is real cause for concern.

They've averaged 49 points a game against Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida State.

Against the rest of their schedule? (Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina) A measly 23 points a game.

Their 37 points per a game is clearly inflated from running up the score against cupcake competition. Their defense, however, might be the best in the nation. And it might be enough to carry them to their third national title in four years.

Their schedule, at least IMO has been much easier than Alabama's, but Florida has looked much more impressive (as of late) against that schedule. The argument is irrelevant however, as they play Alabama next week for the SEC championship, the No. 1 ranking and a spot in the title game against Texas/TCU.

3. (2) Alabama
(12-0) Beat Auburn 26-21. Wow! What drive to get the go ahead TD. Alabama took Auburns' haymakers in the first quarter, and ended up outlasting Auburn. What a great, gritty effort by Alabama.

Greg McElroy was very solid and efficient, and mistake free—that was the difference. They drop behind Florida for now, but really, who cares? They will get their say in that argument next week. Isn't it so much better when these things get settled on the field?

4. Texas
(12-0)—Beat Texas A&M 49-39. Texas' defense was exposed in this one. Don't let Colt McCoy's legendary performance let you forget that. Texas supposedly had one of the best defenses in the country—I guess not.

Texas better hope that this was a fluke, because they will not score 49 against Nebraska's D. And if they face Florida/Alabama in the National Championship, they better hope that it was an abberation—or they will get blown off the field. They have zero victories over top 25 opponents so far this year.

5. Boise State
(12-0)—Beat Nevada 44-33 at home. Nevada was one of the hottest teams in the country, having won 8 in a row. With Oklahoma State's loss, this team looks like a BCS bowl lock, unless Nebraska beats Texas in the Big 12 title game: that's when things would get interesting.

6. Cincinatti
(11-0)—Beat Illinois 49-36. Illinois is a 3-9 Big Ten team....yeah, Cincinnati scored 49 points, but they gave up 36. I am not impressed.

7. Oregon
(9-2)—Beat Arizona 44-41 in two overtimes last week. They face Oregon State this coming Thursday Night in the defacto Pac-10 championship game. If they can get past Oregon State, the Pac-10 title, and a Rose Bowl matchup with Ohio State is theirs.

8. (13) BYU
(10-2)—Beat Utah 26-23 in an Overtime thriller. I attended this game personally—there is no better moment for a college football fan than witnessing your team beat your bitter rival with a walk off OT TD win—and that's what happened. BYU trailed 23-20, and it was second and ten in the first overtime.

Max Hall squeezed short a bullet pass into Andrew George, who stayed on his feet, and ran into the end zone. The fans went absolutely nuts, and stormed the field. It was an awesome experience. In three out of the last four years, BYU has beat Utah in dramatic fashion.

This was the only game of the week where both teams were ranked.

Since getting upset by Florida State in week three, BYU is 8-1, with their only loss coming to No. 1 TCU. In a mishmash of two-loss teams, BYU rises to the top. They could easily be 15th. Oklahoma's demolishing of Oklahoma State also strengthens BYU's case.

If Iowa and Penn State are still candidates for a BCS bowl, why isn't BYU? Their fan base would travel just as well or better. Is the Big Ten really much better than the MWC? The MWC is pretty much unofficially a BCS conference at this point. They are just as good or better than the typical BCS conference.

Ohio State (10) (10-2)—Beat Michigan 21-10 a week ago. Ohio State is the class of a mediocre and (admittedly) deep conference, and Michigan gave that game away, with three red zone turnovers, and another turnover that went the other way for a touchdown. This is a good football team, but I like the Oregon/Oregon State winner to beat them in the Rose Bowl.

10.  Iowa (12)
  (10-2)—Beat Minnesota 12-0. Iowa, with its rabid fan base, and Oklahoma State's loss, looks likely to nab an at-large BCS berth.

11.  Houston
(15) (10-2)—Beat Rice 73-14. They led 59-0 at the half. Wow. Now that's style points. They Beat Texas Tech (8-4), Oklahoma State (9-3) and Miss St (just beat Ole Miss) in their non-conference schedule.

12. Georgia Tech (7)
(10-2)- Lost to Georgia 30-24. They failed to come from behind, after doing so for the last six straight weeks. This is still a very good football team. They play Clemson in the ACC Championship.  Should Georgia Tech get the victory, they'll have a BCS bid.

13. LSU (19)
(9-3)—Handled the clock right this time, tied the game, and won 33-30 on a missed FG by Arkansas' kicker in OT. 9-3 in the best conference in America? Good enough for 13th in the country, at least for me.

14.  Penn State
(16) (10-2)—Demolished Michigan State 42-10 a week ago. This is a team that has played an easy schedule. Their best victory is...over Northwestern. They lost convincingly to the only two good teams they faced. They still have a decent chance at a BCS at-large bid.

15. Oregon State
(18) (8-3)—Beat Washington State 42-10 a week ago. They play at Oregon this Thursday for a BCS bowl bid and the Pac-10 title.

16. Pittsburgh (8)
(9-2)—Lost to West Virginia on Friday Night 19-16.

17. Utah
(14) (9-3)—Lost to BYU 26-23 in an OT thriller. They trailed 20-6, before battling all the way back and tying the game with a FG with 39 seconds left. Only to lose on a walk-off Andrew George TD in OT. I can't imagine how they feel right now—they almost had a great comeback against their biggest rival, but came up just short.

I don't think they should be penalized too much for losing by three points, on the road to a top 10 team. Their three losses have come on the road to three top ten teams; TCU, Oregon and BYU. Two of those losses (BYU and Oregon) the Utes could've easily won.

18. USC (23) 
(8-3) Beat UCLA 21-7. USC's defense bounced back against a UCLA team that had won three in a row coming into the game.

The Pac-10 might be the best conference (top-to-bottom) in college football. Keep in mind they have a key OOC victory at Ohio State as well.

Virginia Tech (Unranked) (9-3)-Crushed Virginia 42-13. Their only losses are to Alabama, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina; all games they could've won.

20. California
(24) (8-3)—Beat Stanford 34-28 last week. California has won five of their last six games, a very impressive feat in this year's Pac-10. They play at Washington next week.

21. Stanford
(25) (8-4) Beat Notre Dame 45-38. Toby Gearhart deserves the Heisman: he has been the best player in college football this year. He ran for over 200 yards, three TDs and even threw a TD.

22. Miami
(Unranked) (9-3)-Beat South Florida 31-10. Miami had a great year; after starting the season unranked, they have remained in the Top 25 since Week Two.

23. Arizona
(Unranked) (7-4)- Beat their instate rival ASU 20-17. They are 5-3 in the Pac 10 - (perhaps) the best and certainly the most competitive conference top to bottom in the country.

24. Clemson
(11) (8-4)—C. J. Spiller made a huge Heisman statement on the first play, taking the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Then he did absolutely nothing, as Clemson fell to rival South Carolina 34-17. They face Georgia Tech next week for the ACC Championship and a BCS bid. They get some credit, and remain in the Top 25 for for only losing by four against TCU way back in Week Four.

25. West Virginia
(Unranked) (8-3)-Upset Pittsburgh at home on Friday Night, 19-16. They have a tough game next week at Rutgers.

Conference Breakdown

1. PAC-10 (six)
2. ACC (four)  
3. SEC (three)
3. MWC (three)
3. BIG TEN (three)
3. BIG EAST (three)
7. BIG 12 (one)
7. WAC (one)
7. C-USA (one)

Conference Power Rankings

1. SEC —Is there really any doubt? Maybe the Pac-10 could challenge them, but honestly the SEC is clearly the best conference in college football. They may have only three ranked teams, but they will have 10 bowl eligible teams this year. Not to mention they have the clear No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. They have a bunch of teams very close to being ranked.

2. Pac-10
—There is so much depth and parity in this conference. They really have six excellent teams. There could easily be a five-way tie for second place.

3. MWC
—Clearly best Non-BCS conference, actually better than most BCS conferences. I'm sure you may have doubts, but remember Utah-Alabama last year? TCU is better than that team, much better. Boasts an undefeated 2-0 record in BCS bowls (thanks to Utah).

4. Big Ten
 —Has depth, but overall is mediocre; they get credit for solid OOC wins over Arizona and Air Force.

5. Big East
- Plays a ridiculously easy OOC schedule overall, but Cincinnati did beat Oregon State earlier in the year

6. ACC
- Got absolutely owned by the SEC this week.

7. Big 12
—Only one good team; Texas. No one else is even worthy of being ranked in the top 25. May be better than Big 10, ACC or Big East, but have they done anything to prove it? What is their best Non-conference win this season?


Please post any comments below! Let me know what you think about these rankings.

What do you totally disagree with? Please let me know!

Thanks for reading, everyone!


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