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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 11

Rick Gagliano | Through games of November 14, 2015

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Ohio State 10-0
2. Clemson 10-0
3. Alabama 9-1
4. Iowa 10-0
5. Oklahoma State 10-0
6. Notre Dame 9-1
7. Oklahoma 9-1
8. Florida 9-1
9. TCU 9-1
10. Michigan State 9-1
11. North Carolina 9-1
12. Houston 10-0
13. Baylor 8-1
14. Michigan 8-2
15. Stanford 8-2
16. Navy 8-1
17. Utah 8-2
18. Florida State 8-2
19. Wisconsin 8-2
20. Oregon 7-3
21. San Diego State 7-3
22. Georgia 7-3
23. LSU 7-2
24. Bowling Green 8-2
25. Washington State 7-3

--- Week 11 Notes below ---


Week 11 Notes:

PAC-12 Turmoil

Five teams remain undefeated after week 11, those being Ohio State, Clemson, Iowa, Oklahoma State and Houston, all winners this past Saturday, though all of them were tested by gritty opponents.

At this point of the season, most teams have matured and are playing good, fundamental sound football, many of them having fixed problems that led to losses earlier in the season.

Witness especially, teams in the PAC-12, which was demonstrably competitive, with Washington State knocking off UCLA, Arizona downing Utah and Stanford losing at home to Oregon, 38-36, the Ducks finally returning to the Top 25 with a 7-3 mark at #20 this week, while sending Stanford tumbling from #8 to #15.

Also of note the SEC, where there are no undefeated teams, the ultimate showdown in the SEC championship ostensibly headed to a showdown between Alabama and Florida, both 9-1, the winner almost certain to be one of the four chosen teams to compete for the national championship.

In the Big 12, only one team remains unbeaten - Oklahoma State - though they barely survived a trip to Iowa State with a 35-31 win. The 10-0 Cowboys better buckle up, because they meet Baylor this week and close out the regular season the following Saturday against arch-rival Oklahoma, the Sooners coming off a 44-34 win at Baylor, sending the Bears to their first loss of the season. It's safe to say that the Big 12 may well end in a two-or-three-way tie, with the Cowboys, Sooners, Bears and TCU Horned Frogs all in the mix. Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU each have one loss, but, without a conference championship game, the conference may end up not being represented in the national four-team playoff.

In the Big Ten, huge games are up on the slate the next two weeks for the Buckeyes. They host Michigan State this Saturday, then travel to the Big House in Michigan for their annual meeting with the Wolverines. Both the Spartans and Wolverines have one conference loss, so, a win over Ohio State by either should land them in the conference championship game with the Buckeyes on the outside looking in as runners-up in the East division.

In the Big Ten West, Iowa narrowly defeated Minnesota, 40-35, to remain unbeaten at 10-0. The Hawkeyes finish with Purdue the weekend and on the road at Nebraska. A win in either game would clinch the division title, the Hawkeyes already having defeated Wisconsin, their closest pursuer, at 5-1 in conference games.

As the season winds down into bowl season, we are once again reminded just how inadequate the system is. A four-team, two-game "tournament" falls well short of expectations. Currently, there are 14 teams with either zero or one loss. In two weeks, that number will likely be whittled down to seven, eight, or nine. Who is to say that three to five of these teams could not be national champions?

There are 10 conferences in Division 1-A. A more favorable system would include the champions of the six major conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12, SEC, and Mountain West) with play-in games for the Mid-American, Sun Belt, Conference USA and American Athletic, leaving eight teams after the play-in games, and a path of three games to capture the national championship. How to deal with the independents (Notre Dame, BYU and Army) is a matter for conjecture, but having to play three games in three weeks could still keep the bowl structure largely intact while ensuring that a true champion is crowned in early January.

Side note: Teams to watch include North Carolina, Navy and San Diego State, with win streaks of nine, four and five games, respectively. All are playing at very high levels and are possibly headed to their various conference championship games.

Copyright 2015, 2016, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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