LSU Tigers fan hold up a sign about a rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championshp during the 2011 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings: LSU Completes Dominant, Undefeated Season

The Week 15 rankings are out with LSU alone on top after completing a 13-0 season with eight wins over ranked teams.

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College Football Rankings: LSU Tops Final Regular Season Polls, Shake Ups Follow

The 2011 college football regular season has come to an end. All the games are done and the conference champions have been determined and now get a look at how the voters for the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll set the rankings. The LSU Tigers completed their undefeated season with a dominant win in the SEC Championship Game and are the nation's top team by a long shot.

LSU not only went undefeated this season, but eight of their 13 wins came against teams that finished ranked in the top 25. They beat the nation's No. 2 team, Alabama, and now will likely get a rematch against the Crimson Tide in the BCS Championship Game. Alabama was the only team to give the Tigers a close game.

The Tide's only loss came in an overtime game to the dominant LSU Tigers which secures them in the second spot in the rankings. There's a chance, albeit slim, that the Oklahoma State Cowboys (3) will leapfrog Alabama and earn a shot at LSU in the BCS Title Game. The Bowl Selection show is Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. MT.

Oklahoma State broke a nine-game losing streak to their rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, to win the annual Bedlam Game and secure the Big 12 Title. The Cowboys beat the Sooners 44-10.

The other big shake up at the top of the polls was the surprise loss by the Houston Cougars to the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, 49-28, in the Conference USA Today Championship Game. The Cougars lost their chance at a BCS Bowl game and fell to 18 in USA Today rankings.

The final week in the Pac-12 was highly predictable. The Oregon Ducks romped the UCLA Bruins 49-31 in the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game. The Ducks finish the season ranked fifth in the USA Today Rankings and head to the Rose Bowl to face the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers beat the Michigan State Spartans in another thrilling game between these two Big Ten competitors. 

The top of the USA Today Coaches Poll is: 

  1. LSU 
  2. Alabama 
  3. Oklahoma State 
  4. Stanford 
  5. Oregon 
  6. Boise St.
  7. Arkansas
  8. Wisconsin
  9. So. Carolina
  10. Kansas State

The AP rankings have the same top three with LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma State. The margin between the second and third spots, however is small. The Crimson Tide have 1,418 points compared to 1,400 for the Cowboys. That leaves the slightly door open for Okla. St. going to the BCS Championship Game. 22 AP voters switched from Alabama to Oklahoma State at No. 2.


The top of the AP is (full ranking here): 

  1. LSU 
  2. Alabama 
  3. Oklahoma State 
  4. Stanford 
  5. USC
  6. Oregon 
  7. Arkansas
  8. Boise St.
  9. Wisconsin
  10. So. Carolina

College Football Rankings: LSU Dominates Stable Polls Headed Into Final Week

Week 13 of the college football season saw plenty of bad blood spilled in rivalry games all over the country, but we did not see any of the upsets that created such havoc with the rankings last week. The Week 14 USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll surely reflect that stability at the top of the college football rankings with the LSU Tigers (1) easily handling the previously third-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks and staying on top of the pile.

Arkansas fell to no. 6 in the AP poll with the loss while LSU remains in firm control of the rankings with only the SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs next week standing in the way of their undefeated season and a trip to the BCS Title Game.

In the Iron Bowl, the Alabama Crimson Tide had no problem beating the Auburn Tigers by the score of 42-14. Alabama stays at the second spot in the polls and will almost certainly get their chance to face LSU again. Aren't you excited to see how the kickers do?

Elsewhere at the top of the ladder the Stanford Cardinal outclassed the Notre Dame Irish and are ranked no. 4 while the Virginia Tech Hokies had an impressive 38-0 win over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Hokies jumped to the fifth spot in the AP with the win.

In the Pac-12, the Oregon Ducks trounced Oregon State 49-21 in the Civil War game. The USC Trojans proved their control over the Pac-12 South Division with a 50-0 stomping of the UCLA Bruins. We won't get to see the Trojans in the postseason however, due to sanctions. And in the Apple Cup, Washington beat Washington State, 38-21, in a game that had little meaning outside the state.

The top ten of the AP now looks like this: LSU (1), Alabama (2), Oklahoma State (3), Stanford (4), Virginia Tech (5), Arkansas (6), Houston (7), Oregon (8), Boise State and USC tied (9). 


Read more: Dennis Erickson Out At ASU?



College Football Rankings: BCS Chaos Reflected In Polls; LSU Secure On Top

Upsets galore in college football in Week 12 have decimated the BCS standings and the AP and USA Today College Football Coaches Poll will certainly reflect that. The rankings reflect the defeat of previously undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys who fell from the no. 2 spot in the polls to sixth after a stunning overtime loss to Iowa State. 

That wasn't the only top-ranked team in college football to fall this week. The Oklahoma Sooners, previously no. 5, fell to a very good Baylor Bears team. The Sooners are now ranked no. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The AP poll will be released later on Sunday and we will provide those results immediately after they are available.

The fun didn't stop there as the door to the BCS Championship game that opened for the Oregon Ducks was slammed shut by Matt Barkley and his USC Trojans who have come on strong late in the season but are ineligible for postseason play due to sanctions. Oregon is now ranked ninth after snapping a 21-game win streak at Autzen.

Even the Clemson Tigers (fell from 8 to 17) were embarrassed 37-13 by N.C. State. That makes a total of four teams in the top ten that lost in this week of upsets.

At the top of the heap, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide both easily rolled over their cupcake opponents (Mississippi and Georgian Southern) and seem headed for a rematch in the BCS Championship Game. But first LSU has to get through Arkansas next week and Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The fun is far from over.

Here's the top five from the USA Today Coaches Poll with the full ranking here. We will post the AP rankings shortly.

LSU (1), Alabama (2), Arkansas (3), Virginia Tech (4), Stanford (5).


College Football Rankings: LSU And Oklahoma State On Top As Stanford Falls

Another exciting week for college football is in the books and now we will look at how the polls and rankings shake out. The USA Today Coaches poll is first up on Sunday morning with the AP poll set to drop later in the day. We'll update those rankings as they are released but it's pretty obvious that LSU will stay on top and Oklahoma State will jump to the second spot thanks to Stanford losing to Oregon.

The big shake up this week at the top of the college football rankings comes with the decisive beating the Oregon Ducks put on the Stanford Cardinal on the road. The Cardinal blew their shot at a possible BCS Championship bid and now will likely not even get a chance to win the Pac-12 Conference title. The Ducks won in a 53-30 blowout and were rewarded with a jump in the polls to No. 4 while the Cardinal fall to No. 9. Oregon's only loss came in Week 1 to LSU.

The other top undefeated team, Boise State, also fell but this time in the final seconds. The Broncos, thanks to a very favorable pass interference call, had a chance to beat TCU with a field goal but for the second-straight year couldn't put the ball through the uprights when it mattered most. Boise State fell to No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll with the loss.

Those results leaves the LSU Tigers (1) and Oklahoma State Cowboys (2) as the only undefeated teams other than the surprising Houston Cougars who jumped to the ten spot. Both the Tigers and Cowboys took care of business against much lesser opponents and are headed for New Orleans BCS Championship Game meeting.

The Cowboys, however, will still have to go through rival Oklahoma on December 3 in the next huge college football game. Should the Cowboys fall, we could see a rematch between LSU and Oregon in a battle of offense vs. defense. That could be fun.

The only other ranked team in the Pac-12, USC, beat Washington 40-17. The Trojans, however, don't get ranked in the USA poll because they aren't bowl eligible due to sanctions. The Arizona State Sun Devils blew their chance to retake the Pac-12 South with their embarrassing loss to Washington State. Needless to say, the Devils aren't ranked.

Here's the top five in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The AP poll will be released later Sunday and we will provide those updates at that time.

LSU Tigers (1), Oklahoma State Cowboys (2), Alabama Crimson Tide (3), Oregon Ducks (4), Oklahoma Sooners (5).


College Football Rankings: Polls Shine On Stanford, LSU And Alabama Hold

The college football rankings are out for Week 10 and the polls certainly show some movement. The AP poll will be released later in the day. The USA Today Coaches Poll is out and gives us a picture of where the best teams in college football stand. 

At the top of the pile, LSU (1) and Alabama (2) both had a bye week in advance of their big meeting next week in Tuscaloosa. The Oklahoma State Cowboys (4) handled their business against a good Baylor team, 59-24.

In the game of the weekend, Andrew Luck used all his special powers to survive a Triple Overtime game, giving Stanford (3) the 56-48 win over UCS (20). The Cardinals jumped over the Cowboys with the win to take the third-spot in the Coaches Poll while the Trojans aren't ranked due to their compliance troubles.

The big upset in the top teams was the Clemson Tigers (previously no. 6) falling to Georgia Tech, 31-17. The polls punished the Tigers by dropping them to 12th.

There were two more games featuring top teams squaring off and in both cases we saw blowouts. The Michigan State Spartans got pummeled by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 24-3. Michigan State fell to 16 while Nebraska jumped to no. 9. And Oklahoma avenged their loss from last week by putting it to the Kansas State Wildcats, 58-17. The Sooners are ranked 7th now while the Wildcats fell to 19th.

In the Pac-12, the Oregon Ducks started slow but turned on the jets in the second half and ran away from Washington State, 43-28. The Ducks are now no. 6 in the Coaches Poll. And of course, here in Arizona we saw ASU pummel Colorado and as a result they climbed two spots to 18th.

The AP poll will be released later in the day. We'll provide an update when it comes out.


College Football Rankings: Oklahoma And Wisconsin Upsets Top Of Polls

Finally, after weeks of all the top teams winning, we see some upsets to the powerhouses in college football. You better believe those losses at the top of the rankings are reflected in the polls as well. The big upsets came to the (previously) third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners who fell to Texas Tech, 41-38 and (previously) fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers who were defeated by the Michigan State Spartans (15), 37-31. The USA Today Coaches poll dropped the Sooners to no. 9 and the Badgers fell to no. 11. The AP poll is coming later in the day.

Those losses opened the the door for Stanford (3), Oklahoma State (4), Boise State (5), Clemson (6), to climb and they did.  At the top of the college football rankings we saw the LSU Tigers (1) handily beat Auburn 45-10 and the Alabama Crimson Tide (2) rolled over Tennessee 37-6. The Tigers and Tide face each other in two weeks on November 5th, we can't wait.

In the Pac-12, the Arizona State Sun Devils had a bye week and climbed five spots to 20th in the coaches poll. The Stanford Cardinal proved they can not only beat good teams but destroy them. The pro-style offense in Palo Alto ran all over the Washington Huskies, 65-21.

The Oregon Ducks (7) had an easy time beating the Colorado Buffalo 45-2 who will travel to Tempe next week to face the rested Sun Devils.

Other upsets to ranked teams this week includes formerly 11th-ranked West Virginia falling to Syracuse in a big way, 49-23. Georgia Tech, previously no. 20, fell to Miami and Illinois, previously no. 23, lost to Purdue. All three teams were of course punished in the polls.

The full USA Today Coaches Poll is available here. AP rankings for Week 9 will be posted later once they are released.


ASU Football: Erickson On Ducks - "No Question In My Mind, We Can Beat Them"

Arizona State football coach Dennis Erickson was on with Gambo and Burns early this afternoon, and the two KTAR-AM hosts reviewed Saturday’s loss to Oregon with Erickson.

"There’s no question in my mind, we can beat them," Erickson said when asked if he learned enough about the Ducks to correct the mistakes that cost the Devils, and beat them next time.

"But we had our opportunity. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next six weeks? But we’ll see. I think we learned a lot from that game. I think we felt like we had a chance to win and we were positioned to win."

There may not be a next time this year. Oregon must go to Stanford in a battle of what figures to be top-10 teams later this season and win, and before that beat a very much improved Washington team on the road in Seattle before earning a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

ASU is in grand position to represent the Pac-12 South in that title game.

The Devils clearly caved in to the magnitude of the game and were affected by mental mistakes and key penalties, with the atmosphere at Autzen Stadium also more than they could handle, apparently.

"You get in a game like that, nobody has penalties on purpose," Erickson said. "We will talk about that (Tuesday) when we have our team meeting."

The good news is DE Junior Onyeali will be back for the Colorado game on Oct. 29, a game that means a lot to the sophomore from Denver. It’s a game the Devils should win handily the way the Buffaloes (1-6) have played this season.

Regarding the Oregon game, Erickson isn’t into moral victories. "We could have won the football game had we did some things right that we didn’t do… we didn’t do the little things that we needed to to win."


College Football Rankings: LSU, Alabama And Oklahoma Still Top Polls; ASU Falls

The USA Today Coaches poll is out for Week 8 and once again the best college football teams in the country took care of their business. (The AP rankings are again delayed this week but should be released soon.) LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma outscored their non-ranked opponents 137-31 proving once again how little parity there is in NCAA athletics. 

In a flurry of blowouts, the LSU Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 38-7. Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Mississippi Rebels, 52-7 and the Oklahoma Sooners handled the Kansas Jayhawks 47-17 to complete the top three domination. 

At home, the Arizona State Sun Devils were competitive for three quarters but let the game get out of hand in a typical flurry of Oregon Duck points. The Devils were ranked 18th going in and dropped to 25th in the coaches poll while the Ducks were No. 9 in the country and came out tied for eighth in USA Today.

No. 7 Stanford were a bit slow getting started but like most talented teams, they took over the second half and put away Washington State, 44-14. They remain fifth in the coaches poll.

The USA Today Coaches poll still puts Oklahoma on top with LSU (2) and Alabama (3) next. The rest of the top 10 are Wisconsin (4), Stanford (5), Oklahoma State (6), Boise State (7), Clemson (8t), Oregon (8t), Arkansas (10). ASU fell to 25th and Pac-12 brother, Washington appeared in the rankings at 24 thanks to their 5-1 record. We'll see how long that lasts once the Huskies face Stanford, Oregon and USC.

The AP Rankings will be added once they are released.


College Football Rankings: Oklahoma No. 1 In Coaches Poll; ASU Climbs To 20

It was a fairly routine week of college football and the rankings from the AP and USA Today Coaches polls reflect that. The LSU Tigers should stay on top of the AP poll after beating Florida, 41-11. Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over Vanderbilt, 34-0, and should hang on to the second spot. In a disappointing rivalry game (for the fans), the Oklahoma Sooners detroyed Texas in the Red River Rivalry, 55-17. 

In the Pac-12, the Oregon Ducks beat the California Golden Bears 43-15 but lost star running back LaMichael James with a dislocated elbow. They held at No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. The Stanford Cardinals are ranked No. 5 after they easily handled Colorado, 48-7.

As we well know, the Arizona State Sun Devils were 24th in the Coaches Poll and 22nd in AP rankings coming into this week. After a very impressive thumping of the Utah Utes on the road they jumped to 20th. ASU travels to Oregon to face the Ducks next week in a game that will be visited by ESPN's College Game Day show.

The USA Today Coaches Poll has Oklahoma (1), LSU (2), Alabama (3), Wisconsin (4) and Stanford (5) with ASU rising from 24 to 20. Oregon stayed at the nine spot.


College Football Rankings, Week 6: Pac-12 Powers Stanford, Oregon And Arizona State Ranked

This week in Pac-12 football was fairly uneventful. The two of the three AP ranked teams won and the third didn't play. At the top was the Stanford Cardinal (6) who easily took care of the UCLA Bruins, 45-19 but fell to the seven spot thanks mostly to Wisconsin's big win over Nebraska. Andrew Luck continued his brilliance with three touchdowns and a 193 passer rating with an incredible 85 percent (23-27) completion percentage. 

The Oregon Ducks (9) had the weekend off ahead of their Thursday game at Cal. They remain ranked ninth.

At home, the ASU Sun Devils got the win over the Oregon St. Beavers but were far from impressive in doing so. Brock Osweiler threw the ball away three times and was sacked four times but he also threw for two touchdowns and went 24-37. Most importantly, the Devils took control of the game and got the win, 35-10.

The Sun Devils were 25th going into the game and emerge 22nd thanks to the win.

USC fell out of the top 25 ranking last week after they were beat by ASU. They showed their defensive weakness by giving up a ton of points to the Arizona Wildcats in a shootout win (48-41). The biggest surprise was the Pac-12 South contender Utah losing to Washington and falling to 0-2 in the conference.

The USA Today's Coaches Poll has Stanford (4), Oregon (9) and Arizona State (24).


College Football Rankings, Week 6: Alabama Climbs And Wisconsin Sores

It was an upset-free week of college football at the top of the rankings. AP poll leader LSU Tigers (1) took care of Kentucky while the Oklahoma Sooners (2) destroyed poor Ball St. Completing the top three domination, Alabama Crimson Tide (3) had the toughest opponent in the Florida Gators (12) and came through with a big win (38-10). With these results to mull over, the AP bumped Alabama up to No. 2 putting them one spot higher than Oklahoma based on the quality of their win. LSU stays on top.

The Boise St. Broncos (4) easily rolled over Nevada but dropped to the fifth spot while Oklahoma State (5) had a bye week and are now ranked sixth. Those moves come thanks to the big win from Wisconsin who jumped to fourth in the AP poll.

The Badgers jumped from seventh to fourth thanks to the 48-17 beating they put on the Nebraska Huskers who were ranked eighth and are now 14th in the AP Poll.

These moves put the AP top 5 as LSU (1), Alabama (2), Oklahoma (3), Wisconsin (4), and Boise State (5). After that comes Oklahoma St. (6), Stanford (7), Clemson (8), Oregon (9) and Arkansas (10). (Here's the full AP top 25 list.)

The USA Today Coaches Poll tells a different story. They rank Oklahoma (1), Alabama (2), LSU (3), Stanford (4) and Wisconsin (5) at the top of their ranking.


College Football Rankings, Week 5: LSU Takes Over Top Spot With Big Win Over WV; ASU 25th After Beating USC

College football rankings for Week 5 are out and we have a new king of the pile. The AP poll moved the LSU Tigers to the number one spot while USA Today Coaches Poll has them second. LSU had the big win of the weekend with an impressive 47-21 victory over West Virginia who came into the game ranked 16th and left 22nd. The Oklahoma Sooners (2) got down early but managed to pull ahead of the Missouri Tigers and finish with a 38-28 win while Alabama (3) did their thing with a 38-14 win over previously 14th-ranked Arkansas (18).

In the Pac-12, Oregon (9) took care of the poor Arizona Wildcats while Stanford (6) had a bye week but dropped a spot behind Oklahoma St. (5). ASU knocked USC out of the rankings and took over No. 25 in the AP poll but isn't ranked by the Coaches Poll. ASU was the only unranked team to beat a ranked team this week.

The win over Pac-12 South division rival Southern Cal will be a signature moment for the Sun Devils season but only if they can follow it up with consistent play in the next few weeks. ASU played a very good game on both sides of the ball and more importantly didn't do anything to shoot themselves in the foot.


Read More: ASU Dominates USC, 43-22


The Devils had just six penalties (Dennis Erickson said one was on him) and no turnovers. They didn't even hurt themselves with the kicking game which was a nice treat. Not only did ASU snap an 11-year losing streak to USC but did so in convincing fashion that should (we hope) build confidence moving forward.

ASU hosts the lowly Oregon State Beavers (0-3, 0-1) next week and then follows that up with a big road game in Utah (2-1, 0-1) which very well could decide the Pac-12 South Division. 

Arizona continued their ridiculous schedule with their third top-10 ranked opponent in three weeks. Predictably, they were run off the field by the score of 56-31. The Wildcats travel to Los Angeles next week to face USC. 

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