Just like most of us expected from the week 14 college football rankings Associated Poll voters, we have a unanimous 1-2 combination at the top of the 2011 BCS Standings after the college football week 13 schedule. LSU (12-0) and Alabama (11-1) are currently locked in at the No.1 and No.2 spots respectively, and all signs are pointing to a rematch between these two teams in the 2012 BCS Title game. LSU held up their end of the deal when they destroyed the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday afternoon 41-17 and will now await the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama was able to maintain the course and stay right behind LSU with a 42-14 victory against Auburn on Saturday, in a game where running back Trent Richardson may have just wrapped up the Heisman Trophy Award by posting 203 yards on 27 carries and added a 5-yard receiving touchdown as well, making him the college football odds on favorite to win the award at season’s end.
It seems like the potential 2012 BCS Title Game matchup between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide is set in stone because even if LSU were to lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, most college football predictions experts believe that LSU would slide down no farther No.2 and would still move on to the national championship game. These are clearly the best two teams in the country and they are in a different league than everyone else because of their defense. The next team in the 2011 week 14 college football rankings is Oklahoma State (11-1), who moved up to No.3 in the Top 25 during an off week, taking advantage of Arkansas (10-2)’ fall from No.3 to No.6 after their loss to LSU on Friday. Stanford (11-1) is still the No.4 team in the country as they sit just five points behind Oklahoma State, while Virginia Tech (11-1) completes the Top 5.
The Houston Cougars (12-0) are the only other undefeated team in NCAA Division 1 football and they will put their rankings and their perfect record on the line against No.24 Southern Mississippi (10-2) in the Conference USA title game on Saturday, with a chance to earn their first BCS bid, and the MAC Conference’s first ever berth in the Bowl Championship Series. The Oregon Ducks (10-2) are sitting at the No.8 spot after their Civil War Rivalry victory, while Boise State (10-1) and USC (10-2) are tied for ninth in the super tight AP Poll Rankings, where only seven points separate No.6 Arkansas and No.9 Boise State. There are a few college football picks showdowns this upcoming weekend that could shuffle around the middle of the rankings and these matchups include No.11 Michigan State (10-2), who will take on No.15 Wisconsin (10-2) in the Big Ten title game on Saturday. No.13 Oklahoma (9-2) visits Oklahoma State, with the winner earning the 2011 Big 12 Title. At No.14 is South Carolina (10-2), which makes a total of five SEC teams in the week 14 college football rankings. Several Big 12 and Big Ten teams round out the Top 20 as No.16 Kansas State (9-2) is followed by Michigan (10-2), TCU (9-2), Baylor (8-3) and Nebraska (9-3). The 2011 season is almost a thing of the past, but with so many bowl games still to come, we have plenty of college football predictions match-ups left throughout the next few weeks. So don’t stop following now because it gets better from her on out.
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Week 14 College Football Rankings
1 LSU (60)
3 Oklahoma State
5 Virginia Tech
9 Boise State
11 Michigan State
14 South Carolina
16 Kansas State
22 West Virginia
23 Penn State
24 Southern Miss
25 Florida State