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Monday, November 12, 2012
College Football Power Rankings - Week 11

By ESPN.com staff

How did Week 11's results affect this week's ESPN Power Rankings?

The computers still favor Kansas State over Oregon at No. 1. Human polls, including our Power Rankings voters, choose the Ducks.

Texas A&M catapulted into the top 10 on the heels of its win at Alabama, while the Tide fell to No. 4, just ahead of Ohio State.

Michigan, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech enter this week's top 25.

1. Oregon (10-0)

Will Oregon's stretch run give it the boost in the computer rankings to overtake Kansas State? Or will it prove to be the Ducks' undoing? It begins on Saturday against Stanford in Eugene.

2. Kansas State (10-0)

Collin Klein showed no ill effects from last week's concussion, seeing Kansas State to a 23-10 win over TCU with 195 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Wildcats visit Baylor Saturday before heading into a bye week.

3. Notre Dame (10-0)

For the fifth time this season, Notre Dame didn't allow an offensive touchdown, as the Fighting Irish swept aside Boston College in a 21-6 win. They're 10-0 for the first time since 1993.

4. Alabama (9-1)

It was almost a surreal scene in Tuscaloosa, as Texas A&M did what no team was able to do against Alabama in 49 games, dropping 20 points on the Tide in the first quarter of a 29-24 win that put Bama's chances of defending its title on life support.

5. Ohio State (10-0)

Ohio State was off Week 11. The Buckeyes visit Wisconsin on Saturday.

6. Georgia (9-1)

Georgia found the end zone on its first four possessions in a 38-0 win at Auburn to secure its place in the SEC championship game in comfortable fashion. The Dawgs finish the regular season with visits from Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.

7. LSU (8-2)

The Tigers improved to 19-1 under Les Miles in games following a loss, as LSU beat Mississippi State 37-17 in Baton Rouge. The Tigers finish the regular season with Ole Miss at home followed by Arkansas on the road.

8. Florida State (9-1)

Florida State's comeback win at Virginia Tech on Thursday night leaves the Seminoles just a win over Maryland away from a place in the ACC championship game. They close the regular season against Florida.

9. Texas A&M (8-2)

Many anticipated Texas A&M's first season in the SEC was going to be a trial by fire but it's the Aggies who've set the league ablaze. Saturday's 29-24 win over Alabama was the Aggies' sixth road win this season.

10. Florida (9-1)

It was another sluggish performance by Florida, as the Gators struggled to secure a 27-20 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. With the SEC East title going to Georgia, the Gators can refocus their efforts on a BCS at-large berth.

11. Clemson (9-1)

The biggest Maryland fans outside College Park will be found in Clemson this week, as the Tigers need the Terrapins to beat Florida State to have a chance at reaching the ACC title game. For their part, the Tigers need to beat NC State on Saturday.

12. South Carolina (8-2)

The Gamecocks won at least eight games for the third straight season, marking the first time that's happened in 110 years of football in Columbia. South Carolina will play Wofford next before ending its regular season at rival Clemson.

13. Stanford (8-2)

The Cardinal face three ranked opponents to close out the season. They passed their first test with a win over Oregon State, but it won't get any easier the next two weeks with road games at Oregon and UCLA.

14. Oklahoma (7-2)

Oklahoma fans already have seen enough losses at Memorial Stadium for one season -- if not more -- and the Sooners didn't add to it, holding off Baylor in a 42-34 win that saw Bob Stoops pass Bud Wilkinson on OU's career victory list.

15. Oregon State (7-2)

The Beavers won the turnover battle at Stanford 4-1. But their lone mistake was a big one, as Cody Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in the go-ahead score for the Cardinal. Oregon State hosts Cal on Saturday.

16. Nebraska (8-2)

The Huskers just don't know when to quit. For the second straight week and for the fourth time this season, Nebraska came back to win after trailing by double digits in the second half. This time, the unlucky team was Penn State.

17. UCLA (8-2)

Brett Hundley passed for three touchdowns in UCLA's 44-36 win over Washington State. Jim Mora became the first UCLA coach since Terry Donahue in 1976 to win eight games in his debut season.

18. Texas (8-2)

Texas paid tribute to legendary coach Darrell Royal, who passed away last week at the age of 88, by lining up in the Wishbone. The Longhorns honored his memory even more with a convincing win over Iowa State in Austin.

19. USC (7-3)

Marqise Lee made sure USC wouldn't drop three straight, carrying the Trojans' offense with 10 catches for 161 yards and one TD against Arizona State. USC will end its season against two ranked opponents: at UCLA and home for Notre Dame.

20. Louisville (9-1)

The Cardinals' perfect season ended abruptly at Syracuse. Louisville allowed a season-high 45 points to the Orange, including 278 yards on the ground. The Cards get a bye to regroup and will host UConn on Nov. 24.

21. Louisiana Tech (9-1)

The Bulldogs have won four straight since a tough loss to Texas A&M in mid-October. Kenneth Dixon set a single-season freshman record for TDs (25) as La. Tech beat Texas State for its 10th straight win in the WAC.

22. Rutgers (8-1)

The Scarlet Knights are the only undefeated team in the Big East and can earn their first conference title with victories at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and at home vs. Louisville in the season finale.

23. Michigan (7-3)

In his second career start, Devin Gardner showed remarkable poise in leading Michigan to an overtime win over Northwestern. Gardner ran for the winning TD and also threw for 286 yards and two TDs.

24. Oklahoma State (6-3)

QB Clint Chelf's first start was a good one, as he threw for 292 yards and four TDs against WVU. Josh Stewart had a career-high 172 receiving yards for the Cowboys, who face two ranked teams in Texas Tech and Oklahoma the next two weeks.

25. Texas Tech (7-3)

Seth Doege was 45-of-59 for 476 yards and three TDs, and the Red Raiders ended a two-game losing streak with a double overtime victory over Kansas. Tech closes out the season at Oklahoma State before hosting Baylor in its finale.

Also receiving votes: Northern Illinois 15, Kent State 15, Wisconsin 15, UCF 9, Utah State 6, Mississippi State 6, Northwestern 5, Toledo 4, Fresno State 2, Washington 2, Arizona 1, San Diego State 1, Boise State 1