- Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Johnny Manziel Tops Bama and Rankings
Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Johnny Manziel Tops Bama and RankingsJohnny "Football" Manziel, Texas A&M QB, beats Bama and wins the top spot in our rankings. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is second, and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson takes third.Tags: oregon
The question all season in college football seemed to be who would face Alabama in the national title game. Then, with one outstanding Saturday, Texas A&M freshman QB Johnny Manziel changed the discussion entirely. The man they call "Johnny Football" tossed a pair of touchdowns to lead the Aggies to an upset over the previously unbeaten Crimson Tide, throwing the BCS race into chaos and injecting himself into the Heisman discussion in the process.
Manziel's heroics were enough to beat out another outstanding freshman QB, Oregon's Marcus Mariota. The Ducks' first-year signal-caller tossed a career-high six touchdowns in Oregon's rout of Cal, keeping Mariota & Co. on track for a BCS title game appearance. The two college QBs garnered enough support to push pro QBs Drew Brees and Joe Flacco down to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively.
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2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.
Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Nov. 6-12
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Manziel isn't playing at the level his class suggest he should. The Texas A&M freshman quarterback did what no one else had been able to do this season -- he led his team to a victory over a then-No. 1 and undefeated Alabama squad. With the feat, Manziel became just the second freshman to win on the road against an AP No. 1 team since 1972. 2
Going from a very good redshirt freshman quarterback to a flat-out good QB is no easy task, but Oregon's Mariota is adjusting to his new role with ease. The freshman phenom had a career-high 377 passing yards and tied a school record with six touchdowns as the Ducks scored 50-plus points for the seventh time this season -- second only to Louisiana Tech's eight games with at least 50 points. 3
The man nicknamed "All Day" seems to be back to his pre-torn-ACL form these days. Peterson ran for an NFL-best 171 yards in Week 10, marking his fourth straight 100-plus-yard game and his fifth of the season with at least 100 yards. Peterson also has exceeded 1,000 rushing yards for the fifth time in his six-year career. 4
Messi scored for the 75th and 76th time this season in Barcelona's win over Mallorca. And these weren't just any goals; they were the goals that tied and surpassed arguably the greatest soccer player of all time, Pele, for the second-most goals in a calendar year. Does the feat solidify Messi as the best soccer player in the world? Well, that's for you to decide. 5
And the Pac-12 Player of the Week award goes to Ka'Deem Carey for his conference-record-setting performance of 366 rushing yards in a 56-31 win over Colorado. Carey carried 25 times and ran for five touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per carry. His big game also allowed him to move into the top spot on the Pac-12's rushing list with 1,381 yards, 21 ahead of Kenjon Barner. 6
It's been anything but a breeze for Brees this season. But the Saints quarterback has come on of late, especially in Week 10, when he led New Orleans to a victory over the previously unbeaten Falcons. In the win, Brees threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns, extending his own NFL record of consecutive games with a passing TD to 52. 7
Complete domination is the only way to explain what Flacco and the Ravens did to the Raiders. Flacco lead Baltimore to a franchise-record 55 points with a career-high 314 passing yards and three touchdowns while averaging a season-high 15 yards per pass attempt down the middle. His three TDs through the air came only after he ran into the end zone in the first quarter. 8
Welcome to Hollywood, Mike D'Antoni! The former coach of the Suns and Knicks was tabbed to coach the Lakers after the team fired Mike Brown last week and passed on 11-time champion Phil Jackson. After the shock of hearing that D'Antoni had been hired to take over the Lake Show, doubt among the masses set in that he is the right man to lead L.A. to the franchise's 17th NBA title. 9
Djokovic proved he's the current king of tennis as he finished the season right where he started it, with a big win. Djokovic won his second career ATP Tour title with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Roger Federer, pushing his 2012 record against the six-time tour champion to 3-2. To top it all off, Djokovic will end the year as the tour's top ranked-player. 10
Keselowski sat in second place down seven points to Jimmie Johnson heading into the race at Phoenix, but he will take a 20-point lead into the final race of the NASCAR season. In the top position heading into Miami, Keselowski controls his own destiny. If he takes care of business this weekend, he will become a Sprint Cup Series champion.
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