Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Power Rankings Week 12

Arkansas is at the top in my book in the SEC because of the way they have gone through their SEC schedule so far with strong wins over Auburn and Tennessee. Florida comes in at number 2 having played probably the toughest conference slate, but they have struggled in some games as a big favorite. In the next group, I have Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee next all with two losses, but capable of playing at the top level. Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama are three teams who have had disappointing seasons in many of their fans’ eyes. Kentucky became the ninth bowl eligible team in the SEC with a win over La-Monroe. The win may have also secured Rich Brooks a contract extension. The bottom of the SEC is really where its strength is displayed not at the top like usual. Vandy went into Athens and beat Georgia, Ole Miss nearly shocked LSU on Saturday, and Miss St thumped Alabama at their place just a few weeks ago.

1. Arkansas
2. Florida
3. Auburn
4. LSU
5. Tennessee
6. Georgia
7. South Carolina
8. Alabama
9. Kentucky
10. Vanderbilt
11. Ole Miss
12. Miss St

The top six of the ACC is bunched up together and any of these teams can knock off another. I have Georgia Tech number because of their overall ACC record at 7-1. BC comes in at two this week largely due to their thrashing of Maryland on Saturday. With a win Thursday and a Maryland win over Wake, the Eagles are headed to Jacksonville. Virginia Tech has won five straight since their loss to BC and has the most momentum going into the bowl season. Wake slips a little this week, but with a win over Maryland the go to the Championship Game. Maryland’s five game winning streak came to an end and they need some help from Miami to keep their title hopes alive. Clemson has been under the radar since their loss to Maryland, but beat Ga Tech soundly in mid-October. The bottom of the half of the ACC (except for Duke) is all very close together as well. FSU got a scare from Western Michigan, but is now bowl eligible for the 25th straight season. Virginia has turned a disappointing first half of the season into a chance for a .500 season with an upset of Va Tech this week. Miami is like a bruised fighter on a eight-count right now as the Canes have lost four of the last five since their season turned for the worse. North Carolina’s dominance of NC State continues; even though every year it seems the Pack have more talent. Duke is Duke and looks like puke right now.

1. Georgia Tech
2. Boston College
3. Virginia Tech
4. Wake Forest
5. Maryland
6. Clemson
7. Florida State
8. Virginia
9. Miami
10. North Carolina
11. NC State
12. Duke

Top 10
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. USC
4. Arkansas
5. Florida
6. Notre Dame
7. Louisville
8. West Virginia
9. Wisconsin
10. Texas

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