COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Top 25 rankings
By North County Times | ∞
1. Alabama (11-0): Six-game losing streak vs. Auburn in Iron Bowl seems certain to end next week.
2. Texas Tech (10-0): Raiders are stormin' Norman with nation's third-best scoring offense, but Oklahoma is first.
3. Florida (9-1): Machine-like Gators handed ex-coach Spurrier the worst rout of his playing or coaching career.
4. Texas (10-1): Win by hated Sooners could allow 'Horns to win three-way tiebreaker for Big 12 South title.
5. Oklahoma (9-1): QB Sam Bradford's duel with Tech's Graham Harrell might decide the Heisman Trophy.
6. USC (9-1): The cards just aren't lining up for the Trojans to play in the BCS championship game.
7. Utah (11-0): Annual tilt with BYU is a holy war even when a BCS bowl isn't at stake.
8. Penn State (10-1): Victory over Michigan State would clinch first Rose Bowl berth since the 1994 season.
9. Boise State(10-0): Watch out, Broncos ---- Nevada and its top-ranked rushing attack won't be a walkover.
10. Ohio State (9-2): With Michigan at 3-8, one of college football's greatest rivalries is an afterthought this year.
11. Georgia (9-2): Bulldogs will need another week to come up with a plan to stop Georgia Tech's triple option.
12. Oklahoma State (9-2): Even if the Sooners beat Tech, they can't relax, not with the Cowboys armed for an ambush.
13. Missouri (9-2): With Washington poking around, Tigers reward coach Gary Pinkel with contract extension.
14. Ball State (11-0): Only 9-2 Western Michigan stands between the Cardinals and perfection.
15. Texas Christian (9-2): Kansas State would love for Gary Patterson to return to his alma mater as coach.
16. Brigham Young (10-1): Thanks, Channel 4 ---- BYU-Utah game is too big for just the mtn.
17. Michigan State (9-2): Workhorse RB Javon Ringer (32 carries per game) looking forward to some well-earned time off.
18. LSU (7-3): Was that really the reigning champs needing a miracle comeback to beat Troy at home last week?
19. Cincinnati (8-2): Raise your hand if you picked the Bearcats to be leading the Big East in late November.
20. Pittsburgh (7-2): Panthers still kicking themselves over season-opening loss to Bowling Green.
21. Oregon State (7-3): Run for the Roses is nearly complete ---- only Arizona and Oregon are left.
22. Maryland (7-3): Does anyone want to win the ACC? Hit-and-miss Terps take their turn at the top.
23. North Carolina (7-3): Playing without its starting QB and top playmaker finally caught up with the Tar Heels.
24. Georgia Tech (8-3): Anyone catch the license plate number of that truck that plowed over Miami on Thursday?
25. Oregon (8-3): Ducks have two weeks to prepare for what should be a classic Civil War vs. the Beavers.
---- Brian Hiro