Well that was quite a game last night. I'll keep the analysis and other looks back at that one to gbruins Morning After and IEAngel's Eye Test. But there are newly released rankings to share. There aren't any that rank awesome freshman performances, this will be a largely Myles Jack-less post.
In the Pac-12, the big game of the week - and the season - saw Stanford beat the hell out of the Ducks for 3 quarters in Palo Alto before a 4th quarter Oregon comeback made the game look respectable. The final score was 26-20, but the game never felt that close. Stanford moved up one spot, to #5 in both major polls. Oregon dropped behind Stanford, to 6th in the AP poll and 7th in the Coaches', falling just behind Clemson.
In another strong 3 quarter performance, Utah was well on its way to subjecting ASU to a rough loss at its Rice-Eccles house of horrors. And then Dennis Erickson showed the sort of playcalling philosophy that he taught Noel Mazzone during their shared past tenure in the desert. The Utes went conservative as the Sun Devils came back from a 19-7 deficit, scoring the go-ahead TD and forcing a pair of Travis Wilson INT's with under 3 minutes remaining to seal a 20-19 win. ASU moved up a pair of places in both polls, to 21/22.
As much as I hate to say it, Southern Cal played an impressive game yesterday in Berkeley. Of course it was against a horrid Cal squad, but a 62-28 final score can't really be argued with too much. Nelson Agholor returned 2 punts for TD's while Ed Orgeron strengthened his case to earn the head coaching job permanently. Honestly, I am surprised that they didn't sneak back into the top-25 on the strength of their performances since Coach O took over. Washinton also failed to move back to the top-25 after beating a conference backmarker. The Huskies warmed up for this week's visit to the Rose Bowl by beating up on Colorado, 59-7 in Seattle.
Week 11 Rankings, starting with the AP:
|2||Florida State (3)||9-0||1,418||3|
|Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi 68, Minnesota 60, Nebraska 16, Duke 11, USC 10, Washington 9, Ball State 7, Virginia Tech 5, Brigham Young 3, Notre Dame 2, Houston 1|
And the Week 10 USA Today/Coaches rankings
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK||CHANGE||HI/LOW|
Southern Cal, Washington and Arizona also received votes in this week's Coaches' poll.
This evening will see the release of the Harris Poll and this week's BCS standing update. The Bruins will be looking to solidify that top-15 ranking and continuing to control the path to another South Division title on Friday night at the Rose Bowl against top-25 wannabe Washington.