Blogpoll: Week 12

By Chris Lauderback on November 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

This week's rough draft ballot is pretty static to last week thanks to no significant upsets Saturday. In fact, our top 16 remain unchanged.

Next week will obviously be a different story with some great games on the slate. First and foremost, the Texas Tech v. Oklahoma tilt will answer some questions.

Another big game sees Michigan State travel to State College to take on Joe Pa. There's also Utah v. BYU and of course, Ohio State hosts Michigan.

Anyway, not a lot to discuss this week but give us a shout if you think we've got it all wrong.

1 Texas Tech Bye week. Next up: @ Oklahoma --
2 Alabama The Tide led just 12-7 at the break but scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to run away from Mississippi State 32-7 in Tuscaloosa. The 'Bama defense held the Bulldogs to 35 yards rushing and 2/12 third downs. Next up: Auburn. --
3 Florida Herban handed the OBC his worst loss ever, as a coach or player, in a 56-6 heel stomping of the Gamecocks. The Gator D forced 4 TO and held SC to 1/15 third downs. Tebow of Nazareth threw for 2 TD and ran for another while Harvin ran for 167 yards and 2 scores on only 8 carries. --
4 Southern Cal The Trojans were tied at 17 midway through the 3rd Qtr but scored 4 straight TD to beat Stanford 45-23. Stafon Johnson ran for 115 yards and 2 scores. Next up: Notre Dame. Can we get a 50 point win, please? --
5 Texas Colt McCoy's 255 passing, 78 rushing and 3 TD led Texas past Kansas 35-7. The win gives Texas their 8th consecutive 10-win season tying with the '85-'92 'Canes for the second longest streak all-time. Next up: Texas A&M. --
6 Oklahoma Bye week. Next up: Texas Tech --
7 Penn State PSU scored 24 unanswered points to turn a 10-7 halftime edge into a 34-7 win over Indiana. Daryl Clark got back on track with 240 yards passing and a TD while the D held IU to 57 yards passing and 2/15 on third down. --
8 Boise State Ian Johnson tied LaDanian for most rushing TD in WAC history (53) in a 45-10 win over the Vandals. Next up: @ Nevada. --
9 Utah Utah moved to 11-0 with a 63-14 win over San Diego State. The Utes converte 13 of 14 third downs and QB Brian Johnson threw 5 TD passes. Next up: BYU. --
10 Ohio State The Deer and the Steer led OSU with a combined 253 and 2 TD and OSU scored 23 points off turnovers / special teams in the 30-20 win. Next up: I think it's Michigan. --
11 Oklahoma State The Cowboys turned back Colorado 30-17 in Boulder behind Zac Robinson's 278 total yards (2 TD) and Kendall Hunter's 9th game over 100 yards rushing. Next up: Oklahoma 11/29. --
12 Missouri Mizzou scored over 50 for sixth time this year routing Iowa State 50-20 in Ames to capture the Big12 North title. Next up: Kansas 11/29. --
13 Georgia Georgia flirted with defeat but a defensive stand culminating in a last second incompletion allowed the Dawgs to escape with a 17-13 road win over Auburn. UGA is 30-4 on the road under Richt. Moreno: 131, Stafford: 215, 2 TD, Green: caught game winner with 8:24 left. --
14 Brigham Young Max Hall threw for 354 and 2 TD in a 38-24 win over Air Force. Next up: @ Utah. --
15 Ball State Ball State led just 17-13 over Miami at the half but got 2 TD runs from MiQuale Lewis in the second half to pull away 31-16. Lewis ran for 165, making it 8 games over the century mark this season. --
16 Michigan State Bye week. Next up: @ Penn State. --
17 TCU Bye week. Next up: Air Force UP1
18 LSU LSU scored 30 4th Qtr points to come back and beat Troy 40-31 in Baton Rouge. LaFell hauled in 12 passes for 126 yards and a score. UP1
19 Pittsburgh Bye week. Next up: @ Cincy. UP2
20 Cincinnati The Bearcats overcame a 20-14 3rd Qtr deficit closing the game with 14 answered in a 28-20 win over Louisville. Next up: Pitt. UP2
21 Oregon State Beaver RB Jacquizz Rodgers blew up for 27/144 and a TD as Oregon State beat Cal 34-21 in Corvallis. Next up: @ Arizona. NR
22 Oregon Jeremiah Masoli threw for 298 and 2 scores in Oregon's 55-45 win over Arizona. The Ducks built a 48-17 lead before surrendering for late touchdowns to make it look close. TOP: Oregon 18:14, Arizona 41:46. NR
23 Maryland The Terps became the only team in the country with 4 wins over ranked teams after a 17-15 win over UNC. Da'Rel Scott ran for 129 yards and a TD as the Terp offense built a 27-11 edge in first downs. Next up: Florida State. NR
24 North Carolina The UNC offense managed just 11 first downs in 17-15 loss to Maryland. QB Cameron Sexton stunk it up with a 10/24, 1 TD, 1 INT performance while the D surrendered a 19 play drive capped with Maryland's game winning 26 yard field goal. DOWN7
25 Miami (Florida) The Canes moved to 7-3 with a 16-14 win over Virginia Tech. The win was their fifth in a row, giving them their longest win streak since 2005. NR

DROPPED OUT: Florida State (#20), South Carolina (#23), Tulsa (#24).