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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Week 11 Top 25

1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. California
4. Texas
5. Louisville
6. Florida
7. Auburn
8. USC
9. Arkansas
10. Wisconsin
11. West Virginia
12. Rutgers
13. LSU
14. Tennessee
15. Boise State
16. Oklahoma
17. Georgia Tech
18. Wake Forest
19. Virginia Tech
20. Boston College
21. Maryland
22. Oregon
23. Nebraska
24. Texas A&M
25. Hawaii

Poor performances by Ohio State and Michigan, but they were expected as Illinois has proven that they can cause some problems, although they cannot get a win, and Michigan pretty much treated this game like a bye week in that they didn't show up. Nothing to be too concerned about, they are still the two best teams in the country and will be ready to go when they face each other in two weeks.

West Virginia falls after their loss at Louisville, they were overhyped to begin with as they played a weak schedule and had the respect of the media because they had beaten Georgia the year before, shows how much that was worth.

Tennessee falls from the ranks of the once beaten as LSU gets the job done in Knoxville. A great game that went back and forth at the end, one of the best games I've seen all year. Both teams made plays to win but Jamarcus Russell got it done in the end.

I've been riding with Cal for a while now and I don't see any reason to get off. Ever since the season opening loss to Tennessee they have been on fire and I don't think there are many other teams in the country that are playing at their level. They are so balanced on offense with Marshawn Lynch/Justin Forsett running and then you've got to deal with DeSean Jackson, Robert Jordan and Lavelle Hawkins in the air.

Texas is also playing great ball right now but I haeven't had the chance to watch them as much as I do Cal so I guess there's some West Coast bias in my poll. Numbers 3-12 are pretty much all interchangeable and with a lot of football still to be played it will be sorted out.

Louisville gets it done versus West Virginia and now they travel to Rutgers this week where another unbeaten will fall. I think Rutgers can get it done but not sure if they're ready for the big time yet. It will be interesting to see if Rutgers gets it done what happens with all the 1 loss teams out there.


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