My Top 25 Power Rankings For Week 14 And Best Matchups
It is week 14 in college football and everything is just about set. This weekend we will crown a champion for the SEC, ACC, Pac 12, Big Ten, MAC and CUSA as they play there conference championship games. In my opinion college football polls can be very bias and have teams ranked to high or others ranked to low. For instance in the bcs rankings Oregon is ranked ahead of Stanford. Even though Stanford beat Oregon head to head and they will be playing this weekend for the Pac 12 title they have two losses but one of those losses is a non conference loss to Notre Dame. I took it upon myself to give a non bias top 25 and rank teams upon where they are deserve to be ranked. I also will give you the top games for this weekend as well.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS FOR WEEK 14
1. Notre Dame (12-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Georgia (11-1)
4. Florida (11-1)
5. Stanford (10-2)
6. LSU (10-2)
7. Texas A&M (10-2)
8. Oregon (11-1)
9. Ohio State (12-0)
10. South Carolina (10-2)
11. Kansas State (10-1)
12. Florida State (10-2)
13. Clemson (10-2)
14. UCLA (9-3)
15. Nebraska (10-2)
16. Oklahoma (9-2)
17. Kent State (11-1)
18. Utah State (10-2)
19. Northwestern (9-3)
20. Michigan (8-4)
21. San Jose State (10-2)
22. Vanderbilt (8-4)
23. Oregon State (8-3)
24. Penn State (8-4)
25. Northern Illinois (11-1)
TOP 12 GAMES FOR WEEK 14
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Atlanta, GA) - Alabama (11-1) vs Georgia (11-1)- This will be Alabama's 8th time playing in the SEC Championship game since 1992 and the first time facing Georgia the other 7 trips they played Florida. Meanwhile this will be Georgia second straight trip to the SEC Title Game as they took on LSU last year and lost 42-10. The winner of this game will go on to face Notre Dame in the bcs national title game in Miami, FL in January. This should be a great game, I am interested to see if Georgia can stand up to the physicality of Alabama on both sides of the ball.
PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - UCLA (9-3) at Stanford (10-2) - In his first year as head coach Jim Mora, Jr. has the Bruins in the Pac 12 title game. The Bruins have had a successful season especiallly getting a win over arch rival USC two weeks ago. But they are coming off a 35-17 lost at home to Stanford last week at home. Now the Bruins will have to travel to Stanford if they want to become Pac 12 champs. The Cardinal haven't lost at home this year.
Texas at Kansas State - With win Kansas State will win the Big 12 out right. The Wildcats should be chopping at the bits to get back on the field. The last time we saw them was two weeks ago getting dismantle by Baylor 52-24 the loss knocked the Wildcats out of the national title hunt. The Longhorns will be looking for the upset as they were upset by TCU last week on Thanksgiving Day in Austin.
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Detroit, MI) - Northern Illinois (11-1) vs Kent State (11-1) - These two teams went undefeated in conference play and both have impressive non conference victories over bcs conference teams with Kent State being the best as they beat Rutgers on the road in week 9 35-23 and Northern Illinois beating Kansas in week 4 30-23. The winner of this game could possibly get a bcs bowl berth for the first time for a MAC school.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Indianapolis, IN) - Nebraska (10-2) vs Wisconsin (7-5) - This is really a watered down Big Ten title game because Wisconsin finished third in the Big Ten Leaders division behind Penn State and undefeated Ohio State. But due to NCAA sanctions on both Penn State and Ohio State they can't play for the Big Ten title. This will be rematch of a week 5 contest where Nebraska overcame a 20-10 halftime deficit to beat the Badgers 30-27 in Lincoln.
Oklahoma (9-2) at TCU (7-4) - The Sooners can claim a share of the Big 12 title if Kansas State loses to Texas and they beat TCU. But they will still not go to a bcs bowl game because they lost to Kansas State head up. TCU will be looking for its second straight upset as the Horn Frogs beat Texas last week in Austin 20-13.
Here are some more games to keep your eye on this weekend.
(Thurs.) Louisville (9-2) at Rutgers (9-2)
CUSA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Central Florida (9-3) at Tulsa (9-3)
Oklahoma State (7-4) at Baylor (6-5)
Boise State (9-2) at Nevada (7-4)
Cincinnati (8-3) at Connecticut (5-6)
Middle Tennessee (8-3) at Arkansas State (8-3)
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