Similar to week 6, week 11 was an eventful weekend. The playoff committee will have a semi-tough task picking a top 4 this week, which I'm sure will have two new teams in it (even though it was some big games, none of which were true upsets). Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Auburn were all favorites but the opponents they lost to were quality opponents, Auburn being the only one losing to an unranked opponent. Four more weeks remain for most of these teams, let's see who can weather the storms.

Fan-i 25

A very cleaver sign by the Sun Devil fans. Arizona State is known for being one of the best party schools in America. For the first time in a long time they  also have one of the best college football teams in America. (Bruce Yeung/SI)

A very cleaver sign by the Sun Devil fans. Arizona State is known for being one of the best party schools in America. For the first time in a long time they  also have one of the best college football teams in America. (Bruce Yeung/SI)

  1. Florida State (9-0) LW 1, W 34-20 Virginia

  2. Mississippi State (9-0) LW 2, W 45-16 UT-Martin

  3. Oregon (9-1) LW 4, W 51-27 @ #22 Utah

  4. Alabama (8-1) LW 6, W 20-13 OT @ #21 LSU

  5. Baylor (8-1) LW 9, W 48-14 @ #18 Oklahoma

  6. Ohio State (8-1) LW 10, W 49-37 @ #3 Michigan State

  7. Arizona State (8-1) LW 11, W 55-31 #7 Notre Dame

  8. TCU (8-1) LW 13, W 41-20 #8 Kansas State

  9. Michigan State (7-2) LW 3, L 37-49 #10 Ohio State

  10. Nebraska (8-1) LW 12, BYE

  11. Auburn (7-2) LW 5, L 38-41 Texas A&M

  12. Notre Dame (7-2) LW 7, 31-55 #11 Arizona State

  13. Marshall (9-0) LW 14, W 63-17 @ Southern Miss

  14. Kansas State (7-2) LW 8, L 20-41 @ #13 TCU

  15. Ole Miss (8-2) LW 15, W 48-0 Presbyterian

  16. Georgia (7-2) LW 16, W 63-31 @ Kentucky

  17. Clemson (7-2) LW 17, W 34-20 @ Wake Forest

  18. Duke (8-1) LW 19, W 27-10  @ Syracuse 

  19. UCLA (8-2) LW 20, W 44-30 @ Washington 

  20. Wisconsin (7-2) LW 24, W 34-16 @ Purdue 

  21. Texas A&M (7-3) LW NR, 41-38 @ #Auburn 

  22. ECU (6-2) LW 23, BYE

  23. Georgia Tech (8-2) LW NR, W 56-23 @ NC-State 

  24. Miami (6-3) LW 25, BYE

  25. Arizona (7-2) LW NR, 38-20 Colorado 

  • The one thing I noticed about this week was all the road games. 13 teams in this week's Fan-i 25 played on the road last Saturday: the most this season. 
  • Florida State and Mississippi State are the best two teams this season, both playing the most consistent football. They are two of the three remaining schools left, the third being Marshall, but they are playing much tougher opponents. Mississippi has the tougher road with two top 25 teams remaining on the schedule, Florida State has none. Both will have to worry about potential traps in their conference championship game.
  • Ohio State shocked me with their win against Michigan State. I was very sold on the Spartans and felt they would definitely get the job done at home. The Buckeyes are doing this without their starting QB and RB, but somehow is finding ways to win. Their only loss was against V.Tech at home, which was probably J.T. Barrett's worst game. He had his best game against the Spartans with 5 Total TDs. 
  • Arizona State is probably the sleeper team in the top ten. Their only loss came in week 5 against UCLA, but since then they have won 5 straight, 4 of which were against a ranked team. 
  • TCU is steadily making me a believer. TCU has been in the playoff conversation all season it seem like. After they defeated Oklahoma it just amplified the hype. This team looks to be more than hype though. If it wasn't for that hiccup against Baylor, they would still be undefeated. 

Baller of the Weekend

Ohio State season seemed to be over once the news broke out that Braxton Miller will be out for the season but J.T Barrett has shown that he is more than capable of getting the job done. Barrett had the best game of his young college career scoring 5 TDs on the road against a very tough Michigan State defense. Without Barrett, I'm not sure if the Buckeyes would have won this game or be in the thick of the playoff race, which is saying a lot. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State season seemed to be over once the news broke out that Braxton Miller will be out for the season but J.T Barrett has shown that he is more than capable of getting the job done. Barrett had the best game of his young college career scoring 5 TDs on the road against a very tough Michigan State defense. Without Barrett, I'm not sure if the Buckeyes would have won this game or be in the thick of the playoff race, which is saying a lot. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

QB, J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - 386 total yards 5 total TDs vs Michigan State

Honorable Mentions: 

  • RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn - 30 carries, 221 yards, 3 TDs vs Texas A&M 
  • RB Aaron Green, TCU - 18 carries, 171 yards, TD vs Kansas State 
  • RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin  - 25 carries, 205 yards, TD vs Purdue

I'm not sure where this person has been for the past 10 years. The new playoff is a game changer but college games has always been more important than NFL games. The one good thing about the BCS was that it created a win or go home feel during the regular season. You knew that 1 loss could eliminate you from National Championship and two would completely eliminate you (unless you play in the SEC). 

I think it's safe to say that Jameis will be heading to the league after this season is over. Every week instead of talking about how great of a quarterback he is, we're forced to discuss some new breaking controversial story with him being the cover boy. I know Jameis isn't a saint and has made bad decision but to accuse him of point shaving is pathetic by the media. One thing you can't deny is that kid passion for the game, his team, and how much he wants to win. In order for a QB to perform "point shaving" I think bad throws would be needed and I don't see too many of them from Jameis. 

The Big 10 and SEC has had a bit of a rivalry in the recent years. Ohio State lost to LSU and Florida in back-to-back BCS title games, 2006 and 2007, which kindled this rivalry. The SEC is the better team, even though they do have  the advantage with 4 more teams in their conference. What really bothers me though is how both conferences' teams rarely plays one another. This season the two conferences split two games, LSU defeating Wisconsin 28-24, and Indiana upsetting Missouri 31-27. I can't think of many recent matchups between the two big heads of the conference, which to me is a problem. I think for one week, at least 4 games should include Big 10 vs SEC between the best and mediocre teams in the conference without that neutral site non-sense. 

This is the difference between Oregon and Utah. Premature celebrations are always a bad thing in the sport of football. We seen Desean Jackson do this in the NFL but I think this kid's mistake hurt much more. If Clay does hold onto the ball and scores, the Utes would have had 14-0 nothing lead on the Ducks, at home, with a ton of momentum. Instead the Ducks tie the ball and suck all life out of the Rice-Eccles stadium. Very unfortunate for the Utes and Kaelin Clay. 

Game to Watch: 

  • #1 Mississippi State @ #4 Alabama - Another test for the Bulldogs and another opportunity for the Tide to prove their dominance. Whoever wins this game will end up being #1 in the country, so expect chippiness. 
  • #2 Florida State @ Miami - If this was the early 2000s, then this would be a game between two top 5 teams but instead its a potential trap game for Seminoles. 
  • #11 Auburn @ #16 GeorgiaNo real playoff implications in this one but it should be a good SEC brawl. 
  • #10 Nebraska @ #20 Wisconsin - Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon combine for 2,751 yards and 36 TDs. Both will be playing on Sundays but Saturday it will be fun to see these two run the rock. 

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