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LAist-CS Week 12 Rankings: Static

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Boise State is one remarkable football team. Seemingly oblivious to all the talk surrounding them, they just keep their heads down and play on. They had one hiccup against Louisiana Tech where they gave up three touchdowns, but they have shut down all other conference foes. Their latest victim was Fresno State who can be quite the tricky opponent. Ask the USC Trojans about that one - Reggie Bush needed a Heisman-clinching performance to remain undefeated. The last time this team lost was against TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23, 2008. Their last regular season loss at Hawaii on Nov. 23, 2007. Beyond the Smurf Turf and trick plays, they have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in all of college football.

Meanwhile the SEC has an identity problem. The conference as a whole touts their defense. “We’ve got the toughest defense in all the country,” SEC apologists might say. I’ve been watching their games a lot this season because suddenly they’ve become fun games to watch, and I’m wondering where all of this so-called defense is. All right, LSU can play good defense at times but where was that against Ole Miss? And Auburn’s defense? Oregon could find holes in that sieve without having to open their eyes.

I still think the SEC is the best conference just based on the eyeball test, however they are starting to come back down to earth. But in coming back down from the stratosphere, those days of 3-2 games seem to be gone this season. CBS’ Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson might not like it because they now have to work a little harder, but for the viewers at least it provides some entertainment that
doesn’t require heavy booze and barbiturates. Although heavy booze and barbiturates is always a go in my household.

1. TCU Horned Frogs (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West): With a bye this week and a fascinating match up against New Mexico, these Christians will be praying that Auburn and Oregon lose. (Last week: 1)
2. Oregon Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-10): They also took the week off to prepare for Arizona next week at home. Then they have the Civil War at Reser Stadium. (Last week: 2)
3. Auburn Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC): They got a week of rest, so to speak, even though the Cam Newton scandal still burns furiously. Friday is the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, perhaps their biggest test until the bowl game. (Last week: 3)
4. Boise State Broncos (10-0, 6-0 WAC): They could have had a hiccup against Fresno State, but they still did their thing beating the bulldogs 51-0 on the Smurf Turf. (Last week: 4)
5. Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10): Oregon had problems at Memorial Stadium. Stanford didn’t as they demolished Cal 48-14 in the Big Game. (Last week: 5)

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6. LSU Tigers (10-1, 6-1 SEC): My they sure do play very entertaining games which is saying something for the SEC. In a back-and-forth affair against Ole Miss, they finally pulled it out in the waning minutes of the game 43-46. (Last week: 6)
7. Wisconsin Badgers (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten): So they didn’t roll up 100 points in this game at the Big House against Michigan. (Last week: 7)
8. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-2 SEC): They got a bye before the Iron Bowl. Sure the bye came in the form of Georgia State playing their first season of football. (Last week: 8)
9. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten): This was another exciting game down the stretch, but the Buckeyes gained major brownie points going to Iowa and beating the Hawkeyes. (Last week: 9)
10. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-2, 5-2 SEC): It took them two overtimes, but they held off Mississippi State. (Last week: 11)
11. Michigan State Spartans (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten): It wasn’t pretty a win at home against Purdue - they had to score 22 points in the final quarter to pull out the game. (Last week: 12)
12. Nevada Wolfpack (10-1, 5-1 WAC): With their 52-6 rout of New Mexico State, the Wolfpack have their first 10-win season since 1991. (Last week: 13)
13. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1, 6-1 Big 12): With their win over hapless Kansas, their showdown with Oklahoma next week will determine the Big 12 South champion. (Last week: 14)
14. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-3, 5-3 SEC): With their 69-24 win over Troy, they should be prepared to face off against in-state rival Clemson next week. But a rematch against Auburn looms in the horizon. (Last week: 15)
15. Oklahoma Sooners (9-2, 5-2 Big 12): Their win over Baylor gives them hope for a Big 12 Championship Game berth. (Last week: 16)
16. Missouri Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12): Their regular season comes to an end against Kansas for what should be their first 10-win season since 2008. (Last week: nr)

BCS National Championship: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Boise State Broncos
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Sugar Bowl: Auburn Tigers vs. Stanford Cardinal
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. LSU Tigers