Who’s the best team in the country? More voters thought Alabama was deserving of the No. 1 spot, but Florida edged the Crimson Tide on overall points for this week’s No. 1 ranking. Texas, meanwhile, had to settle for No. 3, despite collecting two first-place votes.
The debate will rage on for now, but we’ll know for sure who’s more deserving of the top spot when the Gators and the Tide meet in Atlanta for the SEC championship game on Dec. 5.
Stanford is this week’s big winner, riding its win over USC to the No. 12 spot, while the Trojans tumbled from No. 10 to No. 22.
Oregon State and North Carolina are the new additions to this week’s rankings, checking in at No. 19 and No. 24, respectively.
Here are this week’s rankings:
|College Football Power Rankings – Week 11|
|1 (1)||Florida (6)||10-0||364||It was another efficient if unspectacular performance from Florida. Just don’t call it ho-hum. The Gators won their 20th straight in a 24-14 win over South Carolina, finishing their first perfect SEC regular season since 1996.|
|2 (3)||Alabama (7)||10-0||362||A visit to Mississippi State proved to be no trouble for Alabama. A couple of long TD passes from Greg McElroy and a couple of TD runs from Mark Ingram paired with a suffocating defensive performance powered the Tide in a 31-3 victory.|
|3 (2)||Texas (2)||10-0||354||The Longhorns led Baylor 40-0 at halftime before taking their foot off the pedal in a 47-14 win. The win was the 42nd for Colt McCoy as a starting QB, tying Georgia’s David Greene for the all-time FBS mark.|
|4 (4)||TCU||10-0||330||Try as Gary Patterson might, it’s hard not to look forward and envision the possible scenarios surrounding TCU’s future after a 55-28 win over Utah. The Horned Frogs have Wyoming and New Mexico remaining on their schedule.|
|5 (5)||Cincinnati||10-0||314||The Bearcats maintained their perfection but they were far from perfect in a 24-21 win over WVU. Tony Pike chipped in two touchdown passes in his brief cameo and backup RB Isaiah Pead ran for a career-high 175 yards and a TD for the Bearcats.|
|6 (6)||Boise State||10-0||298||The combination of Kellen Moore and Austin Pettis alone was too much for Idaho as the pair connected for four touchdowns in Boise State’s 63-25 romp. Moore tied a career high with five touchdown passes.|
|7 (7)||Georgia Tech||10-1||285||GT has been the closet the ACC has had to a sure thing, but even the Yellow Jackets flirted with disaster early against Duke, falling behind 10-0. But 49 unanswered points later, they earned the win and a place in the ACC title game.|
|8 (8)||Pittsburgh||9-1||264||Jonathan Baldwin (five catches, 142 yards) and Dion Lewis (152 yards rushing) each delivered highlight-reel TDs in Pitt’s 27-22 win over ND. Pitt visits WVU on Nov. 27, but the one that matters most is the title-deciding tilt against Cincinnati on Dec. 5.|
|9 (12)||Ohio State||9-2||241||It took the boot of a former professional soccer player, but Ohio State is headed back to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years. Devin Barclay’s field goal gave the Buckeyes a 27-24 OT win over Iowa, their fourth straight.|
|10 (11)||Oregon||8-2||240||LeGarrette Blount suited up but didn’t play. Oregon didn’t need him as his replacement, LaMichael James, continued to excel with 150 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks rebounded from last week’s loss to Stanford with a 44-21 win over Arizona State.|
|11 (9)||LSU||8-2||233||With Charles Scott sidelined for the remainder of the season, LSU needed a spark in its backfield. Keiland Williams provided it, rushing for 116 yards and two TDs in a 24-16 win over Louisiana Tech, a game in which the Tigers trailed at halftime.|
|12 (22)||Stanford||7-3||200||Toby Gerhart added to USC’s misery and continued Stanford’s recent run of fortune with 178 yards rushing and three TDs in a 55-21 win. The win puts the Cardinal at 6-2 in the Pac-10, with only a visit from Cal left in their league schedule.|
|13 (14)||Iowa||9-2||184||A week after seeing its bid for a perfect season end, Iowa had its hopes of a Big Ten title dashed in overtime in a 27-24 loss to Ohio State. The Hawkeyes end their regular season with a visit from Minnesota.|
|14 (18)||Oklahoma State||8-2||181||Oklahoma State stopped Texas Tech in the final minute to preserve a 24-17 win over the Red Raiders. Patrick Lavine’s 21-yard interception return in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference for the Cowboys.|
|15 (19)||Penn State||9-2||146||Penn State overcame an ugly first half to beat Indiana 31-20 on Senior Day. Daryll Clark rushed and threw for a TD and Navorro Bowman returned an INT 73 yards for a TD to lead the Nittany Lions.|
|16 (21)||Virginia Tech||7-3||140||The Hokies’ slim hopes of reaching the ACC title game were dashed with Georgia Tech’s win. But the Hokies rode a career-high three touchdowns from Tyrod Taylor and 126 rushing yards from Ryan Williams to a 36-9 win over Maryland.|
|17 (24)||Clemson||7-3||125||If anyone doubted that C.J. Spiller was among the most devastating all-around players in the country, the RB set out to settle the argument in a 43-23 win over NC State in which he rushed for a TD, caught a TD pass and even threw a TD pass.|
|18 (20)||Wisconsin||8-2||123||Wisconsin added to Michigan’s misery with a 45-24 win over the Wolverines. Scott Tolzien threw for 240 yards and four TDs and added a rushing TD for the Badgers.|
|19 (26)||Oregon State||7-3||108||Oregon State’s win over Stanford in early October is suddenly working in the Beavers’ favor. Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 159 yards and two TDs and Sean Canfield tossed four TD passes in a 48-21 win over Washington, the third straight for the Beavers.|
|20 (25)||Brigham Young||8-2||63||BYU held off a resilient New Mexico team desperate for its first win, and the Cougars won 24-19. Max Hall threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the 29th victory of his career — tying him with Ty Detmer for the Cougars’ all-time record.|
|21 (13)||Miami (FL)||7-3||59||In what’s becoming a troubling trend, Jacory Harris threw four INTs — two that were returned for touchdowns — in Miami’s 33-24 loss to North Carolina. Harris has thrown nine interceptions in the Canes’ past four games, two of which were losses.|
|21 (10)||USC||7-3||59||The King may not be dead, but he’s certainly been dethroned. USC’s drubbing at the hands of Stanford ended the Trojans’ run of dominance in the Pac-10. No league title, no BCS berth means a lot of head-scratching and soul-searching in Los Angeles.|
|23 (16)||Utah||8-2||51||The game got away from Utah early and TCU effectively ended the contest with three rapid-fire TDs in the second quarter in a 55-28 drubbing. That the Utes had more penalty yards than rushing yards sums up what was a forgettable evening.|
|24 (NR)||North Carolina||7-3||37||The Tar Heels picked off Jacory Harris four times, three coming from Kendric Burney, in a 33-24 win over Miami. It was the third straight win for North Carolina after an 0-3 start in ACC play.|
|25 (15)||Houston||8-2||27||Houston’s attempt at another furious fourth-quarter comeback fell short against UCF, as the Cougars lost on the road 37-32. Case Keenum put up gaudy numbers in defeat (337 yards, three TDs) but the loss will surely dampen his Heisman prospects.|
|Others receiving votes: Arizona (24), Nebraska (19), Rutgers (17), California (12), Mississippi (6), Oklahoma (3), Navy (3), Temple (2), Boston College (1)|