Florida State retains top spot in Power Rankings after Week 11

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Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Think back to the first time you watched a movie like Memento (if it wasn't spoiled for you ahead of time). You likely allowed yourself to get caught up in the twists and turns, pinned between trying to figure out the mystery and hanging on for the reveal. Now try to think of the most recent time you had a movie-going experience like that.

We spend so much time with information readily available that spoilers are everywhere. Even if you’re actively avoiding learning how something ends, the potential to accidentally overhear it, read it on social media or have it outright mentioned in front of you is too great to ignore. You’re playing Minesweeper with the bombs turned way up. Those rare moments when we are actually in the dark and can get mesmerized by the twists should be treasured. 

Which is what makes this college football season special. There’s no spoiling it. We can predict the end, but we don’t truly know anything yet. Even with just a few weeks remaining.

With that said, here are the Power Rankings after Week 11. They’ll act to serve as another tattoo to remember how we got here and give us instructions along the way.

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College Football Power Rankings
  • 1
    1Florida State Seminoles
    last week: 1
    record: 9-0
    The Seminoles' 14-point victory over the Cavaliers was their largest margin since they beat Syracuse by 18 on Oct. 11. Things haven’t been easy for Florida State, but the ‘Noles keep winning. Basically Florida State is the TV show Community; you might think you’ve knocked it down and out, but it just ends up on your screen somehow again anyway.
    Last game: Beat Virginia, 34-20
    Next game: Saturday at Miami

  • 2
    2Mississippi State Bulldogs
    last week: 2
    record: 9-0
    We haven’t heard much about the Bulldogs’ nonconference slate, and if they win out, we still won’t hear it. But if Mississippi State loses to Alabama on Saturday, it'll go under the microscope, and that Southern Miss, UAB, South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin combo doesn’t hold up. Dan Mullen’s team has to hope it won’t come to that.
    Last game: Beat Tennessee-Martin, 45-16
    Next game: Saturday at Alabama

  • 3
    3Oregon Ducks
    last week: 4
    record: 9-1
    It likely wasn’t the only play that mattered in Oregon’s win over Utah, but Kaelin Clay’s mistake was the play everyone will remember. The Utah receiver and kick returner apologized on Twitter, but hopefully Kaelin doesn’t feel too bad about it for too long. He’s a really entertaining player to watch and will have plenty of chances to find the end zone in the future.

    Last game: Beat Utah, 51-27
    Next game: Nov. 22 vs. Colorado

  • 4
    4Alabama Crimson Tide
    last week: 6
    record: 8-1
    Alabama coach Nick Saban has had a lot of quotes that are Nick Saban quotes, but this one from his press conference after the Crimson Tide beat LSU is as close to the perfect Nick Saban quote as you’ll find: "We should be really happy about the fact that we won the game. We control our own destiny in terms of what we want to accomplish and we won the game. But there is a 'but.' We didn't play that great.”
    Last game: Beat LSU, 20-13 (OT)
    Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi State

  • 5
    5TCU Horned Frogs
    last week: 7
    record: 8-1
    The Horned Frogs didn’t hit 40 points in a single conference game last season. Their 41-20 win over Kansas State marked the fourth time they’ve hit that mark against Big 12 opponents in 2014. This offensive makeover is so drastic, it deserves its own Sixpence None The Richer song and a slo-mo walk down the stairs.
    Last game: Beat Kansas State, 41-20
    Next game: Saturday at Kansas

  • 6
    6Baylor Bears
    last week: 9
    record: 8-1
    Baylor was ready for Oklahoma.
    Last game: Beat Oklahoma, 48-14
    Next game: Nov. 22 vs. Oklahoma State

  • 7
    7Arizona State Sun Devils
    last week: 11
    record: 8-1
    Arizona State coach Todd Graham said his team's win over Notre Dame on Saturday “means more to me than anything that’s happened since we’ve been here because of the fact of who that team is.” He might have his pick of wins to choose from if the Sun Devils keep on surging.
    Last game: Beat Notre Dame, 55-31
    Next game: Saturday at Oregon State

  • 8
    8Ohio State Buckeyes
    last week: 12
    record: 8-1
    Here are J.T. Barrett’s stats in conference play: 13 passing touchdowns, two interceptions, 1,069 passing yards, 377 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, five wins and zero losses. Not bad for a redshirt freshman who wasn't supposed to play this year.
    Last game: Beat Michigan State, 49-37
    Next game: Saturday at Minnesota

  • 9
    9Auburn Tigers
    last week: 3
    record: 7-2
    Auburn decided to not get off the highway and put more luck in the luck tank because it thought it could make it to the next rest stop but the next rest stop was too far away. The Tigers might have AAA, but they’re still going to be sitting by the side of the road for awhile. I hope they have a deck of cards in the glovebox.
    Last game: Lost to Texas A&M, 41-38
    Next game: Saturday at Georgia 

  • 10
    10Michigan State Spartans
    last week: 5
    record: 7-2
    I’m not saying Michigan State fans are sitting in a dark room listening to Aimee Mann’s “Wise Up” on repeat, but I’m also not not saying that.
    Last game: Lost to Ohio State, 49-37
    Next game: Saturday at Maryland

  • 11
    11Nebraska Cornhuskers
    last week: 14
    record: 9-1
    I’m going to go full Peter Pan wish mode here in hoping that Ameer Abdullah is healthy and up to speed against Wisconsin. College football deserves to see him match up with Melvin Gordon on Saturday.

    Last game: Beat Purdue, 35-14
    Next game: Saturday at Wisconsin

  • 12
    12Ole Miss Rebels
    last week: 13
    record: 8-2
    The Rebels beat Presbyterian so soundly that Taz Zettergren got some quality minutes and recorded the first catch of his career. So now I’m hoping Ole Miss plays Presbyterian more often because a guy with a name like Taz Zettergren deserves to be showcased at every opportunity.
    Last game: Beat Presbyterian, 48-0
    Next game: Nov. 22 at Arkansas

  • 13
    13Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    last week: 8
    record: 7-2
    I don’t think Brian Kelly was happy with Everett Golson. But you can judge for yourself. Here’s what the Notre Dame coach had to say after the quarterback’s five turnover afternoon: "We've been working with him. I mean, I don't know. Sooner or later he's got to take it on himself to take care of the football. I don't know what else to do. We're at that point now where it hurt us in the game, obviously, and he knows it."
    Last game: Lost to Arizona State, 55-31
    Next game: Saturday vs. Northwestern

  • 14
    14Kansas State Wildcats
    last week: 10
    record: 7-2
    I struggled to find something to write about Kansas State and ended up watching about a half hour of teamcatlab videos instead, so my recommendation is to do that.
    Last game: Lost to TCU, 41-20
    Next game: Nov. 20 at West Virginia

  • 15
    15Georgia Bulldogs
    last week: 17
    record: 7-2
    Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back, Todd Gurley is back.
    Last game: Beat Kentucky, 63-31
    Next game: Saturday vs. Auburn

  • 16
    16Duke Blue Devils
    last week: 19
    record: 8-1
    We are faced with the very real possibility that Duke football is going to win double-digit games for the second straight season. Like, this is a real thing and not the plot to a Thomas Pynchon book. Sometimes reality really is better than fiction.
    Last game: Beat Syracuse, 27-10
    Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

  • 17
    17UCLA Bruins
    last week: 20
    record: 8-2
    The Bruins have moved around the rankings a lot this season but have settled into a nice groove after their two-game skid in early October. They’re still within striking distance in the Pac-12 South, too.
    Last game: Beat Washington, 44-30
    Next game: Nov. 22 vs. USC

  • 18
    18Clemson Tigers
    last week: 18
    record: 7-2
    Let’s all just pretend that Thursday night game against Wake Forest didn’t happen and we were all out doing really fun stuff like going to concerts and playing in a wave pool.
    Last game: Beat Wake Forest, 34-20
    Next game: Saturday at Georgia Tech

  • 19
    19Arizona Wildcats
    last week: 21
    record: 7-2
    Anu Solomon recovered from a tough game against UCLA to throw four touchdowns against Colorado. The redshirt freshman has experienced some growing pains throughout the season, but he has a bright future ahead of him.
    Last game: Beat Colorado, 38-20
    Next game: Saturday vs. Washington

  • 20
    20Marshall Thundering Herd
    last week: 23
    record: 9-0
    Will this be the week Marshall finally enters the College Football Playoff committee rankings? Maybe, maybe not. But that’s a really good football team out in Huntington. It’s just a shame they haven’t really had a chance to prove it.
    Last game: Beat Southern Miss, 63-17
    Next game: Saturday vs. Rice

  • 21
    21LSU Tigers
    last week: 16
    record: 7-3
    Monday was Les Miles’ birthday. It was not Columbus Day or Saint Patrick’s Day or Election Day, but today is Veterans Day. I want to wish Les Miles a belated happy birthday because I enjoy him, and I like what he brings to college football.
    Last game: Lost to Alabama, 20-13 (OT)
    Next game: Saturday at Arkansas

  • 22
    22Colorado State Rams
    last week: 24
    record: 9-1
    Let’s bring special attention to Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins. The sophomore wide receiver has 67 catches for 1,280 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. He didn’t play in the win over Hawaii, but here’s hoping he’s good to go against New Mexico so he can add to those already gaudy totals.
    Last game: Beat Hawaii, 49-21
    Next game: Nov. 22 vs. New Mexico

  • 23
    23Wisconsin Badgers
    last week: 25
    record: 7-2
    Speaking of gaudy totals, Melvin Gordon has rushed for 1,323 yards in his last seven games. That is the same amount that Rutgers has as a team so far this season.
    Last game: Beat Purdue, 34-16
    Next game: Saturday vs. Nebraska

  • 24
    24Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
    last week: NR
    record: 8-2
    There was a stretch of the game in the second quarter against North Carolina State in which the Yellow Jackets didn’t run an offensive play for 11 minutes but scored 14 points on defense. Football has been around for a really long time, and it still manages to be surprising and weird.
    Last game: Beat NC State, 56-23
    Next game: Saturday vs. Clemson

  • 25
    25Missouri Tigers
    last week: NR
    record: 7-2
    I ripped up six small pieces of paper and wrote down a team name on each. I then put the pieces in my Montgomery Biscuits hat, shook the hat up and took out the pieces one at a time. The last piece of paper in the hat read, “Missouri,” so Missouri is ranked 25th this week. That was as scientific as I could get at this point.

    Last game: Beat Kentucky, 20-10
    Next game: Saturday at Texas A&M

Next five: Oklahoma, Utah, USC, Boise State, Minnesota

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