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2014 Fierce 40: Week 12

by DJ Boyer on Nov. 16, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 12

Ranking

Team

W-L

Result

Previous

1

Florida State

10-0

W:#29 Mami 30-26

2

It's just amazing to watch them fall behind nearly every game and they come back every time. Is there any team in the country that does a better job with second half defensive adjustments than Florida State? All but have their half of the ACC wrapped up.

2

Alabama

9-1

W:#1 Mississippi State 25-20

2

Familiar territory for the Crimson Tide.

3

Oregon

9-1

Idle

3

Glad they are not located in the PAC-12 South where everything is a mess.

4

Mississippi State

9-1

L:#4 Alabama 20-25

1

One loss should not hurt this team too much and they should still be in the top four at this moment.

5

Baylor

8-1

Idle

7

The head-to-head win against TCU and the furious comeback is the main reason why the Bears are #5 and the Horned Frogs are #6.

6

TCU

9-1

W:Kansas 34-30

5

Struggles against Kansas drops them beneath Baylor this week.

7

Ohio State

9-1

W:#30 Minnesota 31-24

8

J.T. Barrett is a quarterback that I knew was doing a good job but now you can turn that into a great job, I think we have a new entry into our Heisman contention list.

8

Ole Miss

8-2

Idle

10

Auburn and Mississippi State both lost, could not have gone better for Ole Miss during their bye week.

9

Georgia

8-2

W:#9 Auburn 34-7

9

The Todd Gurley return paired with the running of Nick Chubb made Georgia look dominant against Auburn. Now we all wait to see whether the late Gurley injury is of substance.

10

Wisconsin

8-2

W:#11 Nebraska 59-24

22

Melvin Gordon sets the FBS record with 408 yards rushing...and he did it in three quarters.

11

Kansas State

7-2

Bye

13

West Virginia and Baylor remian and both are on the road...ouch.

12

Arizona State

8-2

L:Oregon State 27-35

6

That gunshot you just heard was the sound of Arizona State shooting themselves in the foot.

13

Michigan State

8-2

W:#39 Maryland 37-15

14

This game was decided on the ground as Michigan State outrushed Maryland 244-6.

14

UCLA

8-2

Idle

18

Huge buzz with the USC game this week, some spark may be coming back into this rivalry.

15

Marshall

10-0

W:Rice 41-14

20

This was a battle tested Rice team that Marshall wiped out.

16

Auburn

7-3

L:#15 Georgia 7-34

9

The loss to Georgia not that surprising...by 27 points...shocking...this defense needs an overhaul fast.

17

Arizona

8-2

W:Washington 27-26

21

The missed field goal cost them against USC but saved them against Washington. Washington made some very questionable decisions late in this game and gift wrapped this win for Arizona.

18

Missouri

8-2

W:#23Texas A&M 34-27

24

Missouri on 3rd down conversions against Texas A&M 12-20....Texas A&M 5-15...big difference.

19

Georgia Tech

8-2

W:#17 Clemson 28-6

25

Georgia Tech scores a big win and with a Duke loss it looks like Georgia Tech has the inside track at meeting Florida State for the ACC title.

20

Nebraska

8-2

L:#22 Wisconsin 24-59

11

You can officially move Nebraska from the "contender" column and place them in "pretender."

21

Notre Dame

7-3

L:Northwestern  40-43 OT

12

I thought Northwestern would keep this close but this loss is huge for the Irish...surprising result.

22

Oklahoma

7-3

W:Texas Tech 42-30

26

Another sloppy win for the Sooners.

23

Colorado State

9-1

Idle

32

It begins with strong offensive line play as the Rams have one of the best offensive lines in college football and nobody seems to notice.

24

USC

7-3

W:Cal 38-30

27

Cal, UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season is a rough schedule.

25

Utah

7-3

W:#37 Stanford 23-20 2OT

28

Utah is now 2-1 in overtime games this year as they are trying to play more minutes than anyone at the FBS level.

26

Clemson

7-3

L:#25 Georgia Tech  6-28

17

Clemson is starting to run out of healthy bodies on offense as the injury bug has come-a-callin.

27

Louisville

7-3

Idle

33

Still a dangerous team.

28

Minnesota

7-3

L:#8 Ohio State 24-31

30

David Cobb kept the Golden Gophers in this game, Minnesota showed they are not pushovers and it's why they move up slightly in the poll despite losing.

29

Duke

8-2

L:Virginia Tech 16-17

19

Turnovers were costly in this game, Duke let this one slip away.

30

LSU

7-4

L:Arkansas 0-17

16

The loss of Kenny Hilliard seemed to have a larger impact on the offense then we all imagined.

31

Miami

6-4

L:#2 Florida State 26-30

29

Four yards from greatness.

32

Boise State

8-2

W:San Diego State 38-29

34

Utah State game to end the season is looking like a huge MWC contest.

33

Texas A&M

7-4

L:#24 Missouri 27-34

23

Big stat from this game was 3rd down conversions....Texas A&M was 5-15.

34

West Virginia

6-4

Idle

35

Next is Kansas State, a win here should get West Virginia on the radar for some major bowls.

35

Iowa

7-3

W:Illinois 30-14

NR

Running game has been looking stronger and the offense has looked more balanced.

36

Memphis

7-3 W:Tulane 38-7 40

Looking the class of the American Athletic Conference.

37

Utah State

8-3

W:New Mexico 28-21

NR

Utah State gets it done with sound defense and they are on their 3rd quarterback of the season.

38

Cincinnati

6-3 W:#31 East Carolina 54-46

NR

All three losses were against ranked opponents.

39

UCF

6-3

W:Tulsa 31-7

NR

The Knights are back and have won six of their last seven.

40

Air Force

8-2

W:Nevada 45-38

NR

Been a long time time for Air Force since they were ranked, finale against Colorado State at home could decide the division.

Dropped Out: East Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Southern, Stanford. Florida.

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