Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FBS, FCS, and Final D2 Rankings Now Posted

Our Week 11 FBS, FCS, and D2 rankings are now posted at www.powerratedsports.com for viewing! This top ten Playoffs start next Saturday! We'll have a full breakdown of the D2 brackets later this afternoon available for viewing.
In the meantime, here is a top ten breakdown of all three polls!

1. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys smashed Texas Tech 66-6, as they coasted to a 41-0 halftime lead over the Red Raiders. OSU appears to be coasting into a final showdown on December 3rd with archrival Oklahoma.

2. Houston
The Cougars are the last non-AQ school to be undefeated this season after Boise State fell to TCU. The Cougars are not ranked in the top ten in most other polls, but the numbers have been accumalting inin our system. UH, like Oklahoma State, topped 300 points last week in a 73-17 thrashing of Tulane.

3. Stanford
The Cardinal got blasted by Oregon, but had such strong numbers, that the loss of points actually did not crush them as much as one would have thought. It shocked us as well when the Cardinal did not fall further, but we only calculate the formula, we don't slot the teams. Stanford still looks very strong for a Fiesta Bowl bid.

4. LSU
This one creates a ton of controversy. The Tigers are still unbeaten, but have only played 9 games this fall. They will still climb if they win out. Don't forget that the SEC title game is still an opportunity to gain more points, so LSU is still very much alive for our title.

5. Alabama
The Tide picked up a solid, but unimpressive win on the road at Mississippi State this week, 24-7. Alabama is still climbing as they win, but they likely will not catch up to LSU.

6. Oregon
Look who's still alive this season! The Ducks positively hammered former #1 Stanford by over three TDs, and they are looking primed to appear and host in the innaugural Pac-12 title game, giving them a strong chance to move into the Rose Bowl bid. With some strange endings, Oregon could still push higher.

7. Boise State
The dream of winning the BCS title is over, and so is a PRS title. Almost 600 points down to Oklahoma State, the Broncos don't stand a chance of catching up now after losing to TCU at home this weekend.

8. Oklahoma
The Sooners could finish top 5 by winning out, and they are the biggest spoilers going right now if they meet and unbeaten Oklahoma State team and beat them. OU is still very much alive for a BCS date, but if not, Cotton is a very nice locale for them.

9. Southern Mississippi
The Golden Eagles are quietly having a monster season, which is what we've been waiting for ever since Larry Fedora took over this club. This is the first time since we started the PRS that two CUSA schools have ever occupied the top 10 at one time. The CUSA title game is looking like a fireworks show!

10. Virginia Tech
The okies can never be counted out, but they still have a troubling contest wth Virginia on the horizon. I still believe that VT hangs on and takes on CLemson in the ACC title game. The Hokies have been hanging around the top ten quietly for most of the season.

1. Sam Houston State
Hand the regular season title to the Bearcats for 2011! Sam Houston State has one more date left, with a road trip to Texas State looming, but even with a loss in that contest (which I do not see coming), SHSU has such a huge point lead, that nobody can catch them now. Congrats to the Bearcats!

2. North Dakota State
The Bison were the only other real challengers for the crown, but they fumbled away a chance to take this race into the final weekend, falling to Youngsotwn State 27-24 last weekend. They had a huge lead on Lehigh and Montana State, and Lehigh was too far back to catch them, while Montana State could potentially bump NDSU to #3 with a win over Montana this weekend. Still a playoff lock.

3. Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks won the Patriot League with ease by crushing #17 Georgetown 34-12. Lehigh has locked up the auto bid to the FCS playoffs, and their season is complete. They will likely drop to #4 next week, as Montana State still has one game on the books.

4. Montana State
One of the hottest teams in the country the last two seasons, the BobCats could potentially move up to #2 if all the cards fall into place. The Big Sky title is on the line this weekend against archrival Montana, making that game the FCS game of the week. Huge opportunity here for MSU, but a playoff lock ether way.

5. Georgia Southern
Last season, we had to debate GSU's place in the playoffs. This season, no such conversation takes place as the Eagles have been as solid as ever. The season finale is a ridiculous contest at FBS #5 Alabama, so GSU will drop with no points gained in a loss to the Tide. Still a playoff lock as the SoCon Champ.

6. Old Dominion
The Monarchs season is over now, and they await to see where they are headed. A first ever FCS playoff birth seems a lock for this very young program. ODU will slip some as teams under them continue to gain points with one more week on the books.

7. Harvard
The Crimson will continue to climb if they can defeat Yale this week. A top five finish is not out of the question for this red hot football team. Likely clinched the Ivy title with a crushing win over Penn this weekend.

8. Norfolk State
The Spartans are the MEAC Champs, and their season is complete. They now sit and wait to see who they match up with in the FCS playoffs, and they need a break, as thir offense has not been firing on all gears this season. The defense is stellar.

9. Towson
Nobody can claim that they saw this coming. Towson can claim the CAA title with a win at struggling Rhode Island this weekend and earn the CAA's top seed in the FCS playoffs, while also making a push to lunge for the PRS top 5 to close out the season. Shocking.

10. Northern Iowa
The Panthers ran neck and neck with #2 NDSU all season, but fell two weekends ago. While NDSU appears a lock to win their season finale with Western Illinois, UNI faces a major test against MVC #3 Illinois State this weekend to close out. I still see UNI as a playoff lock.

D2 (Final Regular Season Rankings)
1. Midwestern State
Our regular season national champion are the Mustangs of Midwestern State, who powered their way to an 11-0 ranking and #1 seed in the super regional #4 bracket! QB Brandon Kelsey and RB Keidrick Jackson combined to rush for 28 TDs on the season, while Kelsey added another 16 through the air.

2. Winston-Salem State
It appears that the Rams made the right choice to drop back down to D2 from FCS play. Cameron Smith passed for 28 TDs on the season, while Nicholas Cooper rushed for 132.91 yards per game and 17 TDs. His yards per game mark was good for 9th in the nation. The Rams are the #1 seed in super regional #1.

3. New Haven
The Chargers are all the way back now, and they are all charged up after finishing 10-1 on the season. Ryan Osieki passed for 30 TDs on the season and finished with a 3/1 TD to pick ratio. Mike DeCaro rushed for 10 scores on the season, and Jason Thompson grabbed 10 TD receptions. Tom Herd is hell on defense after finishing with 10 total sacks on the year. UNH secured a 1st round bye.

4. Colorado State-Pueblo
One of the teams to watch in the D2 playoffs, and a rising star as a program. Ross Dausin only tossed 4 picks all season, and tossed 16 TDs. Jesse Lewis and JB Matthews combined to rush for 17 scores as a two headed attack at RB. Keep the ball away from DB Mark Sterling, as he defended 11 passes on the season. The ThunderWolves have a 1st round bye and are a #1 seed.

5. Nebraska-Kearney
The Lopers are a #2 seed behind the only team that they lost to all season, CSU-Pueblo. Jake Spitzilberger can make the play, but must avoid the costly pick, as he tossed 13 in 11 games this seasonw ith only 20 TD passes. Where Spitzilberger excels is in the run game, as he led the Lopers with 983 yards rushing and 14 more scores. Tommy Flanagan caught 8 TD passes on the season. Arthur Hobbs defended 21 passes, with 6 picks, 2 going for scores on defense.

6. Kutztown
The Golden Bears are the first team in our top ten to not have secured a first round bye, as they open at home against Concord. KU was the PSAC champion after surviving in a 21-14 win over Slippery Rock last weekend. Kevin Morton passed for 32 scores on the season, Robbie Frey rushed for 10 scores. Erik Frazier caught 52 passes on the season, with 7 of them coming for scores. Josh Smith caught 10 TDs of his own.

7. Northwest Missouri State
The Bearcats survived the retirement of one coach, and the death of his replacement to slam their way forward into the playoffs, where they will take on a road trip to Missouri Western this weekend. James Franklin must be stopped on the ground as he rushed for 1032 yards and 19 TDs on the season. Trevor Adams passed for 17 scores. LB Chad Kilgore averages 9.45 tackles per game on defense, and freshman DB Bryce Enyard picked off 6 passes, returning one for a score. The BEarcats must stop the pressure that Missouri Western applies up front this weekend.

8. Humboldt State
We have our first playoff snub in the Lumberjacks, who finished 9-1 on the season. The Jacks were likey snubbed due to the weakness in the Great Northwest conference more than their overall contribution to football, but nevertheless, they are home for the holidays. Mike Proulx was outstanding at QB, passing for over 2800 yards and 28 Tds to just 8 picks on the season. Lyndon Rowells was incredible, finishing with 1472 yards rushing and 14 scores, good for 9th in the nation. Dirk Dallas caught 7 TDs on the season.

9. North Greenville
The Crusaders are the rare independent who scraped their way into the playoffs on the back of an outsanding season. The Crusaders will host Albany State next Saturday to open their playoff run. UNG boasts former Clemson star recruit Willy Korn (21TDs) at QB, and RBs Teryan Rucker and Idris Anderson combined to rush for 18 TDs on the season. Jamarius Robinson is a dangerous defender in the secondary, having defended 9 passes on the season.

10. Pittsburg State
The Guerillas return to their stomping ground in the playoffs as the 3rd MIAA team in the group. Pitt State earned the first round bye this weekend. QB Zac Dickey is a proficient runner, having rushed for 801 yards and 10 scores on the season. Sophomore LB Nate Dreiling is a beast on defense, having averaged 9.3 tackles per game. Gus Toca finished 2nd in the conference with 9 sacks on the season.

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