Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Week 10 AP Top 25

The rankings just got that much more interesting with Texas Tech's upset of No. 1 Texas last night. With the victory, I moved the Red Raiders up to the No. 2 slot in between new No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Penn State. I know that there will be some cries from Nittany Nation, but TT beat the No. 1 team in all the land in the nation's toughest conference. Nevertheless, if TT is really worthy of a one or two ranking we'll find out in the next several weeks. The Raiders host Oklahoma State next week, and then travel to Oklahoma two weeks later after a bye. If they get to the Big 12 title game they still would likely have Missouri.

Week 10 AP Top 25

The rankings just got that much more interesting with Texas Tech's upset of No. 1 Texas last night. With the victory, I moved the Red Raiders up to the No. 2 slot in between new No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Penn State. I know that there will be some cries from Nittany Nation, but TT beat the No. 1 team in all the land in the nation's toughest conference. Nevertheless, if TT is really worthy of a one or two ranking we'll find out in the next several weeks. The Raiders host Oklahoma State next week, and then travel to Oklahoma two weeks later after a bye. If they get to the Big 12 title game they still would likely have Missouri.

Penn State people shouldn't worry their little heads. The Lions are in a good spot. It is very unlikely that both Alabama and Texas Tech would finish the season undefeated. We know TT's situation. The Crimson Tide still have to travel to LSU next week and presumably have Florida in the SEC Championship. Penn State, meanwhile, has to take care of its end of the bargain and win at Iowa and home against Indiana and Michigan State. A one-loss team has never catapulted over an undefeated BCS team.

Here are my rankings in their entirety:

1. Alabama (9-0)
2. Texas Tech (9-0)
3. Penn State (9-0)
4. Oklahoma (8-1)
5. Texas (8-1)
6. Florida (7-1)
7. Oklahoma State (8-1)
8. Southern Cal (7-1)
9. Ohio State (7-2)
10. Boise State (8-0)
11. Georgia (7-2)
12. TCU (9-1)
13. Utah (9-0)
14. LSU (6-2)
15. Missouri (7-2)
16. BYU (8-1)
17. West Virginia (6-2)
18. Michigan State (8-2)
19. Ball State (8-0)
20. Maryland (6-2)
21. North Carolina (6-2)
22. Georgia Tech (7-2)
23. California (6-2)
24. Florida State (6-2)
25. Oregon State (5-3)

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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