2014 College Football Power Rankings – Week 12

Doug Upstone

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:47 PM GMT

We are in the middle of November and it is crunch time in college football. Those making sports picks on the collegiate gridiron have to be sharp in  studying the betting odds with what occurs.

We have huge upsets like Auburn last week and fantastic matchups like Mississippi State vs. Alabama this Saturday that warms every college football handicappers and sports bettor’s heart taking on the sportsbooks. Take a long look at our latest college football power rankings and among the elements to follow is our outright upset picks which are 17-11 ATS this season. If you would like to play along, add four points to the home team in the grid. 

This week our score-based rankings Top 5 have Ohio State first, followed by Oregon, Alabama, TCU and Baylor. You can view our complete Top 25 by looking for numbers next to the teams. 

 

Power Ratings Start Current Power Ratings Start Current
ACC     Big  12    
Atlantic     Oklahoma (15) 97 100
Florida State (10) 100 101 West Virgina  83 94
Clemson (25) 93 94 Oklahoma State 89 84
Louisville (22) 89 95 TCU (4) 89 105
NC State 83 80 Texas 90 91
Boston College  80 84 Baylor (5) 95 105
Wake Forest 81 74 Texas Tech 86 75
Syracuse 86 82 Kansas 79 73
      Kansas State (18) 89 98
Coastal     Iowa State 83 78
Virginia Tech 89 85      
Miami 88 95 Conference USA    
North Carolina 89 83 East    
Virginia 81 85 Marshall (13) 91 101
Georgia Tech 85 93 Mid. Tenn. State 79 77
Duke 86 93 Western Kentucky 75 77
Pittsburgh 86 84 Florida Int 70 72
      Florida Atl. 78 74
Big Ten     UAB  70 73
East     Old Dominion 74 69
Ohio State (1) 94 107      
Michigan State (9) 95 102 West     
Penn State 88 88 North Texas 80 70
Michigan   92 87 Louisiana Tech 74 84
Maryland 87 88 UT- San Antonio 82 74
Indiana  85 79 Southern Miss 70 66
Rutgers 83 81 Rice   82 85
      UTEP 70 76
West          
Nebraska (14) 88 100 American Athletic    
Wisconsin (17) 93 98 Tulane 78 73
Iowa  91 91 Central Florida 91 87
Minnesota 86 88 Houston 88 89
Northwestern 89 83 Cincinnati 87 85
Illinois 86 79 South Florida 76 71
Purdue  81 82 East Carolina 85 84
      Connecticut 74 71
MAC     Tulsa 77 68
East     Temple 74 80
Ohio U. 78 71 Memphis  82 90
Massachusetts  65 70 SMU 80 60
Miami-Ohio  69 68      
Kent State  73 66 PAC-12    
Akron 76 72 North    
Buffalo  73 67 Stanford (23) 96 95
Bowling Green 85 77 Oregon (2) 99 107
      Washington  92 88
West     California 79 84
Northern Illinois  84 78 Oregon State 89 81
Toledo 82 79 Washington State 85 82
Western Michigan  71 82      
Central Michigan  78 80 South    
Ball State  75 75 USC (16) 95 99
Eastern Michigan  67 57 Arizona State (19) 88 97
      Utah  85 92
Mountain West     Colorado  80 78
West     Arizona  87 93
Fresno State 86 76 UCLA (20) 97 95
Hawai'i  74 70      
Nevada  77 85 SEC    
San Diego State  82 76 East    
San Jose State  76 72 Georgia (8) 94 102
UNLV  76 66 South Carolina 93 90
      Florida 91 93
East     Tennessee 86 88
Air Force 77 79 Kentucky 82 85
Boise State 90 92 Vanderbilt 84 76
Colorado State 83 87 Missouri  92 94
New Mexico 72 71      
Utah State 86 87 West    
Wyoming 75 73 Alabama (3) 99 105
      LSU (12) 95 101
Sun Belt     Arkansas  86 94
Troy  72 64 Ole Miss (6) 95 105
Texas State 72 72 Mississippi State (7) 90 103
UL Monroe  77 72 Auburn (11) 96 101
Arkansas State  80 82 Texas A&M (24) 90 94
Louisiana  87 83      
Georgia State 65 58 Independents    
Idaho 71 64 Notre Dame  91 94
South Alabama  78 75 BYU 89 86
New Mexico State 69 59 Navy 83 81
Appalachian State 66 69 Army   73 68
Georgia Southern  66 82      

 

Sportsbook Review – Situation Conference Games of the Week

AAC – While East Carolina has played like the stronger team most of the season, the pressure seems to have gotten to them. Cincinnati’s defense has improved and our numbers have the underdog Bearcats winning this game outright and we will use with our college football picks.

ACC – Clemson gets QB Deshaun Harris back, but he’s been out almost a month and the Tigers offense has gotten off kilter while Georgia Tech option attack is rolling. We are calling for another home underdog to triumph.

Big 12 – Our numbers match the light slate in the Big 12 this week. However, we are curious to see what TCU does at Kansas as chalk favorites and see if they let down against the spread in Lawrence.

Big Ten – As listed, we have Ohio State as the best team in the country right now and we have them at -17 compared to college football odds of -12.5. The Buckeyes have to keep punishing teams to have a chance to make the Final Four and we think they do.

C-USA – The UTEP Miners are a much improved football team this season and we have them favored by two more points than the odds makers at home. We believe North Texas used up their upset chance last week at home against Florida Atlantic.

Independents – While we agree in principle with the sportsbooks Notre Dame should be a 18-point favorite, over the years they have been a lousy home favorite and will stick with our number at -15.

MAC – Our college football power rankings are score-based as we mentioned and they are evidently too high on Ball State, as for a second week in a row we called for the Cardinals to pull off the upset and they were not close.

MWC – Nevada was originally listed as a one-point road favorite at Air Force which is what we had. The betting public moved the Flyboys to -2.5. We will see who ends up correct.

Pac-12 – Our numbers have Arizona State favored by 12 compared to -9 by the odds makers. Those setting the numbers are considering the Sun Devils being flat after a big Notre Dame win and the fact they have had issues in Corvallis (2-9-1 ATS). Our numbers lack emotion.

SEC – We just missed being correct with LSU last week against Alabama, and we find it hard to believe Arkansas is favored over the Tigers having not won a SEC contest in 17 tries.

Sun Belt – We and the books are very close on Louisiana as the favorite at UL –Monroe (-8 vs. -7), but we will share this nugget of info in this great rivalry, the underdog is 14-2 ATS last 16 years!