November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban walks off the field following a win over the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU, 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Week Ten Top Four: Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and LSU


Number one ranked Alabama beat number five ranked LSU in a night game at Death Valley in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last night. Oregon won on the road at Los Angeles Coliseum against the USC Trojans. Kansas State looked GREAT against Oklahoma State but lost their ALL-PURPOSE quarterback late in the game which effects their ranking this week.  LSU, who had the win against arch-rival and number one ranked Alabama in their grasp but lost, fills out the rest of the Top Four.

 

1) Alabama(9-0)

Trending: Up | Previous Rank: 1 | Next Opponent: Texas A&M Aggies

Alabama pulled off the proverbial late game heroics in defeating LSU Tigers in raucous Death Valley Saturday night. Alabama put the final touchdown on the board late, but this game was really more about Les Miles coaching strategies.  Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide pulled off the always difficult task of an SEC win on the road and are now looking forward to a home game against Texas A&M.  The Aggies dominated Mississippi State by a score similar to the one Alabama beat MSU by last Saturday.  Hosting the explosive Aggies and star freshman Johnny Manziel bodes well for Alabama in its last major test of the regular season.

2) Oregon (9-0)

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Oregon looks unstoppable offensively, averaging 54 points per game.  On Saturday, the Mighty Ducks smoked the USC defense for 62. Oregon looks so good on offense against Pac-12 defenses that it makes leary of ranking them this high –  the Ducks cannot be that good, can they?  However, wins are wins and since Oregon is healthy compared to Kansas State, UO gets the number two ranking.  Look for the Ducks to fly over the Bears this weekend, setting up an awesome clash of styles against Stanford the following week.

3) Kansas State (9-0)

Trending: Sideways | Previous Rank: 2 | Next Opponent: TCU Horned Frogs

Kansas State is my favorite team this season.  From the coach, to the quarterback, to the unheralded defense, the Purple Wildcats are fan favorites this season.  Klein was injured on Saturday, which is THE reason why K-State is ranked No. 3, and not No. 2.  Even if just 80 percent healthy, Klein should be able to lead the Wildcats to victory in Week 11 over TCU. 

4) LSU (7-2)

Trending: Up  Previous Rank: N/A  Next Opponent: Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Tigers had a win against Alabama in their back pocket late in the 4th quarter Saturday evening.  That being said, the Tigers defense got burned on the final drive and gave up a game-winning touchdown.  The late Crimson Tide touchdown would have been moot had a series of field goal attempts and strategic decisions by LSU head coach Les “Mad Hatter” Miles panned out.  LSU will regroup and crush Mississippi State this upcoming weekend in Baton Rouge.

 

On the Outside Looking In:

Notre Dame (9-0)

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Notre Dame has not lost a game this season, but has also been the beneficiary of dramatically mischievous calls made in its favor against Stanford, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh that helped propel the Irish to victory.  Irish fans may argue that the calls did not directly impact the outcome of said games — however, the situations, setting and regularity of said calls has to make unbiased observers skeptical of Notre Dame’s championship make-up.

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