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2011 NCAA Football Team Rankings After Week 12 (Nov. 23)
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By William Pilat

Not be outdone by the dose of surprises from the previous week, Week 12 proved to be more unexpected, as four of the top-seven teams in the nation fell victim to an upset. After the dust settled, it left us with one seemingly safe assumption; at least one SEC West team will play in New Orleans. However, if the past two weeks have taught us one thing it is that no assumption is safe.

The following handful of teams are still in play for a BCS Bowl bid, but need more than just victories to seal their fate.

Georgia - Just because Georgia is not in the-three top teams in their conference, they should not be counted out. They are slowly moving up the Trench Counter rankings, this week to No. 4 and have a guaranteed spot in the SEC Championship Game. Despite losing to very good Boise State and South Carolina teams earlier in the season, Georgia has won nine straight games since, beating each opponent in the trenches. Because of the past few weeks, it would not be huge a surprise if they knocked off the winner of the SEC West on December 3rd and received an automatic BCS Bowl bid.

Cincinnati - Two weeks ago, Cincinnati looked like the favorite in the weak Big East. With one of the best run defenses in the nation, it seemed as if nothing could go wrong. But after Zach Collaros broke his ankle against West Virginia, the Bearcats dropped consecutive games and fell to 14 in the TC Top 30. The losse proved to be quite costly, as they are now one of five teams with 2 losses in conference. In order to have a chance at a BCS Bowl bid, they need to win their final two games and cross their fingers. If a non-automatic conference champion has a better ranking, it may shut out not only Cincinnati, but the entire Big East, from a BCS Game.

Arkansas - Yes, another SEC team. A few weeks back we mentioned how Arkansas was flying under the radar with the other Big 2 in the SEC West and needed some dominoes to fall in order to have some life. By saying they fell would be an understatement. With three impressive victories against top 15 teams in their seven straight victories, the Razorbacks moved up to number 19 in the Trench Counter Rankings from 34 a few weeks back. If Arkansas and the best passing attack of the SEC can upset LSU in Louisiana, they will thrust themselves into the conversation for a return trip to Louisiana in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Trench Counter formula, which the below rankings are solely based upon, creates a completely objective examination. The formula accounts for yards per carry, yards per pass, first downs, turnovers and penalties. It attempts to identify which team controls the line of scrimmage, controls the trenches.

The true intention of this type of ranking system is to identify teams that may be over or underrated.

1. Wisconsin 21.4
2. Alabama 19.8
3. LSU 19.3
4. Houston 17.2
5. Georgia 15.7
6. Georgia Tech 14.5
7. Michigan 13.8
8. Boise State 12.3
9. Oregon 12.1
10. Stanford 11.9
11. Temple 11.8
12. Oklahoma State 10.3
13. Michigan State 10.1
14. Cincinnati 10.0
15. Oklahoma 9.9
16. Florida State 9.3
17. Texas 9.0
18. Virginia Tech 8.7
19. Arkansas 8.4
20. TCU 8.3
21. Nevada 8.2
22. Ohio 7.8
23. Missouri 7.7
24. South Carolina 7.3
25. Baylor 7.1
26. Southern Miss 7.1
27. South Florida 6.9
28. West Virginia 6.8
29. Arkansas State 6.7
30. USC 6.6
31. Northern Illinois 6.5
32. Toledo 6.4
33. Penn State 6.4
34. Air Force 6.3
35. San Diego State 6.1
36. Texas A&M 6.0
37. UCF 5.8
38. Virginia 5.7
39. Iowa 5.6
40. Tulsa 5.5
41. Kansas State 5.4
42. BYU 5.2
43. Illinois 5.0
44. California 5.0
45. Utah State 4.8
46. Northwestern 4.5
47. Navy 4.2
48. Notre Dame 3.9
49. Utah 3.9
50. Arizona State 3.6
51. Wyoming 3.6
52. Connecticut 3.3
53. Florida International 3.1
54. Mississippi State 3.1
55. North Carolina 3.0
56. Clemson 3.0
57. Nebraska 2.9
58. Ohio State 2.7
59. Rutgers 2.6
60. Wake Forest 2.6
61. LA Monroe 2.6
62. Louisiana Tech 2.5
63. Miami (FL) 1.7
64. North Carolina State 1.4
65. SMU 1.3
66. Pittsburgh 1.0
67. Vanderbilt 0.8
68. Hawaii 0.7
69. Florida 0.6
70. UCLA 0.4
71. LA Lafayette 0.1
72. Eastern Michigan 0.0
73. Washington -0.1
74. Army -0.5
75. Washington State -1.1
76. Syracuse -1.1
77. Miami (OH) -1.3
78. Tennessee -2.5
79. Louisville -2.8
80. Auburn -3.2
81. UTEP -3.8
82. Purdue -3.9
83. Fresno State -3.9
84. Western Michigan -4.1
85. Maryland -4.2
86. Arizona -4.2
87. East Carolina -4.4
88. Bowling Green -4.5
89. Buffalo -4.6
90. Western Kentucky -4.8
91. Kent State -5.1
92. Central Michigan -5.4
93. Ball State -5.4
94. San Jose State -5.4
95. New Mexico State -5.5
96. Texas Tech -5.5
97. Colorado State -5.6
98. North Texas -6.0
99. Iowa State -6.1
100. Marshall -6.7
101. Rice -7.0
102. Oregon State -7.2
103. Middle Tennessee State -7.4
104. Boston College -7.7
105. Duke -8.1
106. Kentucky -8.4
107. Idaho -9.8
108. Colorado -9.9
109. Tulane -10.0
110. Troy -10.5
111. Memphis -10.8
112. UAB -11.0
113. Indiana -11.7
114. Minnesota -11.7
115. Akron -12.5
116. Florida Atlantic -14.7
117. Kansas -14.8
118. UNLV -14.9
119. Mississippi -15.0
120. New Mexico -15.7