NFP Top 25

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After this past weekend, there doesn’t appear to be anything standing in the way of Auburn and Oregon meeting in the BCS national championship game. Sure, the Tigers and Ducks still have big contests next Saturday. But is there any reason to believe that South Carolina and Oregon State can pull off upsets, respectively, over the top two teams in the nation?

Here’s a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 teams in the nation heading into Week 14 of the season.

2010 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Auburn (12-0) [3]
WON 28-27 at Alabama
The Tigers erased a 24-point deficit and held the Crimson Tide to just 67 total yards in the second half en route to the win in the Iron Bowl.

LaMichael JamesICONLaMichael James and the Ducks are one win away from playing for the BCS national championship.

2. Oregon (11-0) [1]
WON 48-29 vs. Arizona
Things were interesting for a half against Arizona, but Darron Thomas and LaMichael James accounted for six scores as the Ducks remained unbeaten with only the Civil War next week standing in their way of an unbeaten regular season.

3. TCU (12-0) [4]
WON 66-17 at New Mexico
Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes before leaving with a minor elbow injury and the Horned Frogs capped their second straight undefeated regular season with a win over the Lobos.

4. Stanford (11-1) [5]
WON 38-0 vs. Oregon State
Andrew Luck threw four touchdowns to set a single-season school record and the Cardinal forced five turnovers in their third shutout of the season.

5. Wisconsin (11-1) [7]
WON 70-23 vs. Northwestern
The Badgers put up 70 points in a game for the third time this season against the Wildcats. Prior to this year, Wisconsin hadn’t scored 70 points in any game in its modern era (since 1946).

6. Ohio State (11-1) [8]
WON 37-7 vs. Michigan
The Buckeyes have won at least a share of the Big Ten title for the last six seasons, tying their own conference record, after their win over the Wolverines.

7. Arkansas (10-2) [12]
WON 31-23 vs. LSU
Arkansas beat LSU to win the Golden Boot Trophy for the third time in four seasons, and the Razorbacks won their sixth straight game to improve to 8-1 in their last nine games in November.

8. Michigan State (11-1) [10]
WON 28-22 at Penn State
The Spartans won in Happy Valley for the first time since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993.

9. Boise State (10-1) [2]
LOST 34-31 at Nevada
Broncos kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in regulation and another from 29 yards in overtime, and Boise State could never close out the Wolf Pack in its first loss of the season.

Landry JonesICONLandry Jones and the Sooners are headed to the Big 12 title game.

10. Oklahoma (10-2) [14]
WON 47-41 at Oklahoma State
Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes 29 seconds apart in the fourth quarter as the Sooners beat the Cowboys.

11. LSU (10-2) [6]
LOST 31-23 at Arkansas
The Tigers never led against the Razorbacks and were outgained 464-294 in the loss to the Hogs.

12. Nebraska (10-2) [16]
WON 45-17 vs. Colorado
With Taylor Martinez out with toe and ankle injuries, Cody Green started for the Cornhuskers under center and completed 10 of 13 passes for 76 yards and two scores.

13. Virginia Tech (10-2) [13]
WON 37-7 vs. Virginia
The Hokies ran off 10 straight wins for their seventh straight 10-win season, becoming the first team to go undefeated through the ACC since Florida State in 2000.

14. Missouri (10-2) [17]
WON 35-7 vs. Kansas
The Tigers have now won four of the last five against the Jayhawks and evened the all-time series (according to the NCAA record book) at 55-55-9.

15. Oklahoma State (10-2) [9]
LOST 47-41 vs. Oklahoma
The Cowboys were outgained 588-379 in total yards by the Sooners in the annual Bedlam game.

16. Alabama (9-3) [11]
LOST 28-27 vs. Auburn
Greg McElroy threw for a career-high 377 yards, but he wasn’t able to finish the Iron Bowl after suffering a concussion in the closing minutes.

17. Texas A&M (9-3) [15]
WON 24-17 at Texas
Cyrus Gray had a career-high 223 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies in the win over the Longhorns.

Steve SpurrierICONCan the Head Ball Coach and the Gamecocks stop Cam Newton?

18. South Carolina (9-3) [18]
WON 29-7 at Clemson
Stephen Garcia tossed two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game this year and South Carolina warmed up for Auburn with a victory over rival Clemson.

19. Nevada (11-1) [19]
WON 34-31 OT vs. Boise State
The Wolf Pack rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to snap Boise State’s winning streak in one of the biggest victories in the program’s history.

20. Florida State (9-3) [22]
WON 31-7 vs. Florida
Jimbo Fisher clinched the most wins by a first-year Florida State coach in the last 50 years and won in his first game against Florida — something that Bobby Bowden wasn’t able to accomplish.

21. Utah (10-2) [23]
WON 17-16 vs. BYU
The Utes snuck past the Cougars — the 12th time in the last 14 meetings the matchup has been decided by seven points or fewer.

22. Mississippi State (8-4) [25]
WON 31-23 at Ole Miss
Mississippi State snapped a five-game road losing streak at Ole Miss behind Chris Relf’s career-high 288 yards.

23. West Virginia (8-3) [NR]
WON 35-10 at Pittsburgh
The Mountaineers upset Backyard Brawl rival Pittsburgh for the second straight season and are still alive for a BCS berth.

24. Northern Illinois (10-2) [NR]
WON 71-3 at Eastern Michigan
The Huskies outgained Eastern Michigan 646-160 in total offense and make their debut in the NFP Top 25.

25. NC State (8-4) [21]
LOST 38-31 at Maryland
The Wolfpack were denied a spot in the ACC championship game by falling to the Terrapins. NC State has not won six conference games in a season since 1994.

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