Week 14 top 25

Before I get into it, I’m going to say how it would be a sham if Oklahoma gets ranked ahead of Texas in the BCS. And no, its not because they are so bad on defense that Florida would be guaranteed to beat them by 20-plus points. And its not entirely because they lost to Texas at a neutral site – though that should be reason enough for anyone sane.

No, my reasons for Texas to get the nod over Oklahoma and Texas Tech in the Big 12 title game are as follows. Oh yeah, and boo to the Big 12 for making this a tiebreaker. Just awful.

1) Texas is the only one of the three not to get a home game over the other two.

2) Texas is the only one of the three to win away from home against the other two.

3) Texas had the toughest in-conference strength of schedule, having to play Big 12 North champion Missouri while the other two didn’t. With that said, if Oklahoma gets the nod, Texas will have beaten both participants in the Big 12 championship game by 10-plus points – participants that have equal or worse records than Texas.

4) Texas had the closest loss and Texas’ loss came in the toughest circumstances. Texas was on game four of a four-week gauntlet (Oklahoma, Missouri, Okla. State and Tech) without a bye. Tech had a bye before its loss and Oklahoma had its tough opponents divided evenly.

5) Texas had the toughest non-conference schedule according to win/loss record. Oklahoma did beat Cincinnati and TCU, but also played 0-11 Washington and 1-11 FCS Chattanooga. Tech played two FCS teams.

Yeah, the voters need to do the right thing here. We’ll see if they do. Now to the rankings:

1. Alabama (1) – Still undefeated and broke a six-game losing streak to Auburn. Has its hands full with Florida.

2. Florida (2) – The Gators are straight pile-driving fools right now. Look to be the favorites to win the title.

3. Texas (3) – Beat Texas A&M by 40. Explained the rest above.

4. Oklahoma (4) – The Oklahoma State victory was a good one. But I’m sorry, I’m not ranking them above Texas.

5. USC (5) – Embarrassed Notre Dame. What else is new.

6. Utah (6) – Still undefeated and will remain that way until January. Good enough for me.

7. Penn State (8) – They move up because Texas Tech struggled again. Nits should have a good Rose Bowl matchup with USC.

8. Texas Tech (7) – Almost made the BCS picture infinitely easier by almost losing to Baylor. Get penalized because they didn’t.

9. Boise State (9) – All I know is that it was 13-10 over Fresno State before I left to drive to Temecula Friday night and it ended up being 61-10.

10. Ohio State (10) – Oregon State loss likely sews up BCS bid.

11. Ball State (13) – Big win over Western Michigan moves undefeated Cardinals up.

12. TCU (15) – Move up 3 despite regular season being over. Must be nice.

13. Cincinnati (16) – The Bearcats locked up the Big East title and a BCS berth. And no, Bob Huggins had nothing to do with it.

14. Georgia Tech (19) – The Yellow Jackets put on a triple-option clinic against Georgia, getting a bump in the rankings in the process.

15. Boston College (20) – Eagles’ fourth win in a row sends them to ACC title game against Virginia Tech for the second straight year.

16. Oregon (21) – Ducks throw up 65 on Oregon State, ruining the Beavers’ BCS hopes while making USC and Ohio State very happy.

17. BYU (18) – Teams losing ahead of them give the Cougars a tiny bump up.

18. Oklahoma State (12) – 41 points should have been enough to beat Oklahoma. But it was 20 short.

19. Georgia (11) – The Bulldogs’ house of cards were crumbled by Georgia Tech. The preseason No. 1 leaves the regular season without a win over a ranked team.

20. Pittsburgh (23) – The Panthers take down West Virginia to win the Backyard Brawl for the second year in a row, driving the Mountaineers crazy again.

21. Missouri (14) – Loss to Kansas leaves Missouri in same boat as Georgia, great against inferior teams and inferior to great teams. Could really screw things up with a Big 12 upset next week.

22. Michigan State (24) – Spartans move up with losses by others and a newly-minted win over a top 25 team in Iowa.

23. Mississippi (25) – The Rebels killed Mississippi State to continue their late-season surge.

24. Oregon State (16) – Losing 65-38 in a must-win game is a tough end to what was a great season for the Beavers.

25. Iowa (NR) – The Hawkeyes sneak into the rankings. And hey, they can say they were the only ones to beat Penn State.

Under consideration: Northwestern, Florida State, Tulsa

Dropped out: No. 22 Florida State (lost to Florida).

NFL picks

Went 2-1 on Thanksgiving. Sweet. Let’s keep it up.

Denver (+8) at N.Y. Jets – N.Y. Jets 31, Denver 17
San Francisco (+6.5) at Buffalo – Buffalo 30, San Francisco 21
New Orleans (+4) at Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay 28, New Orleans 20
Carolina (+3) at Green Bay – Carolina 24, Green Bay 23
N.Y. Giants (-3.5) at Washington – N.Y. Giants 27, Washington 17
Miami (-8) at St. Louis – Miami 24, St. Louis 17
Baltimore (-7) at Cincinnati – Baltimore 24, Cincinnati 9
Indianapolis (-5) at Cleveland – Indianapolis 34, Cleveland 21
Atlanta (+5) at San Diego – San Diego 27, Atlanta 23
Pittsburgh (+1) at New England – New England 28, Pittsburgh 17
Kansas City (+3) at Oakland – Oakland 24, Kansas City 16
Chicago (+3.5) at Minnesota – Minnesota 23, Chicago 20
Jacksonville (+3) at Houston – Houston 28, Jacksonville 23

Rest of my college picks

Here are six more. Kind of disheveled this week, but its OK.

Notre Dame (+31.5) at USC: USC 38, Notre Dame 14
Oregon (+3) at Oregon State: Oregon State 28, Oregon 23
Washington State (+28.5) at Hawaii: Hawaii 51, Washington State 16
Oklahoma (-7.5) at Oklahoma State: Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 27
Auburn (+14.5) at Alabama: Alabama 28, Auburn 9
Florida (-16.5) at Florida State: Florida 38, Florida State 17