Hogs at No. 13 in hootens.com Top 25 with picks and analysis

Hogs at No. 13 in hootens.com Top 25 with picks and analysis

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Hootens.com Top 25 (Nov. 8)
1. Oregon (9-0): Ducks set their snooze alarm for halftime against Washington, outscoring the Jake Locker-less Huskies 35-10 en route to 53-16 win.

2. TCU (10-0): A 47-7 win at previously unbeaten Utah. Any remaining questions?

3. Boise State (8-0): A school-record 737 yards total offense against a decent Hawaii team. The Rainbows, who had 588 yards against USC, had less than 200 against the Broncos.

4. Auburn (10-0): Yeah, the controversy surrounding QB Cam Newton really was a distraction: career-high 317 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and running for another. Of course, it helped that it was Chattanooga out there.

5. Wisconsin (8-1): Wisconsin used same halftime alarm clock as Oregon. The visiting Badgers outscored Purdue 24-7 in the second half in 34-13 win.

6. Ohio State (8-1): Several Ohio State players reportedly spent the bye week trying to sneak more Buckeye decals on their helmets in an effort to mock plain Penn State.

7. LSU (8-1): Les Miles, the Mad Hatter, has got more tricks up his sleeve than David Copperfield. And he left Alabama feeling mesmerized, among other things.

8. Stanford (8-1): Pssst, this Cardinal team isn't too bad. Ask Arizona, a ranked team that was routed 42-17.

9. Nebraska (8-1): How do you beat upstart Iowa State with a second-team QB? By holding your breath as the Cyclones fail on a fake conversion kick in overtime.
10. Alabama (7-2): Tide saw its repeat national championship hopes die thanks to an LSU fourth-down gamble in Death Valley.
11. Michigan State (9-1): Spartans bounce back from their first loss of the season, but it's a pretty easy rebound when it's Minnesota on the other side.
12. Oklahoma State (8-1): Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon may be the best player in the Big 12. He had 173 receiving yards and took a reverse 69 yards for a touchdown in a 55-28 thrashing of Baylor after serving a one-game suspension. Now he and OSU try to extend Texas' miserable season.


13. Arkansas (7-2): Sure enough, the Hogs weren't looking past South Carolina to UTEP. That 41-20 rout was the Gamecocks' worst home loss in five years.
14. Iowa (7-2): Hawkeyes won ugly in Indiana 18-13, but they won. Upset alert on the horizon: at Northwestern.
15. Virginia Tech (7-2): Hokies look for their eighth win in a row, but it's a little dicey when they go to North Carolina.
16. Mississippi State (7-2): Now the Bulldogs can really get some national attention with two of their last three games on the road. First up, a very mad Crimson Tide.
17. Utah (8-1): What TCU did to Utah was illegal by strict Mormon standards. Plus, that 47-7 loss ended the Utes' 21-game home winning streak.
18. Oklahoma (7-2): Sooners aren't even the best team in their own state. Not after taking a bruising from Texas A&M.
19. Arizona (7-2): Wildcats were no match for Stanford. Home game with USC should be a little more to their liking.
20. Nevada (8-1): All right, so it was against Idaho, but a team-record 844 yards of offense is impressive against tissue paper.
21. Missouri (7-2): Tigers can take a little comfort that they aren't the only team to leave Lubbock after a night game wondering what in the world just happened.
22. South Carolina (6-3): Gamecocks can win the weak SEC East with a win at Florida in the Swamp. Uh, South Carolina is 0-12 all-time there.
23. Florida (6-3): Despite a down year, Gators could still finish 9-3 and in the SEC title game.

24. Texas A&M (6-3): QB Ryan Tannehill, the former walk-on and wide receiver, has put some spark in the long-dormant Aggies. Oklahoma wouldn't argue.
25. Navy (6-3): Midshipmen bounce into rankings because any team that runs the triple option and scores 76 points, as they did against East Carolina, ought to be recognized.
UTEP (6-4) at Arkansas (7-2): UTEP is a respectable 6-4, and this non-conference game comes at an odd time, so you never know. Oh, yes, you do...Arkansas 45, UTEP 17.
Western Kentucky (1-8) at Arkansas State (4-5): Shouldn't be too much trouble for ASU, which could be looking at a 6-6 season...ASU 34, Western Kentucky 14.
Mississippi State (7-2) at Alabama (7-2): Bad time to be going to Tuscaloosa, though Bulldogs will keep it close...Alabama 21, MSU 13.
Clemson (5-4) at Florida State (6-3): Someone is going to win this pillow fight also known as the Atlantic Coast Conference...FSU 28, Clemson 14.
South Carolina (6-3) at Florida (6-3): All good — and bad — things have to end some time. Gamecocks are 0-12 at Florida, but a win puts them in the SEC title game in the weak East...USC 21, Florida 17.
Oklahoma State (8-1) at Texas (4-5): What's more shocking: OSU's success or Texas' implosion? Agreed, Texas' implosion...OSU 28, Texas 24.
Utah (8-1) at Notre Dame (4-5): Utes discover a much slower and less feisty defense than what TCU threw at them...Utah 31, Notre Dame 21.
Ole Miss (4-5) at Tennessee (3-6): A small sliver of light in an otherwise dark season...Tennessee 24, Ole Miss 21.
USC (6-3) at Arizona (7-2): Wildcats aren't bad. They're just not as good as Oregon and Stanford...Arizona 30, USC 27.
Southern Miss (6-3) at Central Florida (7-2): Mild upset for the visiting Golden Eagles...Southern Miss 34, Central Florida 28


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