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Opponent Power Rankings: Week 11

BOL's weekly power ranking of Alabama's 12 opponents for the 2012 season.

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1.] LSU (Nov. 3: UA 21, LSU 17)
Last week's ranking: 1
Tigers turn in best performance of the season but it wasn't enough to take down the nation's best team. Sugar Bowl officials would love to have two-loss Tigers, but Alabama, UF and Georgia are also still in play.
Up next: vs. Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 in SEC), Saturday, 6 p.m. CT/ESPN.

2.] Texas A&M (Tuscaloosa, Nov. 10)
Last week: 3
In hammering Auburn and Mississippi State the past two weeks, Aggies (7-2, 4-2) secure Agricultural Cup by combined score of 101-34.
Up next: at Alabama (9-0, 6-0), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CT/CBS.

3.] Michigan (Sept. 1: UA 41, UM 14)
Last week: 5
With quarterback Denard Robinson (elbow) sidelined, Wolverines (6-3) turn in one of their better offensive performances of the season in 35-13 win over Minnesota.
Up next: vs. Northwestern (7-2), Saturday, Noon ET/ESPN.

4.] Mississippi State (Oct. 27: UA 38, MSU 7)
Last week: 3
In year four under Dan Mullen, State (7-2, 3-2) couldn't compete with SEC newcomer Texas A&M. If the Bulldogs couldn't stay on the field with the Aggies this year, what will the coming years be like?
Up next: at LSU (7-2, 3-2), Saturday, 6 p.m. CT/ESPN.

5.] Ole Miss (Sept. 29: UA 33, Ole Miss 14)
Last week: 4
Crazy as it may sound, biggest game to date for Hugh Freeze this week, as both Ole Miss and Vandy are looking to reach bowl eligibility status.
Up next: vs. Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3), Saturday, 6 p.m. CT/ESPNU.

6.] Arkansas (Sept. 15: UA 52, Arkansas 0)
Last week: 7
It's not where this team expected to be but beating Tulsa was big for the Razorbacks (4-5, 2-3), who will need to win two of three from South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU to achieve bowl eligibility.
Up next: at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2), Saturday, Noon ET/CBS.

7.] Tennessee (Oct. 20: UA 44, UT 13)
Last week's ranking: 6
Derek Dooley spending more time with the defense after Vols (4-5, 0-5) survive Troy, 55-48. The good news for defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is that he has two years remaining on a three-year deal that is guaranteed.
Up next: vs. Missouri (4-5, 1-5), Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET/SECN.

8.] Missouri (Oct. 13: UA 42, MU 10)
Last week: 9
Four interceptions from quarterback James Franklin spelled doom for the Tigers (4-5, 1-5) in Gainesville. Tennessee defense just what the doctor ordered.
Up next: at Tennessee (4-5, 0-5), Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET/SECN.

9.] Western Kentucky (Sept. 8: UA 35, WKU 0)
Last week: 8
In falling to Middle Tennessee, Hilltoppers (6-3) dropped second straight home game, putting a serious damper on bowl hopes.
Up next: vs. Florida Atlantic (2-7), Saturday, Noon CT/ESPN3.

10.] Auburn (Tuscaloosa, Nov. 24)
Last week: 10
AU has reportedly hired a security company to help enforce curfew for the football program, which means head coach Gene Chizik clearly has the easiest gig in America. Seriously, with no actual coaching duties on his plate, what else was there for Chizik to do?
Up next: vs. Georgia (8-1, 6-1), Saturday, 6 p.m. CT/ESPN2.

11.] Florida Atlantic (Sept. 22: UA 40, FAU 7)
Last week: 11
Owls (2-7) fall short at Navy, 24-17, but continue to show signs of improvement under Carl Pelini.
Up next: at Western Kentucky (6-3), Saturday, Noon CT/ESPN3.

12.] Western Carolina (Tuscaloosa, Nov. 17)
Last week: 12
Losers of nine straight, WCU (1-9) gets an open week before picking up a big check for playing in a game that will be televised regionally. Two out of three ain't bad.
Up next: at Alabama (9-0), Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:21 a.m. CT/SECN.

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