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LVSC Rankings - Week 12

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In mid-August the oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the company that provides the majority of lines to casinos in Nevada, released their Preseason Rankings.

Florida was listed No. 5 in the first installment of the poll and the notes provided by LVSC Chief Operating Officer Kenny White read, “Can anyone stop the Gators offense???”

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It took 11 weeks, but head coach Urban Meyer and the Gators have finally leaped to the top of the LVSC poll by answering White’s question with an emphatic “No”.

Even though the Gators averaged 36 points per game in their first five battles this season, Meyer’s attack didn’t seem to be as potent as last year’s unit which averaged 42.5 PPG and dropped 50-spots routinely.

Meyer was pointing fingers at the new clock rules, calling them “awful” and wondering why his offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders.

The Gators may’ve woken up in their 38-7 road victory over Arkansas on Oct. 4 when the team exploded for 514 yards of offense and posted 21 points in the fourth quarter. Since that performance, it’s been nothing but fireworks.

In a conference (SEC) where defense is supposed to rule the gridiron, the Gators have lit up the scoreboard for 51, 63, 49 and 42 points. Oddsmakers have been jacking up the number on Florida all year and don’t be surprised to see the lines to jump further, especially since Florida has covered five straight games and owns an eye opening 7-2 (78%) ledger against the spread this year.

The Gators are one of five SEC schools listed in this week’s LVSC Rankings.

The Big 12 leads all conferences with six schools, led by Oklahoma at No. 3. The Sooners will host No. 5 Texas Tech on Nov. 22 in yet another Big 12 South showdown.

Southern Cal dropped to the second slot after being unseated by the Gators. The Pac 10 has five schools ranked in the oddsmakers’ poll, including the Trojans.

This week’s rankings are listed below with notes provided by White.

2008 Las Vegas Sports Consultants Top 30
LVSC Rank Team Rating Previous Rank Notes
1 Florida 113.5 2 The Gators look impressive.
2 Southern Cal 113.1 1 Crept by Cal in low scoring affair.
3 Oklahoma 112.6 3 Showed Texas A&M no mercy.
4 Texas 111.8 3 Baylor no match for Longhorns.
5 Texas Tech 110.9 6 No letdown against Cowboys.
6 Penn State 109.4 5 Cough up title hopes late at Iowa.
7 Alabama 108.0 7 Created turnovers to survive at LSU.
8 Missouri 107.2 8 Easily handled Kansas State.
9 Georgia 106.0 10 Worked hard for win at Kentucky.
10 Oklahoma State 105.8 9 Found out Red Raiders are for real.
11 Ohio State 105.7 11 Buckeyes buried Northwestern.
12 LSU 104.1 12 Heartbreaking loss to 'Bama.
13 California 103.6 14 Gave USC a run for its money.
14 Utah 103.4 18 Utes know how to win close games.
15 Texas Christian 103.1 13 Devastating loss at Utah.
16 Boise State 102.9 18 Broncos cruise by Utah State.
17 Arizona 102.7 17 Heading up North to face the Ducks.
18 South Carolina 102.5 22 Spurrier heading to the Swamp.
19 Oregon 102.3 20 Held off Stanford.
20 Florida State 102.1 23 Clobbered Clemson.
21 West Virginia 101.9 15 Tough OT loss to Cincinnati.
22 Oregon State 101.8 24 Host Cal this week.
23 North Carolina 101.6 25 Solid victory over Georgia Tech.
24 Brigham Young 101.3 21 Pay a visit to Air Force.
25 Michigan State 100.8 28 No problem with Purdue.
26 Cincinnati 100.7 26 Momentum building win over WVU.
27 Iowa 100.5 NR Big win over Nittany Lions.
27 Pittsburgh 100.5 29 Manhandled Louisville.
29 Kansas 100.4 16 Upset at Nebraska.
30 Tulsa 99.8 NR Move up while idle.
The next ten: Boston College, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Florida, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Miami Florida, Georgia Tech, Ball State.
Dropped out of Top 30: Illinois (27), Georgia Tech (29).

  
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Stanford routs UC Davis 45-0 in opener
Missouri defeats So Dak State, 38-18
Golson, Notre Dame cook Rice 48-17
Nebraska rolls over Florida Atlantic, 55-7
PSU tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG
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