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James Anderson believes this England team is more talented than the side that reached No. 1 in the Test rankings in 2011 and has the potential to stay at the pinnacle for longer.England can reclaim the top spot if they win the final Test against Pakistan at The Oval if India do not go on to overcome West Indies 3-0. Anderson admitted the rise up the rankings had come ahead of expectation for the team, and even if they do not secure No. 1 in the short term the age of many players in the side means the is scope for them to dominate for years ahead.I think what that team in 2011 had was a number of players in the top ten in the rankings so if they were in form generally the team will do pretty well, Anderson said. Weve got that at the moment. I think our team at the moment is better equipped to get to No.1 and stay there.We are a more talented side, I think we are more mentally tough, I think we showed what character weve got this week coming from 100 runs behind at Edgbaston and managed to win. Weve got plenty of characters in the team as well.If we are brutally honest it would be a bit soon for the team, we are still developing, there is still inconsistency and we have plenty of improving to do. It would be nice if we do go to No. 1, but at the same time we know we have plenty of time on our hands to develop.At 34, Anderson - who was a key part of the 2011 side - is now back as the No.1 bowler in the world and is the most senior figure in a team in which only Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook are also over 30.It is the clutch of 20-somethings, the players that Cook and Trevor Bayliss pinpointed as showing greater maturity during the Edgbaston fightback, plus Ben Stokes who remains sidelined, that gives Anderson the belief that reaching the summit will happen, and when it does the stay will not be fleeting.When England reached the top in 2011 with victory over India at Edgbaston - during a 4-0 whitewash - things quickly started to unravel, on and off the field. First came the 3-0 defeat against Pakistan in the UAE, spun out by Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. Then, in a battle for the No. 1 ranking, South Africa secured a 2-0 victory in England during which the Kevin Pietersen texting controversy took hold and divisions emerged in the dressing room.I think we have got more time on our side, Anderson said. The team then had a lot of players early to mid 30s. Now we have got the backbone of a side that could go on for another ten years and that is very exciting.The lads we have got in the dressing room are very down to earth, honest with their own appraisal and the teams own form. We have players who are not finished articles yet but are talented enough to be some of the best players in the world. If they can keep developing and improving then the sky is the limit.When England previously climbed the rankings under the stewardship of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower during the 2009-2011 period it was, in Flowers style, meticulously planned out. Nathan Leamon, the team analyst, plotted their path through each of the series and the players were talked through how they would achieve their goal.When the ICC did their annual ranking update in May 2015, England were No. 5 and the top spot was a distant point. Partly because of that and, perhaps, because of the more laid-back style of management under Bayliss and Paul Farbrace, this teams climb has been more organic.It has been talked about as a place we want to go but it has not been mapped out for us as it was then, Anderson said. If we had done the maths it might have been three years before we got there but as results have fallen we can get there sooner than thought. It is a good motivator for us. We want to keep improving. Getting there would be a massive achievement for us all.Investec is the title sponsor of Test match cricket in England. 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Tennessee-Texas A&M. Navy-Houston. We had blocked kicks, Lambeau Leaps (just not during the game!), and ... lots of Jim Harbaugh.If you thought the first half of the season was entertaining, brace yourself.This is when it gets good.The second half of the season is when the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings begin (on Nov. 1), when the anticipation for league title games increases, and when upsets have the potential to turn the playoff picture upside down.Houstons loss to Navy pretty much ended the Group of 5 playoff dream, so heres a breakdown of where each Power 5 conference stands in the playoff picture at the midpoint of the season:ACCTop playoff contender: Clemson Even if the Tigers lose at Florida State on Oct. 29, Clemson will still win the Atlantic Division with a good chance to win the conference title game and finish in the top four. ESPNs Football Power Index gives the Tigers the best chance of any team (71 percent) with one or no losses to win their league.In the picture: Louisville The Cardinals have to win out and look like a top-four team in the process (unlike Friday night against Duke) in order to even be considered. The road trip to Houston is their only remaining chance to impress the committee against a ranked opponent.Game to watch: The ACC championship game, Dec. 3 If a two-loss Coastal Division champ (think UNC, Pitt or Virginia Tech) upends Clemson in the title game, the ACC could be left out entirely -- unless the committee turns to a one-loss Louisville.Biggest disappointment: Florida State The Noles were ranked No. 4 this preseason, but sank quickly after an 0-2 start to league play that included an embarrassing 63-20 loss at Louisville. Much of it could be attributed to a subpar defense that has allowed 28.9 points per game.Biggest question: Can Louisville still finish in the top four? Its a long shot, but if there is a two-loss Power 5 conference champion out there (even if its in the ACC), the committee would debate whether a one-loss Louisville is the better team.BIG 12Top playoff contenders: Baylor, West Virginia Both are undefeated, and the Mountaineers earned respect with a gritty defensive performance in the win at Texas Tech, but theres still a long way to go for both. Baylor has no wins over ranked opponents and the weakest nonconference schedule in the country. Both teams still have to play Oklahoma -- and each other.In the picture: Oklahoma The Sooners two losses were to Houston and Ohio State, both top 25 teams. If they run the table -- and another Power 5 conference champion stumbles -- OU would at least be considered by the 12 committee members as the league champ. ESPNs FPI favors the Sooners in every remaining game.Game to watch: Baylor at West Virginia, Dec. 3 If somehow both of these teams stay undefeated, it would add up to a de facto Big 12 title game on Dec. 3, when every other Power 5 conference is playing their real championship games. Because of their weak schedule strength, though, its unlikely either team could survive a loss and still be in the top four.Biggest disappointment: Texas What a tumble Texas has taken since beating Notre Dame in double overtime in the season opener. It looked that day as if the Longhorns were ready to take the next step under Charlie Strong, but at 3-3 with a loss to rival OU, its another step back.Biggest question: Will the Big 12 be left out of the CFP again? Ironically, strength of schedule will be an issue for just about everyone but Oklahoma, which couldnt handle its tough schedule. The best-cast scenario would be for West Virginia to win out, but ESPNs FPI gives the Mountaineers just a 16 percent chance of winning the league with one or no losses.BIG TENTop playoff contenders: Ohio State and Michigan The Buckeyes have a slight edge with two road wins over top 25 opponents in Oklahoma and Wisconsin, but Michigans defensive effort in the win against the Badgers was also impressive, and the nonconference win over Colorado will catch the committees eye.In the picture: Nebraska The Huskers are undefeated, but have no wins against Power 5 opponents above .500. The only team theyve played with a winning record is 4-2 Wyoming. Nebraska will be taken more seriously in the playoff race if it is still undefeated after back-to-back road trips to Wisconsin and Ohio State.Game to watch: Michigan at Ohio State, Nov. 26 Even ESPNs FPI haas a tough time choosing the winner, calling it a 50-50 game right now.dddddddddddd The only way to settle this debate is on the field. The winner will likely win the East Division, and emerge as the Big Tens premier playoff candidate.Biggest disappointment: Michigan State Expectations were tempered this preseason, but the Spartans have still underwhelmed, losing four straight and dropping to 0-3 in league play. Its possible the second half of the season is just as bad, as they still have to play Ohio State and Michigan. FPI has the Spartans with a 94 percent chance of missing a bowl game entirely.Biggest question: Can the Ohio State-Michigan loser still finish in the top four? Yes, but it has to be a close game and another Power 5 conference champion likely has to stumble along the way. They both have one good nonconference win, which will help when comparing resumes.PAC-12Top playoff contender: Washington The Huskies completely dominated both Stanford and Oregon, knocking off the two programs that have combined to win every Pac-12 title since 2009. Quarterback Jake Browning is in the Heisman conversation, and Washington is the clear favorite to win the conversation. Its nonconference strength of schedule is its only glaring weakness.In the picture: Utah Colorado is the FPI favorite to win the Pac-12 South, and the Nov. 26 game at Utah could determine the division winner. Utah, though, still has to play Washington on Oct. 29. If the Utes win out and pull off an upset in the Pac-12 title game, it would be an interesting debate for the committee. A two-loss Colorado Pac-12 champ, however, would likely eliminate the league.Game to watch: Washington at Washington State, Nov. 25 With losses to Eastern Washington and Boise State, Washington State isnt a playoff contender, but it can certainly play the role of spoiler in its regular-season finale. If Washington loses a game, its nonconference schedule could become an issue.Biggest disappointment: Stanford Its a good thing the defense can score, because the Cardinals offense has had some trouble. It hasnt helped that running back Christian McCaffrey has missed time with an injury, but its hardly the season expected by a team that was ranked in the preseason top 10.Biggest question: Does Washington have to go undefeated? Six of the past eight semifinalists have had a loss, so history tells us no, but take a closer look at the Huskies nonconference schedule (Portland State, Idaho and Rutgers) and it might not be so clear -- especially if there is an undefeated West Virginia to compete with. ESPNs FPI says Washington is favored to win each of its remaining games by at least 70 percent, but the potential for an upset always lingers.SECTop playoff contender: Alabama After dismantling Tennessee, Bama is No. 1 in ESPNs top three metrics: strength of record, game control and FPI. The Crimson Tide are now nearly four times as likely to win the SEC as any other team. With 11 non-offensive touchdowns, theyve been the most complete team in the country.In the picture: Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida The Aggies will play Bama on Saturday for the lead in the SEC West, and whoever emerges from the East will get one more chance to make a statement in the SEC title game. Good luck. Alabama would have at least an 85 percent chance to beat any team from the SEC East in a potential SEC title game, according to FPI.Game to watch: Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 22 If the Aggies win on Saturday, the playoff picture changes immediately, as they become the SECs top team and leader in the West. Alabama, though, has a 77 percent chance to win, according to FPI. Its a must-win game for both teams.Biggest disappointment: LSU The Tigers overfloweth with talent, but former coach Les Miles couldnt translate it into a spot in the playoff and was fired in September after a 2-2 start. 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