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1. Florida Gators (8-0) - The Florida Gators moved to 8-0 with their 41-17 blasting over the Georgia Bulldogs. Florida used four touchdowns from Tim Tebow to aide in the win. Tebow, with the big day passed Herschel Walker for the all-time SEC rushing touchdown leader. The Gators have now won 17 of their last 20 meetings against the Bulldogs. Florida also extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18. The Gators will finish their SEC slate on Saturday, with Vanderbilt and then on November 14th at former head coach Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
2. Texas Longhorns (8-0) - The Texas Longhorns kept pace with Florida at the top, with their own 41-14 win. The Longhorns used four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns to key in the win. Texas only gained 275 total yards of offense, but still managed to put up 41 points. The win for Texas was even more impressive, as it came over Oklahoma State. The win for the Longhorns also put them in full control of the Big 12 - South. Texas has games at Baylor, with Kansas and at Texas A+M left in conference play. The Longhorns will go out of conference play this weekend and host the Central Florida Knights.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) - Alabama remained # 3 during their off weekend. The Crimson Tide took the weekend off to gear up for prepare for what will most likely be the SEC - West title game. Alabama leads LSU by one game in conference play (5-0 to 4-1). The Crimson Tide have allowed only 91 points in 8 games played this season. Mark Ingram has been key for Alabama’s offense, rushing for over 1000 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns.
4. Boise State Broncos (8-0) – The Broncos made a two team improvement, from # 6 to # 4 with their 45-7 win over the Spartans of San Jose State. Besides the win for Boise State, the best news of the weekend for them was the Oregon blow-out win over the USC Trojans. Boise State started the 2009 season with a win over Oregon; the Ducks lone loss. Boise State, in the 38 point blasting of San Jose State used 278 passing yards from quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore has thrown for 1627 yards and 21 touchdowns on the season. Boise State will take on Louisiana Tech on Saturday, on the road. After that affair, the Broncos will host Idaho, travel to Utah State, and host Nevada and New Mexico State.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0) – Cincinnati picked up their eighth straight win to start the 2009 season. The Bearcats scored a touchdown in every quarter of their 28-7 win over Syracuse. The long Orange touchdown was in the first quarter. Zach Callaros threw for 295 yards in the win, replacing Tony Pike. Cincinnati is tied with Pittsburgh at the top of the Big East Conference. The Bearcats and Panthers will play on December 5th in Pittsburgh. Before that, the Bearcats will host Connecticut on Saturday, West Virginia on November 13th, and Illinois on November 27th. The Bearcats remained # 5 with their win.
6. Oregon Ducks (7-1) - The Ducks made a five team jump up from # 11 to # 6 with their blow-out win over the USC Trojans, 47-20. In the win, Oregon garnered over 600 yards of total offense. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 222 passing yards and ran for 164 yards. With the win, the Ducks are now alone at the top of the Pac-Ten. Oregon is 5-0, followed by Arizona at 3-1. The Ducks and Wildcats will play in Tucson on November 21st. Before that, Oregon will play at Stanford on Saturday.
7. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-0) – The Hawkeyes continued to thrill their fans with yet another come from behind win. The Hawkeyes trailed 24-14 after two quarters, rallied for the final 28 points of the game, to win 42-24. Iowa leads the Big Ten, ahead of Penn State and Ohio State; both at 4-1. Ricky Stanzi threw a record five interceptions in the win, but was able to pick up 337 more passing yards. On the season, Stanzi has tossed for over 2000 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes have three games remaining in their regular season slate. Saturday, Iowa will host the Northwestern Wildcats (5-4). Following that, Iowa will face a tough test, when they travel to Ohio State (7-2), before finishing the year at home with Minnesota (5-4).
8. TCU Horned Frogs (8-0) - The Horned Frogs continued to roll Saturday with a 41-0 blanking of UNLV. In the eight wins for TCU, their defense has allowed just 89 points, which is just over 10 points per game. The Horned Frogs offense is averaging 41 points per game in their last three games. TCU is still tied at the top of the Mountain West Conference with Utah. The Horned Frogs and Utes will meet November 14th, at home. Before that, TCU will travel to San Diego State Saturday for yet another MWC game. TCU is 54-6 at home since 1999.
9. LSU Tigers (7-1) - The Tulane Green Wave were no competition for the Tigers on Saturday. LSU scored 21 first half points, and then added 21 in the second half for a 42-0 pasting of Tulane. The Tigers are now 7-1 overall, with their lone loss coming on October 10th to the Florida Gators. In the win, Brandon LaFell caught two touchdowns, moving him to second in school history in touchdowns. The Tigers will face a much tougher test on Saturday when they travel to SEC - West leading Alabama. If the Tigers can knock Alabama off, and pick up remaining wins over Mississippi and Arkansas, the Tigers can play in the SEC title game. LSU is 4-1, and the Crimson Tide are 5-0.
10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-1) - The Yellow Jackets continue to put up impressive offensive numbers, this time 56 against SEC foe Vanderbilt. The Yellow Jackets have now scored 317 points in 8 games. Jonathan Dwyer ran for a career high 186 yards, along with 3 touchdowns. Dwyer, on the season has carried the ball 146 times for 904 yards and 8 touchdowns. The win for Georgia Tech was a come from behind type, in which the Yellow Jackets trailed 31-28 early in the third quarter. Georgia Tech scored the final 28 points in the win. Georgia Tech will take on Atlantic Coast Conference for Wake Forest. The Yellow Jackets moved into the top ten, up two positions from # 12.
11. Utah Utes (7-1) - The Utah Utes escaped with their 7th win in 8 tries this season, with their 22-10 win over Wyoming. The win for Utah allowed them to make a two team jump, up from # 13 to # 11. The win was the fifth straight for Utah. The Utes lead the Mountain West Conference; tied with TCU. Terrance Cain, Utah’s quarterback has put together a solid season, throwing for 1624 yards and 11 touchdowns. Utah will take on winless New Mexico on Saturday. Following this weekend’s action, the Utes will travel to TCU on November 14th for the Mountain West title game.
12. USC Trojans (6-2) - The Trojans drop eight positions from # 4 to # 12, following their 47-20 loss to Oregon. The defeat dropped the Trojans out of contention for the national title, and most likely for a return trip to the Rose Bowl. The Trojans now trail Oregon by two games in the conference. USC allowed Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to throw for 222 yards and rush for 164, combining for two touchdowns. The Trojans will travel to Arizona State on Saturday, and look to get back on track. The game at Arizona State is USC’s final true road game, as they will host Stanford, UCLA and Arizona in the final three weeks of the season.
13. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1) - Penn State fought through their early struggles to come away with a 34-13 win over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions trailed 13-10 at halftime, but scored the final 24 points, including three touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. Penn State remains one game behind Iowa; tied with Ohio State for second in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions lone loss this season came on September 26th at home, to Iowa. Penn State, with the win, moved into sixth on the all-time win list, overtaking Alabama. The Nittany Lions will host the Ohio State Buckeyes in a huge Big Ten game on Saturday.
14. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) – Ohio State went outside the Big Ten Conference and blasted poor New Mexico State. The Buckeyes defense allowed the Aggies just two first downs, and 62 total yards of offense. Ohio State has now won 30 straight games against non AQ BCS schools. Terrelle Pryor just played over half the game, picking up 135 passing yards and 83 rushing yards. The Buckeyes are tied with Penn State, for second place in the Big Ten. Both teams trail Iowa by a game. Ohio State’s remaining schedule looks to be among the toughest in the nation. This weekend the Buckeyes will travel to Happy Valley and take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Following that, Ohio State will host the Iowa Hawkeyes, and then finish the season on November 21st at Michigan. With three straight wins, the Buckeyes can head back to the Rose Bowl.
15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2) - Notre Dame and Washington State both traveled to San Antonio, with the Fighting Irish coming up on the correct side of a 40-14 decision. The Fighting Irish used 268 passing yards from Heisman contender Jimmy Clausen, along with Golden Tate catching 80 yards worth of passes. The win for Notre Dame was their sixth on the season, and second straight. The Irish’ two losses on the season came at Michigan and at home to USC. Notre Dame will host the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday in South Bend. The win for Notre Dame, moved them up three positions from # 18 to # 15.
16. Houston Cougars (7-1) - The Houston Cougars picked up a thrilling 50-43 win over the Southern Mississippi Eagles. Houston, with their win, took a stranglehold on the Conference USA West Division with the win. Houston is now tied with Southern Methodist at the top. The Cougars were 38-15 winners over the Mustangs last week. Case Keenum threw for 559 yards, which is a career high in the win. The Cougars offense picked up 750 total yards in the game, while the defense allowed 608. Houston will play two straight road games, starting on Saturday with a trip to Tulsa. On November 14th, the Cougars will play at UCF, followed by home games with Memphis and Rice. Houston moved from # 19 to # 16.
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2) - The Cowboys came up on the wrong end of a 41-14 decision to the Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma State trailed 24-7 at halftime, but were not able to slow down the Longhorns offense in the third quarter, as they poured on 17 more. Oklahoma State committed five turnovers in the loss, including four interceptions, and two being returned for touchdowns. The Cowboys, with the loss, have fallen into a tie for second place in the Big 12 - South. Oklahoma State will look to rebound this weekend when they travel to Ames Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.
18. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-1) - The Panthers move up two positions from # 20 to # 18, despite not playing over the weekend. The Panthers used their bye week to prepare for a home game with Syracuse on Saturday. The Orange come in with a 3-5 overall record, winless in the Big East. Pittsburgh is at the top of the conference, tied with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will meet up on the final game of the season; December 5th. Dion Lewis is the fourth Pittsburgh freshman to rush for at least 1000 yards.
19. Arizona Wildcats (5-2) - The Arizona Wildcats hold their destiny in their hands with five games remaining. The Wildcats are 5-2 overall, with losses to Iowa and Washington. More importantly, the Wildcats are 3-1 in Pac Ten play. Arizona can win the conference, by winning their final five games. Arizona will take on conference leader Oregon on November 21st, and defending conference champion USC on December 5th. The Wildcats are led by quarterback Nick Foles, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns thus far. Foles, in the most recent 27-13 win over UCLA, turned the ball over five times, including three interceptions. Arizona will host Washington State, who has yet to win a Pac-Ten game on Saturday.
20. Miami Hurricanes (6-2) - The Miami Hurricanes escaped Saturday with a 28-27 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The game ball in the come from behind win should have went to Miami freshman Jacory Harris, who threw for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns. Harris has thrown for over 2000 yards, and 16 touchdowns. Miami, with the win, went to 3-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference - Coastal Division play. Miami, is one game behind 5-1 Georgia Tech and 3-1 Duke. The Hurricanes will host the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday, in an effort to extend their winning streak to two games. Miami moved up two positions from # 22 to # 20.
21. California Bears (6-2) - The Golden Bears picked up a come from behind 23-21 win over conference for Arizona State. The win was the sixth of the season for California, with just two losses. The win was also the third straight for California, after back-to-back blowout losses to Oregon and USC. The Trojans are led offensively by running back Jahvid Best. Best has ran 132 times for 1805 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. California will host Oregon State on Saturday, in a key Pac-Ten game, with both teams in the middle of the conference. The win for the Golden Bears allowed them to enter the Top 25, from the unranked last week.
22. Oklahoma Sooners (5-3) - The Sooners jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead, before the Wildcats of Kansas State made it competitive, only to end 42-30. The Sooners have now won two straight games, since the Red River Rivalry loss to Texas. Oklahoma is just a game behind Texas in the Big 12 - South. Oklahoma will play a tough road game on Saturday, when they head to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Oklahoma enters the rankings once again, after taking two weeks outside the Top 25.
23. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2) - The Scarlet Knights make their way into the Top 25 for the first time this season. Rutgers came up with a 28-24 win over Uconn on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights lost their season opener to Cincinnati, and then a home affair to Pittsburgh. Both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are undefeated at the top of the Big East Conference. Rutgers has been led by freshman quarterback Tom Savage. Savage has thrown for 1341 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. The Scarlet Knights will take this weekend off, and then host South Florida on November 12th, 2009.
24. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3) - The Red Raiders moved back into the Top 25 once again, from being unranked last week. Texas Tech trailed early, but came back and doubled up the Kansas Jay Hawks 42-21. In the win for Texas Tech, Baron Batch ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns. The Red Raiders trailed 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter, scored the final 28 points, all in the fourth quarter. The schedule for the Red Raiders does not get any easier, after taking this weekend off, the Red Raiders will travel to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, followed by a home game with the Oklahoma Sooners on November 21st.
25. Clemson Tigers (5-3) - The Tigers won their third straight game on Saturday, albeit against Coastal Carolina; 49-3. Clemson has now won three straight games, and made their way to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference - Atlantic Division. The Tigers are tied with Boston College, at 3-2. Clemson beat Boston College in the third game of the season 25-7. Clemson will play three straight conference games, in the next three weeks. This Saturday, the Tigers will host the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State is 2-3 overall, and 4-4 within the ACC. Following that game, Clemson will take on North Carolina State and Virginia, before playing a non conference road game at South Carolina. Clemson makes their first appearance inside the Top 25.
Others in Consideration:
Boston College Eagles (6-3) - Beat Central Michigan 31-20
Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) - Beat Purdue 37-0
Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) - did not play
South Florida Bulls (6-2) - Beat West Virginia 30-19
Auburn Tigers (6-3) - Beat Mississippi 33-20
Dropped out from last week:
Mississippi Rebels (5-3) - Lost to Auburn 33-20
C. Michigan Chippewas (7-2) - Lost to Boston College 31-20
Virginia Tech Hokies (5-3) - Lost to North Carolina 20-17
W. Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) - Lost to South Florida 30-19
South Carolina Gamecocks (6-3) - Lost to Tennessee