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1. Florida Gators (10-0) - The Gators remained the top team in the land with their 24-14 win over former coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks. In the win, Tim Tebow threw for just 198 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another as it was all the Gators needed. The Florida defense caused the Gamecocks to turn the ball over three times. Florida is now 10-0 with remaining games against Florida International, and a rivalry game with Florida State, before the SEC title game.
2. Texas Longhorns (10-0) - The Longhorns took a 40-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, and didn’t look back, blasting the Baylor Bears 47-14. In the win, Heisman candidate Colt McCoy completed 23 of 34 passes for 180 and 2 touchdowns. Cody Johnson led the offense, with two rushing touchdowns, both in first half, finishing with 109 yards. Texas now has two final games remaining; with Kansas and at Texas A+M before the Big 12 title game. If Nebraska beats Kansas State next week, the Longhorns will take on the Cornhuskers. Texas remains # 2, just behind Florida.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0) - Greg McElroy and Mark Ingram led the Crimson Tide offense to 438 total yards of offense and 31 total points in the 28 point win over Mississippi State. McElroy threw for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ingram rushed 18 times for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide with the win places them at 10-0 overall, and 7-0 in SEC play. The Crimson Tide will finish their conference slate on November 27th at Auburn. Before that, Alabama will host Chattanooga on Saturday. Alabama and Florida will meet up on December 5th in the SEC title game. With the win, the Crimson Tide stay at # 3.
4. Boise State Broncos (10-0) – The Vandals had said before their affair with the Boise State Broncos that they wanted to be the # 1 rival to the Broncos. The heated will have to wait another season, as the Vandals were downed 63-25. Boise State poured on 42 first half points, with quarterback Kellen Moore passing for four. Moore finished the game with five touchdown passes and 298 yards. The Broncos were actually out gained in the blow-out win, but forced Idaho into 7 turnovers; including 5 interceptions. The Broncos will play at Utah State on Friday night in search of win # 11. The win for Boise State allowed them to remain # 4 overall in the rankings.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0) – The Bearcats won their tenth straight game with a 24-21 effort over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Zach Callaros threw 17 of 24 for 205 yards, while Tony Pike came in for red zone drives, throwing for two touchdowns on 2-4 passing. The Bearcats out gained the Mountaineers 437 - 390 in the win. The win for Cincinnati allowed them to remain at the top of the Big East. The Bearcats 6-0 record is ½ game ahead of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Cincinnati will host Illinois on November 27th and then travel to Pittsburgh on December 5th for the Big East title. Cincinnati remains # 5 in the rankings, just behind Boise State.
6. TCU Horned Frogs (10-0) - The Horned Frogs used 38 points in the first half to put the Mountain West Conference title game out of reach early. Andy Dalton, the TCU quarterback threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, and was aided by Ed Wesley’s 137 yards and a touchdown. The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd at Amon Carter Stadium, a place they have won 13 straight times. The win for TCU placed them at the top of the conference, alone with just a trip to Wyoming and a home game with New Mexico remaining. The win for TCU allowed them to stay at # 6.
7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-1) - The Yellow Jackets continued their impressive streak of hot play with a 49-10 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. In the win, quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns, while running back Johnathan Dwyer rushed 14 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Yellow jackets forced the Blue Devils offense to turn the ball over twice in the win. Georgia Tech with the win will head to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game against Clemson or Boston College. The Yellow Jackets will take this weekend off, and then play a huge rivalry game on November 28th, against the Georgia Bulldogs.
8. Pittsburgh Panthers (9-1) - The Panthers escaped 19 points from Notre Dame in the fourth quarter, and held on for a 27-22 win. The Panthers used a 50 yard Dion Lewis rush for a touchdown to aide in the win. Pittsburgh with the win moved to 9-1 on the season. The game was a non conference affair, so Pittsburgh still remained 5-0 in the Big East. The only team left unbeaten with the Panthers are the Cincinnati Bearcats. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will meet-up on December 5th or the Big East title. The Panthers will have to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 27th first. The win for the Panthers allowed them to move up one spot from # 9 to # 8.
9. LSU Tigers (8-2) - The Tigers did not play their best football of the season, but still came away with a win. LSU knocked off state rival Louisiana Tech 24-16 to move up one position from # 10 to # 9. Tigers quarterback Jarrett Lee was extremely ineffective in the loss. Lee threw for just 105 yards on 7 of 22 passing, with just 1 touchdown. Keiland Williams led the Tigers offense, rushing 15 times for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Tigers moved to 8-2 on the season, remaining 4-2 in conference play. LSU will visit Mississippi on Saturday, and then finish the season on November 28th at home, against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
10. Oregon Ducks (8-2) - The Oregon Ducks took a step closer to Pasadena on Saturday blasting the Sun Devils of Arizona State 44-21. The win for the Ducks allowed them to move back into the Top Ten, up one position from # 11. Oregon used 268 rushing yards; including 150 from LaMichael James in the win. The Ducks are now alone at the top of the Pac-Ten standings, with their one loss. If Oregon can win at Arizona on Saturday, and then at home over Oregon State on December 3rd, the Ducks will win the Pac-Ten outright.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-2) – The Buckeyes stamped their mark on a trip to Pasadena in January, to play in the Rose Bowl game. Backup Devin Barclay kicked a 39 yard field goal, after the Buckeyes intercepted a pass to start the overtime. Terrelle Pryor threw for just 93 yards, as the Buckeyes offense stayed on the ground - rushing for 226 yards. Their opponent for the Rose Bowl has yet to be decided, but it appears Oregon is the front runner. Ohio State moves up two positions from # 13 to # 11. The Buckeyes will finish their regular season schedule on the road Saturday in Ann Arbor against the Michigan Wolverines (5-6).
12. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2) - The Cowboys picked up their 8th win in 10 tries on Saturday, downing the Texas Tech Red Raiders 24-17. The Cowboys moved up four positions from # 16 to # 12 with the win. Zach Robinson, the Cowboys quarterback was held in check, throwing for just 90 yards and a touchdown. Robinson did rush for 99 yards, while Keith Toston added 76 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys defense intercepted three Taylor Potts passes, including a third quarter pick that was returned for a touchdown. Oklahoma State will get a short week of preparation as they take on the Colorado Buffaloes at home on Thursday.
13. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-2) - The Scarlet Knights make an eight team jump from # 21 to # 13 with their 31-0 win over the South Florida Bulls. Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage tossed for 194 yards in the win. The Scarlet Knights defense did the job, holding the Bulls to just 159 yards and kept them off the scoreboard. Rutgers also blocked a punt, forced four turnovers and picked up seven sacks in the win. The win for Rutgers allowed them to move to .500 in conference play, with their two losses coming to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The Scarlet Knights will look to stay hot on Saturday when they play at Syracuse.
14. Utah Utes (8-2) - The Utes took a 27 point beat down at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs. The loss sent them down from # 8 to # 14. Utah allowed the Horned Frogs offense to pour on 38 points in the first half, including 21 in a three minute stretch in the second quarter. Overall, the Utes allowed 549 total yards of offense to the Horned Frogs. The loss for Utah was their first in conference play, and they are now tied with BYU in second place. The Utes will host San Diego State on Saturday, and then finish the year on November 28th at Brigham Young.
15. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2) - The Nittany Lions, once again, started slow, but came away with an 11 point Big Ten win. After a tie game at halftime, the Nittany Lions used Navorro Bowman 73 yard interception return to seal the deal. Quarterback Darryl Clark threw for just under 200 yards and a touchdown, while running for another. The win for Penn State allowed them to move up from # 19 to # 15. The Nittany Lions will finish the regular season on Saturday with a trip to East Lansing to take on the Spartans of Michigan State.
16. Clemson Tigers (7-3) - Clemson moved one step closer to advancing to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game with their 20 point win over the North Carolina State Wolf pack. The win for Clemson allowed them to move up four positions from # 20 to # 16. Clemson used 97 yards from Heisman candidate C.J. Spiller in the win. Spiller on the season has rushed for just under 900 yards. With a win on Saturday over Virginia, the Tigers will win the Atlantic portion of the ACC. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won the Coastal Division. Beat North Carolina State 43-23. # 20
17. Stanford Cardinals (7-3) - The Stanford Cardinals move into the top 25, jumping all the way up to # 25 from the not ranked section. The Cardinals used 178 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns from Toby Gerhart to aide in the 34 point win over the USC Trojans. The Cardinals have now won three straight games, and moved to just ½ game behind the Oregon Ducks atop the Pac-Ten. The Cardinals will play their final Pac-Ten game on Saturday when they host the California Bears. Stanford will need to beat the Bears, and hope for some luck from opponents of Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State.
18. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2) – The Hawkeyes lost their second straight on Saturday; in a 27-24 overtime defeat at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The loss for Iowa sent them down four positions from # 14 to # 18. Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg had a solid game, but threw an interception in overtime, which led to the Buckeyes coming down the field and kicking the game winning field goal. The loss for Iowa sent the Hawkeyes in a three way tie for second place in the Big-Ten. Iowa will finish the regular season Saturday at home, with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
19. Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) - The Badgers moved to 8-2 overall, and 5-2 in the Big Ten with their 21 point win over the Michigan Wolverines. The win allowed the Badgers to jump five positions from # 24 to # 19. Wisconsin used quarterback Scott Tolzien’s four touchdown passes and 240 yards to aide in the win. The loss for Michigan was their sixth straight Big Ten defeat. That is the most for the Maize and Blue since 1958 - 1959. The Badgers are now tied in second place in the Big Ten with Iowa and Penn State. Wisconsin will finish their Big Ten slate on Saturday at Northwestern. The Badgers will travel to Hawaii for a December 5th game to end the regular season.
20. Boston College Eagles (7-3) - The Eagles won their second straight; with a 14-10 decision over Virginia. Boston College won their 4th in ACC play, now hoping for a Clemson loss, and two wins to end the conference play to sneak into the ACC title game. Boston College will host the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, followed by a road game at Maryland on November 28th. Boston College re-enters the Top 25 from being unranked last week.
21. Oregon State Beavers (7-3) - The Beavers continued to stay alive in Pac-Ten play with their impressive 48-21 win over the Washington Huskies. The Beavers used Jacquizz Rodgers’ 154 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the way. The win for the Beavers pushed them to 5-2 in conference play, tied with Stanford and Arizona; also with two losses. The Oregon Ducks lead the Pac-Ten with a 6-1 record. Oregon State will play at Washington State on Saturday, and then end the season with a home game with the Oregon Ducks on November 28th.
22. Brigham Young Cougars (8-2) - The Cougars survived a scare from winless New Mexico, but recorded their 8th win on the season. The Aggies had the ball late in the game, but the Cougars defense was able to slow them down and force them to turn the ball over on downs with just 1:00 to go. Max Hall completed 65 percent of his passes for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns. The win for the Cougars pushed them into a tie with Utah for second place in the Mountain West Conference. Both the Utes and Cougars trail Texas Christian University at the top. Brigham Young will host the Air Force Falcons on Saturday in another Mountain West Conference affair. The win for the Cougars pushed them up from # 23 to # 22.
23. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3) - The Cornhuskers move into the Top 25 after their 31-17 win over the Kansas Jay Hawks. Nebraska now needs wins over Kansas State and Colorado to win the Big 12 - North and take their shots at Texas in the Big 12 title game. Nebraska has won three straight games since their 9-7 loss to Iowa State on October 24th. Nebraska will host the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. The Wildcats come in 4-3 in the Big 12 North.
24. USC Trojans (7-3) - The Trojans tumble to their season worst rank - # 24 with a 34 point blow out loss to Stanford. USC came in last week at # 12 following their 14-9 win over Arizona State. The Trojans gave up a school history high 55 points in the loss. USC has now lost two of their last three and fallen out of the Pac-Ten race. USC will look to get back on track on Saturday when they host the UCLA Bruins.
25. Houston Cougars (8-2) – The Cougars took a 37-32 loss at the hands of the UCF Knights. Houston was held to just 46 rushing yards in the loss. Case Keenum threw for 377 yards in the loss. The Cougars were unable to slow down Brynn Harvey, who rushed for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game. The loss for the Cougars sent them to 4-2 in the Conference USA - West Division, trailing Southern Methodist. The Cougars will need to win Saturday against Memphis, and the following week over Rice, and hope for a Southern Methodist loss either Saturday at Marshall, or November 28th with Tulane to win the division. Houston drops ten spots from # 15 to # 25 with the loss.
Others in Consideration:
Navy Midshipmen (8-3) - Beat Delaware 35-18
North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3) - Beat Miami 33-24
Dropped from Rankings:
Arizona Wildcats (6-3) - Lost to California 24-16
Miami Hurricanes (7-3) - Lost to North Carolina 33-24
Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3) - Lost to Oklahoma State 24-17
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-4) - Lost to Pittsburgh 27-22