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1. Florida Gators (4-0) - The Florida Gators win on Saturday did not come without a cost. The Gators led from start to finish, and rolled to a 41-7 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The bad news for the Gators was quarterback Tim Tebow was helped off the field and later hospitalized after a hard hit. Tebow only completed 5 passes the entire game for Florida, but the 362 rushing yards did the Wildcats in. The good news for Florida is they will take next week off, an extra week to help Tebow heal. Florida has now out scored their first three opponents 182 - 29. The Gators remain the # 1 team in the nation with the win. Florida will take their unbeaten record on the road on October 10th and take on the LSU Tigers.
2. Texas Longhorns (4-0) - The Longhorns continued to roll on Saturday, blasting state rival UTEP 64-7. Colt McCoy completed 28 of 35 passes for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. Vondrell McGee rushed just 8 times, for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Longhorns. Texas allowed the Miners to garner just 75 total yards of offense in the game. The win for the Longhorns keep them at the # 2 position in the Top 25. Texas will take next week off and then head to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes in a Big 12 tilt.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) - Alabama dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks from start to finish on Saturday and came away with a 35-7 win. The win for Alabama keeps them at # 3, just behind Texas and Florida. Quarterback Greg McElroy threw for a career high 291 yards and three touchdowns in the SEC opener for the Crimson Tide. The Alabama defense held Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett in check holding him for just 161 passing yards. The defense for Alabama has allowed just 52 points in four games to start the season. Alabama will go on the road the next two weekends and take on the Kentucky Wildcats, followed by a road game at Mississippi.
4. Boise State Broncos (4-0) - The Broncos will look to garner their highest ranking in school history when the Associated Press Top 25 come out this weekend. With the losses from Penn State and Mississippi, the Broncos look to move into the top 5. The Broncos rolled from the start, in the 49-14 blowout win over Bowling Green. In the win for Boise State, Kellen Moore completed 17 of 21 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Broncos defense yielded 291 yards of offense from Bowling Green, but just 14 points. Boise State will take on California-Davis on Saturday in another game expected to be a blowout.
5. USC Trojans (3-1) - The Trojans picked up their first Pac-Ten win on Saturday, beating the Washington State Cougars 27-6. Matt Barkley the Trojans quarterback came back from missing action against Washington, and threw for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Trojans were less than a minute away from a shut-out when Washington State got into the end zone. The Trojans have allowed just three defensive touchdowns on the season. The win for USC allowed them to move up one spot from # 6 to # 5. USC will take on the California Golden Bears, who are coming off a blow out loss at Oregon.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1) - The Buckeyes conducted their second straight shut-out on Saturday, this time, in a 30-0 win over the Fighting Illini of Illinois. In the soaking rain, the Buckeyes offense did not use the aerial attack, passing for just 82 yards. The ground game picked up 236 yards. The defense for Ohio State picked up their second straight shut-out after holding Toledo out of the end zone last weekend. The win for Ohio State allows them to move up one spot from # 7 to # 6. Ohio State will take on an Indiana team that nearly pulled off an upset at Michigan on Saturday.
7. Oklahoma Sooners (2-1) - The Sooners, despite the week off, were able to make a one team improvement from last week to this week. Oklahoma’s lone loss came to the Brigham Young Cougars during the first week of the season. Oklahoma will face a tough test on Saturday when they take on the Miami Hurricanes on the road. Miami is coming off a 31-7 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech on Saturday.
8. Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0) - The Bearcats had their toughest test of the season on Saturday, but came away with yet another win. Fresno State gave Cincinnati all they could handle, before the 28-20 final. Quarterback Tony Pike threw for three touchdowns in the win. Pike threw 23 and 11 yard touchdowns to Marty Gilyard for the Bearcats. The win for Cincinnati moved them one spot closer to the top, from # 9 last week to # 8 this week. The Bearcats will go on the road the next two games. On October 3rd the Bearcats will play at Miami Ohio, and then on October 15th Cincinnati will play at South Florida.
9. TCU Horned Frogs (3-0) - The TCU Horned Frogs found a way to win on Saturday, and a big win it was. The win for the Mountain West’s unbeaten was on the road at an Atlantic Coast Conference school. The Horned Frogs left Clemson with a 13-10 win. Andy Dalton threw two touchdown pass for the Horned Frogs, but the defense was the story as they allowed just 10 points, to help the Mountain West win for the first time in Death Valley in 1965. The Horned Frogs allowed Clemson just 117 yards in the second half. The win for TCU allowed them to move up one spot from # 10 to # 9. TCU will host Southern Methodist on Saturday, before heading on the road to Air Force the following weekend.
10. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) - The Bulldogs used a last second field goal to edge the Sun Devils of Arizona State on Saturday. Blair Walsh kicked a 37 yard field goal as time expired to assist the escape. A.J. Green had a big game for the Bulldogs, blocking a field goal, and also catching 8 passes for 156 yards. The win for Georgia, moves them back into the Top 10, from # 12 to # 10. The Bulldogs will face LSU at home at Saturday, before taking to the road for three straight games; at Tennessee, at Vanderbilt and at Florida.
11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-1) - The Cowboys put a beating on Grambling Sunday, scoring 56 points, and allowing just 6. The win for the Cowboys allowed them to move up two spots from # 13 to # 11. Oklahoma State played the game without their top receiver Dez Bryant and top running back Kendall Hunter. Keith Toston ran the ball for 84 yards, and also scored three touchdowns; all in the first half. In the game the Cowboys piled up 587 yards of total offense. Oklahoma State will take this weekend off, before getting into the Big 12 portion of their schedule when they play at Texas A+M.
12. Michigan Wolverines (4-0) - The Michigan Wolverines under head coach Rich Rodriguez continue to be a top story within collegiate football. Michigan picked up their third win overall, and first in the Big Ten Saturday when they beat Indiana at home 36-33. Tate Forcier shook off a shoulder injury by throwing a 26 yard touchdown to Martavious Odoms with 2:26 remaining. The win for Michigan moved them up 10 positions from # 22 to # 12. The Wolverines will take on state rival Michigan State on Saturday, on the road.
13. Oregon Ducks (3-1) - The Ducks picked up one of the biggest wins of the weekend on Saturday when they blasted the California Golden Bears 42-3. In the win, Jeremiah Masoli completed 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Ducks defense allow Jahvid Best and the Bears rushing offense just 77 yards. The only negative for Oregon and their offense, was their three fumbles. Oregon moves up seven spots from last weeks position at # 20 to this week at # 13. Oregon will host Washington State on Saturday. Last year when the Ducks and Cougars met, the Ducks won 63-14.
14. Houston Cougars (3-0) - The Houston Cougars continued to impress and surprise the nation with their third straight win; second over a Big 12 team on Saturday. This time, the Cougars used a late score to knock off the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. Case Keenum, with the Cougars trailing led a 95 yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 4 yard quarterback keeper with just 4 seconds to go, for the win. Keenum passed for 435 yards in the win, in front of 32, 114 in attendance, which ranks as a Houston record. With the win, Houston slides in to the top 15 at # 14, up last week from # 19.
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) - Georgia Tech bounced back from their Thursday night loss against Miami to knock off North Carolina in a key Atlantic Coast Conference affair. The Yellow Jackets quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran for two touchdowns and the Georgia Tech defense allowed just seven points in the win. The Yellow Jackets moved up three spots from last week, # 18 to # 15. Georgia Tech will play an out of conference game at Mississippi State on Saturday.
16. LSU Tigers (4-0) - The Tigers held Mississippi State out of the end zone three
straight times in the final seconds of their 30-26 win on the road Saturday. The win for
LSU helped them move up nine spots from # 25 to # 16. Quarterback Brandon LaFell
threw for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Chad Jones also sparked the Tigers
offense on a 93 yard punt return. The win for LSU was their tenth straight over
Mississippi State. The Tigers will play on the road on Saturday at Georgia, against the
Bulldogs, who are 3-1. Beat Mississippi State 30-26.
17. Utah Utes (3-1) - The Utah Utes picked up their third win of the season Saturday, in their 30-14 game over the Louisville Cardinals. In the win, Utah lost four starters due to injury in the first half. Terrance Cain led the Utes with two touchdowns, and Eddie Wide ran for 129 yards. Cain completed all eight of his passes. The Utes were coming off a loss to Oregon, that snapped the nation’s longest winning streak. Utah slides up four spots from # 21 to # 17 with the win. The Utes will take this weekend off, then face another 3-1 team on the road - in Colorado State on October 10th.
18. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) - The Cornhuskers were able to put 55 points on the board Saturday, in their shut out win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Quarterback Zach Lee passed for 238 yards and a touchdown in the win. Roy Helu Jr. also scored twice. The win for Nebraska was their third against the Sun Belt conference this season. The game for Nebraska was their 300th straight sell-out at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska jumped five positions from # 23 to # 18 with the win. The Cornhuskers Beat Louisiana Lafayette 55-0. Nebraska will take Saturday off, and then play a Thursday night game at Missouri on October 8th.
19. Kansas Jay Hawks (4-0) - Another Big 12 team picked up a home win on Saturday. The Jay Hawks of Kansas narrowly escaped a pesky Southern Mississippi team 35-28. Todd Reesing, the Jay Hawks quarterback threw for 331 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. The Jay Hawks shook off the reports of a fight with the basketball team during the week. The win for Kansas aided their five team improvement; from # 24 to # 19. The loss for Southern Mississippi was their first of the season. Kansas will take this weekend off as well, and then come back on October 10th and host Big 12 foe Iowa State.
20. Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0) - The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the fourth week of the season. Iowa once again beat the Penn State Nittany Lions, knocking them from the top five. Iowa has now won seven of the last eight games against Penn State. The Nittany Lions got off to a quick start, scoring on the first offensive drive, but that was all they could muster into the end zone. Iowa was aided by a Adrian Clayborn block punt for a touchdown. Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi struggled in the game, completing just 11 of 26 passes for 135 yards, also throwing two interceptions. The win for Iowa allowed them to jump into the Top 25, at # 20, as they were unranked last week.
21. Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) - The Nittany Lions once again lost their chance to possibly play for in a BCS game, due to a loss to Iowa. The Nittany Lions lost for the seventh time in eight games to the Hawkeyes on Saturday. This time, at home, in front of a huge dressed in white crowd. Penn State turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions from quarterback Darryl Clark. The Nittany Lions also lost a fumble in the game. The loss for Penn State drops them to 0-1 within the Big Ten. The loss for Penn State sends them down from # 4 to # 21. Penn State will look to pick up their first conference win, on the road Saturday at Illinois, who has started the season 1-2.
22. California Golden Bears (3-1) - The Golden Bears were kept out of the end zone on Saturday, and most likely killed any chances running back Jahvid Best had at garnering the Heisman. The Oregon Ducks blasted California 42-3, to send the Bears to their first loss, and first conference loss of the season. Best ran for just 55 yards in the loss, and in total, California only garnered 77 rushing yards. The Golden Bears drop seven positions from # 15 to # 22 with the loss. The Golden Bears will not have it any easier this weekend, when they host the USC Trojans.
23. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1) - Virginia Tech moves from the unranked last week to # 23 this week with their 31-7 blasting of a red hot Miami Hurricanes team. The Hokies ran for 272 yards of offense on a rain soaked field Saturday. Ryan Williams was the catalyst for this, as he rushed for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Virginia Tech defense shut down Miami quarterback Jacory Harris to just 9 of 25 passing for 150 yards and an interception. The Hokies will play at Duke on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference affair. Virginia Tech won this game last year 14-3 at home.
24. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-2) - Texas Tech remains in the Top 25, despite their two losses on the season. The Red Raiders fell in the final seconds Saturday to Houston, as Case Keenum led a 95 yard touchdown drive. The Red Raiders offense was sharp, compiling 484 yards, but the defense faltered , allowing 579 total yards. The loss for Texas Tech dropped them from # 11 last week to # 24 this week. The Red Raiders will look to snap their two game losing streak on Saturday when they host New Mexico.
25. Miami Hurricanes (2-1) - The Hurricanes, after being the toast of college football after their two big wins, were flattened on Saturday on the road in Blacksburg. The Virginia Tech Hokies put it on the Hurricanes in a 31-7 beat-down. Quarterback Jacory Harris completed just 9 of 25 passes for 150 yards, and also an interception. The loss for Miami dropped them nine positions from # 16 to # 25. Miami will look to bounce back this Saturday when they host the Oklahoma Sooners. The last time the Hurricanes and Sooners met on the field, the Sooners blasted them 51-13.
Others in Consideration:
Missouri Tigers (4-0) - Beat Nevada 31-21
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1) - Beat Purdue 24-21
Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) - Beat Michigan State 38-30
Auburn Tigers (4-0) - Beat Ball State 54-30
Brigham Young Cougars (3-1) - Beat Colorado State 42-23
Dropped out from last week:
Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1) - Lost to North Carolina State 38-31
Mississippi Rebels (2-1) - Lost to South Carolina 16-10.