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1. Florida Gators (4-0) - The Florida Gators were idle on Saturday. The Gators rested up and watched the rest of the country participate in a fairly slow Saturday. The Gators also used the time to allow quarterback Tim Tebow heal from his concussion he suffered during last weeks win over Kentucky. Tebow is questionable for this weeks action. On the season Tebow thrown for six touchdowns, and ran for five more. The Gators rushing is second in the country, averaging 307 yards per game. The Gators will face their toughest test of the season this week when they travel to LSU to take on the Tigers. LSU has started the season 5-0, and 3-0 within the SEC West.
2. Texas Longhorns (4-0) - Texas was also off this week, remaining one of the few unbeaten left in collegiate football. The Longhorns have outscored their first four opponents on average of 49-15 thus far. Texas is led by quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy has thrown for 1145 yards and 9 touchdowns in the early going. The Longhorns will get back on the field this Saturday when they host the Colorado Buffaloes. The following week, Texas will take on Oklahoma in the annual Red River Rivalry game. Texas won that game last year, but then after being downed by Texas Tech, the Longhorns were left out of the national title game in favor of the Sooners.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) - The Alabama Crimson Tide kept their early season success rolling on Saturday blasting Kentucky 38-20. Alabama led 21-6 at halftime, before scoring the next 17 points to lead 38-6. Greg McElroy has started the season real well for the Crimson Tide, throwing for 1086 yards and 9 touchdowns. Mark Ingram leads the team with six rushing touchdowns. The Crimson Tide have won all five of their games by double digits, including the opening week ten point win over Virginia Tech. Alabama will play at Mississippi on Saturday in a SEC West tilt.
4. Boise State Broncos (5-0) - The Broncos picked up their fifth straight win to start 2009 on Saturday, downing UC Davis 34-16. The Broncos used Kellen Moore’s 285 passing yards and a first half shut-out to pick up the win. The win for Boise State was their 103rd since 2000, the second most in that time, just behind Oklahoma’s 104. On average, the Broncos are scoring 40.2 points per game, and allowing just 14.4. Boise State will take this weekend off, before their October 14th tilt at Tulsa. Boise State remains # 4 in the power rankings, behind Florida, Texas and Alabama.
5. USC Trojans (4-1) - The Trojans put back to back beat downs on the California Golden Bears. California was pummeled last week by Oregon. The Trojans, after coming within a minute of a shut-out allowed the Golden Bears just a field goal in this one. USC has now outscored opponents on an average of 28.8 - 8.6 on the season. The Trojans remain # 5 in the power rankings, as the top team ranked with one loss. The one loss for USC was their Pac-Ten opener on the road at Washington. Since that loss, Washington has lost two straight games. The Trojans will play at Notre Dame on October 17th, taking this weekend off.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) - The Buckeyes picked up another impressive Big Ten win on Saturday, blasting the Indiana Hoosiers 33-14. The Buckeyes led 33-7 in the final minutes before Indiana picked up a last minute touchdown. Ohio State used 159 yards and 3 touchdown passes from Terrelle Pryor. The win for the Buckeyes keep them at # 6 in the power rankings. Ohio State’s lone loss came in week two to the USC Trojans. Since then Ohio State has outscored opponents 101-14. The Buckeyes will host undefeated Wisconsin on Saturday in a huge Big Ten tilt.
7. LSU Tigers (5-0) - The LSU Tigers made the biggest jump of the week, moving up nine spots from # 16 to # 7. The Tigers picked up the win over previously # 10 Georgia. The win for the Tigers was their fifth overall, and are at the top of the SEC West with their 3-0 mark. Charles Scott in the win over Georgia ran for two touchdowns on 95 yards for the Tigers. LSU will take on top ranked Florida on Saturday in a SEC battle features the East against the West.
8. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) - The Cincinnati Bearcats played a little lethargic against Miami OH on Saturday, but still came away with a 24 point victory. Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike threw for 270 yards, and has now thrown a touchdown pass in his last 15 games. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 42 points per game, while their defense is yielding just 13.8. Cincinnati is tied with South Florida and Pittsburgh at the top of the Big East Conference. The Bearcats will take on South Florida, on the road on October 15th, after taking this weekend off.
9. TCU Horned Frogs (4-0) - The TCU Horned Frogs were 39-14 winners over the Mustangs of Southern Methodist on Saturday. The win for the Horned Frogs was their fourth overall this season, against no losses. The win on Saturday was aided by a punt return by Jeremy Kerley. Kerley also caught four catches for 48 yards on the game. The Horned Frogs defense was solid in the game allowing -16 yards rushing in the game. On the season, TCU’s run defense ranks 7th in the country. TCU will play at Air Force on Saturday. The Horned Frogs remain # 9 in the power rankings after their win.
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-1) - The Oklahoma State Cowboys took Saturday off, and in the meantime moved up a spot, back inside the Top 10, from # 11 last week. The Cowboys lone loss came to the Houston Cougars who recently fell out of the Top 25 with their loss to UTEP. In the win last week over Grambling State, the Cowboys picked up scores on four of their first five drives and led 35-3 at halftime. The Cowboys will be well rested for their October 10th game at Texas A+M.
11. Oregon Ducks (4-1) - There is not a hotter team in collegiate football than the Oregon Ducks. After the opening night loss to Boise State, the Ducks have won four straight games. In those four games the Ducks have scored 163 points, allowing just 69, including just 9 in their last two wins over California and Washington State. The Ducks with their win move up from # 13 to # 11. In the win over Washington State the Oregon defense allowed just four first downs, and also caused the Cougars to turn the ball over three times. Oregon is one of three teams in the Pac Ten with a perfect conference record. The Ducks will play at UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins are coming off their first loss of the season on Saturday.
12. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1) - The Virginia Tech Hokies moved up from # 23 to # 12, despite their lackluster win over conference foe Duke. The Hokies allowed Duke to pick up 327 passing yards in the win. Virginia Tech used Tyrod Taylor for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor has been solid this season, despite only throwing six touchdowns on the season. The Hokies lone loss came in the opening week when Alabama downed them 34-24. The Hokies lead the ACC - Coastal Division with their 2-0 mark. Virginia Tech will host Boston College on Saturday.
13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-1) - The Yellow Jackets picked up their second straight win on Saturday with a 42-31 shoot-out win over the SEC’s Mississippi State. The Yellow Jackets used quarterback Josh Nesbitt to pass for 322 yards and a touchdown. Georgia Tech caused Mississippi State to turn the ball over five times total, including four fumbles, and another interception. Georgia Tech’s lone loss in 2009 came to the Miami Hurricanes. The Yellow Jackets trail both Virginia and Virginia Tech within the ACC - Coastal Division. The Yellow Jackets will take on conference for Florida State on Saturday. The Seminoles are 2-3 overall this season.
14. Utah Utes (3-1) - The Utah Utes took the week off, following their win over Louisville on September 26th. The Utes move up three spots from # 17 to # 14with the off week. Utah’s lone loss came on September 19th to the Oregon Ducks. Utah has yet to play a Mountain West Conference game. Air Force, Brigham Young and Wyoming all are unbeaten within the conference thus far. Utah will play at Colorado State on Saturday. The Rams have started the season 3-2 overall on the season.
15. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-1) - The Nebraska Cornhuskers made a three team improvement from # 18 to # 15 despite taking the weekend off. Nebraska has started the season 3-1, with their lone loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies on a last second touchdown. On the season, the Cornhuskers are averaging 39.3 points per game, and they are allowing just 7 points per game. Zach Lee leads the offense for Nebraska throwing for just over 900 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. The Cornhuskers will start their Big 12 season on Thursday when they play at Missouri. These two teams, along with Kansas are the co-favorites within the Big 12 North.
16. Kansas Jay Hawks (4-0) - Before getting the Big 12 season underway, the Kansas Jay Hawks took Saturday off and watched the rest of the action within collegiate football. Kansas has started the season a perfect 4-0. Their latest win was a 35-28 win over Southern Mississippi. Kansas is averaging 40 points per game in their first four games. Quarterback Todd Reesing has been excellent for the Jay Hawks throwing for 1137 yards and 9 touchdowns. Kansas will host Iowa State in the Big 12 opener on Saturday. Despite the weekend off, Kansas improved three positions from # 19 to # 16.
17. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0) - The Iowa Hawkeyes had a struggle with Arkansas State but most importantly for the Hawkeyes, they came away with a 24-21 win. The win for Iowa allowed them to remain undefeated on the season, with a 5-0 mark. The Hawkeyes used 296 passing yards from quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who also threw for two touchdowns. Safety Tyler Sash picked up his fifth interception of the season in the win. Iowa is one of three teams at the top of the Big Ten, that have yet to have been beaten. Wisconsin and Ohio State lead the standings with 2-0 records. The Hawkeyes will host Michigan and travel to Wisconsin in the next two weeks.
18. Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1) - The Penn State Nittany Lions bounced back from their home loss to Iowa to beat the Fighting Illini of Illinois. The win for the Nittany Lions allowed them to move back into the Top 20, at # 18, up four from their position at # 21. The Nittany Lions used 120 yards from Stephfon Green on 13 carries. Green got Penn State on the board early with a 52 yard touchdown run. In the third quarterback Penn State picked up 208 rushing yards. Penn State will go out of the conference on Saturday when they play Eastern Illinois, at home.
19. Miami Hurricanes (3-1) - The Hurricanes move up six positions from # 25 to # 19 with their 21-20 win over the Oklahoma Sooners. The Hurricanes played their first four games against ranked opponents winning three of them. Jacory Harris led the Hurricanes on an 11 play drive that took up the final four minutes of the game. Harris threw for 202 yards in the game. On the season, Harris has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. The schedule gets a bit easier for the Hurricanes now, when they host Florida A+M on Saturday, followed by a game at Central Florida.
20. Oklahoma Sooners (2-2) - The Oklahoma Sooners fell to the Miami Hurricanes 21-20 on Saturday night. The loss for Oklahoma was their second of the season, and all but ended their chances for a national title game appearance. The Sooners played their third straight game without the services of quarterback Sam Bradford. Back-up quarterback, Freshman Landry Jones has been effective for the Sooners, passing for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Sooners have yet to play a Big 12 game, as they open their conference season on Saturday when they host the Baylor Bears. The following week, the Sooners will take on Texas in the Red River Rivalry game, in which Oklahoma lost in last season. Oklahoma fell 13 positions from # 7 to # 20.
21. Georgia Bulldogs (3-2) - The Georgia Bulldogs were downed for the second time in five games this season on Saturday. In the final minutes, the LSU Tigers picked off a pass to deal the 20-13 win. The loss for the Bulldogs dropped them from # 10 to # 21. Joe Cox, the Georgia quarterback has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Georgia’s other loss in 2009 was the opening season loss, on the road,, at Oklahoma State. Georgia will play their next two games on the road, including an October 10th game at Tennessee, and October 17th game at Vanderbilt.
22. Michigan Wolverines (4-1) - Michigan picked up their first loss of the season on Saturday in a 26-20 overtime loss to their rival - the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines trailed 20-6 in the fourth quarterback before freshman quarterback Tate Forcier led them back, including a last second touchdown to tie the game at 20-20. Forcier then threw an interception in overtime, and Michigan was unable to wrap up the Spartans to allow a game losing touchdown. The Wolverines fell ten positions from # 12 to # 22. Michigan is now trailing Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa within the Big Ten standings. The Wolverines will play their second straight road game on Saturday when they head to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes.
23. Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2) - The Red Raiders picked up a 20 point win over New Mexico on Saturday to snap a two game losing streak. The previous two affairs for the Red Raiders were 34-24 loss to Texas and 29-28 to Houston. The Red Raiders are once again putting up big offensive numbers led by quarterback Taylor Potts. Potts has thrown for 1817 yards and 13 touchdowns thus far. The offense as a unit is averaging 38.6 points per game. The Red Raiders will play another Big 12 opponent on Saturday when they host the Kansas State Wildcats.
24. Auburn Tigers (5-0) - The Tigers move into the Top 25 from unranked last week. Auburn picked up their fifth straight win to start the season on Saturday; a 26-22 decision over Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers. Auburn has averaged over 41 points per game in their first five games. The Tigers have started their SEC season with two straight wins, and are tied with Alabama, and just ½ game behind LSU. Quarterback Chris Todd has gotten off to a good start for Auburn, throwing for 1230 yards, 12 touchdowns and just 1 interception on the season. Auburn will face a tough test on Saturday when they play on the road at Arkansas.
25. Wisconsin Badgers (5-0) - Wisconsin picked up a rivalry win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers 31-28. The Badgers used 184 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns from John Clay. On the season Clay has ran for 582 yards and 7 touchdowns. Quarterback Scott Tolzien has gotten off to a solid start throwing for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in the early going. The Badgers are at the top of the Big Ten standings, with five overall wins, and a perfect 2-0 conference record. The Badgers will face fellow conference unbeaten Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus.
Others in Consideration:
Missouri Tigers (4-0) - Off
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) - Beat Washington 37-30
Brigham Young Cougars (4-1) – Beat Utah State 35-17
South Florida Bulls (5-0) - Beat Syracuse 34-20
South Carolina Gamecocks (4-1) - Beat South Carolina State 38-14
Stanford Cardinals (4-1) - Beat UCLA 24-15
Boston College Eagles (4-1) - Beat Florida State 28-21
West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1) - Beat Colorado 35-24
Dropped out from last week:
California Golden Bears (3-2)
Houston Cougars (3-1)