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1. Florida Gators (5-0) - The Florida Gators passed yet another regular season test on Saturday, as they went on the road and beat the Tigers of LSU. The Florida defense was the main story, as they allowed LSU just three total points in the game. Tim Tebow played every down for Florida, two weeks after leaving the game with a concussion against Kentucky. Tebow finished the game with 136 passing yards in front of the crowd of 93,000. The win for Florida moved them to 5-0 on the season, and 3-0 within the SEC. The Gators will be back home this weekend when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas is coming off a 44-23 blasting over Auburn, which was the Tigers first loss.
2. Texas Longhorns (4-0) - The Longhorns got a little scare early from Cody Hawkins and the Colorado Buffaloes. Texas went into the locker room down 14-10, but took a 28-0 second half to down the Buffaloes. Earl Thomas returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown, and Ben Wells recovered a punt to aide the Longhorns. The win for Texas was their fifth of the season, against no losses. Texas is now 2-0 within the Big 12. The Longhorns are tied with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State; all with no conference losses. The Longhorns will play in the Red River Rivalry on Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas hopes to repeat 2008 when the Longhorns downed the Sooners in a high scoring affair.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) - The Alabama Crimson Tide continued to look like one of the best teams in the country on Saturday downing the Mississippi Rebels 22-3. The Crimson Tide held the Mississippi offense to just a field goal, intercepting Jevan Snead three times. Leigh Tiffin carried the offense in the first half, starting the game with three field goals. Tiffin added two more second half field goals. Alabama’s first touchdown came in the second quarter when Mark Ingram rushed to the left for a 36 yard touchdown. The Crimson Tide held Mississippi to just 53 rushing yards in the win. Alabama is now 6-0 overall, and 3-0 in the SEC. The Crimson Tide now lead the SEC - West, after LSU was downed Saturday evening to Florida. Alabama will host South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks have gotten off to a quick 5-1 start.
4. Boise State Broncos (5-0) - The Broncos remained # 4, behind the big three, with their week off. The Broncos are one of seven remaining teams that have yet to lose in 2009. The Broncos are averaging just shy of 440 total yards of offense a game. In the five games the Broncos have played they have scored 24 touchdowns, while yielding just 9. Boise State is tied atop the Western Athletic Conference with Idaho and Nevada, all without a loss. The Broncos will play their next two games on the road, starting on Wednesday at Tulsa, followed by a road game at Hawaii on October 24th.
5. USC Trojans (4-1) - The Trojans also took the weekend off, and remained at their position; # 5. During the bye week, the Trojans were able to see the one more Pac-Ten team lose, as Stanford was downed at Oregon State. Now the Trojans are only behind Oregon, who has yet to lose in the conference. The Ducks and Trojans will meet up on Halloween night in Oregon. USC has allowed just three defensive touchdowns on the season, while the offense has scored 17. The Trojans will face a tough Notre Dame team in South Bend on Saturday.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) - The Ohio State Buckeyes once again picked up another impressive win. This time the victim was unbeaten Wisconsin. The Buckeyes defense did an excellent job, despite being on the field for a majority of the game, limiting the Badgers offense to just 13 points. In the win over the Badgers, quarterback Terrelle Pryor was quiet, only completing 5 passes. The lone Buckeyes offensive touchdown was right before the half when Pryor threw a 32 yard pass to DeVier Posey. The Buckeyes were out gained by nearly 200 yards in the win. Ohio State with the win remained unbeaten in the Big Ten. The only other lone unbeaten team within the conference is Iowa. Ohio State and Iowa meet up November 14th. The Buckeyes will play at Purdue on Saturday.
7. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) - The Cincinnati Bearcats took the week off, and were able to move up a spot from # 8 to # 7. Cincinnati is averaging over 450 yards of total offense in their first five games. The Bearcats have also scored 20 more touchdowns than their opponents. Cincinnati is one of four teams within the Big East that have yet to lose in conference play. The Bearcats are tied with Pittsburgh, West Virginia and South Florida. Cincinnati will play South Florida on Thursday, West Virginia on November 13th and Pittsburgh on December 5th.
8. TCU Horned Frogs (5-0) - The Horned Frogs got a big of a scare on Saturday, but came away with another win. The win for TCU allowed them to move up one position from # 9 to # 8. Despite the icy mist and bitter winds the Horned Frogs picked up a total of 393 yards of offense on the road. The win for the Horned Frogs was their first within the Mountain West Conference. The loss for Air Force was their conference loss. TCU is tied with Wyoming, Brigham Young and Utah at the top of the conference. The Horned Frogs will play Wyoming on November 21st, Brigham Young on October 24th and the Utes on November 14th. This week, the Horned Frogs will host the Colorado State Rams.
9. LSU Tigers (5-1) - The Tigers were only able to muster three points at home in their 13-3 loss to # 1 Florida on Saturday. The loss for the Tigers dropped them two positions from # 7 to # 9 in the rankings. The loss also sent them to their first overall loss, as well as within the SEC. LSU picked up just 161 yards of total offense, and got just a Josh Jasper second quarter field goal. The Tigers held Tim Tebow to just 132 passing yards and 37 rushing yards in the game. The loss for LSU dropped them a game behind Alabama within the SEC - West. LSU will play at Alabama on November 7th. Before then, the Tigers will take this weekend off, before hosting the Auburn Tigers on October 24th.
10. Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0) - The Hawkeyes picked up another big win on Saturday. The Hawkeyes stopped a late drive from Michigan and picked up a 30-28 win over the Wolverines. The win for Iowa allowed them to move into the top ten for the first time this season, up six positions from # 16. The win also pushed Iowa to 6-0, and off to the best start for Iowa since 1985. The Hawkeyes are now tied with Ohio State atop the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will mix it up in Columbus on November 14th. Iowa will play on the road the next two weeks, starting on Saturday at Wisconsin, followed by a trip to Michigan State on October 24th.
11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1) - The Cowboys were under fire all week when they announced top offensive player Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season. Many wondered how the Cowboys would react - the answer was positive as they picked up a five point win over Texas A+M. The Cowboys used two touchdown passes from Zac Robinson. Kendall Hunter also missed the game for Oklahoma State, with an ankle injury. The win for Oklahoma State kept them undefeated in conference play, with their only loss coming to out of conference foe - Houston. The Cowboys are tied with Texas and Oklahoma at the top of the Big 12 - South. Oklahoma State will take on Texas on Halloween Day, and Oklahoma the last game of the season (November 28th). This weekend, the Cowboys will host Missouri. The Tigers are coming off their home loss to Nebraska on Thursday night.
12. Oregon Ducks (4-1) - The Ducks got off to a slow start on Saturday, trailing 3-0 at halftime to UCLA. The Ducks came out blazing in the second half, scoring 3 touchdowns in the first 5 minutes, and later going on to beat the Bruins 24-10. The win for the Ducks was their fifth straight overall, and kept them atop the Pac Ten, as the lone unbeaten team. In the last three games for Oregon, they have out scored their opponents 118-19. The Ducks will take this weekend off, and then play their second straight road game on October 24th at Washington. Oregon, despite the win, moved down one position from # 11 to # 12.
13. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1) - The Hokies picked up their fifth straight win on Saturday, after their season opening loss to Alabama. The Hokies put it to conference foe Boston College scoring the first 34 points of the game. Virginia Tech did not need a ton of numbers from talented quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor just completed seven passes, with two of them going for touchdowns. The win for Virginia Tech allowed them to move to 3-0 in the conference race. The Virginia Cavaliers are also undefeated in the ACC - Coastal, at 1-0. The Hokies come in at # 13 this week. Virginia Tech will travel to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 49-44 win over Florida State.
14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-1) - The Yellow Jackets allowed 44 points to their opponent Saturday - Florida State. Despite the poor defense, the Yellow Jackets were a five point winner over the Seminoles. The win for Georgia Tech was their fifth overall, and third straight. The Yellow Jackets have just one lone loss on the season, a conference game at Miami. In the win over Florida State, quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran for three touchdowns, and threw one more. The loss for Florida State was their third straight. Georgia Tech will host the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday in a key ACC game.
15. Utah Utes (4-1) - The Utes won their second straight game on Saturday, just edging out the Colorado State Rams 24-17. The win for Utah was their fourth overall, and first within the Mountain West Conference. Despite the win, Utah drops one position from # 14 to # 15. The Utes had to come from behind in the win over the Rams, using a Terrance Cain pass late in the fourth quarter. The Utes were penalized 15 times for 70 yards in the win. Utah will look to keep their win streak alive this weekend when they play at UNLV.
16. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1) - The Cornhuskers were very impressive 27-12 winners over rivals Missouri Tigers. The win for Nebraska put them in full control of the Big 12 North Division. The Tigers, who have won the division the past two years now are with Kansas State, and Colorado with one loss. The Cornhuskers and Kansas are the lone unbeaten. The win for Nebraska avenged an ugly 52-17 loss at the hands of the Tigers in 2008. The Cornhuskers offense has scored 22 touchdowns on the season, while the defense has allowed just four. The lone loss for Nebraska came on September 19th on the road at Virginia Tech. Nebraska will look to stay hot on Saturday when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
17. Kansas Jay Hawks (5-0) - The Kansas Jay Hawks remained one of the few unbeaten teams in the country with their 41-36 win over Iowa State. The Jay Hawks have now scored 27 touchdowns, while allowing just 12. The win on Saturday was their fifth straight game of scoring 34 points or more. Todd Reesing leads the offense, and on Saturday he showed his impressive skill by tossing four touchdown passes and 442 total yards. The Jay Hawks are tied with Nebraska at the top of the Big 12 North. The Cornhuskers and Jay Hawks will meet in Kansas on November 14th. The Jay Hawks will head to the road on Saturday when they take on the Colorado Buffaloes.
18. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1) - The Nittany Lions had a nice scrimmage action in the middle of the week as they blasted the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Penn State barely broke a sweat, scoring 52 points, and holding the Panthers to just a field goal. Penn State got the party started in the first quarter when Darryl Clark got in on a one yard touchdown run. The second quarter was the breaking out party for the Nittany Lions, as they put up four touchdowns, including a Navorrow Bowman fumble recovery for 91 yards. The Nittany Lions are now 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions will look to get back into the Big Ten race on Saturday when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
19. Miami Hurricanes (4-1) - The Hurricanes also used a mid-week scrimmage to heal up from last week, and prepare for this week. The Hurricanes picked up a 48-16 win over Florida A+M. The Hurricanes have won two straight games, after their first loss of the season to Virginia Tech. Miami is a game behind both Virginia Tech and Virginia at the top of the ACC - Coastal Division. Miami will take on Central Florida in their second straight non conference affair.
20. Oklahoma Sooners (3-2) - The Oklahoma Sooners got their top offensive player Sam Bradford back on Saturday, and picked up a blow-out win over the Baylor Bears. Bradford threw for 389 yards and a touchdown after missing the entire past month with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. The Sooners kicker Jimmy Stevens kicked four field goals for the Sooners. The win for Oklahoma was their third of the season, and first within the Big 12. Oklahoma, along with Texas and Oklahoma State have yet to be beaten from within the conference. The Sooners will play their rivals Texas on Saturday in the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners will look to avenge the high scoring defeat at the hands of the Longhorns in 2008.
21. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2) - The Red Raiders put up 66 points on conference foe Kansas State on Saturday. The Red Raiders have now scored 36 touchdowns on the season, while yielding just 12 defensively. The Red Raiders two losses came at the hands of Texas and Houston, in back-to-back weeks. Since the loss the Red Raiders have put up a total of 114 points in two games. Steven Sheffield threw for seven touchdowns and 490 yards in his first career start at quarterback in Saturday’s win. The Red Raiders will play a tough road game on Saturday at Big 12 - North leading Nebraska.
22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) - The Irish make a move back into the Top 25, entering at # 22. The move up for the Irish came despite them taking the week off. Notre Dame was coming off their overtime win over the Washington Huskies last week, in which they put up 37 points. The Irish are averaging 470 yards per game offensively, but Coach Weis’ problem has been defensively, where they are allowing nearly 430 yards per game. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen has been impressive for the Irish, leading the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 179.25. He has completed 100 of 148 passes for 1,544 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Fighting Irish will play their toughest test of the season on Saturday when they host the University of Southern California Trojans. The home game is one of four straight home games for the Fighting Irish.
23. Brigham Young Cougars (4-1) – The Cougars slide back into the rankings, at # 23, as they were un ranked the last couple weeks. The Cougars were able to put up 59 points offensively in the game. Brigham Young has now won three straight games, after their disappointing 54-28 loss to Florida State. With the win, the Cougars jumped back into the Top 25, from their place in the unranked last week. The Cougars are tied at the top of the Mountain West Conference, tied with Wyoming, TCU and Utah, all unbeaten. The Cougars will travel to San Diego State this Saturday in another Mountain West Conference game.
24. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1) - The Gamecocks won their fifth game of the season, downing Kentucky 28-26. In the win for South Carolina, sophomore quarterback Stephen Garcia threw for three touchdowns, and rushed for another. The win for South Carolina was their fourth straight overall, since their 41-37 loss to Georgia on September 12th. The Gamecocks are just a game behind Florida at the top of the SEC - East. The Gamecocks entered the Top 25, at # 24, up from last week where they were not ranked. South Carolina will have a tough task, keeping their win streak alive on Saturday when they travel to Alabama to take on the undefeated Crimson Tide.
25. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1) - The Mountaineers were 21 point winners over Syracuse moving them to 4-1 overall. The win for West Virginia also allowed the Mountaineers to slide into the Top 25 this week. The Mountaineers got the game off to a good start scoring the first 27 points, and going to the locker room up 27-0. Noel Devine rushed 22 times for 91 yards, and also a touchdown. The Mountaineers defense limited Syracuse to just 72 rushing yards. West Virginia is now tied with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and South Florida at the top of the Big East. All four teams have yet to be beaten. The Mountaineers will play Pittsburgh November 27th, Cincinnati November 13th, and South Florida on October 30th. West Virginia’s next game will be October 17th.
Others in Consideration:
South Florida Bulls (5-0)
Dropped out from last week:
Michigan Wolverines (4-2)
Georgia Bulldogs (3-3)
Auburn Tigers (5-1)
Wisconsin Badgers (5-1)