1. Florida Gators (7-0) - The Florida Gators picked up their 7th straight game on Saturday, knocking off Mississippi State 29-19. The win for the Gators was their first win in Starkville since 1985. Despite throwing two interceptions for touchdowns, Tim Tebow led Florida to yet another conference win. The defense for the Gators still has only allowed four touchdowns on the season. The win for Florida kept them at the top of the power rankings, just ahead of both Texas and Alabama. The Gators will have a tough test on Halloween Day when they host the Georgia Bulldogs.
2. Texas Longhorns (7-0) - The Longhorns picked up an impressive 41-7 win over the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. The win for Colt McCoy and his Longhorns allows them to remain # 2 in the power rankings. McCoy completed his first 11 games for the Longhorns, and throwing for a season high three touchdowns. The win for Texas was their 7th straight, and fourth in the Big 12 conference. Texas is tied with Oklahoma State at the top of the Big 12 - South. Texas and Oklahoma State will meet in Stillwater on Halloween evening.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) - Alabama became the first team in the country to win their eighth game of the season. The Crimson Tide used two Terrance Cody blocked field goals to hold onto a 12-10 lead. Cody’s last block was on a 44 yard attempt that would have put Tennessee on top. For the Alabama offense, Leigh Tiffin did all the work, kicking four field goals to help prevail. The win for Alabama was their fifth in the SEC - West. Alabama will take this weekend off, and then play in a huge conference tilt on November 7th with the LSU Tigers.
4. USC Trojans (6-1) - The USC Trojans escaped late Saturday with a 42-36 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. In the win for USC, Allen Bradford rushed for a career high 147 yards and two touchdowns. The big play for the Trojans was a Damian Williams 63 yard punt return for a touchdown. The win for USC was revenge from last year when the Beavers knocked the Trojans out of the national title hunt when Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. USC will now play at Oregon on Saturday, in a game that will decide the Pac-Ten leader.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0) - The Bearcats continued rolling on Saturday with their 41-10 win over the Louisville Cardinals. Cincinnati has now gotten off to their best start since 1954. In the win, back-up quarterback Tony Collaros threw for three touchdowns, on 253 yards. The first two possessions of the game, Collaros led the Bearcats all the way down the field for touchdowns. The Bearcats win was the biggest against Louisville, one of their biggest rivals, since 1951 when Cincinnati drubbed Louisville 38-0. The Bearcats will go on the road on Saturday, when they visit Syracuse.
6. Boise State Broncos (7-0) – The Broncos picked up another decisive win on Saturday; 54-9 over Hawaii. The Broncos poured on 34 first half points en route to the conference win. Kellen Moore continues to shine, as Broncos quarterback, throwing for five touchdowns in the win. Moore on the season has thrown for over 1600 yards and 21 touchdowns. Boise State is scoring just over 40 points per game, and allowing just over two touchdowns per game. The Broncos are tied with Nevada at the top of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State will host San Jose State on Sunday in yet another WAC game.
7. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-0) - The Iowa Hawkeyes, along with Alabama, were the first teams to win their eighth game of the season. Iowa used a touchdown from Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt as time expired to lead the Hawkeyes to the win. Stanzi, who had struggled through most of the game has thrown 12 touchdowns on the season. Iowa is the lone unbeaten team at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes will look to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers.
8. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) - TCU picked up the lone win this weekend of games between ranked foes. The Horned Frogs went into Provo Utah and blasted their conference rivals Brigham Young Cougars. The Horned Frogs once again used their vaunted defense to slow down Max Hall and the Cougars. TCU allowed just 7 points; in the 31 point win. On the season, TCU is allowing just 12.7 points per game. The Horned Frogs are now 7-0 overall, and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. That record ties them with Utah at the top of the conference. TCU and Utah will square off on November 14th at Utah. Before then, the Horned Frogs will host UNLV on Saturday, and travel to San Diego State on November 7th.
9. LSU Tigers (6-1) - The Tigers picked up a blow-out win over conference for Auburn on Saturday. The loss for Auburn was their third straight; after their 5-0 start. The Tigers used two touchdown passes from quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson also added a touchdown run. With the win, LSU continued their streak of not losing back to back conference games since 2001. The Tigers will go out of the conference on Saturday when they host the Tulane Green Wave.
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1) - The Cowboys have continued rolling. Oklahoma State put a 34-7 beating on conference opponent Baylor on Saturday. The win for the Cowboys was their fifth straight, since their September 12th loss to Houston. Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson lit up the Bears defense, passing for 250 yards and three touchdowns. After leading this game, 17-0 at halftime, the Cowboys got off to a quick second half by using a 87 yard drive. The Cowboys remain undefeated in Big 12 play, and are tied with Texas at the top of the Big 12 - South. The Longhorns and Cowboys will meet up this weekend in Stillwater.
11. Oregon Ducks (6-1) - The Oregon Ducks are another team that has been on fire. The Ducks used 21 third quarter points to seal the 43-19 win over the Washington Huskies. Oregon’s special teams scored two touchdowns; one with a blocked punt, and another with a fake field goal. The Ducks have now won six straight games, since their opening week loss. The Ducks lead the Pac-Ten conference with their 4-0 record. Oregon could make a huge step this weekend within the Pac-Ten, as they host the USC Trojans. USC, with a win would tie the Ducks at the top of the conference.
12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-1) - The Yellow Jackets picked up a big 34-9 win over ACC - Coastal leader Virginia. The win for Georgia Tech aided them to take the lead in the conference; with their 3-1 mark. Three other teams have one lone conference loss; Virginia Tech, Duke and Virginia. In the win for Georgia Tech, quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw for 85 yards, ran for 82 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. The Yellow Jackets have now won five straight since their loss to Miami. Georgia Tech will go out of conference play this weekend, when they head to Nashville to take on SEC representative Vanderbilt.
13. Utah Utes (6-1) - The Utes escaped Saturday with a 23-16 overtime win over Air Force. The Utes trailed 10-6 at halftime in the game. Utah used Stevenson Sylvester stop on Connor Dietz on a quarterback keeper on fourth down to seal the win. The game winning touchdown for the Utes came from Eddie Wide. It was Wide’s second touchdown of the night. Wide has four touchdowns on the season. The win for Utah was their fourth straight win, and sixth overall. Utah and TCU are tied at the top of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes will stay at home this weekend as they host Wyoming.
14. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-1) - Joe Paterno’s crew went on the road, to the Big House and blasted the Michigan Wolverines. Penn State held Michigan scoreless in the second half of the 35-10 win. After leading 19-10 at halftime, Penn State scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the third quarter to blow the game wide open. Daryll Clark and Graham Zug connected three times for touchdowns to lead the way for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is now 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions lone loss came on September 26th, at home, to Iowa. The Nittany Lions are tied with Ohio State for second place in the Big Ten, with just one loss. Penn State will play their second straight road game on Sunday when they travel to Evanston IL to take on Northwestern.
15. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2) - The Hokies enjoyed the weekend off to prepare for their Thursday night affair with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Virginia Tech is 5-2 overall, and 3-1 in the ACC - Coastal. Tyrod Taylor has completed 68 of 118 passes for 1154 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. The Hokies two losses came to Alabama and Georgia Tech; both ranked opponents.
16. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-2) - The Ohio State Buckeyes rebounded well from their road loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes poured in 38 points over the Minnesota Gophers to win by 28. The win for Ohio State allowed them to move up one position from # 17 to # 16. The Buckeyes used three touchdowns, and 239 passing yards from quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the win. Pryor also added 104 rushing yards. The Buckeyes forced Minnesota to turn the ball over four times in the game. Ohio State will venture outside of the Big Ten schedule this weekend when they host New Mexico State.
17. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1) - The Mountaineers survived with a very emotional 28-24 win over Uconn. The Mountaineers used a Chris Neild interception with 48 seconds to go to seal the deal. West Virginia’s running back Noel Devine led the team with 171 second half rushing yards. West Virginia has now won four straight games, since their September 19th loss at Auburn. The Mountaineers are 2-0 in the Big East. That record ties them with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh at the top of the conference. The Mountaineers will travel to South Florida on Friday for a Big East tilt on national television.
18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-2) - The Notre Dame Fighting Irish snapped a six game losing streak against the Boston College Eagles on Saturday. Notre Dame was not overpowering, failing to score in the third quarter, but their 7-0 fourth quarter advantage led the way. Jimmy Clausen led the way with 246 passing yards for the Irish. Notre Dame will host the 1-6 Washington State Cougars on Saturday. The win for Notre Dame moved them up three positions from # 21 to # 18.
19. Houston Cougars (6-1) - The Houston Cougars continue to blast opponents with their aerial attack. The Cougars quarterback Case Keenum put up another 233 passing yards en route to a 38-15 win. The Cougars are an October 3rd loss to UTEP from being in the discussion for national title contenders. The Cougars are now tied with Tulsa, UTEP, and Southern Methodist at the top of the Conference USA - West Division. Keenum’s Heisman hopes stayed in tack in the win Saturday. Keenum has tossed 2734 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. The win for the Cougars moved them up three positions, from # 22 to inside the top 20, at # 19. Houston will host Southern Mississippi this weekend.
20. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-1) - The Pittsburgh Panthers, under the direction of Dave Wannstedt picked up another impressive win; blasting South Florida 41-14. In the win, Dion Lewis ran for 100 yards for the fifth time this season. The Panthers are tied at the top of the Big East standings, tied with Cincinnati and West Virginia. The win for Pittsburgh moved them up three positions from # 23 to # 20. Pittsburgh will take this weekend off, and then host Syracuse and Notre Dame on back to back weeks (Nov. 7th and Nov. 14th).
21. Arizona Wildcats (5-2) - The Wildcats move into the Top 25, after their 27-13 win over the UCLA Bruins. Arizona is now 5-2 overall, and tied with USC for second place in the Pac Ten. Arizona has lost just one conference game, and that was 36-33 loss at Washington. The other loss for Arizona, came in Iowa City, 27-17 to the Hawkeyes. The Wildcats held UCLA to just 65 yards on the ground. Arizona’s run defense ranks 27th in the nation. The Wildcats will take this weekend off, before hosting the Washington State Cougars on November 7th.
22. Miami Hurricanes (5-2) - The Hurricanes took a big hit on Saturday; falling 40-37 in overtime to the Clemson Tigers. The loss for Miami dropped them six positions from # 16 to # 22. The loss also dropped the Hurricanes towards the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference - Coastal Division, as they are now 2-2. Miami gave up the winning touchdown in overtime on a third and 11 play from the Tigers. The Hurricanes allowed Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker 326 passing yards in the loss. Miami will look to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Wake Forest to take on the 4-4 Demon Deacons.
23. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-2) - The Gamecocks move back into the rankings after their 14-10 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. South Carolina, with the win, moved to 6-2 overall, and 3-2 in conference play. In the win on Saturday, quarterback Stephen Garcia completed 67 percent of his passes for 312 yards. Garcia on the season has thrown for 1794 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite the 6-2 record, the Gamecocks are averaging just 23 points per game offensively. South Carolina will go on the road on Saturday, playing at Tennessee.
24. Mississippi Rebels (5-2) - The Mississippi Rebels knocked off the Arkansas Razorbacks 30-17. The win for Mississippi was their fifth overall, and second in conference play. Quarterback Jevon Snead played well for the Rebels behind center, throwing for 332 yards. Snead on the season has thrown for 1440 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Rebels, with the win moved back into the rankings, from their unranked position last week. The Rebels will travel to Auburn on Saturday, to take on a Tigers team that has dropped three straight decisions.
25. Central Michigan Chippewas (7-1) - The Chippewas move into the rankings, rounding it out, at # 25. Central Michigan won their seventh game of the season on Saturday; beating Bowling Green 24-10. The Chippewas have won seven straight games since their opening loss at Arizona 19-6. Central Michigan leads the MAC - West Division with their 5-0 record. Quarterback Dan LeFevour has been impressive for Central Michigan throwing for 1696 yards and 16 touchdowns. Central Michigan will go out of conference play on Saturday and play a tough ACC foe in Boston College.
Others in Consideration:
Oklahoma Sooners (4-3)
California Bears (5-2)
Navy Midshipmen (6-2)
Clemson Tigers (4-3)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-2)
Dropped out from last week:
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-3)
Kansas Jay Hawks (5-2)
Brigham Young Cougars (6-2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3)