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1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) - The Crimson Tide have moved up to the # 1 spot, from # 2 after their 35-0 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. Alabama has won nine straight games to start the season and have three left, all against SEC foes. On Saturday the Crimson Tide will travel to LSU, before two home games to conclude the regular season with Mississippi State and Auburn. Alabama has outscored opponents 290-110 this season. Alabama is two full games ahead of LSU inside the SEC West; so barring a complete collapse it appears the Crimson Tide will get a shot at playing in the SEC title game. The Crimson Tide have won all four of their road games they have played this season; wins over Clemson, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.
2. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-0) - The Nittany Lions took Saturday off and moved up from # 3 to # 2 on the season. Penn State has won nine straight games; and has three straight games go. It appears if Penn State wins out, they will have a shot at playing for a national championship in Coach Joe Paterno’s last season at the helm. The Nittany Lions will take on Iowa on Saturday in their last road game of the season. Their final two games are schedule on November 15th and November 22nd, at home with Indiana and Michigan State. Thus far, Penn State has outscored opponents 376-100 on the season. Penn State sits ½ game ahead of Michigan State, and a full game ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten standings.
3. Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-0) - The Red Raiders came up with possibly their biggest win in school history on Saturday evening. This Saturday, they will play another game that will go down in the history books. The Red Raiders are 9-0 and will see 8-1 Oklahoma State come to town in a huge Big Twelve South battle. The Red Raiders lead the South with a 5-0 mark, with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas all trailing by a game at 4-1. A Red Raiders win would give them full control of the conference, whereas a loss would really confuse things. In the win Saturday Heisman front-runner Graham Harrell found top receiver Michael Crabtree for a 28-yard touchdown with 1 second to go to give the Red Raiders a 39-33 win. Harrell completed 36 of 53 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns. After Oklahoma State leaves town, the Red Raiders will travel to Norman to battle the Oklahoma Sooners on November 22nd, and then on November 29th finish the regular season at home with the Baylor Bears.
4. Florida Gators (7-1) - The Gators are the first of five teams that simply cannot be separated. Coming in last week at # 7, the Gators were impressive 49-10 winners over Georgia. In the win, Gator quarterback Tim Tebow passed for two touchdowns, while running for three more. The game was never close as Florida jumped out to a 14-3 lead at halftime, and pushed it to 35-3 at the end of three quarters. The Gators lead the SEC East with a 5-1 mark, placing them a full game ahead of Georgia. The Gators have outscored opponents 343-93 on the season. Tebow has thrown for over 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. The Gators will travel to Vanderbilt on Saturday, and then finish the season with home games with South Carolina and The Citadel, and an away game at Florida State.
5. Texas Longhorns (8-1) - The Longhorns were 39-33 victims to interstate rival Texas Tech on Saturday. In the loss, Colt McCoy completed 20 of 34 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough as his counterpart Graham Harrell threw for 474 yards. The Longhorns fell from the # 1 spot with the loss. Texas is 4-1, and in a three way tie with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for second place in the Big 12 South. The Longhorns host Baylor on Sunday, before a road game at Kansas and a home game on November 27th with Texas A+M. Texas has scored 398 points in 9 games this season.
6. USC Trojans (7-1) - The University of Southern California Trojans are the third of four teams tied in the # 4 ranking. The Trojans were # 4 last week, as well. USC completed their third shutout of the season on Saturday with a 56-0 win over Washington. Ever since the Trojans September 25th loss at Oregon State, the Trojans have beat opponents by a combined score of 214-20. In eight games this season USC has scored 322 and allowed just 57. The Trojans are one half game ahead of California and Oregon State in the Pac Ten. This Saturday the Trojans will take on the Bears of California, in what could be a Pac Ten title game. After Cal, the Trojans will see Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA, with the Notre Dame game being their only home game.
7. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1) - The Sooners are the final team in the four-team logjam at the # 4 position. The Sooners were # 5 coming into this week’s game. On Saturday the Sooners were 62-28 winners over Nebraska. In the win, Oklahoma jumped off to a 35-0 lead after one quarter, and then at halftime, the Sooners led 49-14. In the win, Oklahoma garnered 508 yards of total offense, including 315 via the air. Quarterback Chad Bradford threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Oklahoma is tied in second place in the NFC South with a 4-1 record; one game behind Texas Tech. Oklahoma will travel to Texas A+M on Saturday, and then finish the season with two games against ranked teams; Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1) - The Cowboys move up one position from # 9 to # 8 after their 59-17 win over Iowa State. Oklahoma State raised their overall record to 8-1 and 4-1 inside the Big 12 South. In the win on Saturday wide receiver Dez Bryant caught 9 passes for 171 yards and four touchdowns. In nine games this season, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 408-189. The Cowboys will take to the road and head to Texas Tech on Saturday. After the Red Raiders battle, on November 15th Oklahoma State will take on Colorado, and then on November 29th the Cowboys will take on state rival Oklahoma.
9. Boise State Broncos (8-0) - The Broncos improved their record to a perfect 8-0 on Saturday with a 49-0 win at New Mexico State. The win moved Boise State up from # 10 to # 9. In the win on Saturday Kellen Moore competed 14 of 22 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos have scored 277 points and allowed 79 on the season. The Broncos led the Western Athletic Conference with a 4-0 mark, ½ game ahead of San Jose State. Boise State will take on Utah State at home, before two straight road gamed at Idaho and Nevada. The Broncos will finish the season on November 28th at home against Fresno State.
10. Utah Utes (9-0) - The Utes are another team that was able to move up in the rankings on Saturday. Moving from # 11 to # 10, the Utes were a 13-10 win over New Mexico. The win moved Utah to 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference, ½ game behind TCU. In nine games, the Utes have scored 325 points, and allowed 159. Utah will take on TCU in a Mountain West title game on Thursday night of this week. After the huge battle, November 15th will pit Utah at San Diego State, and then on November 22nd the Utes will host Brigham Young.
11. Georgia Bulldogs (7-2) - The Bulldogs dropped three spots from # 8 to # 11 after their 49-10 loss to conference foe Florida on Saturday. In the loss quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions and no touchdown passes. The Bulldogs trailed 14-3 at half, and then were blitzed by the Gators in the second half 21-0. Georgia fell to 4-2 in the SEC East, one game behind Florida. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 284-211 on the season. The next two weeks for Georgia will be road games at Kentucky and Auburn, before their November 29th game at home against Georgia Tech.
12. Missouri Tigers (7-2) - The Tigers remained at # 12 after their win over Baylor on Saturday. In the win, quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 318 yards, and three touchdowns, while throwing two interceptions. In nine games this season Daniel has thrown for nearly 3000 yards, and 26 touchdowns. In 9 games, the Tigers have outscored opponents 410-212.The win moved the Tigers to 3-2 in the Big 12 North, in a first place tie with Kansas. The Tigers will see Kansas State, Iowa State, and Kansas in their final three games this season.
13. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) - The Mountaineers remained at the # 13 position after their big 35-13 win over Connecticut. In the win, the Mountaineers quarterback Pat White completed 11 of 18 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. White also ran 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. West Virginia’s win was their fifth in a row. The Mountaineers are 3-0 inside the Big East, leading Pittsburgh and Cincinnati by a full game. West Virginia has four games remaining on the season, starting with Saturday at home against Cincinnati. After that, West Virginia will travel to Louisville and Pittsburgh, and then a December 6th game with South Florida.
14. Ball State Cardinals (8-0) - The Cardinals moved up one position from # 15 to # 14 after taking Saturday off. Ball State will take on conference foe Northern Illinois this week on Thursday night at home. The Cardinals have scored 300 points in eight games, and also allowed just 124. Ball State has won four games at home, and also four games on the road. The Cardinals trail Central Michigan by just ½ game in the MAC West. After Thursday’s game, the Cardinals will take on Miami OH, and Central Michigan both on the road, before a November 25th home game with Western Michigan.
15. TCU Horned Frogs (9-1) - The Horned Frogs still have just one loss; and that was to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Horned Frogs are 9-1 on the year, and with the win on Saturday moved from #16 to # 15. The 44-14 win over UNLV was their fifth straight win, and their third straight by 20 points or more. The Horned Frogs have scored 366 points in 10 games, and allowed 108. TCU leads the Mountain West Conference with a 6-0 record, ½ game ahead of Utah. The Horned Frogs will take on the Utes on Thursday night in a Mountain West title game. After the game with Utah, the Horned Frogs will not play again until November 22nd when the Falcons of Air Force come to town.
16. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) - The Buckeyes took Saturday off, before three straight Saturday’s against Big Ten foes. The bye week moves the Buckeyes from # 17 to # 16. Ohio State, since the 35-3 loss to USC, won five straight before last weeks 13-6 loss at home to Penn State. The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 221-120 so far this season. Ohio State is 4-1 inside the Big Ten, and trailing Michigan State (5-1) and Penn State (5-0). On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Northwestern on the road, and then the following week Ohio State will travel to Illinois, before the finale on November 22nd against rival Michigan.
17. LSU Tigers (6-2) - The Tigers have no shot at a national title, after high expectations, but regardless LSU will be ready on Saturday as they will take on the # 1 team in the nation- the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers moved up one spot from # 18 to # 17 after their 35-10 win over Tulane. In the win, the Tiger defense allowed just 163 total yards, including just 72 yards on the ground. After the LSU/Alabama battle on Saturday, the Tigers will take on Troy on November 15th, followed by a home game with Mississippi, and then a road game at Arkansas on November 28th. LSU has outscored opponents 260-191 thus far this season.
18. BYU Cougars (8-1) - The Cougars came away from week 10 with a 45-42 shootout victory over Colorado State. The win for BYU moved them from # 19 to # 18. BYU is now tied in third with Air Force in the Mountain West, trailing TCU 6-0 and Utah 5-0. The Cougars have three games left on the 2008 slate, at home with San Diego State, and then two straight road games to finish the season at Air Force, and at Utah. With a Utah win on Saturday, and a BYU win over Utah on November 22nd the Cougars still have an outside shot at a Mountain West title. Quarterback Max Hall has thrown for 2753 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season.
19. Michigan State Spartans (8-2) - The Spartans pulled off a miraculous 25-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. The win moved the Spartans inside the top 20, at # 19 from the # 24 position. Brett Swenson’s 44-yard field goal with 7 seconds left game the Spartans the win. Blair White, Spartans receiver caught seven passes for 164 yards in the win. The win for Michigan State pulled them ½ game behind Penn State in the Big Ten Standings. Michigan State will take on Purdue on Saturday, and then take a week off before the November 22nd game at Penn State.
20. Maryland Terrapins (6-2) - The Terrapins took Saturday off, and in the meantime moved up three spots from # 23, inside the top 20, to # 20. Maryland is 6-2 on the season, with wins over Delaware, California, Eastern Michigan, Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Maryland’s two losses this year have come on the road at Middle Tennessee State, and at Virginia. Maryland is leading the ACC Atlantic with a 3-1 mark, ahead of Florida State (3-2) and Wake Forest (3-2). Maryland will travel to Virginia Tech in a Thursday night battle this week. After Thursday’s game, the Terrapins will host the Tar Heels of North Carolina and Seminoles of Florida State, before a November 29th game at Boston College.
21. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2) - The Tar Heels were another idle team on Saturday. With the week off, North Carolina moved up four spots from # 25 to # 21. North Carolina is 6-2 overall this season, and 2-2 in the ACC. The Tar Heels trail Georgia Tech (4-2), Miami (3-2), and Virginia (3-2) in the ACC Coastal Conference. The Tar Heels have outscored opponents 249-159 thus far on the season. The Tar Heels remaining games will be Saturday at home against Georgia Tech, November 15th at Maryland, November 22 with North Carolina State, and November 29th at Duke.
22. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-2) - The Panthers pulled off a 26-23 4 overtime win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The win moved the Panthers back into the rankings for the third different time this season. In the win on Saturday, the Panthers offense turned the ball over three times, all interceptions. A Connor Lee 22 yard field goal put the Panthers ahead for good in the fourth overtime, in which all points were field goals. Pittsburgh is 2-1 in the Big East, and trail West Virginia (3-0). The Panthers have four games remaining this season; starting with a game on Saturday at home with Louisville. Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Connecticut will be the Panthers final three games of the 2008 season.
23. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (8-1) - The Golden Hurricanes had a great chance to “prove themselves” on Saturday going on the road at taking on Arkansas, and “laid an egg”. The Razorbacks came away with a 30-23 win over Tulsa. The loss knocked Tulsa back nine positions from # 14 to # 23 in the polls. Tulsa is still undefeated in Conference USA, leading Rice (5-1) and Houston (3-1). After taking this weekend off, Tulsa will travel to Houston on Saturday, before taking on Tulane on November 22nd and then a November 29th game at Marshall. Tulsa has scored 60 points or more in three of their nine games this season.
24. Florida State Seminoles (6-2) - The Seminoles were 31-28 victims to Georgia Tech on Saturday. The loss dropped them four spots from # 20 to # 24. In the loss, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder threw for just 149 yards and a touchdown, along with an interception. The Florida State offense managed to fumble the ball twice, in the loss. Florida State is now behind the eight ball in the Atlantic Coast Conference- Atlantic Division, as they trail Maryland (3-1). The Seminoles will take on Clemson on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-4 this season. The final three games for Florida State will be against Boston College, Maryland, and Florida.
25. Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-2) - The Gophers were 24-17 losers to Northwestern on Saturday. The loss for the Golden Gophers not only dropped them four spots from # 21 to # 25, but also knocked them lower in the Big Ten Standings. Minnesota is now 3-2, and tied in fourth place in the conference. Penn State is 5-0, while Michigan State is 5-1, Ohio State 4-1. The Gophers, who were tied 17-17 threw an interception with 12 seconds to go to lose the game. Minnesota will host Michigan on Saturday, before November 15th and 22nd games at Wisconsin, and then home with Iowa. Minnesota Wide Receiver Eric Decker broke his own single season record on Saturday with his 73rd catch.
Best of the Rest:
California Golden Bears, Northwestern Wildcats, Cincinnati Bearcats, Oregon State Beavers, South Carolina Gamecocks
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