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1. Texas Longhorns (6-0) – The Longhorns moved up from # 4 to our top spot at # 1. On Saturday, Texas was a 45-35 winner over then # 1 Oklahoma. The Red River Rivalry lived up to its hype, and barred fruit for Texas, outscoring the Sooners 25-14 in the second half. The Longhorns were able to garner 438 yards on offense, including 287 in the air. The battle of turnovers went Texas’ way, not turning the ball over all day, and forcing two from Oklahoma’s offense. Colt McCoy completed 28 of 35 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown. Running back Cody Johnson was the offensive story for Texas, scoring three touchdowns on just three carries and four yards. Texas is now locked in a 2-0 tie with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech for the Big 12 South lead. Texas will host Missouri on Saturday in another huge Big 12 battle.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) – The Crimson Tide were able to sit back and watch the frantic college football action from the luxuries of their own homes on Saturday. During the bye week the Crimson Tide were able to slide up three positions from # 5 to # 2, with all the top teams falling. Alabama is 6-0 on the season with wins over two teams that were ranked; Clemson and Georgia. The Crimson Tide have outscored opponents 202-81 in the early going. Alabama has won three games at home, and also three impressive road games, including at Clemson, Arkansas and Georgia. Alabama will host Mississippi on Saturday, before heading to Tennessee the following week.
3. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0) – The Nittany Lions are the third of four teams to make a move up to the top of the rankings. After coming in last week at # 6, Penn State improved to the # 3 position this week. Penn State is 7-0, and winning in impressive fashion. Many experts say the Nittany Lions have the “easiest” road to the National Title game. The Lions still have games left with Michigan, at Ohio State, at Iowa, Indiana and at Michigan State. That is non to easy for Coach Paterno and the boys. In the seven wins for Penn State, they have outscored opponents 317-77. The closest margin of victory for Penn State this season has been 14 points, twice to Illinois, and Purdue. Running back Evan Royster continues to make a march towards a possible Heisman running for 719 yards and 9 touchdowns. Penn State will host Michigan, a team that fell to a middle of the road MAC team; Toledo on Saturday.
4. USC Trojans (4-1) – The Trojans are back in the hunt. With the wild Saturday causing top teams to fall from the top, USC slides up three positions from # 7 to # 4. USC is 4-1, with their only loss on the road at Oregon State. USC is outscoring teams 180-47 thus far. The Trojans are currently in third place in the Pac Ten, trailing the leaders California, who is 2-0, and also 2 3-1 teams; Oregon and Stanford. Mark Sanchez has thrown for 14 touchdowns in the first five games of the year for USC. USC has two straight road games starting this Saturday at Washington State, before taking the road against Arizona.
5. Oklahoma Sooners (5-1) – The Sooners fell from the top spot, down to # 5 this week. With that loss, Oklahoma fell to 5-1. Leading 21-20 at halftime over Texas, the Sooners were outscored 25-14 in the second half, to lose 45-35. Sam Bradford has now eclipsed the 2000+ passing yards for the season, and completed 23 touchdown passes. The Sooner offense is averaging 500+ yards per game in the first six games this year. Top receiver Manuel Johnson has caught 32 catches, including 8 touchdowns, for a total of 553 yards. Oklahoma now trails a trio of 2-0 teams in the Big 12 South standings. With Oklahoma at 1-1, they hope for losses from Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech. Oklahoma will host Kansas on Saturday.
6. Missouri Tigers (5-1) – The Tigers finish out the 1-2 punch of Big 12 teams to go down; thus losing their top rankings on Saturday. Missouri, a 28-23 home loser to Oklahoma State falls four spots from # 2 to # 6. Chase Daniel may have lost a shot at the Heisman throwing three interceptions, including one on the last drive of the game essentially sealing the deal for the Cowboys. Daniel has thrown for 2,055 yards and 16 touchdowns in the team’s first six games. In the six games the Tigers have played, they have scored 290 points, while allowing just 128. Missouri now trails 2-0 Kansas in the Big 12 North. Missouri and Kansas will play each other on November 29th. This Saturday Missouri will take on top ranked Texas on the road.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-0) – Quietly the Texas Tech Red Raiders are 6-0. Living behind the glory of Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and even Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders has outscored opponents 278-123 in six games. The Red Raiders needed overtime on Saturday to knock off a pesky Nebraska team. The win for Texas Tech helped them climb one position in the rankings from # 8 to # 7. The Red Raiders will face a road test this Saturday when they take on Texas A+M. After that, murders row will begin for Tech. Four games against four top 20 teams, starting with a road trip to Kansas, then home games with Texas and Oklahoma State, concluded with a road game at Oklahoma. Needless to say, if the Red Raiders can survive that, they will have their shot at a national title.
8. Florida Gators (5-1) – The Florida Gators put themselves back into the national title picture on Saturday. With an impressive 51-21 blasting of rival LSU the Gators moved up two positions from # 10 to # 8. On Saturday, the Gators jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and didn’t look back. Leading 34-14 at halftime, the Gators outscored the Tigers 17-7 in the fourth quarter to win. Tim Tebow was only needed for 210 passing yards on the game. The SEC East is now wide open with Florida and Vanderbilt both sitting at 3-1, followed by LSU at 2-1. The Gators will host SEC East rival Kentucky on Saturday.
9. Georgia Bulldogs (5-1) – The Bulldogs held on for a 26-14 win on Saturday; over Tennessee. Georgia led 20-7 at half, but had to hold on after the Vols scored to make it a 20-14 game midway through the third quarter. The win moved the Bulldogs to # 9 in the rankings. In six games this year the Bulldogs have outscored teams 198-110. Georgia now sits a ½ game behind both Florida and Vanderbilt in the wide open SEC East. Georgia will face a tough task on Saturday, as Vanderbilt, coming off a road loss will travel to Athens to battle the Bulldogs. After Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs will travel to LSU, then host Florida. Needless to say, one loss does not have Georgia completely out of the title picture just yet.
10. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) – Rounding out the top ten is the upstart Oklahoma State Cowboys. Win a very impressive win on the road over Missouri the Cowboys are trying to fight for respect in the loaded Big 12. In the win on Saturday, the Cowboys were led by running back Kendall Hunter. Hunter ran for 154 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys are now 6-0 and sit in a three-way tie for the lead in the Big 12 South. Oklahoma State will look to now have a set back this Saturday as they host Baylor. The Bears come into the game with a 3-3 overall record, 1-1 inside the Big 12. Oklahoma State made an eight spot improvement this week, from # 18 to # 10.
11. Boise State Broncos (5-0) – The Boise State Broncos passed their fifth straight test on Saturday. In doing so, they held Southern Miss to just 7 total points, and won 24-7. The win kept the Broncos at # 11 for the second straight week. The Broncos have now just allowed 54 total points in five games played. Boise State will take on Hawaii for a Friday Night Fight, before taking the road for two straight weeks at San Jose State and at New Mexico State. Boise State is one of three teams in the WAC that are undefeated in conference play. San Jose State and New Mexico State are the other two teams.
12. LSU Tigers (4-1) – The LSU Tigers many would say laid an egg on Saturday in Gainesville. The Tigers were pounded 51-21 in a game that could have put the Tigers at the top of the BCS standings. The Tigers made a nine spot drop from # 3 to # 12. LSU turned the ball over three times in the game on Saturday. The Tiger defense allowed Florida to garner 475 of total offensive yards. LSU now sits a game behind Alabama in the SEC West. LSU will travel to South Carolina on Saturday before hosting Georgia on October 25th.
13. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) – The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to wonder when they are going to be able to gain the respect back, after losing it following the USC debacle After winning on Saturday the Buckeyes have dropped a spot, from # 12 to # 13. Since the defeat at the hands of USC, the Buckeyes have won four straight games, and in those four games outscored their opponents 98-51. The Buckeyes are in a three way tie with Penn State and Michigan State in the Big Ten. All three teams are 3-0 in conference play. The Buckeyes next two weeks are against the Spartans and Nittany Lions. This Saturday Ohio State will travel to East Lansing to battle with Michigan State, and on October 25th the Buckeyes will host the Penn State Nittany Lions in what could be a Big Ten title game.
14. Brigham Young Cougars (6-0) – Max Hall and the Cougars continue to impress the nation, and especially the Mountain West Conference. Essentially blanking conference foe New Mexico on Saturday; 21-3, the Cougars now have won six straight games by a combined score of 227-61. The Cougars are only allowed 10.2 points per game. Quarterback Max Hall has completed 152 of 215 passes for 1852 yards and 20 touchdowns. His top receiver thus far has been 6’2 Junior Austin Collie. Collie has caught 47 passes for 680 yards and six touchdowns. The Cougars are deadlocked with Utah and TCU in the Mountain West standings. BYU will see TCU on Thursday night of this week, as the Cougars will face their toughest road test to this point in the season.
15. Kansas Jayhawks (5-1) – The Jay Hawks continue the theme of teams dropping a position despite winning. The themes continuing due to the impressive win by Oklahoma State. It’s like a domino effect. Kansas is 5-1 on the year, and 2-0 in the Big 12 North. The Jay Hawks currently sit atop the North, ahead of Missouri and Kansas State. On Saturday the Kansas win 30-14 over Colorado was sparked by Todd Reesing’s 256 passing yards. The Jay Hawks offense gained over 450 total yards. Kansas will take the road and travel to Norman Oklahoma to face a Sooners team coming off a lose that knocked them from the # 1 spot last week.
16. Utah Utes(7-0) – The second team from the Mountain West, coming in last week at # 15, drop one position this week to # 16. The Utes have won seven straight games to start the season, and sit atop the Mountain West Conference, in a tie with Texas Christian University and Brigham Young University. The Utes offense has scored 263 points in seven games. On Saturday Utah spanked Wyoming 40-7. The game was never close as the Utes scored 10 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Quarterback Brian Johnson has completed 119 of 182 passes for 1440 yards and 11 touchdowns. Utah will host Colorado State this week.
17. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1) – The Hokies, after losing their first game of the season are now 5-1 on the year. Losing in week one to East Carolina is the only thing separating Virginia Tech from a spot inside the top ten. Quietly the Hokies are beating teams. The Hokies are not really blowing opponents out winning by scores of 20-17, 20-17, 35-30, and 27-13 in their last four games. Saturday, in a 27-13 win over non-conference opponent Western Kentucky, the Hokies gained just 293 total yards of offense, but was plenty enough to win. Virginia Tech is alone at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division with a 2-0 record. They lead Georgia Tech at 2-1 and North Carolina, Duke and Virginia at 1-1. The Hokies next two games will be on the road, playing at Boston College, and at Florida State both ACC Atlantic opponents.
18. Pittsburgh Panthers (4-1) – The Panthers are another team that are hampered by a week one loss, as the lone tally in the column. The week one loss to Bowling Green has been followed by wins over Buffalo, Iowa, Syracuse and South Florida. The Panthers have scored 125 points and allowed 108 on the season. Pittsburgh is tied with West Virginia at the top of the Big East standings. The Panthers move up a spot during their bye week from # 19 to # 18. Pittsburgh will travel to Navy for a non-conference game on Saturday before hosting Rutgers on October 25th.
19. South Florida Bulls (5-1) – The Bulls move up one position from # 20 to # 19 despite being idle during week 7. The Bulls are coming off the 26-21 loss to Pittsburgh that sent them to 0-1 in the conference. South Florida has scored 203 points, and allowed 110 on the season. For the Bulls, quarterback Matt Grothe has thrown for 1,304 yards and nine touchdowns. South Florida will host Syracuse this Saturday in an effort to get their first Big East win of the season.
20. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2) – The first two-loss team to enter the top 25; the West Virginia Mountaineers. With losses to East Carolina and Colorado West Virginia certainly started the season rough. With three straight wins; over Marshall, Rutgers, and Colorado. The Mountaineers have scored 133 points and given up 88. West Virginia is currently tied in first place in the Big East with Pittsburgh; both 2-0. The Mountaineers will take this week off, and then take on Auburn on Thursday October 23rd.
21. Michigan State Spartans (6-1) – The third Big Ten team in the top 25 is the Michigan State Spartans. With an opening season loss at the hands of the California Bears, the Spartans have won six straight games. In those six games, Michigan State has scored 208 points, and allowed 117. The six wins for Michigan State have come over Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern. Saturday’s win was a battle of two teams in the upper half of the Big Ten. Northwestern came in 5-0 on the year. The Spartans will face a huge test this Saturday in a game that will decide the current leader of the Big Ten. Both teams are currently 3-0 in the Big Ten.
22. North Carolina TarHeels (5-1) – Coming from unranked to # 22 this week in the standings, the North Carolina TarHeels have their highest ranking in school history; in football. North Carolina needed a fourth quarter touchdown, and got it from Cameron Sexton; to put UNC ahead, and to stay; winning 29-24. The TarHeels have scored 191 points and allowed 119 on the season. The lone North Carolina loss came on September 20th, when Virginia Tech knocked off the Tar Heels, at home. North Carolina will take the road and face Virginia this Saturday.
23. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (6-0) – The time spent in the Top 25 almost became short lived for the Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa, who trailed 17-13 at halftime, and 31-24 after three quarters needed a 13-0 fourth quarter to knock off Southern Methodist on Saturday. Tulsa is now 6-0 on the season. Tulsa residing in the Conference USA West Division, sits atop, at 3-0, tied with UTEP and ahead of Houston, 2-0. The Golden Hurricanes have put up an impressive 319 points, and allowed 155. Tulsa is 3-0 at home, and also 3-0 on the road. Tulsa will play UTEP on Saturday, in what will be a battle for the top of the conference.
24. Vanderbilt Commodores (5-1) – After coming in last week at 5-0, and reaching as high as # 17 in the rankings, the Commodores drop seven spots to the # 24 position. The Commodores were upset on the road at Mississippi State on Saturday. In that game Vanderbilt was held to just 107 total yards of offense. Vanderbilt has beat Miami OH, South Carolina, Rice, Missisissippi, and Auburn on the year. In their six games this season, the Commodores have scored 147 points, and allowed just 98. Saturday, the Commodores will travel to Athens to face the Georgia Bulldogs. Both teams are battling for the top spot in the SEC East.
25. Ball State Cardinals (7-0) – Entering the polls, from the unranked territory are the Ball State Cardinals. The Cardinals have won seven straight games to start the season. They currently are tied with Western Michigan and Central Michigan atop the MAC West conference. The MAC was noted with a Toledo win over Big Ten Michigan on Saturday. Ball State has outscored opponents 262-108 this season. The Cardinals have won an impressive four games on the road, averaging 34.5 in those games. Ball State will take on Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Best of the Rest:
Wake Forest Demon Deacons, California Bears, TCU Horned Frogs, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Florida State Seminoles, Oregon Ducks
Dropped from Rankings:
Auburn Tigers, Northwestern Wildcats