College Football Power Rankings (Week 10)

Week 10 Rankings

1. LSU (8-0) – The Tigers’ defense knows how to make big plays, and is their best method of scoring.  They have a more balanced offense than Alabama, but lack the home run threat Bama has in Trent Richardson.  Why do I keep comparing these two teams?  Because they play each other November 5th in a de facto National Championship game.
Last Week:  1

2. Alabama (8-0) – The Tide have the best defense in the country and one of the best running backs to pound their offense forward.  Unfortunately their passing game is almost nil.  I can’t wait for the Bama/LSU game this week.
Last Week:  2

3. Stanford (8-0) – It looks like Stanford and Luck will get a shot at the National Title, but it’ll all come down to beating Oregon on November 12th.
Last Week:  3

4. Oklahoma State (8-0) – Everyone knows the Cowboys can put up points, but I don’t think they have a defense capable of keeping up with any of the teams ranked ahead of them on this list, or Oklahoma for that matter.  Bedlam will choose their destiny this season.
Last Week:  4

5. Boise State (7-0) – Looks like Boise State will cruise their way into the Fiesta Bowl, I really want to see an Oklahoma/Boise State rematch.  Boise may have to worry more about San Diego State than TCU in a couple weeks.
Last Week:  6

6. Oregon (7-1) – The Ducks are definitely first in line of one-loss teams in my opinion and could eventually pass Boise State on this list with wins against USC and Stanford.  Since week one they have blown everybody out and had the best chance of every team against LSU. It’s a shame they fumbled about five times that game, which is why you don’t play the best defense in the country the first game of the season.
Last Week:  7

7. Oklahoma (7-1) – After an unexpected loss against Texas Tech the previous week, Oklahoma rebounded with a big win against undefeated Kansas State.  Looks like whoever wins Bedlam wins the Big 12 this year.
Last Week:  11

8. Clemson (8-1) – A young Clemson team finally suffered that Clemson loss against the solid Georgia Tech triple option, but they’ll still probably make a BCS bowl in the weak ACC.
Last Week:  5

9. Arkansas (7-1) – Arkansas has now barely beaten Ole Miss and Vandy in consecutive weeks, how long can they live life on the edge like this?
Last Week:  8

10. Nebraska (7-1) – Nebraska might be quite a bit better than I thought, but then again they are in the Big 10… Looks like the Huskers might win the league in their first year.
Last Week:  13

11. Virginia Tech (8-1) – The Hokies still don’t have a very convincing win and most likely blew their shot at the ACC with a loss against Clemson.  They could win out this year and still make a BCS bowl if Clemson blows another one.
Last Week:  12

12. Houston (8-0) – Case Keenum is bombing it over everyone.  After missing last year with injury, he is having his best season yet and makes a strong case for the Heisman behind Luck and Richardson.  Houston is blowing out everyone; I know they play in the MAC, but a season of blowouts doesn’t lie.  Look for them to be undefeated come bowl season.
Last Week:  17

13. South Carolina (7-1) – Marcus Lattimore being out for the season will hurt and could cost them a chance to win the SEC East this season. Their stellar defense will have to carry the load.
Last Week:  16

14. Georgia (6-2) – Mark Richt and the Bulldogs started their season on shaky ground, but look to finish strong in the SEC.  They could be a Cotton Bowl team this year, and you can’t expect them to fire Richt after that or a win against Florida.
Last Week:  21

15. USC (6-2) – The Trojans shouldn’t feel too bad, they played an amazing game against one of the best teams in the NCAA. I’ll move them up after a good loss.
Last Week:  19

16. Michigan State (6-2) – The Spartans suffered a tough loss to a Nebraska team I haven’t been giving as much respect as they deserve, but the Spartans are still probably the second best team in the Big 10.
Last Week:  9

17. Wisconsin (6-2) – Wisconsin has now suffered two consecutive losses, but the rest of their schedule is a cake walk.
Last Week:  10

18. Michigan (7-1) – As I’ve said before Michigan is pretty much a one-man-team behind Denard Robinson, they’re just lucky that one man might be the best player in college football.
Last Week:  18

19. Georgia Tech (7-2) – This team has bounced in and out of my power rankings all season, they just need to start playing with some consistency after a huge win against Clemson.
Last Week:  Not Ranked

20. Arizona State (6-2) – The Sun Devils are one of the teams boosting the national image of the Pac-12, too bad Colorado has already become the Minnesota of the league.
Last Week:  20

21. Penn State (8-1) – Penn State has yet to play anyone good this year.  I still don’t trust them.
Last Week:  22

22. Auburn (6-3) – Auburn is another one of those teams who you just don’t really know how good they are, because they don’t always come to play their best football.
Last Week:  Not Ranked

23. Cincinnati (6-1) – Why isn’t anybody talking about this Bearcat team?  Yeah, they have an easy schedule, but they could conceivably win ten games this year.  Zach Collaros isn’t the best QB in the country, but he’s pretty darn good and gets the job done ala Josh Freeman for the Bucs.  Nice bye week for Cinci.
Last Week:  23

24. West Virginia (6-2) – The Mountaineers are just one of those teams that beats up bad teams, but can’t compete against good teams, which works for a good record in the Big Least.
Last Week:  Not Ranked

25. Southern Mississippi (7-1) – The Golden Eagles are dominating Conference USA again this year and will most likely win the league.  I doubt they’ll find themselves in a decent bowl game though.
Last Week:  Not Ranked

Other notable teams:  Ohio State, Texas, Washington, Missouri, Texas A&M

Fell out of rankings:  Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Syracuse

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