Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
1. Boise State: The Broncos had the week off, but maintained their high ranking and control over the non-AQ BCS bowl berth. This week’s game against Tulsa might be one of the final hurdles for the Broncos to secure the undefeated season. The Golden Hurricane have just one loss this season and only have lost once at home since Sept. 21, 2007 and that was in last year’s Conference USA title game.
2. TCU: Saturday’s win over Air Force wasn’t pretty, but as coach Gary Patterson said, a win is a win. And while the sloppy effort in freezing conditions knocked the Horned Frogs down a few spots in the national rankings, it’s still in prime position for a BCS bowl berth if it stays undefeated especially with both Utah and BYU now appearing in the national rankings.
3. Notre Dame: The Irish had a bye week in preparation for what could be the biggest game of their season. Notre Dame has lost seven consecutive games against USC, but a win this week would catapult the Irish up of the national rankings and into position for a possible BCS bowl berth.
4. BYU: The Cougars aren’t really in the spotlight much anymore, but they just keep winning and quietly hanging around. BYU has yet another gimme game against San Diego State before the much anticipated game against TCU. The best news for the Cougars after this weekend was the quarterback Max Hall didn’t have any turnovers.
5. Utah: The Utes finally got back into the national rankings after being absent since their loss to Oregon. Utah got past a tough game with Colorado State and is in just as good of a position as TCU or BYU to have a shot at the conference title. Colorado State might have been the toughest game outside of the meetings with the Cougars and Frogs.
6. Houston: The Cougars might not have set out to prove that they’re a better team than the one that played against UTEP, but they did with it’s come-from-behind win at Mississippi State. Now, it’s just about Houston learning how to beat teams within its own conference because that’s all that are left.
7. Central Michigan: The Chippewas continue to destroy its MAC opponents, but the first three they’ve played have combined for a 3-13 record so far this season. They might get more resistance this week against a Western Michigan team that had a big and unexpected win over Toledo.
8. Idaho: The Vandals are one win away from their goal of bowl eligibility, but the way they’re playing they’re not going to stop there. This team is one of the best teams in the WAC and that winning streak should continue with another winnable game this week against Hawaii. Idaho is playing like a team with something to prove and that’s a scary proposition for WAC opponents.
9. Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane lost their only worthwhile game this season against Oklahoma, but have a chance for another potential upset against Boise State this week. Two weeks to prepare will help, but Tulsa will still need to be at its best to topple a talented Boise State squad.
10. Navy: The Midshipmen have lost to the two automatic qualifying teams on the schedule so far this season, but have handled the rest of their foes with relative ease. Last week’s 63-14 win over Rice was Navy’s largest margin of victory since 1975. Things could get interesting during the next month as the Mids face four consecutive teams with winning records.