College Football Power Rankings - Week 10
In the Week 10 Power Rankings, UCLA jumps from outside the Top 25 to No. 18 after hanging 66 points on Arizona last weekend. Texas comes in right behind the Bruins at No. 19 -- moving up from No. 32 -- after winning at Texas Tech.
Here are the complete rankings for this week.
1. Alabama (9-0)
It all happened so quickly. After sleepwalking through much of the second half, Alabama's offense snapped awake on its final drive. T.J. Yeldon caught a 28-yard screen pass from AJ McCarron to put the finishing touches on a thrilling 21-17 win.
2. Oregon (9-0)
No Oregon player has ever turned in a performance as good as Kenjon Barner's 321-yard rushing effort against USC, and no player ever has done as much damage against the Trojans. The Ducks visit Cal on Saturday.
3. Kansas State (9-0)
It's unclear the extent of Collin Klein's injury that sidelined him against Oklahoma State. Even so, the Wildcats managed to secure a 44-30 win over the relentless Cowboys. K-State hits the road for its next two games, beginning with TCU on Saturday.
4. Notre Dame (9-0)
It was as unconvincing a win as you're likely to find from a national championship contender, but Notre Dame won't mind after narrowly averting disaster against Pitt. The Irish needed three overtimes and a lot of good fortune to remain unbeaten.
5. Ohio State (10-0)
As long as Ohio State keeps winning -- which it continued to do in a 52-22 romp against Illinois -- the rest of the season will be an exercise in what could have been. The Buckeyes might at least be able to play spoiler in their final two games.
6. Georgia (8-1)
The SEC East title and a berth in the SEC championship game are for the taking when Georgia visits Auburn on Saturday. A win would send the Dawgs to the title game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003.
7. Florida State (8-1)
Florida State was off Week 10. The Seminoles return to action Thursday night against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
8. Florida (8-1)
The biggest Auburn fans outside of the Plains can be found in Gainesville this weekend. Florida needs a Georgia loss to put it back into play for the SEC East title. The Gators snuck past Missouri 14-7 Saturday.
9. LSU (7-2)
LSU converted 10 times as many third downs as Alabama, and Zach Mettenberger was spraying the ball all over the field in the second half. The Tigers must still be wondering how it all went wrong against the Tide.
10. Clemson (8-1)
For the second straight week, QB Tajh Boyd tied a school record with five TD passes. The Tigers, which host Maryland next, are tied with Florida State atop the ACC Atlantic Division.
11. South Carolina (7-2)
After a week off, the Gamecocks resume life without Marcus Lattimore against Arkansas. South Carolina fell to the Razorbacks in Fayetteville last season 44-28.
12. Louisville (9-0)
Just call them the comeback Cardinals, as Louisville rallied to win its sixth consecutive game. The Cards are tied with Rutgers for first in the Big East and visit Syracuse on Saturday.
13. Oregon State (7-1)
The Beavers bounced back from their lone loss of the season, defeating Arizona State by 10 at home. Now it gets difficult, as Oregon State visits Stanford this weekend and hosts Oregon on Nov. 24.
14. Oklahoma (6-2)
Landry Jones' season-high four TD passes were enough for the Sooners to get past Iowa State. The OU offense was helped by its ground game, particularly Brennan Clay, who rushed for a career-best 157 yards.
15. Texas A&M (7-2)
Johnny Manziel eclipsed 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards for the third time this season in Texas A&M's 38-13 rout of Mississippi State. The Aggies and their freshman QB phenom face their toughest challenge yet in the SEC with a visit to Alabama.
16. Stanford (6-2)
Is Kevin Hogan Stanford's new starting QB? The redshirt freshman replaced Josh Nunes against Colorado and threw for 184 yards and two TDs while rushing for 48 yards in two quarters. The Cardinal host Oregon State on Saturday.
17. Nebraska (7-2)
The Cornhuskers have won three straight after rallying to score two touchdowns late at Michigan State on Saturday. Nebraska, which is tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division, hosts Penn State next.
18. UCLA (7-2)
The Bruins posted a season-high 66 points in an easy victory over Arizona. Johnathan Franklin was a big reason for the success, as he became UCLA's all-time leading rusher and finished with 162 yards and two TDs.
19. Texas (7-2)
Mack Brown said the Longhorns' victory at Texas Tech, their fourth on the road this season, was the best team win of the season. Texas will host Iowa State and TCU before finishing the regular season at Kansas State.
20. Louisiana Tech (8-1)
The Bulldogs dug into their bag of tricks to win their third straight. Louisiana Tech turned a fake field goal into a TD late against UTSA to win its school-record ninth straight WAC game on homecoming.
21. USC (6-3)
USC's offense was up to the task against Oregon. Its defense? Not so much. Matt Barkley passed for 484 yards and four TDs, but the Trojans' D allowed 730 yards of total offense, including 426 rushing yards.
22. Rutgers (7-1)
The Scarlet Knights were off this weekend and will look to rebound from an Oct. 27 loss to Kent State when they host Army on Saturday. Rutgers defeated the Black Knights 27-12 last season at Yankee Stadium.
23. Toledo (8-1)
The Rockets finish the season with three straight midweek games. Toledo will look to extend its winning streak to nine when it hosts Ball State on Tuesday night.
24. Northwestern (7-2)
The Wildcats hope to change their luck against Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines have won nine of the past 11 meetings, including a 42-24 win last season in which Northwestern blew a 10-point halftime lead.
25. Mississippi State (5-2)
A promising start is unraveling quickly in Starkville, as Mississippi State has lost by a combined score of 76-20 to Alabama and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs, as they visit LSU on Saturday.
Also receiving votes: Texas Tech 19, TCU 17, Michigan 16, Northern Illinois 12, Kent State 8, Utah State 7, Oklahoma State 6, UCF 5, Penn State 4, Fresno State 3, Washington 2, San Diego State 1
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