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College Football Power Rankings: LSU, OSU, Michigan State and More

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After a busy Week 8, you'll notice that the Power Rankings look slightly different now.

The Oklahoma Sooners and Wisconsin Badgers are now officially out of the top ten, and in their place you have the Michigan State Spartans and Kansas State Wildcats.

Check out the full rankings as they currently stand below.

 

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1 – LSU Tigers (8-0) : At this point in the season, LSU is just steamrolling over opponents seemingly at will. Many thought the #19 Auburn Tigers had a chance to knock off the Bayou Bengals in Death Valley due to suspensions to RB Spencer Ware and DBs Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon. The reality was that LSU could be without both the top defensive player in the country and their leading rusher and still crush a top 25 team 45-10. LSU held Michael Dyer to 60 rushing yards on 12 attempts, a total of 87 yards on the ground, and 248 yards of total offense while intercepting QB Clint Moseley once, sacking him six times and forcing two fumbles. Without Dyer, the home-team Tigers still managed 174 rushing yards for a total of 393 yards of offense. QBs Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combined for 16-of-23 passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns. LSU is off this week and will face #2 Alabama in two weeks which will be one of the most anticipated games of the 2011 season. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 11/5 @ Alabama

2 – Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0): The Tide hasn’t really exploded in the first quarter. They’ve scored more than once in the first quarter only twice since going up 21-0 in the first quarter against Kent State in the opener—against Florida and North Texas when they scored 10 points. Not that a lack of early scoring is a problem, or that it will doom the Tide in a couple of weeks against LSU. Just sayin’.  – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 11/5 vs. LSU

3.5 – Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-0): Even without two of their starting wide receivers the Cowboys still had plenty of offense, and help from the defense as they won their ninth straight game on the road defeating Missouri 45-24. QB Brandon Weeden went 33-of-49 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, finding last year’s Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon once for a score before Blackmon was precautionary held out of the second half after a blow to the head. RB Joseph Randle ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns and caught another for a career-high four TDs. The defense forced Tigers quarterback James Franklin to commit four turnovers in the second half: three interceptions and a lost fumble at the Oklahoma State 4, but allowed Missouri 463 yards of total offense and three offensive touchdowns. This week, the Cowboys play host to Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears as they hope to continue their BCS National Championship hopes alive. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 10/29 vs. Baylor

3.5 – Stanford Cardinal (7-0): At halftime RB Stepfan Taylor had a plan. He told teammate Tyler Gaffney that they should try for 500 yards on the ground. Taylor, Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson didn’t meet the challenge, but did come close, rushing for 446 yards and breaking the previous team record of 439 set in 1981. Stamford has gotten flack for not playing tough opponents and for being a one trick pony with their Heisman favorite quarterback Andrew Luck’s passing. Saturday, the Cardinal proved both theories wrong as they defeated then-22nd ranked Washington 65-21 and Luck had a quieter day than normal completing 16-of-21 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford’s defense allowed the Huskies to rack up 430 total yards, but held them to three touchdowns. This week, the Cardinal travels to Los Angeles to take on a 6-1, yet unranked, USC squad. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 10/29 @ USC

5 - Boise State Broncos (6-0): The Broncos’ offense had less than 24 minutes on the field, but QB Kellen Moore made the most of it throwing for 281 yards, three touchdowns and a pick on 23-of-29 passes in the 37-26 victory over Air Force Saturday. The win was Moore’s 45th as a starter, tying him with former Texas QB Colt McCoy for most all time wins by a college quarterback. His second touchdown pass of the day gave him 122 for his career and pushed him past former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer for fourth best all-time. Unlike so many of his wins though, this one didn’t come easy. The Falcons entered the game with the 10th best rushing offense, and ran for 254 yards and soaking up the majority of the clock against Boise State. Twice Air Force came to within a touchdown in the second half, but Moore and the offense turned it on when they needed to, racking up 423 yards of total offense in the process. Boise State will have their second off week of the season this week and head to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on November 5th.  – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 5; Next Game: 11/5 @ UNLV

6 - Clemson Tigers (8-0): I love this team. They’re still quietly one of the best offenses in the country, although they’re getting more and more well-deserved recognition every week. And now they’re scoring on defense, too. To think we were worried when they struggled against Wofford in the second week. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 6; Next Game: 10/29 @ Georgia Tech

7 - Oregon Ducks (6-1): Down LaMichael James and Darron Thomas, the Ducks hung 45 points on Colorado. Since the opening week loss to LSU (40-27), Oregon has eclipsed 40 points in every game. They’re actually averaging more points this year (48.14) than they did at the end of last year (47.00) when they led the nation in scoring; but this year they’re fourth in scoring so far behind Houston, Oklahoma State and Stanford—three teams who haven’t lost. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: 10/29 vs. Washington State

8Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1): Since the loss to Alabama in the last week of September, the Razorbacks have beaten Texas A&M and Auburn, and downed Ole Miss in another come-from-behind win. Falling behind 17-0 to the Rebels isn’t exactly inspiring, but on the bright side Arkansas faced adversity once again and answered the challenge. And they did find a capable running back in Dennis Johnson, who rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the win. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 10/2 @ Vanderbilt

9Michigan State Spartans (6-1): Well, it took a Hail Mary pass—that was tipped out of the end zone and then brought back in by Keith Nichol—as time expired to beat Wisconsin, but for the second year in a row the Badgers’ run at perfection is denied by the Spartans. When a turnover-prone Notre Dame team picked up its first win against Michigan State, a lot of people wrote off Sparty. But since then they’ve won four straight against Central Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 10/29 @ Nebraska

9Kansas State Wildcats (7-0): KState QB Collin Klein threw for a career-high 195 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 yards and four scores while Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff and caught a touchdown pass, as the Wildcats defeated in-state rival Kansas 59-21 in Lawrence Saturday. The Wildcats held the Jayhawks to 76 yards rushing on 37 attempts and forced three fumbles (recovering two) as Kansas State tuned up for a big showdown against a one-loss Oklahoma team looking for redemption this week. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank:10 Next Game: 10/29 vs. Oklahoma