It's that time again.
The standings didn't change much this week, despite the latest "Game of the Century" taking place last Saturday. The only really big difference going from last week into this week is Nebraska falling out of the top 10 following their loss to Northwestern, and Virginia Tech sneaking back in.
1 LSU Tigers (9-0) : Last week, we told you LSU was steamrolling over opponents. This week, in the highly anticipated “Judgment Day”, the Tigers didn’t dominate Alabama in the 9-6 OT victory, they just squeaked one out. If Alabama would have made the three FGs they missed in regulation they would have won, right? Not necessarily. LSU missed key blocks on third downs, that if they made would have given them the conversion and kept them driving down the field.
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LSU QB Jarrett Lee had only one interception entering Saturday night’s game, but threw two against the Tide. On the other side of the field, AJ McCarron threw his fourth of the season, and WR Marquis Maze also threw a pick playing from the wild cat formation. Even if Alabama’s Cade Foster would have made the OT FG, they would have had to stop LSU from making theirs. We could “what if” and “if this happened” all day, and at the end of it, the fact remains: LSU beat the #2 team in the nation on the road. – Dory LeBlanc
AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 11/12 vs. Western Kentucky
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1): The Crimson Tide has a loss now, but we like them more than anybody you might consider putting in the two-spot. Hmm. If there was only a way to settle it once and for all. Like the Tigers and Tide just did. - Danny Hobrock
AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 11/12 @ Mississippi State
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3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-0): The all-defensive battle of #1 and #2 is followed by a polar opposite #3 and #17 (at the time) matchup that at times seemed as if either defense was even on the field. There was a combined 1,082 total yards and 97 points allowed in an all-offense 60 minutes of football. Brandon Weeden went 36-of-46 for 502 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing two interceptions (defense was on the field some of the time I said). Joseph Randle added two scores while rushing for 73 yards on 16 attempts and last year’s Biletnikoff winner, Justin Blackmon, caught 13 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma State allowed Kansas State 507 net yards in the 52-45 victory, but intercepted Collin Klein once, and forced a fumble early in the game that lead to the Cowboy’s first touchdown. This week, Oklahoma State travels to Lubbock to take on a Texas Tech team that upset in-state rival Oklahoma in week eight. - Dory LeBlanc
AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 11/5 vs. Kansas State
4 Stanford Cardinal (9-0): The Cardinal still has its doubters even with the country’s longest winning streak. They’ll prove a lot of people wrong with a win over Oregon. Stanford is home for the rest of the regular season—and perhaps for the conference championship game? We’ll know more Saturday night. – Danny Hobrock
AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 11/12 vs. Oregon
5 Boise State Broncos (8-0): Kellen Moore now holds the record for most wins by a quarterback in NCAA with 46, and has a shot at ending his collegiate career with 50. The Broncos started off slow, but capitalized on UNLV’s mistakes, scoring two of their three first half touchdowns after a turnover. Early in the second quarter, Boise State blocked a punt and took over on the Rebels’ 40; less than two minutes later, Moore hit Matt Miller for a 30-yard touchdown. Then, just before halftime, UNLV was penalized 15 yards on a pass interference call, setting up first-and-goal for the Broncos. Three plays later, Moore connected with Miller again for a 5-yard score. It was all Boise State in the second half as Moore threw two touchdowns to Tyler Shoemaker, after the second, Moore was pulled for Joe Southwick who completed 3-of-3 passes for 12 yards. The Broncos added two more scores on the ground, and aside from a last minute touchdown by UNLV, played tight defense throughout the second half. Moore finished the game 18-of-31 for 219 yards and five touchdowns. Boise State plays host Saturday to TCU, a team the Broncos have a little history with. TCU and Boise State met three times in post-season play since 2004. - Dory LeBlanc
AP Rank: 5; Next Game: 11/12 vs. TCU
6 Oregon Ducks (8-1): Here’s Oregon’s chance to kinda, sorta jump back into the national title discussion. Their one loss is to the top-ranked team in the nation, and a win over Stanford would give them a great boost in the BCS standings. Oklahoma State still has a Texas Tech offense capable of big numbers and they play them in Lubbock; and they get Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game. Who knows? The BCS isn’t Boise State’s biggest fan, remember. – Danny Hobrock
AP Rank:6; Next Game: 11/12 @ Stanford
7 Arkansas Razorbacks (8-1) TThe Hogs are the biggest climbers in our top ten this week. There’s a chance they actually play for the SEC title game instead of LSU and Alabama if they beat the Tigers at the end of the year. They got a quality win over the Gamecocks, which could help them in the BCS.– Danny Hobrock
AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 11/12 vs. Tennessee
8 Oklahoma Sooners (8-1): Texas A & M has probably played their last game in Norman as they head for the SEC after the season, and they have to be relived. The Aggies are now 0-7 at Owen Field during the Bob Stoops era as the Sooners defeated them 41-25 Saturday. Although Oklahoma picks up the W, they lost the record-holder for most receptions in NCAA history with 319, Ryan Broyles, for the season with a torn ACL. Broyles also holds the record for, most receiving touchdowns in the Big 12 with 43, and the school record for yards in a game with 217. Two weeks ago against Kansas State, Broyles set the Big 12 mark for career receiving yards at 4,499, and broke that against the Aggies with his 87 receiving yards for a career total 4,586. Before Saturday, Broyles lead the nation in receiving yards per game (133.8 ypg), and was tied for second in both receptions (81) and touchdowns (10), and solely sat at number two in the FBS for total yardage (1,070). Broyles is still second in total yardage (1,157), but slipped to second in yards per game (128.6) and is now tied for third in touchdowns and receptions (83). This is the second major loss to Oklahoma in as many weeks. Against the Wildcats, the Sooners lost leading rusher Dominique Whaley for the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle. Oklahoma still has star QB Landry Jones, however, who went 18-of-38 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. The Sooners will have a week off to try and get a new game plan now down two key pieces of the offense, and will head to Waco to take on Baylor November 19th. - Dory LeBlanc
AP Rank:7; Next Game: 11/19 @ Baylor
9 Clemson Tigers (8-1): Clemson had the week off to recuperate from their 31-17 road loss to Georgia Tech two weeks ago, and will be ready to bounce back at home as the host Wake Forest this week. In the Tiger’s only loss, QB Tajh Boyd threw for 295 yards with Sammy Watkins catching 159 of them and the one touchdown, but was intercepted twice. Clemson turned the ball over twice more on fumbles by RBs DJ Howard and Mike Bellamy who replaced Andre Ellington who was sidelined with a sprain ankle. Down 24-3 at halftime, Clemson came back in the second half looking like they would pull of another comeback, but the Yellow Jackets quickly answered to regain a 21 point lead. A fumble recovery by OL Brandon Thomas in the end zone brought the Tigers within two touchdowns, and Rashard Hall picked off Tevin Washington and returned it to the Georgia Tech nine, but Boyd threw his second interception to seal the victory for the Yellow Jackets. - Dory LeBlanc
AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 11/12 vs. Wake Forest
10 Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1): Virginia Tech survived Duke a couple weeks ago, and now they have a big showdown with Georgia Tech on Thursday. The defense is ranked in the top 15 in four major defensive categories. - Danny Hobrock
AP Rank: 10; 11/10 @ Georgia Tech