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College Football Power Rankings: LSU, Wisconsin, Michigan and More

Things more or less stayed pat during Week 6 of the college football season. Now, at the halfway point, we have a pretty clear idea of what the BCS Bowls may look like. Here are the top 10 teams in the country:

* No major changes  from last week, Oklahoma and Alabama switched places.

1 – LSU Tigers: I don’t know anyone who doubted LSU would beat Florida. What was slightly shocking, however, was the complete and total domination they had over the Gators. If not for a taunting call on the Tigers’ freshman punter, Brad Wing, that negated a touchdown on a fake punt, the score would have been more. This was the first time the new rule, which was implemented in the offseason to temper player celebration for touchdowns, was enacted and sparked a slew of controversy. Luckily for LSU, the game wasn’t even close, and the penalty did not cost them anything in the end. The Tigers had a feeding frenzy on the Gators freshman QB Jacoby Brissett, who was starting in place of senior John Brantley and his back up freshman Jeff Driskel who were both sidelined with injuries. Tyrann Mathieu intercepted one of Brissett’s two interceptions, proving even more why he is the best college defenseman. LSU more than doubled Florida in total yards 453-213, with Spencer Ware amassing 109 of the 238 rush yards. Quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combined for 10-of-14 passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-11 rout. This week, LSU looks to rock Rocky Top against a 3-2 Tennessee team.– Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 1; Next Game: 10/15 @ Tennessee

2 - Oklahoma Sooners: The Red River Rivalry held true to its name as Oklahoma turned the annual meeting against Texas into a bloodbath at the Texas State Fair. The Sooners were better in every aspect as QB Landry Jones threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Dominique Whaley carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and three defensive players found their way into the end zone, in the 55-17 dis-mantling of the Longhorns. Oklahoma held then-11th ranked Texas to 259 yards of total offense, allowing only 36 yards on the ground. The Sooner defense held the ‘Horns to 5-for-16 on third down conversions, intercepted QB David Ash twice and forced five fumbles, recovering three. One of the interceptions and two of the fumble recoveries were returned for scores, the most touchdowns scored in a game in Oklahoma history. OU matched another school record Saturday, sacking the Texas quarterbacks eight times. The Sooners take their wagons into Lawrence this week as they take on the 2-3 Kansas Jayhawks. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 10/15 @ Kansas

3 – Alabama Crimson Tide: Alabama blanked Vanderbilt 34-0 Saturday, but it could have been much worse for the Commodores. Tide QB AJ McCarron passed for career-highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns and Heisman hopeful Trent Richardson ran for 107 yards and a touchdown, his fifth straight game with over 100 yards, enroute to their second shutout on the season. Alabama scored on their first three possessions, the only blemish being a missed extra point. Vandy’s national-best 14 interceptions hot streak was halted as McCarron completed 23-of-30 passes for 76.7%. Bama’s defense completely shutdown Vanderbilt allowing only eight first downs, all passing, and held them to 190 total yards. The Commodore OLine protected QBs Jordan Rodgers and Larry Smith, not giving up a sack to either, but could not protect Rodgers against the Tide secondary, who grabbed two interceptions. The Tide rolls into Oxford this week, and should easily move to 7-0 against a 2-3 Ole Miss squad. – Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 2; Next Game: 10/15 @ Ole Miss

4.5 – Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers were on bye this week coming off the big win over Nebraska the week before. Russell Wilson is my favorite for the Heisman Trophy through the first six weeks, and the offense as a whole is playing as well as anybody in the country. The defense isn’t too bad, either. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 10/15 vs. Indiana

4.5 – Boise State Broncos: I would hope that anybody who argues that the Broncos don’t belong in the top five by virtue of their schedule takes the time to watch them. They aren’t afforded the opportunity to flex their muscle like Alabama and LSU, but they can beat any team in the nation. At least that’s what I think. Too bad they aren’t given the opportunity to prove me right or wrong – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 5; Next Game: 10/15 @ Colorado State

6 – Stanford Cardinal: Andrew Luck padded his resume and solidified being the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft Saturday night as the Cardinal cruised past Colorado 48-7. Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns, completing 26-of-33 passes in front of former Stanford standout John Elway. The Heisman favorite threw his second interception on the season in the second quarter, and again it came on a tipped passes by receiver Chris Owusu. Luck found help from all sides of the ball as Max Bergen blocked a field goal and returned it for a score. Michael Thomas grabbed Stanford’s first interception of the season. Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Jeremy Stewart each had a 1-yard scoring runs as The Cardinal matched the longest winning streak in school history, set over three seasons from 1939-41, and currently has the nation’s longest at 13 games. Stanford will make the trip to Pullman as they look to extend the streak against Washington State. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: 10/15 @ Washington State

7 – Oklahoma State Cowboys: If you flipped on the Cowboys game and noticed that Brandon Weeden wasn’t playing late in the second quarter, don’t worry. He was pulled after already having thrown five touchdown passes. Oklahoma State rolled Kansas 70-28. The Jayhawks now face Oklahoma. Ouch. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 6; Next Game: 10/15 @ Texas

8 - Oregon Ducks: The Ducks must deal with the loss of LMJ for what could be a few weeks. They pulled away from Cal in the second half, but now must face an Arizona State team that’s done a good job rebounding since the loss to Illinois earlier in the year. It’ll be a great test to get an idea where this team is without James. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are more-than-capable backups – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 10/15 vs. Arizona State

9 - Clemson Tigers: Quarterback Tajh Boyd went down with a hip injury against Boston College and was listed as questionable for next game in Maryland. He’s now listed as probable. You can breathe again, Clemson, South Carolina. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 10/15 @ Maryland

10 – Michigan Wolverines: Denard Robinson started out downright ugly against Northwestern, throwing three picks and trailing 24-14 at halftime. Something must have happened during the break; the fourth leading rusher and 9th in total offense turned it on in the second half, throwing two TDs and running for a couple more. Robinson finished 17-for-26 passing with two touchdowns and the three first half INTs and rushed for 117 yards with two scores on 25 attempts. The Wolverine defense helped out their signal caller, shutting out the Wildcats in the last two quarters. In the second-half of the six games played, Michigan has allowed just 21 points and has forced nine turnovers. The come-from-behind victory is Big Blue’s second of the season (Notre Dame) and their first road trip on the year. Robinson is the key to Michigan’s success and has to find a way to spark the team from the opening kickoff to keep the wins coming as they face the heart of their Big Ten schedule. In-state rivals Michigan State (4-1) host UM this Saturday in the annual hunt for the Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank; 12 :Next Game: 10/8 @ Northwestern

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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