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College Football Top 10: LSU, Oregon, Nebraska, Clemson and More

With another week of college football officially in the books, we get a slightly clearer picture of what the BCS championship race is shaping up to be.

LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma State are still sitting at the top of the charts as they have been for a few weeks now, but this week's top 10 features some familiar faces sliding back into the swing of things.

Here is how this week's top 10 looks:

1 – LSU Tigers (8-0) : At this point in the season, LSU is just steamrolling over opponents seemingly at will. Many thought the then 19th ranked 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 Ware, 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 was off last week and will face #2 Alabama Saturday, which has turned out to be the most anticipated games of the 2011 season, and a possible preview of the BCS Championship game. – Dory LeBlanc

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

2 – Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0): The Tide had a much-deserved bye week before the showdown with LSU. There isn’t a whole lot that I can say about the upcoming game that hasn’t already been said, or isn’t completely obvious. It’ll be a good one. It’s mad-important to this year’s college season. And that’s all I have to say about that. (Get it?)  – Danny Hobrock

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

3 – Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-0): The Cowboys have had the offense all season, but have struggled on defense at times, entering the weekend ranked 103rd in the country in yards allowed, and have allowed an average of 26.5 points. However, the defense the last few weeks has forced turnovers and stopped teams from scoring in the redzone. In the 59-24 win over Baylor, Brodrick Brown recovered two fumbles, and Daytawion Lowe and Justin Gilbert had interceptions as Oklahoma State forced five turnovers and stopped the Bears twice on fourth-and-1. On offense, RB Joseph Randle ran for a career-high 152 yards and four touchdowns, Justin Blackmon matched his career best with 13 catches for 172 yards and two scores, and Brandon Weeden completed 24-of-36 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. This Saturday, the Cowboys will host a 7-1 Kansas State squad. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 3; Next Game: 11/5 vs. Kansas State

4 – Stanford Cardinal (8-0): Its two toughest opponents to date, Stanford emerged from the last two weeks with quality wins over Washington in Palo Alto and USC in Los Angeles. The big one is up in a couple weeks, but the Cardinal first need to focus on Oregon State. It wouldn’t be the first time the Beavers dashed some national title hopes. Ask USC. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 4; Next Game: 11/5 @ Oregon State

5- Boise State Broncos (7-0): 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 two weeks ago. The win was Moore’s 45th as a starter, tying him with former Texas QB ColtMcCoy for the 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, 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 is coming off second off week of the season and will head to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on Saturday, where Moore should easily set the mark for wins at 46. - Dory LeBlanc

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

6- Oregon Ducks (7-1): The Ducks keep rolling with yet another 40+ point performance, their seventh since the opening night week loss to LSU. With only one loss to the top team in the country, Oregon could be in the national title picture again if they can win out and get a little help. They shouldn’t underestimate Washington, though. They’re itching for a big win. – Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 7; Next Game: 11/5 @ Washington

7 – Oklahoma Sooners (7-1): Oklahoma bounced back from their upset loss to Texas Tech last week, with a 58-17 victory over then-tenth ranked Kansas State in Manhattan. Sooners QB Landry Jones threw for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns against the Wildcats as his favorite target, Ryan Broyles, caught 14 passes for 171 yards and a score. Jones broke the previous school record for yards passing of 468, which he had shared with Sam Bradford, and moved into first place on the Oklahoma career list with 90 touchdown passes and Broyles moved into first place on the Big 12’s career list with 4,499 yards receiving. The down-side of the offensive side of the ball was the season-ending injury to Dominique Whaley, who fractured his left ankle on the first play of the game and will have surgery to have a pin inserted. Roy Finch entered the game in place of Whaley, and rushed for 73 yards and added another 69 yards receiving. When the game was over, the offense racked up a season-high 690 yards of offense against the Big 12′s top defense. On defense, Oklahoma held Kansas State to 240 yards of total offense – only 58 of them in the air, forced three fumbles (recovering one) and sacked Wildcat QB Collin Klein seven times. The Sooners will host a Texas A & M team who’s two-out-three losses have come in conference, ensuring the Aggies will not be taking the Big 12 crown to the SEC next year. - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank:7 Next Game: 11/5 vs. Texas A&M

8 – Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1): Nebraska has been criticized for its defense after allowing 486 yards in a 48-17 loss at Wisconsin on October 1st and for allowing 20 points in the first half of a 34-27 win over Ohio State the following week, but held the Spartans to 187 yards in the Huskers’ 24-3 victory Saturday. The win was just Nebraska’s second against a top 10 opponent in 17 games, and put them in a three-way tie with Michigan State and Michigan in the Legends division of the Big Ten. The defense held Spartans’ QB Kirk Cousins to 11-of-27 passing with 86 yards, sacked him four times, intercepted him once and only allowed Michigan State three passing first downs. Offensively QB TaylorMartinez struggled; throwing 8-of-14 for 83 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but RB Rex Burkhead ran 35 times for 130 yards and two scores, while adding one reception for 27 yards and a touchdown.  Nebraska’s  quest for the Big Ten crown continues as the Huskers will host Northwestern  November 5th . - Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 9; Next Game: 11/5 vs. Northwestern

9- Clemson Tigers (8-0):  Tajh Boyd threw for 295 yards with Sammy Watkins catching 159 of them and the one touchdown, but was intercepted twice as the Tigers were defeated on the road 31-17 by Georgia Tech. 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. Clemson will have the next week off and host Wake Forest on November 12th.  - Dory LeBlanc

AP Rank: 11; Next Game: 11/12 vs. Wake Forest

10 – Arkansas Razorbacks (7-1): The Razorbacks have struggled with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt the last two weeks. But who else would you like to put here? There’s tremendous parity after the top seven. Hey, the Hogs keep winning.– Danny Hobrock

AP Rank: 8; Next Game: 11/5 vs. South Carolina


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