The Alabama Crimson Tide continue to reign supreme at No. 1 in the latest BCS rankings, but the standings have otherwise shifted a considerable amount entering Week 10's action.
Just behind Alabama is Oregon, which leapfrogged the Florida State Seminoles for the No. 2 spot with an impressive 42-14 victory over UCLA and racked up 28 unanswered points to end the game.
Even an SEC foe like Tennessee couldn't give the Crimson Tide trouble, as Nick Saban's dominant bunch jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and disposed of the Volunteers 45-10.
Alabama has scored at least 45 points in 4 straight games, tying the school record for longest streak streak set in 1920 and 1945.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2013
Alabama's No. 1 scoring defense stymied the visitors, super sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon ran for three touchdowns and quarterback AJ McCarron threw for two scores. McCarron hasn't thrown an interception in his past four starts.
A surprise Southeastern Conference team in Missouri was No. 5 in last week's rankings, but the Tigers have tumbled. They blew a 17-0 lead entering the fourth quarter in Week 9, losing to South Carolina 27-24 in double overtime.
The University of Miami may be a historic powerhouse program, but it nearly wilted in the spotlight versus unranked ACC foe Wake Forest.
Duke Johnson ran for a game-high 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes, including the winning one-yard plunge to cap off the 24-21 victory, which kept Miami's perfect record intact.
It's going to be tough sledding for the 'Canes to keep up with Florida State in next week's marquee showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston continues to perform like a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, guiding FSU to 35 first-quarter points in Saturday's blowout over North Carolina State.
Which team do you consider No. 2 in the nation?
Winston and Oregon signal-caller Marcus Mariota have to be considered the front-runners for the Heisman at this juncture. The fact that their teams occupy two of the top three BCS spots makes that battle even more exciting.
Not far behind in the Heisman chase is Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who captured the award last year and gutted through a right throwing shoulder injury to throw for four touchdowns in the Aggies' win over Vanderbilt.
Individual accolades aside, there seem to be three teams in Alabama, Oregon and Florida State as the clear-cut elite of college football.
The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes enjoyed a resounding 63-14 triumph at home on Saturday evening over Big Ten rival Penn State, but even a 20-game winning streak and that type of thrashing isn't enough to warrant consideration for a rise in the rankings.
Until the Buckeyes schedule more difficult out-of-conference opponents, they will always be considered a tier below the very best.
Perception may not be reality, though, and future rankings will prove if Ohio State is indeed worthy of an eventual ascent. In the meantime, Braxton Miller continues to improve at quarterback, Carlos Hyde is running the ball with extreme effectiveness and head coach Urban Meyer just keeps on winning.
Urban Meyer gets a $450,000 bonus if he's still Ohio State's coach on Jan 31. A safe bet considering he HASN'T LOST YET.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 27, 2013
At least the Buckeyes still have an outside shot at the national championship. The only other team that has even a remote chance with one loss is Stanford, which beat previous No. 25 Oregon State 20-12 in a difficult test.
The same can't be said for Missouri or UCLA any longer with devastating losses on their respective resumes, and that too rings true for Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders burst into the Top 10 last week, but didn't survive a road trip to Norman in facing Oklahoma, dropping the contest 38-30.
Offense wasn't so much the problem against the Sooners' previously top-ranked pass defense, as Texas Tech couldn't stop the hosts' rushing attack:
#Big12FB Oklahoma is 60-1, under coach Bob Stoops when rushing for 200-plus yards; the Sooners gained 277 yards rushing against Texas Tech.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 27, 2013
Oklahoma will be tested in Week 10 by another high-octane, explosive outfit in the Baylor Bears. Their quarterback, Bryce Petty, is playing at a magnificent level and ripping off pay-dirt plays in big chunks:
Bryce Petty now has 8 Pass TD of at least 60 yards this season. No other FBS player has more than 5. #BAYvsKU— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2013
The rise in the rankings for the Bears is well-deserved, and it's a testament to how well they have been playing. It's staggering how many yards they're tallying up against opponents:
Fifth time (!!!) this season that Baylor has gone over 700 yards of total offense.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 27, 2013
This Baylor team has a defense to back up its offensive juggernaut and should boost its stock even more with a win against the Sooners.
It's at least conceivable that Auburn, who won 45-10 just as arch-nemesis Alabama did in Week 9, could remain with only one loss on its resume approaching its end-of-season tangle with the Tide.
Gus Malzahn has engineered quite a turnaround in his maiden year at the helm of the Tigers' program, which endured a horrible 3-9 campaign in 2012.
Finally, for the prospective BCS busters, Northern Illinois dismantled Eastern Michigan 59-20 to move to 8-0, while Fresno State kept its bid afloat by topping San Diego State 35-28 in overtime.