Week 11 in college football may have more big-time matchups to look forward to, but Week 10 still had plenty of intriguing games and movement in the third edition of the BCS rankings.
No. 2 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State cruised to big wins, but No. 25 Texas Tech and Michigan weren't so lucky. With a huge week of games approaching, Week 10 gave fans a pretty good idea of which teams were likely to remain contenders and which ones deserve to be tossed on the pretenders pile.
Let's take a look at this week's BCS rankings, analyze the week that was and gaze ahead to an upcoming week with huge implications atop the standings.
|2||Florida State (8-0)||.9525|
|4||Ohio State (9-0)||.8720|
|11||Miami (FL) (7-1)||.5246|
|12||South Carolina (7-2)||.5111|
|14||Oklahoma State (7-1)||.4395|
|15||Texas A&M (7-2)||.4365|
|16||Fresno State (8-0)||.3675|
|17||Michigan State (8-1)||.3394|
|18||Northern Illinois (9-0)||.3169|
|22||Arizona State (6-2)||.1770|
|23||Notre Dame (7-2)||.1662|
|25||Texas Tech (7-2)||.0986|
With four of the top six teams in the country coming off their bye weeks—Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Baylor—the only shakeup that was likely to occur atop the rankings was going to come from the matchup between Florida State and Miami.
And boy, did Florida State make a statement in absolutely annihilating Miami, 41-14. The Seminoles defense held Miami to just 275 total yards and didn't allow them to score in the second half. It was enough to secure the No. 2 ranking once again.
Ohio State made a statement of its own, blowing out Purdue 56-0, but a win over the one-win Boilermakers wasn't quite as impressive as Florida State dismantling the formerly undefeated Hurricanes.
No. 3 Oregon's big matchup comes this week, when it faces Stanford on Thursday while No. 6 Baylor hosts No. 10 Oklahoma in a huge Big 12 clash that night. Oh, and let's not forget about Alabama facing No. 13 LSU in Saturday night's showcase matchup.
Week 11 is going to be brilliant, folks. Expect far more movement atop the rankings next week.
Still, Week 10 had its share of key matchups that affected this week's BCS rankings.
No. 17 Michigan State moved up the rankings after the Spartans defense bruised and battered Michigan, 29-6, holding the Wolverines to 168 yards and no touchdowns. The Spartans defense is for real, folks.
One team that doesn't appear to be for real any longer is No. 25 Texas Tech, which lost its second straight game. The Red Raiders fell to No. 14 Oklahoma State, 52-34, giving up a whopping 281 rushing yards
Beyond that, chalk generally held in the Top 25, although No. 23 Notre Dame barely managed to beat Navy, 38-34. Had the Fighting Irish lost that contest, they would have found it very difficult to get back into the Top 25 this season.