Power Ranking All 126 Teams Entering Week 11

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

Power Ranking All 126 Teams Entering Week 11

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    Ten weeks of the 2013 college football season are in the books. As expected, the cream is starting to rise to the top.

    There are 49 teams that have reached bowl eligibility, while another 23 have already been eliminated from postseason contention by virtue of too many losses or not being allowed to play a bowl game this season.

    The upcoming week features numerous big-time matchups that will likely lead to some major movement in the power rankings. But for now, check out how we rank all 126 FBS programs.

    Agree or disagree with where your team is? Chime in on the comments so we can get a healthy debate going.

126. New Mexico State Aggies

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    Average rating: 160.5

    Week 10 result: New Mexico (1-8) blew a 21-0 lead, falling 49-35 at Louisiana-Lafayette (6-2).

    Up next: The Aggies are back home to face Boston College (4-4), the first-ever meeting between the schools. 

    Notable: NMSU has scored 69 points in its last two games after managing just 16.3 points per game over its first seven contests. 

125. Georgia State Panthers

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    Average rating: 159.5

    Week 10 result: Georgia State (0-9, 0-5 Sun Belt) lost 44-28 at home to Western Kentucky (5-4, 2-3).

    Up next: The Panthers are off until a Nov. 16 home game against Louisiana-Lafayette (6-2, 3-0), the first-ever meeting between the schools. 

    Notable: The 28 points matched a season high for Georgia State in its first year of FBS transitioning. 

124. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks

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    Average rating: 157.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Miami (0-8, 0-4 Mid-American) hosts Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1) on Tuesday. Bowling Green won last year's meeting, 37-13.

    Notable: The RedHawks have lost at least eight games for the third time since 2006.

123. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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    Average rating: 155.5

    Week 10 result: Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4 Conference USA) lost 61-13 at Marshall (5-3, 3-1), its 20th consecutive loss. 

    Up next: The Golden Eagles remain on the road to visit Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2). USM has won three straight over the Bulldogs, the last meeting coming in 2011, when the Eagles won 19-17. 

    Notable: USM has losses by one and seven points, while the remaining six defeats have been by an average of 41.2 points per game. 

122. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Average rating: 153.5

    Week 10 result: Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-5 Mid-American) lost 55-16 at Toledo (6-3, 4-1).

    Up next: The Eagles are home Saturday to face Western Michigan (1-8, 1-4), whom it has won two straight against and beat 29-23 last season. 

    Notable: EMU has lost its last six games by an average of 31.7 points. 

121. Florida International Golden Panthers

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    Average rating: 148.5

    Week 10 result: Florida International (1-7, 1-3 Conference USA) lost 34-13 at home to East Carolina (6-2, 4-1).

    Up next: The Golden Panthers play Saturday at Middle Tennessee (5-4, 3-2). They'll look to avenge last season's 34-30 home loss. 

    Notable: The 13 points scored against East Carolina was actually tied for the Panthers' third-highest output of the season. For the year, they're averaging just 11.4 points per game. 

120. Massachusetts Minutemen

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    Average rating: 147.5

    Week 10 result: Massachusetts (1-8, 1-4 Mid-American) was crushed 63-19 at home by Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0).

    Up next: The Minutemen are off until Nov. 16, when they host Akron (3-7, 2-4). They beat the Zips 22-14 last November for their first-ever victory as an FBS team. 

    Notable: Though still near the bottom nationally in scoring average, at 11.6 points per game, Massachusetts has managed 49 points over its last two contests. That includes a 31-30 win home loss to Western Michigan, tied for the third-highest single-game total the Minutemen have posted against an FBS opponent. 

119. Western Michigan Broncos

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    Average rating: 145.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Western Michigan (1-8, 1-4 Mid-American) plays Saturday at Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-5). The Broncos have dropped the last two meetings, falling 29-23 last season.

    Notable: The Broncos are coming off a 31-30 win at Massachusetts that saw them more than double their season scoring average, which now stands at 15.3 points per game.

118. Idaho Vandals

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    Average rating: 145.0

    Week 10 result: Idaho (1-8) lost 37-21 at home to Texas State (6-3). 

    Up next: The Vandals are home Saturday to face FBS transitioning foe Old Dominion (6-3). The schools have never met before. 

    Notable: The 37 points allowed was actually the second-best defensive effort by Idaho this season. 

117. UTEP Miners

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    Average rating: 141.0

    Week 10 result: UTEP (1-7) was crushed 57-7 at Texas A&M (7-2) in a nonconference game.

    Up next: The Miners return to Conference USA play, where they're 0-4, when they visit North Texas (6-3, 4-1) on Saturday. The schools haven't played since 1980, when North Texas won 35-15 for its sixth straight victory over UTEP.

    Notable: UTEP, on a stretch where it ends the season with five of six on the road, suffered its worst defeat since a 64-7 loss at Texas in September 2009.

116. Connecticut Huskies

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    Average rating: 130.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Connecticut (0-7, 0-3 American) hosts Louisville (7-1, 3-1) on Friday. The Huskies won last year's game 23-20 in overtime.

    Notable: The Huskies' four home losses have been by an average of eight points, compared to an average 33-point loss in their three road defeats.

115. UAB Blazers

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    Average rating: 129.0

    Week 10 result: UAB (2-6, 1-3 Conference USA) lost 24-21 at home to Middle Tennessee (5-4, 3-2).

    Up next: The Blazers hit the road Saturday to play at Marshall (5-3, 3-1). UAB is 2-6 all time against the Thundering Herd, but did take last year's meeting, 38-31. 

    Notable: Despite the loss, UAB matched a season low in points allowed against the Blue Raiders. For the year, it is giving up an average of 38.4 points per game. 

114. Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Average rating: 126.5

    Week 10 result: Kent State (2-8, 1-5) lost 16-7 at Akron (3-7, 2-4). 

    Up next: The Golden Flashes next play on Nov. 13 at home against Miami (Ohio) (0-8, 0-4). 

    Notable: Despite the loss, Kent State managed to hold an opponent below 20 points for the third time this season, helping to lower its scoring defense average to 30.4 points per contest. 

113. New Mexico Lobos

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    Average rating: 126.5

    Week 10 result: New Mexico (2-6, 0-4 Mountain West) lost 35-30 at San Diego State (4-4, 3-1).

    Up next: The Lobos are home Friday to face Air Force (2-7, 0-5). New Mexico has dropped five straight to the Falcons, including 28-23 last season. 

    Notable: New Mexico is third nationally in rushing offense at 313.6 yards per game. 

112. Purdue Boilermakers

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    Average rating: 126.5

    Week 10 result: Purdue (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten) lost its sixth straight game, falling 56-0 at home to Ohio State (9-0, 5-0).

    Up next: The Boilermakers host Iowa (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday. They beat the Hawkeyes last season, winning 27-24 in Iowa City.

    Notable: Purdue has been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1950s. It would have been three goose eggs in a row had the Boilermakers not scored a touchdown with 39 seconds left in a 44-7 home loss to Nebraska on Oct. 12.

111. Hawaii Warriors

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    Average rating: 124.0

    Week 10 result: Hawaii (0-8, 0-6 Mountain West) lost 47-10 at Utah State (5-4, 4-1). 

    Up next: The Warriors stay on the mainland for a Saturday nonconference game at Navy (4-4). The Warriors are 2-0 all time against the Midshipmen, last winning 24-17 in 2009. 

    Notable: Hawaii has allowed at least 30 points in every game this season and are allowing 36.8 points per game.

110. Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Average rating: 123.5

    Week 10 result: Old Dominion (6-3) improved to 6-0 against FCS opponents with a 66-14 win over Rhode Island (3-7). 

    Up next: The Monarchs head west to face Idaho (1-8), the first time they have ventured west of the Mississippi River as a transitioning FBS program. 

    Notable: ODU's three losses were Maryland, Pittsburgh and East Carolina, and have been by an average of 20.7 points per game.

109. Akron Zips

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    Average rating: 121.5

    Week 10 result: Akron (3-7, 2-4 Mid-American) won 16-7 against Kent State (2-8, 1-5) to match its number of victories over the last three seasons combined.

    Up next: The Zips are off until Nov. 16, when they visit Massachusetts (1-8, 1-4), whom they lost to last season in a game that marked the Minutemen's first-ever win as an FBS team. 

    Notable: The seven points allowed were the fewest yielded to an FBS opponent since Akron beat Army 22-3 in 2008. 

108. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 119.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2 Conference USA) hosts Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4) on Saturday. Southern Mississippi has won the last three meetings, including a 19-17 victory in 2011.

    Notable: The Bulldogs have managed to top 20 points on only three occasions this season, a year removed from leading the nation in scoring at more than 50 points per contest.

107. Air Force Falcons

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    Average rating: 117.5

    Week 10 result: Air Force (2-7) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 42-28 win over Army (3-6). 

    Up next: The Falcons, who are 0-5 in Mountain West competition, play Friday at New Mexico (2-6, 0-4). Air Force has won the last five straight in the series, including 28-23 last season.

    Notable: Air Force is averaging 40 points in its wins and just 20.7 points per contest in its losses. 

106. Army Black Knights

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    Average rating: 116.5

    Week 10 result: Army (3-6) lost 42-28 at Air Force (2-7).

    Up next: The Black Knights return home to face Western Kentucky (5-4) for the first time in program history. 

    Notable: Army is tops nationally in rushing average at 336.6 yards per game. 

105. Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Average rating: 116.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Central Michigan (3-5, 2-2 Mid-American) visits Ball State (8-1, 5-0) on Wednesday. Ball State has won the last three meetings, including a 41-30 victory last October.

    Notable: The Chippewas have failed to score 20 or more points in five of their eight games this season after averaging 28.8 points per game a year ago.

104. Temple Owls

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    Average rating: 113.5

    Week 10 result: Temple (1-8, 0-5 American) lost 23-20 at Rutgers (5-3, 2-2).

    Up next: The Owls are off until Nov. 16, when they host UCF (6-1, 3-0). The schools have never met before.

    Notable: Temple's eight losses include four by 10 or more points, but also three by a combined total of six points.

103. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Average rating: 112.5

    Week 10 result: Tulsa (2-6, 1-3 Conference USA) lost 34-15 at home to UTSA (4-5, 3-2).

    Up next: The Golden Hurricane play Saturday at East Carolina (6-2, 4-1). Tulsa has dropped three straight to the Pirates, the most recent coming in a 51-49 loss in 2010. 

    Notable: Tulsa is just one loss from missing out on a bowl for only the second time in the last nine seasons. 

102. South Florida Bulls

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    Average rating: 111.5

    Week 10 result: South Florida (2-6, 2-2 American) lost 35-23 at Houston (7-1, 4-0).

    Up next: The Bulls are off until Nov. 16, when they host Memphis (1-6, 0-4). The schools last met in 2008, when South Florida beat the Tigers 41-14 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

    Notable: Despite the loss, USF got a strong debut from quarterback Mike White, who was 26-of-41 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulls' other two quarterbacks managed just 847 yards and four TDs in the first seven games of the year.

101. Troy Trojans

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    Average rating: 110.5

    Week 10 result: Troy (5-4, 3-2 Sun Belt) lost 49-37 at home to Louisiana-Monroe (5-4, 3-1).

    Up next: The Trojans play Thursday at Louisiana-Lafayette (6-2, 3-0). Louisiana-Lafayette won last year's meeting, 37-24, in September.

    Notable: Troy has been outscored 277-275 this season.

100. California Golden Bears

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    Average rating: 107.0

    Week 10 result: California (1-8, 0-5 Pac-12) came as close as it has all season to a league win, falling 33-28 at home to Arizona (6-2, 3-2).

    Up next: The Golden Bears are home again Saturday to face USC (6-3, 3-2). Cal has lost the last nine meetings with the Trojans, falling 27-9 last season.

    Notable: California has lost 10 straight conference games, its worst skid in league play since losing 11 in a row in 2000 and 2001. 

99. South Alabama Jaguars

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    Average rating: 106.5

    Week 10 result: South Alabama (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) lost 17-16 at home to Arkansas State (4-4, 2-1). 

    Up next: The Jaguars are off until Nov. 16, when they will visit Navy (4-4) for the first time. 

    Notable: South Alabama allowed the fewest points ever since joining the FBS in 2012. 

98. Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    Average rating: 106.0

    Week 10 result: Arkansas State (4-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) won 17-16 at South Alabama (3-5, 1-3).

    Up next: The Red Wolves play Saturday at Louisiana-Monroe (5-4, 3-1). ASU has won the last three meetings, including a 45-23 triumph last season. 

    Notable: It was just the fifth time since 2006 that Arkansas State has won a game without scoring 20 points. 

97. Texas State Bobcats

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    Average rating: 106.0

    Week 10 result: Texas State (6-3) won 37-21 at Idaho (1-8) in a nonconference game to reach bowl eligibility for the first time as an FBS program. 

    Up next: The Bobcats, who are 2-2 in Sun Belt play, are off until Nov. 16, when they visit Arkansas State (4-4, 2-1). This will be the schools' first-ever meeting. 

    Notable: Texas State's three-game win streak has come against teams with a combined record of 4-22. 

96. Memphis Tigers

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    Average rating: 105.0

    Week 10 result: Memphis (1-6, 0-4 American) lost 34-21 at home to Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1).

    Up next: The Tigers are home again Saturday to face FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin (6-3). The schools opened the 2012 season against each other, with UT-Martin winning 20-17. The Skyhawks have already played (and lost) to an FBS team this season, losing 63-14 at Boise State.

    Notable: Its record aside, Memphis has kept things close in each loss. The largest margin in any of those losses was 14 points, in the opener to Duke.

95. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Average rating: 103.0

    Week 10 result: Kansas (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) lost 35-13 at home to Texas (6-2, 5-0). 

    Up next: The Jayhawks play Saturday at Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1), riding a four-game losing streak to the Cowboys. Kansas lost 20-14 at home last season.

    Notable: Kansas has managed to score more than 19 points just once this season, in a 31-14 season-opening win over FCS opponent South Dakota. 

94. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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    Average rating: 100.0

    Week 10 result: Louisiana-Monroe (5-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) earned a 49-37 win at Troy (5-4, 3-2) thanks to 354 yards and five touchdown passes from quarterback Kolton Browning.

    Up next: The Warhawks are home Saturday against Arkansas State (4-4, 2-1). Arkansas State has won the last three meetings, including a 45-23 victory last November. 

    Notable: ULM is riding a three-game win streak.

93. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Average rating: 99.5

    Week 10 result: Nevada (3-6, 2-4 Mountain West) lost 41-23 at Fresno State (8-0, 5-0).

    Up next: The Wolf Pack play Saturday at Colorado State (4-5, 2-2), their fourth road game in five weeks. They hope to end a four-game losing streak. Nevada won 51-6 over the Rams in 2010, just its second win in 11 all-time meetings. 

    Notable: Nevada, headed toward its first bowl-less season since 2004, is on its worst skid since opening the 2009 season 0-3 after losing to Maryland in the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl the previous December. The Wolf Pack haven't lost five in a row since dropping seven consecutive games amid a 2-10 season in 2000.

92. UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    Average rating: 98.5

    Week 10 result: UNLV (5-4, 3-2 Mountain West) lost 34-24 at home to San Jose State (5-3, 4-1). 

    Up next: The Runnin' Rebels are home Saturday to face Utah State (5-4, 4-1). They lost 35-13 to the Aggies last season. 

    Notable: UNLV has dropped two of three since winning four straight, and still need one more victory to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2003. 

91. UTSA Roadrunners

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    Average rating: 96.5

    Week 10 result: UTSA (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) notched a 34-15 road win over Tulsa (2-6, 1-3).

    Up next: The Roadrunners are home to face Tulane (6-3, 4-1) on Saturday, the first-ever meeting between the teams. 

    Notable: UTSA has found some consistency on defense, allowing just 24.3 points per game over the last three contests after giving up 35.5 points per game in their first six games. 

90. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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    Average rating: 96.0

    Week 10 result: Middle Tennessee (5-4, 3-2 Conference USA) eeked out a 24-21 win at UAB (2-6, 1-3).

    Up next: The Blue Raiders are home Saturday to face Florida International (1-7, 1-3). They're 5-3 all time against their former Sun Belt foes, winning 34-30 last season. 

    Notable: MTSU is one victory away from its fourth bowl-eligible season in the past five years after only one such occurrence in the program's first 10 years. 

89. Florida Atlantic Owls

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    Average rating: 94.0

    Week 10 result: Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-4 Conference USA) played its most inspired game of the season in a 34-17 home upset of Tulane (6-3, 4-1).

    Up next: The Owls are off until Nov. 16, when they travel to Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4). It will be the schools' first-ever meeting. 

    Notable: FAU scored the game's final 27 points after falling behind 17-7, feeding off the turmoil stemming from the abrupt resigning of head coach Carl Pelini amid drug-use allegations. 

88. Iowa State Cyclones

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    Average rating: 90.5

    Week 10 result: Iowa State (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) lost 41-7 at Kansas State (4-4, 2-3).

    Up next: The Cyclones are home Saturday for TCU (3-6, 1-5). Iowa State beat the Horned Frogs 37-23 last season, its first-ever win in four meetings. 

    Notable: After playing most teams close, even in defeat, Iowa State has lost its last three by 41.7 points per game. 

87. Virginia Cavaliers

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    Average rating: 89.5

    Week 10 result: Virginia (2-7, 0-5 ACC) lost its sixth straight game, falling 59-10 at home to Clemson (8-1, 6-1).

    Up next: The Cavaliers play Saturday at North Carolina (3-5, 2-3). Virginia has lost the last three meetings with the Tar Heels, including a 37-13 setback last November.

    Notable: Virginia has lost seven consecutive ACC games and has dropped five of its last six at home.

86. Colorado Buffaloes

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    Average rating: 88.5

    Week 10 result: Colorado (3-5, 0-5 Pac-12) lost its 12th straight conference game, falling 45-23 at UCLA (6-2, 3-2).

    Up next: The Buffaloes, whose three road losses have been by an average of 30 points this season, play Saturday at Washington (5-3, 2-3). Colorado has lost four straight to the Huskies, including a 38-3 home loss last season.

    Notable: Colorado is allowing 48.8 points per game in Pac-12 play, worse than last season's 47.8 average during a 1-8 league slate. 

85. SMU Mustangs

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    Average rating: 88.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: SMU (3-4, 2-1 American) plays Saturday at Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1). It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: The Mustangs have allowed at least 29 points in every game this season, and for the year are allowing an average of 42 points per contest. The offense hasn't caught up yet, but of late has improved to an average of 49 per game during a 2-1 stretch since league play began.

84. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Average rating: 88.5

    Week 10 result: Western Kentucky (5-4, 2-3 Sun Belt) won 44-28 at Georgia State (0-9, 0-5). 

    Up next: The Hilltoppers play Saturday at Army (3-6) in a nonconference game. This will be the schools' first-ever meeting. 

    Notable: Tailback Antonio Andrews leads the FBS with 1,290 rushing yards. 

83. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Average rating: 88.0

    Week 10 result: Kentucky (2-6) ended a five-game losing streak with a 48-14 thumping of FCS Alabama State (6-3).

    Up next: The Wildcats are home again Saturday to face Missouri (8-1, 4-1). Kentucky lost 33-10 to the Tigers last season, its first defeat in three all-time meetings.

    Notable: Both of Kentucky's victories this season have been by 34 points, helping to lessen the average margin in scoring offense and defense for the year to just 27-24. 

82. Wyoming Cowboys

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    Average rating: 88.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) is home Saturday to face Fresno State (8-0, 5-0). Fresno won last year's meeting, 42-14, in October. 

    Notable: The Cowboys are coming off back-to-back games in which they allowed 50-plus points in a loss.

81. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Average rating: 85.5

    Week 10 result: North Carolina State (3-5, 0-5 ACC) lost 27-19 at home to North Carolina (3-5, 2-3), its fourth straight loss.

    Up next: The Wolfpack are back at it Saturday when they visit Duke (6-2, 2-2). Duke won the last meeting, 49-28, in 2009, after NC State had won the previous 11 matchups.

    Notable: NC State is on its worst conference losing streak since also losing five straight during the 2008 season.

80. Tulane Green Wave

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    Average rating: 85.0

    Week 10 result: Tulane (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) blew a 10-point lead, falling 34-17 at Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-4), dropping into a three-way tie for first in the West Division.

    Up next: The Green Wave play Saturday at UTSA (4-5, 3-2). The schools have never met before. 

    Notable: Tulane managed a season-low 167 yards and committed four turnovers in its first game since reaching bowl eligibility for the first time in 11 years. 

79. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Average rating: 83.0

    Week 10 result: San Diego State (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West) won 35-30 at home over New Mexico (2-6, 0-4).

    Up next: The Aztecs play Saturday at San Jose State (5-4, 4-1). San Jose has won three straight over the Aztecs, including a 38-34 victory last season. 

    Notable: SDSU's last six games have all been decided by 10 points or less, with the average margin of victory sitting at 7.6 points per contest. 

78. Colorado State Rams

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    Average rating: 82.5

    Week 10 result: Colorado State (4-5, 2-2 Mountain West) lost 42-30 at home to Boise State (6-3, 4-1).

    Up next: The Rams are home again Saturday for Nevada (3-6, 2-4). CSU is 9-2 all time against the Wolf Pack, but those losses have come in the last three meetings, including a 51-6 defeat in 2010. 

    Notable: Because it plays 13 regular-season games, Colorado State needs to win three of its last four to be bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008. 

77. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Average rating: 79.5

    Week 10 result: Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4) lost 13-0 at Syracuse (4-4, 2-2).

    Up next: The Demon Deacons take a two-game losing streak into a Saturday game at home against Florida State (8-0, 6-0). Wake hast lost three of four to the Seminoles, including shutout defeats in Tallahassee the last two times, but the last game in Winston-Salem (in 2011) was taken 35-30 by the Deacons.

    Notable: It was the third time in the last two seasons Wake Forest has been shut out. In 2012, the Deacons were blanked by both Florida State and Notre Dame. 

76. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Average rating: 78.0

    Week 10 result: Illinois (3-5, 0-4) lost 24-17 in overtime at Penn State (5-3, 2-2).

    Up next: The Fighting Illini will look to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday at Indiana (3-5, 1-3). Indiana took last year's meeting 31-17. 

    Notable: Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase, who was intercepted in overtime to end the game, still had a strong game, setting career highs in completions (33) and attempts (52) with 321 yards. 

75. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Average rating: 76.5

    Week 10 result: Arkansas (3-6, 0-5 SEC) dropped its sixth straight game, losing 35-17 at home to Auburn (8-1, 4-1).

    Up next: The Razorbacks head to Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3) on Saturday. They lost 30-27 to the Rebels last season. 

    Notable: Arkansas has allowed 41.2 points per game during its losing streak, including 43.8 points per game in the five league losses. 

74. Navy Midshipmen

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    Average rating: 71.5

    Week 10 result: Navy (4-4) led several times, including late in the fourth quarter, only to fall 38-34 at Notre Dame (7-2).

    Up next: The Midshipmen host Hawaii (0-8) on Saturday. They are 0-2 all time against the Warriors, most recently losing 24-17 in Honolulu in 2009.

    Notable: Navy's bowl hopes rest on being able to win its next two home games, against winless Hawaii and then South Alabama (3-5) the following week. Otherwise, the Midshipmen might have to wait until their Dec. 14 game with Army to get to six wins, thus delaying the entire bowl allocation process. 

73. Buffalo Bulls

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    Average rating: 71.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Buffalo (6-2, 4-0 Mid-American) is home Tuesday to face Ohio (6-2, 3-1). Ohio won last year's meeting, 38-31, in October.

    Notable: The Bulls' six-game win streak has come against opponents with a combined mark of 8-45, but now they finish with four tilts against foes that are a collective 17-16—and eight of those losses are from one foe.

72. North Texas Mean Green

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    Average rating: 69.0

    Week 10 result: North Texas (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) won 28-16 at home over Rice (6-3, 4-1), the Mean Green's fourth straight victory.

    Up next: The Mean Green are home again Saturday to face UTEP (1-7, 0-4). North Texas has won the last six meetings, the most recent coming in 1980.

    Notable: North Texas is on its best run since winning seven straight toward the end of the 2004 season.

71. Bowling Green Falcons

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    Average rating: 69.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American) plays Tuesday at Miami (Ohio) (0-8, 0-4). The Falcons won last year's meeting, 37-13, in October.

    Notable: The Falcons are 12th nationally in scoring, at 18.5 points per game, but during their two-game losing streak they've yielded 24.5 points per contest.

70. San Jose State Spartans

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    Average rating: 68.0

    Week 10 result: San Jose State (5-3, 4-1 Mountain West) won 34-24 at UNLV (5-4, 3-2). 

    Up next: The Spartans are home Saturday to face San Diego State (4-4, 3-1). San Jose has won three straight over the Aztecs, including a 38-34 victory last season. 

    Notable: SJSU is riding a four-game win streak during which the average margin of victory has been just 8.5 points per game. 

69. Ohio Bobcats

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    Average rating: 67.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Ohio (6-2, 3-1 Mid-American) is on the road Tuesday at Buffalo (6-2, 4-0). The Bobcats won last year's meeting, 38-31, in October.

    Notable: The Bobcats are 2-1 on the road this season, but the last two games have resulted in victories by an average of 34 points per outing.

68. West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Average rating: 66.0

    Week 10 result: West Virginia (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) pulled out a 30-27 overtime win at TCU (3-6, 1-5).

    Up next: The Mountaineers are home Saturday to face Texas (6-2, 5-0). They won 48-45 over the Longhorns last season, the schools' first meeting since 1956.

    Notable: West Virginia rallied from an early 10-point deficit, then squandered its own 10-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation before winning in OT. 

67. Marshall Thundering Herd

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    Average rating: 66.0

    Week 10 result: Marshall (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA) won 61-13 at home against listless Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4).

    Up next: The Thundering Herd remain home to face UAB (2-6, 1-3). Marshall is 6-2 all time against the Blazers but lost 38-31 to them last season. 

    Notable: Marshall has won six straight in Huntington, winning by an average of 29.7 points. 

66. Rice Owls

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    Average rating: 66.0

    Week 10 result: Rice (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) lost 28-16 at North Texas (6-3, 4-1), ending a five-game winning streak.

    Up next: The Owls are off until Nov. 16, when they host Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2).

    Notable: Rice is 2-3 against fellow Lone Star State teams and 4-0 against opponents from outside Texas. Its three remaining foes are from Louisiana (two) and Alabama.

65. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Average rating: 65.0

    Week 10 result: Rutgers (5-3, 2-2 American) ended its two-game skid with a relatively unimpressive 23-20 home win over Temple (1-8, 0-5). 

    Up next: The Scarlet Knights are off until Nov. 16, when they host Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1). Rutgers won 10-3 last November. 

    Notable: Rutgers got its best effort of the season from quarterback Gary Nova, who threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against Temple. He'd thrown for only 340 yards and one TD with seven picks over the previous two Knights losses. 

64. Boston College Eagles

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    Average rating: 64.5

    Week 10 result: Boston College (4-4, 2-3) got a huge boost to its bowl hopes with a 34-27 home upset of Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2).

    Up next: The Eagles can move one step closer to bowl eligibility with a win Saturday in a nonconference game at New Mexico State (1-8). The schools have never met before. 

    Notable: Boston College is 0-3 on the road this season and has lost nine straight away from Chestnut Hill, its last victory coming in the 2011 finale at Miami. But the Eagles are headed to the home of the worst team in the FBS, which hasn't beat a non-FCS opponent in three years. 

63. Syracuse Orange

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    Average rating: 63.5

    Week 10 result: Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 ACC) won 13-0 at home against Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4).

    Up next: The Orange visit Maryland (5-3, 1-3) on Saturday. The schools last met in 1994, with Syracuse taking a 21-16 decision for its fourth straight victory over the Terrapins.

    Notable: The shutout of Wake was the Orange's first since blanking Buffalo 31-0 in September 2005. 

62. Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Average rating: 61.5

    Week 10 result: Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) lost 21-10 at Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2).

    Up next: The Panthers will look to reverse a two-game skid on Saturday when it hosts Notre Dame (7-2) in a nonconference game. Pitt has dropped three straight in the series, including last season's heartbreaking 29-26 overtime defeat in South Bend.

    Notable: Take away the 58 points it scored in a win at Duke and Pittsburgh is averaging 21.6 points per contest.

61. TCU Horned Frogs

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    Average rating: 59.5

    Week 10 result: TCU (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) lost 30-27 in overtime to visiting West Virginia (4-5, 2-4).

    Up next: The Horned Frogs will look to end a three-game losing streak Saturday at Iowa State (1-7, 0-5). TCU lost 37-23 to the Cyclones last season after winning the first three meetings between the teams. 

    Notable: Trevone Boykin, once TCU's starting quarterback, has moved over to receiver and caught 11 passes for 100 yards against West Virginia. 

60. Washington State Cougars

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    Average rating: 59.0

    Week 10 result: Washington State (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) was torched 55-21 at home by Arizona State (6-2, 4-1) for its third straight loss.

    Up next: The Cougars are off until a Nov. 16 game at Arizona (6-2, 3-2). The Wildcats have won the last five meetings, including a 24-7 victory in October 2010.

    Notable: WSU has already matched its highest win total of any of the previous five seasons, but the last time it had more than two league victories was in 2007.

59. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Average rating: 59.0

    Week 10 result: North Carolina (3-5, 2-3 ACC) won its second straight, rallying for a 27-19 win at North Carolina State (3-5, 0-5).

    Up next: The Tar Heels are home to face Virginia (2-7, 0-5) on Saturday. Carolina's 37-13 win last season was their third straight over the Cavaliers.

    Notable: Despite a 1-5 start, UNC has a very strong chance to make a bowl game. Three of its last four are at home, including a tilt with transitioning FBS program Old Dominion, while its only road game is at struggling Pittsburgh.

58. Maryland Terrapins

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    Average rating: 59.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Maryland (5-3, 1-3 ACC) is home Saturday to face Syracuse (4-4, 2-2). The Terrapins have lost four straight to the Orange, most recently in 1994.

    Notable: The Terps have no gimmes left on their schedule, needing just one victory to get into a bowl. Add to the mix the fact that those remaining four opponents are all still mathematically alive for the postseason, and this last month could be a stressful one in College Park.

57. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Average rating: 58.0

    Week 10 result: Indiana (3-5, 1-3) lost 42-39 at home to Minnesota (7-2, 2-2) after losing a fumble inside the 10-yard-line in the final minute of regulation.

    Up next: The Hoosiers host Illinois (3-5, 0-4) on Saturday. They beat the Fighting Illini 31-17 in 2012.

    Notable: Despite a losing record, Indiana has still outscored its opponents for the season because its victories have come by 38, 32 and 20 points. 

56. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Average rating:57.0

    Week 10 result: Northwestern (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) dropped its fifth straight after a 4-0 start in as harrowing a way as possible, losing 27-24 at Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) on a Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired.

    Up next: The Wildcats get some time off before hosting Michigan (6-2, 2-2) on Nov. 16. Michigan won 38-31 in overtime last season, its seventh victory in the last eight meetings. 

    Notable: It's the second time in three seasons Northwestern has lost five straight, though in 2011 the Wildcats rebounded from a 2-5 start to win four in a row to get bowl-eligible. 

55. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Average rating: 54.5

    Week 10 result: Cincinnati (6-2, 3-1 American) won 34-21 at Memphis (1-6, 0-4), getting 300 passing yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Brendon Kay.

    Up next: The Bearcats are home Saturday to face SMU (3-4, 2-1). The schools have never met.

    Notable: Cincinnati is allowing just 18 points per game, good for 11th best in the nation. That kind of season-long defensive effort makes the Bearcats' 45-17 loss at Illinois in September that much more perturbing.

54. Toledo Rockets

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    Average rating: 53.5

    Week 10 result: Toledo (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) won 55-16 over visiting Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-5).

    Up next: The Rockets are off until Nov. 12, when they host Buffalo (6-2, 4-0). Toledo is 7-2 all time against the Bulls, most recently beating them 25-20 last season. 

    Notable: Toledo is riding a four-game win streak, with Kareem Hunt averaging 136.3 rushing yards the last three contests. It's helped make up for the recent loss of David Fluellen, who missed the EMU game with a leg injury. 

53. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    Average rating: 53.333

    Week 10 result: Louisiana-Lafayette (6-2) rallied from a 28-7 first-half deficit to pull out a 49-35 nonconference win over New Mexico State (1-8). 

    Up next: The Ragin' Cajuns, 3-0 in Sun Belt play, return to the league slate with a Thursday home game against Troy (5-4, 3-2). ULL has won the last two meetings with the Trojans, beating them 37-24 last September. 

    Notable: The current six-game win streak matches a similar stretch early in the 2011 season, when the Cajuns finished 9-4 and finished the year with a New Orleans Bowl win over San Diego State.

52. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 52.5

    Week 10 result: Mississippi State (4-4, 1-4 SEC) lost 34-16 at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2), dropping to 0-3 this season in games not played in Starkville. 

    Up next: The Bulldogs remain on the road Saturday for a game at Texas A&M (7-2, 3-2). A&M won last November's meeting 38-13.

    Notable: Quarterback Dak Prescott was responsible for four of MSU's five turnovers against South Carolina, fumbling once and throwing three interceptions. However, he did score both of the Bulldogs' touchdowns on run plays, finishing with 313 yards of total offense. 

51. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Average rating: 52.0

    Week 10 result: Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC) dropped its second straight since its upset of South Carolina, losing 31-3 at Missouri (8-1, 4-1).

    Up next: The Volunteers return home Saturday, but the challenge is no less stringent, as they host Auburn (8-1, 4-1). The teams are playing for the first time since 2009, when Auburn won 26-22 for its fifth straight victory in the series. 

    Notable: Tennessee has managed just 13 points in two games since its big win over South Carolina, and the three points were the fewest the Vols have managed since a 14-3 defeat to South Carolina in October 2011.

50. East Carolina Pirates

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    Average rating: 50.0

    Week 10 result: East Carolina (6-2, 4-1 Conference USA) won 34-13 at Florida International (1-7, 1-3) to become bowl-eligible for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. 

    The Pirates didn't look as dominant as in recent weeks, but still got three touchdown passes from Shane Carden and a fourth TD on a wide receiver pass, while their defense held the Golden Panthers to 267 yards of total offense.

    Up next: East Carolina is home Saturday to face Tulsa (2-6, 1-3). The Pirates have won three straight over the Golden Hurricane, including a 51-49 victory in 2010. 

    Notable: The Pirates' two losses this season are by eight total points, falling 15-10 to Virginia Tech and by a field goal in overtime to Tulane. 

49. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Average rating: 48.5

    Week 10 result: Kansas State (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) won 41-7 at listless Iowa State (1-7, 0-5).

    The Wildcats outgained the Cyclones 448-249, getting 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns from tailback John Hubert and a combined 221 passing yards from the quarterback tandem of Jake Waters and Daniel Sams.

    K-State's defense did the rest, forcing three turnovers, though an Iowa State touchdown with less than four minutes left did prevent the Wildcats from recording their first shutout in league play since blanking the Cyclones in 2003.

    Up next: Kansas State plays Saturday at Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2). The Wildcats have won the last two meetings, including a 55-24 thumping of the Red Raiders last season. 

    Notable: After allowing 99 points during its three-game losing streak, K-State has yielded just 19 points during the past two victories. 

48. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Average rating: 45.5

    Week 10 result: Iowa (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) lost at home for the third time this season, falling 28-9 to Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1).

    The Hawkeyes led 6-0 early, but once Wisconsin got on the board late in the first half it was all Badgers. Iowa managed only 289 yards of offense and three Mike Meyer field goals, all of which came from within 30 yards after drives stalled in the red zone.

    Both of Iowa's quarterbacks threw an interception, with starter Jake Rudock managing to complete just 12 of 24 passes for a career-low 109 yards before injuring his knee in the second half.

    Up next: Iowa, which nearly beat Ohio State the last time it played on the road, is at Purdue (1-8, 0-5) on Saturday. The Hawkeyes lost 27-24 at home to the Boilermakers last season.

    Notable: With just 26 points over their last two games, Iowa has dropped to 84th nationally in scoring offense at 25.3 points per game. It's the third-lowest average of any FBS team with an above-.500 record.

47. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Average rating: 45.5

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC) plays Saturday at Florida (4-4, 3-3). The Commodores have dropped 22 straight games to the Gators, the most recent a 31-17 setback last October.

    Notable: Take away its 31-27 upset of Georgia and Vanderbilt has not looked good in SEC play. While its first two league games resulted in losses of four (to Ole Miss) and 10 (South Carolina), since then the other setbacks were by 23 to Missouri and 32 to Texas A&M.

46. Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Average rating: 44.5

    Week 10 result: Penn State (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) squandered a 14-0 lead before pulling out a 24-17 overtime win over Illinois (3-5, 0-4).

    The Nittany Lions forced overtime with a field goal in the final minute of regulation, scored a touchdown to open the extra frame, then got an interception off a tipped pass on Illinois' first snap of overtime to clinch the victory.

    Penn State had trouble containing Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase, who threw for 321 yards, but overcame that effort with a career performance from Lions tailback Bill Belton. Belton, making his first start, ran 36 times for 201 yards and a TD.

    Up next: Penn State plays Saturday at Minnesota (7-2, 3-2) in hopes of its first road win of the season. The Lions have won the last four meetings, including a 33-21 victory in their last matchup in 2010.

    Notable: The Lions have been outscored 107-38 in their two true road games, including the 63-14 blowout at Ohio State two weeks ago. 

45. Utah State Aggies

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    Average rating: 44.0

    Week 10 result: Utah State (5-4, 4-1 Mountain West) cruised to a 47-10 home win over Hawaii (0-8, 0-6).

    The Aggies led 23-3 at halftime, then ended the game on a 24-0 run to keep the Warriors from making the kind of late-game surge that has gotten them close to a victory several times this season. That's because freshman quarterback Darrell Garretson threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, the best performance by a first-year QB at Utah State in nearly three decades.

    Utah State also stifled Hawaii's passing game, forcing Sean Schroeder into three interceptions.

    Up next: Utah State will go for a third straight year of bowl eligibility when it visits UNLV (5-4, 3-2) on Saturday. The Aggies won a 35-13 decision over the Runnin' Rebels last season.

    Notable: The Aggies have scored at least 40 points in each of their five victories, while in the four losses their average output is 19.3 points.

44. Utah Utes

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    Average rating: 44.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Utah (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) is home Saturday to face Arizona State (6-2, 4-1). The Utes have lost nine in a row to the Sun Devils, including a 37-7 setback last September. 

    Notable: The Utes are tied for third nationally in sacks per game, registering 3.38 per contest.

43. Ball State Cardinals

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    Average rating: 40.9

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Ball State (8-1, 5-0 Mid-American) is home Wednesday to face Central Michigan (3-5, 2-2). The all-time series is tied 22-22-1, but Ball State has won the last three games. That includes last season's 41-30 victory.

    Notable: The Cardinals' 34-27 loss at North Texas in September, the only thing keeping them from being in the BCS buster conversation along with MAC cohort Northern Illinois, is starting to look less peculiar now that North Texas is tied for the lead in its division of Conference USA.

42. Duke Blue Devils

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    Average rating: 40.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Duke (6-2, 2-2 ACC) is home Saturday to face North Carolina State (3-5, 0-5). The Blue Devils won the last meeting, 49-28, in 2009 to end an 11-game skid to the Wolfpack.

    Notable: The Blue Devils are 6-2 for the second straight year, marking the first time in school history that they'll play in a bowl in back-to-back seasons. But last season Duke dropped its last five, including a loss to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.

41. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Average rating: 39.5

    Week 10 result: Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2 ACC) lost 34-27 at Boston College (4-4, 2-3), its second straight loss after winning six in a row.

    The Hokies scored the second-most points they've registered this season against an FBS opponent, but their defense allowed 166 yards and two touchdowns to Boston College running back Andre Williams. Williams' second TD, from 62 yards out, gave the Eagles a 34-20 lead with 4:35 remaining.

    Tech quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted twice (one of which the Eagles returned for a fourth-quarter TD) and lost two fumbles.

    Up next: Virginia Tech will look to get back on track Saturday at Miami (7-1, 3-1) with first place still on the line in the ACC's Coastal Division. Miami won last year's meeting, 30-12, but the Hokies have taken five of the last seven overall.

    Notable: Thomas' passing total was 98 yards more than in any other game this season, but the turnovers outweighed that effort. For the year, he has 11 TD passes to go with 12 interceptions. 

40. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Average rating: 39.0

    Week 10 result: Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 ACC) used plenty of defense and just enough offense to score a 21-10 win over visiting Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-3).

    The Yellow Jackets managed only 360 yards of total offense, but two touchdowns from Robert Godhigh and one from David Sims was more than enough to compliment a tremendous defensive effort that battered Pitt QB Tom Savage all night.

    Additionally, Tech's run defense held the Panthers to minus-five yards on the ground.

    Up next: Georgia Tech is off until Nov. 14, when it visits Clemson (8-1, 6-1) in its final ACC game of the season. The Tigers won last year's game, 48-31, in October.

    Notable: The Yellow Jackets remain heavily weighted toward rushing via their option offense, sitting 119th in passing and fifth in rushing. 

39. Boise State Broncos

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    Average rating: 38.5

    Week 10 result: Boise State (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West) bounced back from a nonconference loss to BYU with a solid 42-30 win at Colorado State (4-5, 2-2).

    The Broncos maintained their place atop the league's Mountain Division, shaking off deficits of 10-0 and 17-14 before rattling off 28 unanswered points on the shoulders of quarterback Grant Hedrick. Making his second start in place of the injured Joe Southwick, Hedrick threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns to four different receivers.

    Boise did yield 626 yards to Colorado State, more than 200 yards above its season defensive average.

    Up next: The Broncos are off until Nov. 16, when they host Wyoming (4-4, 2-2). They are 7-0 all time against the Cowboys, including last season's 45-14 victory. 

    Notable: Tailback Jay Ajayi surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season with a 91-yard effort against Colorado State. He had rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his three previous games. 

38. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Average rating: 36.5

    Week 10 result: Minnesota (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) used a late fumble recovery to seal a 42-39 win at Indiana (3-5, 1-3) for its third straight victory.

    The Golden Gophers had taken the lead with just more than three minutes left on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Nelson to Maxx Coleman, but the host Hoosiers quickly drove downfield. A game-tying field goal seemed automatic, but rather than run down the clock Indiana tried to punch it in for a TD. Minnesota linebacker Aaron Hill pounced on a fumbled lateral with 25 seconds left to secure the victory.

    Minnesota gained 573 yards, with Nelson throwing for 298 yards and four TDs while David Cobb rushed 29 times for 188 yards and a score.

    Up next: Minnesota is back home Saturday to face Penn State (5-3, 2-2). The Gophers lost 33-21 in 2010, their fourth straight defeat to the Nittany Lions. 

    Notable: The Gophers, which have matched their highest win total since going 10-3 in 2003, are doing so despite a passing offense that is 116th nationally at 145.3 yards per game. 

37. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Average rating: 36.0

    Week 10 result: Nebraska (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) needed a miracle Hail Mary catch by Jordan Westerkamp as time expired to pull off a 27-24 home win over Northwestern (4-5, 0-5).

    The Cornhuskers had rallied from a 21-7 deficit to tie the game midway through the third quarter on a 25-yard interception return touchdown from Avery Moss. The game stayed that way until Northwestern kicked a 21-yard field goal with 80 seconds left.

    Third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III then drove the Huskers to midfield before the offense stalled, forcing the last-ditch heave, which was tipped before Westerkamp caught it.

    Up next: Nebraska hits the road to play Saturday at Michigan (6-2, 2-2). The teams have split their two meetings since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten, with Nebraska winning 23-9 last year.

    Notable: It is unclear when or if Nebraska will again have starting QB Taylor Martinez back. He has missed time with shoulder, foot, hip and abdominal injuries this season. 

36. Oregon State Beavers

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    Average rating: 34.875

    Week 10 result: Oregon State (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) lost its second straight game, both at home, falling 31-14 to USC (6-3, 3-2).

    The Beavers looked sluggish, possibly still overthinking the previous loss to Stanford, as Sean Mannion was intercepted three times and threw for just 277 yards, far below his season average of more than 400 yards per game.

    OSU couldn't slow down USC's run game, either, allowing two different Trojans rushers to gain more than 130 yards.

    Up next: The Beavers are off until Nov. 16, when they visit Arizona State (6-2, 4-1). OSU won last year's meeting, 36-26, in November.

    Notable: OSU's passing game has dipped to third best in the nation, while its run game continues to hover near the bottom of the FBS.

35. Arizona Wildcats

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    Average rating: 34.167

    Week 10 result: Arizona (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) won its third straight game, the last two on the road, holding off California (1-8, 0-5) for a 33-28 victory.

    The Wildcats never led by more than 12 points against the league's doormat, despite playing a methodical-if-not-flashy game. They finished with 448 yards but only 187 on the ground, about 100 yards below their season average.

    Ka'Deem Carey rushed for more than 100 yards for the 11th straight game, a school record, while quarterback B.J. Denker ran for three touchdowns while throwing for 261 yards and a TD.

    Up next: The Wildcats return home to start a critical three-game home stretch, starting with a Saturday night visit from UCLA (6-2, 3-2). Arizona will look to avenge last November's painful 66-10 loss in Los Angeles.

    Notable: Carey, last year's FBS rushing champion, remains tops in rushing yards per game nationally this season with a 153.1 average. 

34. USC Trojans

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    Average rating: 33.833

    Week 10 result: USC (6-3, 3-2 Pac-12) had its most impressive win of the season, going into Corvallis and coming out with a 31-14 win at Oregon State (6-3, 4-2).

    A week after managing just 30 rushing yards in a 19-3 win over Utah, the Trojans ran for 242 yards. It was a two-pronged attack, with Silas Redd (22 carries, 140 yards) and Javorius Allen (16 carries, 133 yards, three touchdowns) both running all over the Oregon State defense.

    That made it so quarterback Cody Kessler didn't have to do too much, but he did more than enough with 247 yards on 17-of-21 passing and a long first-quarter TD pass to Marqise Lee, who finally looked healthy again.

    And on defense the Trojans continued to play strong, holding down a potent Beavers offense by picking off FBS passing leader Sean Mannion three times.

    Up next: USC remains on the road to play Saturday at California (1-8, 0-5). The Trojans have won the last nine meetings with the Golden Bears, including a 27-9 victory last September.

    Notable: Because the Trojans opened the season in Hawaii, and thus exercised the option to play a 13th regular-season game, they still need to win one of their remaining four contests to be bowl-eligible. If that doesn't happen against Cal, the next-best bet is Nov. 23 at Colorado.

33. Houston Cougars

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    Average rating: 32.5

    Week 10 result: Houston (7-1, 4-0 American) won 35-23 at home against South Florida (2-6, 2-2), relying on John O'Korn and Deontay Greenberry and just enough defensive stops to remain unbeaten in league play.

    O'Korn threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-27 passing, with Greenberry pulling in a 48-yard TD pass in the third quarter to give the Cougars a 28-13 lead.

    Houston was aided in its cause by 19 South Florida penalties, which resulted in 170 yards.

    Up next: Houston hits the road Saturday to play at UCF (6-1, 3-0) in a showdown for first in the AAC. The winner will be the odds-on favorite to earn the league's automatic BCS berth.

    Notable: Since giving up 47 points in a home loss to BYU, Houston has allowed just 37 points in the past two games. Five of the Cougars' opponents have scored 23 or fewer points after the 2012 club allowed 36 points per game.

32. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Average rating: 31.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3 SEC) is home Saturday for Arkansas (3-6, 0-5). The Rebels won last year's meeting, 30-27, in October.

    Notable: A victory over the Razorbacks would continue Ole Miss' rule of threes this season. They opened the year with three wins, then dropped three in a row before winning their two most recent contests.

31. Michigan Wolverines

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    Average rating: 31.0

    Week 10 result: Michigan (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) was beaten into the ground in a 29-6 loss at rival Michigan State (8-1, 5-0).

    Two weeks after setting numerous school offensive records in a 63-47 win over Indiana, the Wolverines put together one of their worst efforts with the ball. The run game was particularly woeful, finishing with minus-48 rushing yards thanks to seven sacks of quarterback Devin Gardner.

    It was the third time in the last two seasons that Michigan failed to score double-digits, overshadowing a relatively improved defensive performance considering the Wolverines had allowed 90 points in their previous two outings.

    Up next: Michigan, which has lost two of three following a 5-0 start, returns home to face Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) on Saturday. The teams have split their two meetings since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten, with Nebraska winning 23-9 last year. 

    Notable: The Wolverines have won 19 straight at Michigan Stadium, their last loss coming to Wisconsin in November 2010. They've won this season's five home games by an average of 22 points, but in there was a squeaker—a 28-24 win over Akron.

30. BYU Cougars

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    Average rating: 30.1

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: BYU (6-2) faces a major test when it hits the road to face Wisconsin (6-2) on Saturday. The teams' only other meeting came in 1980, with the Cougars winning 28-3.

    Notable: BYU is 2-4-1 all-time against teams currently in the Big Ten Conference, its victories coming against Wisconsin and in a 1984 Holiday Bowl triumph over Michigan.

29. Florida Gators

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    Average rating: 28.5

    Week 10 result: Florida (4-4, 3-3 SEC) nearly pulled off a monumental comeback but ultimately fell 23-20 to Georgia (5-3, 4-2) in Jacksonville.

    The Gators were down 20-0 early in the second quarter and 23-3 at halftime but still found themselves with chances to win in the fourth quarter. But they couldn't make a stop down the stretch, and Georgia killed the clock while Florida's offense continued to struggle.

    Tyler Murphy got Florida within three on a touchdown run with 14:20 left, but otherwise the quarterback was held in check by completing just 13 of 29 passes.

    Up next: The Gators will hope to end their three-game losing streak Saturday when they host Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4). Florida has won 22 straight over the Commodores, including a 31-17 victory last October. 

    Notable: Florida is looking to avoid its second four-game losing streak in three seasons.

28. Washington Huskies

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    Average rating: 28.167

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Washington (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) is home Saturday to face Colorado (3-5, 0-5). The Huskies have won four straight over the Buffaloes, including a 38-3 victory last November.

    Notable: The Huskies are ranked in the top 25 nationally in rushing and passing offense, yet that hasn't translated into scoring. Washington's 34.5 points-per-game average is only good enough for 35th in the FBS.

27. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Average rating: 27.2

    Week 10 result: Notre Dame (7-2) got a much harder game than expected from Navy (4-4), winning 38-34 at home.

    In a game that featured nine lead changes, the Fighting Irish got a Tarean Folston one-yard touchdown run with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter for the game-winning score. Folston finished with 140 yards on 18 carries, part of 264 rushing yards for Notre Dame to go along with 242 through the air from Tommy Rees.

    The biggest issue for Notre Dame was its inability to stop Navy's option attack, either the run or the pass. The Midshipmen rushed for 331 yards, while Keenan Reynolds was 6-of-9 for 88 yards and a TD.

    Up next: Notre Dame is on the road Saturday at Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-3 ACC). The Irish have won the last three meetings, including a 29-26 overtime victory last season at home.

    Notable: The Irish, winners of four straight, moved up to No. 23 in the latest BCS standings. After Pittsburgh, they get BYU at home and then go to Stanford, games that could boost them into a BCS at-large pick if they win out.

26. Texas Longhorns

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    Average rating: 26.0

    Week 10 result: Texas (6-2, 5-0 Big 12) breezed to its fifth straight win, 35-13, over visiting Kansas (2-6, 0-5).

    The Longhorns didn't need to exert much energy to beat the Jayhawks. They just kept giving the ball to Malcolm Brown (20 carries, 119 yards, four touchdowns) and then let their improved defense do the rest.

    Kansas converted just four out of 15 third- or fourth-down plays, and in the third quarter a sack of quarterback Jake Heaps resulted in a 40-yard fumble return score by Chris Whaley.

    Up next: The Longhorns finish up the softer part of their league schedule with a game Saturday at West Virginia (4-5, 2-4). Texas lost 48-45 to the Mountaineers last season.

    Notable: As good as Texas' start in the Big 12 has looked, it still has a lot of work left in order to win the league and go to the BCS. Other than beating Oklahoma in Dallas, the Longhorns have yet to face the rest of the conference's top opponents.

    They will, in succession, over the final three games of the regular season.

25. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 25.2

    Week 10 result: Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC) ended a two-game losing streak with a hard-fought 23-20 win over rival Florida (4-4, 3-3) in Jacksonville.

    The Bulldogs raced out to a 20-0 lead then had to hold on for dear life, killing the clock with an eight-minute drive to end the game thanks to a balance of Aaron Murray passing and a 100-yard rushing game from Todd Gurley. Gurley, back after missing a month due to injury, scored on a five-yard run and a 73-yard TD pass in the first quarter.

    Up next: Georgia steps out of SEC play for a visit from FCS foe Appalachian State (2-7), which is planning to transition to the FBS next season. The schools have never met before, but the Bulldogs have crushed each of the FCS opponents they've faced since making them a regular part of the schedule in 2006.

    Notable: The 43 total points were the fewest scored, by far, of any game involving Georgia this season. The average for the year is 66 points.

24. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 24.8

    Week 10 result: Fresno State (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West) took a little while to get its offense in gear before ultimately winning 41-23 against visiting Nevada (3-6, 2-4).

    The Bulldogs were, as usual, paced by senior quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns on 39-of-55 passing. Carr is now the school's career passing leader with 10,821 yards, despite very limited action as a freshman.

    But instead of Davante Adams being Carr's main target, it was Josh Harper, who caught 17 balls for 253 yards and two TDs. Adams had eight catches for 84 yards and a TD, falling one-tenth of a reception per game behind Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for the FBS lead.

    Up next: Fresno State faces a difficult road environment when it travels to Wyoming (4-4, 2-2) on Saturday. The Bulldogs beat the Cowboys 42-14 at home last season, but two of their three road games this season have been decided by one score, including an overtime win at San Diego State two weeks ago.

    Notable: Fresno is off to its best start since 10-0 in 1989 en route to an 11-1 season.

23. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Average rating: 24.8

    Week 10 result: Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American) put on another offensive display in a 63-19 win at Massachusetts (1-8, 1-4).

    The Huskies racked up another bevy of yards, gaining 612 against one of the FBS' worst teams without much effort. They scored on their first five drives. Quarterback Jordan Lynch hardly needed to throw the ball, instead rushing for 119 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those came in the first quarter.

    But when NIU did pass, it was for big yardage. Both Lynch (66-yard TD to Juwan Brescacin) and backup Drew Hare (81-yard TD to Chad Beebe) had long scoring throws.

    Up next: The Huskies are off until Nov. 13, when they face their first true test since opening the season with a win at Iowa. Ball State (8-1, 5-0) comes to town for a Wednesday game that will determine the MAC's West Division champ and whether NIU can remain a BCS contender.

    Notable: NIU's margin of victory keeps increasing. Over the last month its wins have gone from seven (vs. Akron) to 21, 39 and then 44 against Massachusetts. That trend is likely to reverse itself against Ball State, a team NIU has beaten four straight times but only by a combined 15 points in the last two meetings. 

22. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Average rating: 23.8

    Week 10 result: Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) dropped its second straight, falling 52-34 at home to Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1).

    The Red Raiders' 7-0 start seems like a distant memory now, especially after losing by 18 points on their own field despite outgaining the Cowboys. Tech couldn't slow down the OSU run game, which rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns.

    And after falling behind 21-0, the Red Raiders had to go extra heavy on their pass game, causing Davis Webb to throw 71 times (completing 45) for 425 yards and two TDs, but also two interceptions.

    Up next: Tech remains home to face Kansas State (4-4, 2-3) on Saturday. It has lost two straight to the Wildcats, including a 55-24 setback last October.

    Notable: Texas Tech is more balanced offensively than the statistics would indicate, though it ranks second in passing and 102nd in rushing. However, 40 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive touchdowns (16 of 40) have come on the ground.

21. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Average rating: 22.4

    Week 10 result: Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) provided host Washington State (4-5, 2-4) with a Halloween trick rather than a treat, rolling to a 55-21 victory.

    It was the Taylor Kelly show for the Sun Devils. The quarterback threw for five touchdowns and also ran in two scores on read-option plays. He finished with 341 yards of total offense, 39 more than Washington State gained as a team.

    ASU finished with 557 yards and kept prolific Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday from gaining any momentum. He finished with 300 yards on 29-of-54 passing with two TDs, but those numbers were inflated by a lot of mop-up time production.

    Up next: ASU remains on the road to face Utah (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday. The Sun Devils have won nine in a row against the Utes, including a 37-7 victory last September. 

    Notable: The Sun Devils are averaging 54 points per game during their three-game win streak, and in five Pac-12 games they're scoring 50.4 points per game while allowing 28.2.

20. UCF Knights

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    Average rating: 21.8

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: UCF (6-1, 3-0 American) is home Saturday to face Houston (7-1, 4-0) in a showdown for the league's top spot. The winner will be the odds-on favorite to earn an automatic BCS berth.

    Notable: The Knights' matchup with Houston will pit two of the country's five best teams in terms of turnover margin. UCF is plus-nine, good enough for fifth-best, while Houston is tops nationally with a plus-20 margin.

19. UCLA Bruins

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    Average rating: 19.0

    Week 10 result: UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) ended its two-game losing streak with a 45-23 home win over Colorado (3-5, 0-5).

    The Bruins still showed some hangover from the grimacing back-to-back losses at Stanford and Oregon, trailing 10-7 early and leading by just eight points at halftime. But in the second half they opened things up and outscored the Buffaloes 24-10 over the final 30 minutes thanks to three rushing touchdowns.

    QB Brett Hundley rebounded from recent struggles to tally 345 yards of total offense and account for four touchdowns, including two on the ground, while receiver Devin Fuller caught two TD passes and scored on an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter.

    Up next: UCLA heads to the desert Saturday for a test at Arizona (6-2, 3-2). The Bruins crushed the Wildcats 66-10 last November after dropping the previous five games in the series.

    Notable: UCLA is averaging a healthy 193.6 rushing yards per game despite no single player gaining more than 59.5 yards per game. Hundley is the team's second-leading rusher at 53.9 yards per game.

18. Louisville Cardinals

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    Average rating: 18.4

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American) plays Friday at Connecticut (0-7, 0-3). The Cardinals lost to the Huskies last November, falling 23-20 in overtime.

    Notable: The Cardinals have allowed 85 points this season, with 38 of those coming in their lone loss. They allowed 309 points (23.8 per game) last season while going 11-2 and beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

17. Michigan State Spartans

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    Average rating: 17.6

    Week 10 result: Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) put forth a defensive effort for the ages in its 29-6 home win over rival Michigan (6-2, 2-2).

    The Spartans held the Wolverines to an astounding minus-48 rushing yards thanks to seven sacks and an all-around brick wall of a front line on defense. Michigan managed just two first-half field goals, never threatening to score in the second half as MSU scored the game's final 23 points.

    Offensively, MSU quarterback Connor Cook threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score, while Jeremy Langford rushed for 120 yards and a TD.

    Up next: The Spartans, winners of five straight since a 17-13 loss at Notre Dame in mid-September, are off until Nov. 16 when they play at Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) with a chance to lock up the Legends Division title. MSU is 0-7 all-time against the Cornhuskers, losing 28-24 at home last season.

    Notable: MSU lowered its FBS-leading rush defense to an absurd 43.4 yards per game, nearly half the total of the second-best team (Louisville, 80.5).

16. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Average rating: 16.8

    Week 10 result: Wisconsin (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) took control late to get a 28-9 win at Iowa (5-4, 2-3).

    The Badgers trailed 6-0 late in the first half before getting their act together against the Hawkeyes, getting a 44-yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave to Jacob Pedersen to take a lead they'd never give up. Stave added a TD pass to Jared Abbrederis midway through the third quarter. James White provided extra cushion with two fourth-quarter TD runs.

    White finished with 132 yards on 19 carries, while the Badgers defense held Iowa to 289 yards and three field goals.

    Up next: Wisconsin returns home Saturday to face a hot non-conference opponent in BYU (6-2), a game that could strongly boost its BCS resume. It will be the teams' second meeting all time, the last coming in 1980 when BYU won 28-3.

    Notable: The Badgers have won their home games by an average of 38.3 points per game, but none of the previous opponents are anywhere near as good as the incoming Cougars. Those other foes are a combined 9-28 on the season.

15. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Average rating: 16.6

    Week 10 result: Miami (7-1, 3-1 ACC) got the test it wanted but did not pass, falling 41-14 at Florida State (8-0, 6-0).

    The Hurricanes were thoroughly dominated, especially in the second half when they were outscored 20-0. Despite intercepting FSU quarterback Jameis Winston twice in the first half, Miami could never mount enough of an offensive surge to keep pace with the Seminoles, nor could it mount a late comeback like in recent close wins over North Carolina and Wake Forest.

    The loss became even more painful when running back Duke Johnson went down with an ankle injury early in the second half. The sophomore, who had run for 97 yards prior to that, reportedly broke the ankle and is done for the year.

    Up next: No longer a national title contender, Miami must now focus on holding onto the ACC's Coastal Division lead. First up is the Hurricanes' main challenger for the top spot, Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2), which comes to Miami on Saturday. Miami won 30-12 last November after having lost five of six to the Hokies.

    Notable: The 41 points allowed to Florida State was the most given up to the Seminoles since falling 45-10 in 2010 and just the sixth time the Hurricanes had yielded 40 or more points in the series' 57 all-time games.

14. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Average rating: 14.2

    Week 10 result: South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) cruised to a 34-16 home win over Mississippi State (4-4, 1-3) despite a rather pedestrian 307 yards of total offense.

    The Gamecocks instead were efficient with their play-calling, getting four touchdown passes from Connor Shaw despite just 10 completions, while Mike Davis gained 128 yards rushing on just 15 carries.

    The defense also shined, forcing five Bulldog turnovers (including four from MSU quarterback Dak Prescott) after recording only 11 takeaways in the first eight games of the season.

    Up next: South Carolina is off for a bit before wrapping up SEC play at home Nov. 16 against Florida (4-4, 3-3). The Gamecocks were crushed 44-11 last October by the Gators. 

    Notable: The win was South Carolina's 15th straight at Williams-Brice Stadium, dating back to an October 2011 defeat to defending BCS champion Auburn.

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Average rating: 13.8

    Week 10 result: Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) won 52-34 at Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2), its fourth straight victory.

    Clint Chelf continued his evolution as a dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns and adding 88 rushing yards and two scores—including a 67-yard TD on a draw play midway through the third quarter that put the Cowboys up 42-24.

    Though outgained by Texas Tech, OSU forced the Red Raiders to throw 71 times and commit three turnovers. It also got another strong game from tailback Desmond Roland, who averaged just 3.1 yards on 31 carries but scored three times.

    Up next: The Cowboys host Kansas (2-6, 0-5) on Saturday, hoping for their fourth straight win over the Jayhawks. OSU pulled out a 20-14 road victory last October. 

    Notable: OSU is 15th in scoring at 40.5 points per game despite having a passing game that's ranked 39th and a run attack that sits at 55th. More notable is the team defense, which is 29th nationally, allowing 21.4 points per game.

12. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Average rating: 11.8

    Week 10 result: Texas A&M (7-2, 3-2 SEC) took a break from SEC play to beat up on overmatched in-state foe UTEP (1-7), burying the Miners 57-7.

    Johnny Manziel accounted for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) and 340 yards of total offense before sitting down for good in the third quarter of a game that was never a game. The Aggies outgained UTEP 564-198, forced four turnovers and opened the scoring with a blocked punt for a safety.

    It was A&M's 12th straight game scoring at least 40 points, while the yardage allowed was the fewest by an Aggies team since Kevin Sumlin took over as coach last season.

    Up next: It's back to the SEC for the Aggies, who host Mississippi State (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday. A&M won 38-13 in Starkville last November.

    Notable: Manziel is third nationally in total offense at 381.2 yards per game, a shade behind his freshman-year average of 393.2.

11. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Average rating: 11.2

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) plays Thursday at Baylor (7-0, 4-0). The Sooners won 42-34 last November after Baylor had earned its first-ever victory in the series in the 2011 meeting.

    Notable: The Sooners have produced two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in the Bob Stoops era, which makes this season's passing problems that much more glaring. Oklahoma is averaging just 201 yards per game through the air, rated 93rd nationally and ninth-best in the Big 12.

10. LSU Tigers

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    Average rating: 11.0

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) plays Saturday at Alabama (8-0, 5-0). The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers twice in a 10-month span last season, winning a 21-17 regular-season game in November after taking the BCS championship game 21-0 the previous January.

    Notable: A loss to Alabama would give the Tigers their highest number of SEC defeats in one season since going 5-3 in 2009, and they still have to play Texas A&M.

9. Auburn Tigers

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    Average rating: 10.8

    Week 10 result: Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) had little trouble in a 35-17 win at Arkansas (3-6, 0-5).

    The Tigers didn't have a very flashy offensive performance, but it was enough to get the job done despite Arkansas coach Bret Bielema pulling out numerous tricks to try and slow the Tigers down. Auburn took a 28-3 lead and then cruised for the final 23 minutes of play.

    Nick Marshall only attempted eight passes for Auburn, completing seven for 118 yards and a touchdown, while running back Tre Mason made the most of his first start with 168 rushing yards and four TDs.

    The Tigers also forced Arkansas into three turnovers.

    Up next: Auburn plays Saturday at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4). The Tigers have won the last five meetings, the most recent a 26-23 victory in 2009.

    Notable: Despite the below-average numbers, Auburn is still ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense at 306.2 yards per game. Next up is a Volunteers defense that's 100th in run stopping, allowing 201.7 yards per game. 

8. Clemson Tigers

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    Average rating: 8.6

    Week 10 result: Clemson (8-1, 6-1) returned to its massive blowout ways with a 59-10 win at Virginia (2-7, 0-5).

    The Tigers looked much more like the team they were prior to facing Florida State, racking up 610 yards of total offense that included a 377-yard, three-touchdown passing effort from Tahj Boyd. Boyd also scored on a one-yard run, but his most memorable play came on a 96-yard TD pass to Sammy Watkins early in the third quarter to give Clemson a 42-7 lead.

    Watkins finished with eight catches for 169 yards and two TDs. It was the second time this season Clemson has beaten an ACC opponent by 49 points (the Tigers won 56-7 over Wake Forest in September).

    Up next: Clemson is off until Nov. 14 when it wraps up ACC play early, hosting Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) in a Thursday night game. The Tigers won last year's game 47-31 in October.

    Notable: Boyd is now the ACC's all-time touchdown leader with 116. He entered Saturday tied with former North Carolina State star Philip Rivers with 112 total scores.

7. Missouri Tigers

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    Average rating: 8.4

    Week 10 result: Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) breezed to a 31-3 home win over Tennessee (4-5, 1-4).

    The Tigers showed no ill effects from their monumental collapse the week before against South Carolina, methodically beating the Volunteers into the ground with a run-based game plan that produced 339 rushing yards, roughly 50 percent above their season average.

    Leading that charge was freshman QB Maty Mauk, who has played well in each game since starter James Franklin went down with an injury. Against Tennessee he threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns and added another 114 rushing yards.

    Missouri's defense was also stout, holding Tennessee to just 2-of-13 on third downs while forcing three turnovers.

    Up next: Missouri plays its first road game in nearly a month when it visits Kentucky (2-6, 0-4). The Tigers beat the Wildcats for the first time ever last season, winning 33-10 at home in October.

    Notable: The Tigers are averaging exactly 500 offensive yards per game. They've averaged 468.7 yards and 30.3 points per game since Mauk took over as starter three games ago.

6. Stanford Cardinal

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    Average rating: 6.8

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) is home Thursday to face Oregon (8-0, 5-0) in a game that will determine the North Division title. Stanford pulled out a 17-14 overtime victory last season, killing the Ducks' national title hopes.

    Stanford is unbeaten at home since Oregon's last visit in 2011, when the Ducks came out victorious. It's part of a long road win streak for Oregon, which hasn't fallen in a true road game since its 2009 visit to Stanford.

    Notable: Stanford's run defense is allowing 103.3 yards per game, a major contrast to the 331.5 yards per game Oregon puts forth on the ground. But the Cardinal have stifled a pair of potent offenses in their last two games, holding UCLA to just 10 points (compared to a 45.8 average) and Oregon State (44.1) to 12 points.

5. Baylor Bears

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    Average rating: 4.8

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) gets its sternest test to date when it hosts Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) on Thursday. The Bears are 1-21 all-time against the Sooners, with that win coming at home two years ago.

    Notable: The Bears have matched their best start in school history, having also opened 7-0 in 1980 en route to a 10-2 season. They're also on a streak of 11 straight games with at least 35 points.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Average rating: 4.2

    Week 10 result: Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) put on another impressive performance, albeit against a completely outmatched foe, winning 56-0 at Purdue (1-7, 0-4).

    The Buckeyes, following up on a 63-14 home pasting of Penn State the week before, once again stormed out of the gates to put the kibosh on any possibility of a sluggish effort. They led 28-0 after the first quarter, taking just 10 offensive snaps to record three touchdowns after starting the game with a 33-yard interception return score by Doran Grant in the first minute of play.

    All told, OSU outgained the Boilermakers 640-116, with Carlos Hyde needing just eight carries to get 111 of the Buckeyes' 345 rushing yards to complement a 19-of-23, 233-yard, four-TD outing by QB Braxton Miller.

    Up next: Ohio State is off until Nov. 16 when it goes back on the road to face another lackluster opponent, Illinois (3-5, 0-4). The Buckeyes have won eight of nine in the series, including a 52-22 home victory last November. 

    Notable: The last two weeks' outputs have boosted OSU to fifth in scoring offense at 48.2 points per game, while the shutout of Purdue was its first of a Big Ten opponent since blanking the same team 49-0 in October 2010.

3. Oregon Ducks

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    Average rating: 2.4

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) visits Stanford (7-1, 5-1) on Thursday with first place in the North Division on the line. The Ducks lost 17-14 in overtime last November, a game that knocked them out of the national championship picture.

    Oregon's last road loss was in 2009, at Stanford, while Stanford hasn't lost at home since falling to the Ducks in Palo Alto in 2011.

    Notable: Oregon has scored at least 35 points in all 10 games since it last faced Stanford, and prior to that it hadn't been held under 20 since the 2011 BCS title game loss to Auburn. At 55.6 points per game, the Ducks are second nationally this season in scoring offense.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Average rating: 2.2

    Week 10 result: Florida State (8-0, 6-0 ACC) won its much-anticipated showdown with Miami (7-1, 3-1) in dominant, convincing fashion, crushing the Hurricanes 41-14 in Tallahassee.

    The Seminoles didn't play their best game of the season—that still remains the whitewashing of Clemson on the road—but they still had no trouble with Miami.

    They outgained their opponent 517-275 and never trailed in the game. Jameis Winston had another stellar performance, throwing for 325 yards and a touchdown, but the freshman also tossed a pair of interceptions, showing some human tendencies in a season of superlatives.

    Having faced a pair of top 10-ranked unbeaten teams in the past month, FSU has won those games by a combined 64 points en route to its first 8-0 start since the 1999 team that won the national title.

    Up next: FSU is on the road Saturday to face a Wake Forest team (4-5, 2-4) that took Miami to the brink two weeks ago, then got shut out at Syracuse. The Seminoles have won three of four over the Demon Deacons, including shutout victories at home in 2010 and 2012, but their last trip to Winston-Salem resulted in a 35-30 loss in October 2011. 

    Notable: Winston is producing 331.9 yards per game of total offense, despite only 262 offensive snaps through eight games. His 10.1 yards per snap trails only Baylor QB Bryce Petty (12.3).

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    Average rating: 1.4

    Week 10 result: Bye

    Up next: Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) is home to face LSU (7-2, 3-2). The Crimson Tide won 21-17 last November as a follow up to their 21-0 victory over the Tigers in the 2012 BCS title game.

    Notable: The Tide have scored in 28 of the 32 quarters they've played this season, while opponents have managed to put up points in only 10 of those quarters. They're allowing an FBS-best 9.8 points per game, while only three teams have managed to rush for a touchdown against them in 2013.