College Football Rankings: 10 Schools That Made Biggest Week 4 BCS Case

RM Herold@@BR_RollinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2010

College Football Rankings: 10 Schools Who Made Biggest Week 4 BCS Case

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers reacts after rushing in a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    As with most of the College football season, there were some great games this past Saturday. Several teams made statements as to where they think they should be playing this holiday season.

    Some teams went on the road and took care of business, while other either protected their houses or came from behind to show their intestinal fortitude.

    Here's a list of ten teams that know where they are right now and are more than happy to prove it to the BCS.

10. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    FAYETTEVILLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alabama won 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty
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    Alabama 24 Arkansas 20

    Let's start with an obvious one. One of the biggest sports cliches ever is the one that says it's much harder to defend the crown than it is to win it.

    Well, it's a cliche for a reason. It's true. Everyone gives you their best shot, and if not for some clutch defensive plays on a couple of passes that Ryan Mallett would love to have back, the Tide might be wondering what went wrong.

    But when your Heisman trophy winner says jump on my back, you do it.

    Some team is going to have to pull the crystal football from their cold dead hands.

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on against the Washington Huskies on September 18, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Nebraska 17 South Dakota State 3

    What is it with the FCS schools this year?

    They either beat you or make you look really bad if you beat them.

    Nebraska's week was a bit of addition by subtraction. As in The BCS voters were subtracting the Longhorns from potentially being challengers this year.

    The Cornhuskers didn't dominate this week like they did the week before against a tougher opponent, but with Texas getting taken to the woodshed by UCLA and Oklahoma not looking particularly good so far this year, the Big-12 title probably will end up with the blackshirts.

8. Miami Hurricanes

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Miami 31 Pittsburgh 3

    The Hurricanes proved that they can bounce back. After getting walloped by Ohio State, Miami put together an impressive victory over the Pitt Panthers.

    Miami is always a draw on the road, because of the history and the name, but they will probably need to win their conference to get into the BCS bowl conversation.

    And they start their conference play this week against Clemson.

7. Michigan Wolverines

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 25: Roy Roundtree #12 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a 32 yard gain after catching the pass from Denard Robinson during the first quarter of the game against Bowling Green on September 25, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arb
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    Michigan 65 Bowling Green 21

    It almost all was over as quickly as it began.

    The Wolverines thought their phenom Denard Robinson was finished when he went down with a knee injury, but as of now the word is that there probably isn't any ligament damage and that he is expected to play this week against Indiana.

    He is that important to all of their BCS dreams.

    And if they keep winning, those dreams might come true.

6. TCU Horned Frogs

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    TCU 41 SMU 24

    The Horned Frogs won the battle of two old South West Conference foes. And now TCU is No. 5 in the country.

    Later on in the year they play No. 13 Utah, and they have to hope by that time the Utes are a top 10 team.

    And if they are, and TCU beats them and runs the table, where will the Horned Frogs be ranked?

    If two or three of the teams ahead of them lose?

    What happens then?

5. Boise State Broncos

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    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    Boise State 37 Oregon State 24

    They won a game on national TV, against a very talented team from a BCS conference, by double digits.

    The second win against foes that people thought would be in the hunt for their conference titles before the season started.

    Does that make BSU worthy of the BCS title game?

    Right now, yes. If one of the two ahead of them loses, you have to put them in the National Championship if they run the table.

    You have to.

4. Ohio State

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Terrell Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Ohio State 73 Eastern Michigan 20

    It doesn't matter how well Boise State is playing, unfortunately for them.

    It doesn't matter if they dominate and beat up the rest of the teams on their schedule.

    It matters none if Nevada makes it all the way into the top 10 and the Broncos beat them by five touchdowns.

    If Ohio State continues to crush teams and the defending champs stay on top, that will be the BCS final.

    Period.

3. Stanford Cardinal

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal passes the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Stanford 37 Notre Dame 14

    Andrew Luck has taken over as the quarterback that folks are going to talk about so much that people will start calling them overrated.

    Ask Jake Locker how that worked out. The difference between the two heralded Pac-10 signal callers so far this season is that Luck has delivered the goods.

    After outgunning Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish, he and Stanford get their biggest test this week in the No. 4 ranked Oregon Ducks.

    Winner of that game will have Conference title and possible national title aspirations.

2. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty I
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    Nevada 27 BYU 13

    Everyone keeps talking about how Boise State has no competition left now that they have played and beaten Oregon State.

    Well, this year's Nevada team made school history by jumping into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1948.

    And they did it by beating up on big name schools on back to back weeks.

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for a touchdown and also tossed one as they dispatched of BYU this week. Just eight days after putting 52 on the Cal Bears.

    The day after Thanksgiving is the next time the rest of the nation will get to see the Wolf Pack. Boise State better be ready.

1. Auburn Tigers

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers dives across the offensive and defensive lines for a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks before it was called back for a false start at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Septem
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    Auburn 35 South Carolina 27

    I thought this was the year that South Carolina vanquished all SEC opponents and made it to the title game.

    They still may, but it will because someone else takes care of Cam Newton and these Tigers.

    Newton ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns and tossed two more scores.

    I thought Newton was going to be outclassed by the Gamecocks freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore.

    I was wrong.

    They have a few obstacles to overcome before they get there, but how crazy will that game be at Alabama the day after Thanksgiving if the stakes are for the SEC title?