Carter's Top 25 College Football Power Rankings: Ducks and Bucks Reign
1. Oregon Ducks (4-0) Last Week: No. 1
Oregon extended its win streak over Arizona State to six games and have scored over 40 points in every game this season. LaMichael James was held under 100 yards for the first time this season and his 3.2 yards a carry was the lowest in a game in his career.
2. Ohio State (4-0) Last Week: No. 9
Just like Oregon, the Buckeyes have recorded four convincing wins. They've scored on their first six drives and finished with their most points since 1950, when they scored 83. Dane Sanzenbacher caught four TDs, tying a school record. Terrelle Pryor is getting the job done. Now it’s on to conference play starting with Illinois.
3. Stanford Cardinal (4-0) Last Week: No. 3
Stanford has beaten Notre Dame two times in a row for the first time in the history of the series. Andrew Luck passed for 238 yards and a TD but threw his first two interceptions of the season as the Cardinal won in South Bend for the first time since 1992. If the Cardinal ends up beating Oregon, they could be my new No. 1 team next week.
4. Utah Utes (4-0) Last Week: No. 12
A great OT win over Pittsburgh followed by three blowout wins and defense continues to play very well. Now it’s time to rest up before their next contest against Iowa State.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) Last Week: No. 2
They are undefeated and all, but if Robert Lester’s second interception never would’ve happened the Tide would’ve lost this game. RB Mark Ingram had a 54-yard TD in the first quarter against the Hogs, his third rush of over 45 yards this season after having two all of last year. He finished with 157 yards and two TDs.
6. TCU Horned Frogs (4-0) Last Week: No. 4
Andy Dalton threw his 49th career touchdown, tying Max Knacke's school record. The Horned Frogs trailed in the second half for the first time this season, but then scored 21 straight points and are 4-0 for the third straight year.
7. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) Last Week: No. 5
Nebraska survived three turnovers, including two interceptions from Taylor Martinez for its 12th straight win against a non-FBS school (last loss 1956). Nebraska failed to score on its first possession for the first time in their last six games, dating back to last year’s Big 12 Championship game.
8. Nevada Wolfpack (4-0) Last Week: No. 7
Vai Taua added 133 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Wolfpack, who are off to their best start since going 12-0 to begin the 1991 season.
9. Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) Last Week: No. 25
As predicted, the game against Austin Peay was going to be over once Austin Peay got off their team bus to enter the stadium before the game. This is the largest margin of victory for the Badgers in their school history. Big ups to John Clay who rushed for 118 yards, passing Rufus Ferguson for ninth place on the school's career rushing list. He also increased his career yards per carry average to 5.59 and is second in school history behind Ron Dayne (5.84).
10. Missouri Tigers (4-0) Last Week: No. 17
It’s always interesting to see seven different guys from a football team score a touchdown in the same game. That’s exactly what happened for Missouri this past weekend against Miami (OH).
11. Florida Gators (4-0) Last Week: No. 14
QB Trey Burton was the first FBS player with at least five rushing TDs and one TD reception in a single game since WVU's Steve Slaton did so on Oct. 15, 2005. Burton switched his jersey number from No. 13 to No. 8. If he continues to play like he did against Kentucky, he should just go ahead and put on a No. 15 jersey.
12. Arizona Wildcats (4-0) Last Week: No. 6
I had not other choice but to drop the Wildcats a few spots despite the win. They are now 4-0 for the first time in 12 years. Only converting on four of their 14 third downs isn’t great.
13. Michigan State Spartans (4-0) Last Week: No. 24
Michigan State ran for 200 yards in its fourth straight game. The Spartans had just one 200-yard rushing game last season. They have played just two FCS schools in their history and they have won both games by a combined score of 89-10 (beat Montana State 44-3 last season).
14. NC State Wolfpack (4-0) Last Week: No. 15
NC State's victory over Georgia Tech gave the Wolfpack their fifth 4-0 start in the last 20 seasons. All the seasons ended with at least eight wins; something the Wolfpack haven't done since 2003.
15. Michigan Wolverines (4-0) Last Week: NR
I really can’t remember another team who had THREE different quarterbacks who all became a factor in the same football game. Michigan's three quarterbacks combined to complete 23 of 26 passes (88.5 percent), the second-highest completion percentage in school history (minimum 10 attempts).
16. Northwestern Wildcats (4-0) Last Week: No. 19
The Cats came out on the winning side of a pass-crazy game between two talented quarterbacks. Even though Ryan Radcliff had the better game, the Wildcats got the job done. This is a very talented team.
17. LSU Tigers (4-0) Last Week: No. 20
The Tigers ran their regular season, non-conference win streak to 31 straight, the longest active streak in the nation and moved to 4-0 for the fourth straight season. They faced two ranked non-conference teams in the regular season for the first time since 1991 and beat them both.
18. Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) Last Week: No. 22
This team just keeps finding ways to get the job done. Carson Coffman’s seven-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left lifted Kansas State to a come-from-behind 17-13 victory Saturday over Central Florida, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 start for the first time since 2003. Daniel Thomas who came in as the nation's second-leading rusher and one of my favorites to win the Heisman Trophy at the moment, totaled only 76 yards on 22 carries but had a key 12-yard gain during the game-winning drive.
19. Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) Last Week: No. 23
This season, the Sooners topped Florida State by 30 points, but only beat their other three opponents by 12 points combined. Oklahoma has been outscored 41-10 in the fourth quarter this season. Ryan Broyles notched his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game and his 11th straight game with at least seven catches. Broyles, for now, gets my vote for the nation’s best wide receiver. Landry Jones had his fifth career 300-yard game and his 36 completions were a career high.
20. Auburn Tigers (4-0) Last Week: NR
Cameron Newton rushed for 176 yards and passed for 158 more as the Tigers beat the Gamecocks for the fifth straight time. They entered with the SEC's top-ranked rushing offense while the Gamecocks had the conference's No. 1 rush defense. Auburn won the battle with 334 rushing yards against South Carolina. Michael Dyer had 100 of those rushing yards.
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) Last Week: No. 8
Coming off a bye week, this team should put on a great show with Texas A&M coming into town this weekend. Brandon Weeden and Kendall Hunter rank among the best at their positions.
22. Texas A&M Aggies (3-0) Last Week: No. 10
As long as Jerrod Johnson plays like he has been during the first three games, Texas A&M should be in a good position to beat Oklahoma State this weekend.
23. Indiana Hoosiers (3-0) Last Week: No. NR
QB Ben Chappell and WR Terrance Turner looked absolutely fantastic against Akron over the weekend as the Hoosiers beat the Zips, 35-20. This team is one of the few Big Ten teams that are flying under the radar this year, at least for now.
24. Boise State Broncos (3-0) Last Week: NR
Kellen Moore threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as Boise State improved to 64-2 at home since 2000. Doug Martin also chipped in with 138 yards on the ground on 19 carries. The Broncos are 6-1 versus BCS conference teams over the last four seasons, starting with their win over Oregon State in 2006. They are 2-0 this year after beating Virginia Tech in the opener.
25. San Diego State Aztecs (3-1) Last Week: NR
Ryan Lindley (1,174 passing yards, six touchdowns) should be considered as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation in my opinion. Ronnie Hillman (532 rushing yards, eight touchdowns) is also one of my current favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. The Aztecs did a great job in their blowout win over Utah State over the weekend.
Individual Player Rankings
1. Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)
2. G.J. Kinne (Tulsa)
3. Corey Robinson (Troy)
4. Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
5. Steve Threet (Arizona State)
6. Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State)
7. Sean Renfree (Duke)
8. Dayne Crist (Notre Dame)
9. Ryan Lindley (San Diego State)
10. Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan)
1. Daniel Thomas (Kansas State)
2. Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State)
3. John Clay (Wisconsin)
4. Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky)
5. Derrick Locke (Kentucky)
6. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State)
7. LaMichael James (Oregon)
8. Vai Taua (Nevada)
9. Chad Spann (Northern Illinois)
10. Edwin Baker (Michigan State)
1. Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
2. Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii)
3. Alshon Jeffrey (South Carolina)
4. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
5. Connor Vernon (Duke)
6. D.J. Woods (Cincinnati)
7. Greg Salas (Hawaii)
8. Kamar Jorden (Bowling Green)
9. T.J. Moe (Missouri)
10. Joe Adams (Arkansas)
1. Vinny Curry (Marshall)
2. Josh McNary (Army)
3. Aaron Lavarias (Idaho)
4. Bryant Turner (UAB)
5. Kyle Wilber (Wake Forest)
6. Jamari Lattimore (Middle Tennessee)
7. Brian Duncan (Texas Tech)
8. Jarvis Phillips (Texas Tech)
9. Robert Lester (Alabama)
10. Loyce Means (Houston)
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