College Football's Top 10 Teams: Blow Out City In Alabama, Oregon, and Texas

Puppet MasterCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

It seems as though it were only yesterday, all of the worries for Texas and Florida appeared so far away.

The Gators have performed on the level of a Ron Zook-coached team this season. In the opening game of the year they could not execute the center to quarterback hike consistently.

The ineptness followed in subsequent contests, displaying a combination of a slow-footed receiver corps and lack of imagination in the ground game.

Alabama took advantage of Florida's problems and destroyed the Gators last Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, 31-6. It was hardly unexpected, the literary "Kingpin" of the Alabama sports writers on the Bleacher Report, Tim Croley, predicted a two touchdown runaway just last week.

Texas has looked bad all season as well. Dreadful may describe their malaise more accurately.

Coach Mack Brown found himself on the short end of the stick against Oklahoma's Bob Stoops this past Saturday.

The final score of 28-20 is no indication of how easily the Sooners moved Texas all over the field.

The Longhorns do not want any of it this year, they do not have what it takes to be on the national stage in 2010.

Stanford jumped on Oregon 21-3 and wound up losing 52-31. That's a backside beat down.

None of these results are surprising, but what they point out is amazing in terms of the unpredictability during a seven day period.

Only last week, Alabama escaped from Arkansas, Oklahoma barely edged Cincinnati, and Oregon gave up almost 600 yards of offense in getting by Arizona State.

                                      The Top 10

This Week                                                           Last Week

No.1: Nebraska                                                     (1)

No.2: Ohio State                                                   (2)

No.3: Boise State                                                  (3)

No.4: Alabama                                                      (4)

No.5: Oklahoma                                                    (5)

No.6: TCU                                                             (6)

No.7: Arizona                                                        (7)

No.8: Oregon                                                         (9)

No.9: Iowa                                                             (10)

No.10: (Tie) Auburn                                                N/R

No.10: (Tie) Utah                                                    N/R

College Football's Week and Regional Rankings

The West:

While Oregon thumping Stanford was the big story, there was action elsewhere as Washington went to Los Angeles and stunned the undefeated Trojans of Southern California, 32-31.

QB Jake Locker of the Huskies made his detractors eat crow as he put on a fine show for everyone in Tinseltown. Locker's 420 yards of total offense against the Men of Troy ranks as the fifth highest total in Husky football history.

Boise State did what all good undefeated powers are supposed to do, the Broncos played well and dominated a conference opponent on the road. In this case, New Mexico State was the loser, 59-0. 

While powerful Arizona rested for next week's encounter with rugged Oregon State, the pistol-packin' Wolfpack of Nevada chewed up arch foe Nevada-Las Vegas 44-26 to remain undefeated.

The Top 3:

No.1: Arizona

No.2: Oregon

No.3: Nevada

The South:

LSU coach Les Miles is at it again. The Tigers used the final second of the game to subdue ever-improving Tennessee, 16-14.

Heartbreaking, yes, but someone is going to pay for all of this Volunteer frustration before the season is over.

Clemson decided not to challenge Miami's passing game with pressure in the first half of their Death Valley encounter. The result? Four touchdown passes for Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris.

The second half was a different story as the Tigers went to a pressure package with the red dog coming from each side of the field.

Harris stumbled badly, ending up with 20 incomplete passes in 33 attempts, and only a late field goal to show for the Hurricane offensive output in the final 30 minutes.

Miami escaped Clemson, 30-21 but Harris' startling inability to handle the blitz will likely be tested in the future by defensive coordinators.

Virginia Tech handed N.C. State its first loss of the year, Ole Miss throttled Kentucky 42-35, Duke succumbed to Maryland, 21-16, Auburn destroyed Louisiana-Monroe by 49 points, and Ga Tech defeated Wake Forest by the score of 24-20.

The Top 3:

No.1: Alabama

No.2: Auburn

No.3: LSU

The Mountains

In the bloody rock 'em, sock 'em world of mountain action, few contests recently have taken on the significance of Georgia's trip to face the Colorado Buffaloes this past Saturday.

The Bulldogs, representing the SEC, saw terrific pass receiver A.J. Green return after a season-long suspension.

Green was sensational in the Rocky Mountains, catching seven passes for 119 yards, rushing for 49 yards, and scoring two for touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

All to no avail as Georgia suffered its fourth consecutive defeat, this time by the score of 29-27.

Winning coach Dan Hawkins of the Buffaloes can only smile as his Big 12 team moved to 3-1 on the year.

Not bad for a gent who was considered as good as gone a month ago.

The Air Force Falcons churned out a 14-6 win over Navy, UTEP cruised past New Mexico 38-20 in Albuquerque, and Utah crushed San Jose State, 56-3.

The Utah State Aggies used intense preparation and the magic of Merlin Olsen field to take down the visiting Cougars of BYU, 31-16.

Boise State was busy dismantling New Mexico State in Las Cruces, 59-0.

The Top 3:

No.1: Boise State

No.2: Utah

No.3: Air Force


The Midwest:

Mighty Ohio State could be forgiven for waiting until their first road game to appear lackadaisical. The Buckeyes had clobbered their first four opponents at home by a combined total of 197-58 and appear to be hunting for a BCS Title.

Ohio State played fitfully in tripping past the Illinois Fighting Illini, 24-13.

Looking more and more impressive, the Spartans of Michigan State took down the previously unbeaten Badgers of Wisconsin, 34-24 while the Michigan Wolverines rode the back of quarterback Denard Robinson to a 42-35 victory over undefeated Indiana.

Iowa used its great rushing defense to put the clamp on  Penn State, 24-3. The Hawkeyes give up an average of 63 yards on the ground each contest but held the Nittany Lions to only 54.

Minnesota fell to Northwestern in a thriller, 29-28.

In a MAC vs. WAC showdown in Kalamazoo, the Western Michigan Broncos proved no match for the Idaho Vandals, 33-13. 

In Big 12 action, Iowa State put away struggling Texas Tech, 52-38.

Nebraska took advantage of a bye week to prepare for dangerous Kansas State.

The Top 3:

No.1 Nebraska

No.2 Ohio State

No.3 Iowa

The East:

An odd thing happened to the Black Knights of the Hudson inside Michie Stadium on a beautiful fall day in West Point, New York.

A 5'5" 170 pound running back named Matt Brown of Temple gained 226 yards on 28 carries to spark the Owls from a 28-13 deficit to a 42-35 win.

Well, you win some and you lose some.

In other eastern action, UConn defeated Vanderbilt of the SEC, 40-21 while Notre Dame triumphed over Boston College, 31-13.

Pittsburgh manhandled Florida International, 44-17 and Rutgers lost again. This time to Tulane, 17-14.

The Top 3:

No.1 West Virginia

No.2 Syracuse

No.3 Penn State

The Southwest:

In the unusual world of the old Southwest Conference, the lines blurred when it came to the state Oklahoma. Although not members, the Sooners of Oklahoma and the Cowboys of Oklahoma State spent a great deal of time playing the Texas schools.

It is still that way.

During the past weekend, the Sooners bounced Texas 28-20 and Oklahoma State used a late field goal to subdue Texas A&M, 38-35.

SMU recovered from last week's loss to TCU by defeating the Rice Owls, 42-31.

Another Lone Star state squad, Baylor, improved to 4-1 by defeating Kansas by the score of 55-7.

The Top 3:

No.1 Oklahoma

No.2 TCU

No.3 Oklahoma State


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