Carter's Top 25 College Football Power Rankings, Week 9: TCU Frogs Remain No. 1

David CarterCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04:  Tailback Ed Wesley #34 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs the ball against the Oregon State Beavers at Cowboys Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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1. TCU Horned Frogs (8-0) Last Week: No. 1
Great win over Air Force. The defense looks better than ever. I can’t wait for the big game against Utah—one that will prove who the real national championship contender is.

2. Michigan State Spartans (8-0) Last Week: No. 2
Hard-fought victory over a good Northwestern team on the road. Now, they face their last tough opponent in the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

3. Auburn Tigers (8-0) Last Week: No. 3
Great win over LSU in the “Tigers vs. Tigers” game. Start counting down to the Iron Bowl. The Tigers have a great chance of going 11-0 heading into Tuscaloosa on November 26th.

4. Oregon Ducks (7-0) Last Week: No. 5
RB LaMichael James has 971 rushing yards, which is fifth in FBS and third among running backs. He is also 10th in the nation and eighth among running backs with 7.2 yards per carry. The Ducks rolled over UCLA last Thursday and look to chalk up another win over USC. This one will be interesting.

5. Utah Utes (7-0) Last Week: No. 7
Every game left on their schedule has some sort of significance to it: Air Force is still a good team but did get exposed against TCU, the Frogs’ defense is arguably the best unit in the nation, Notre Dame is always interesting, San Diego State has shown signs of interest this year with Ronnie Hillman as their leader, and the Utes just can’t stand the BYU Cougars. The rest of the Utah season will be interesting to watch.

6. Missouri Tigers (7-0) Last Week: No. 8
The Tigers officially get the nod as legit Big 12 Championship contenders and national championship contenders as well with a huge win over Oklahoma over the weekend. Let’s see if they use this win as motivation for the rest of the year or if they celebrate for a little too long and slip over somewhere down the road.

7. Boise State Broncos (6-0) Last Week: No. 6
People are starting to lose interest in the Broncos. I still think if they can beat Nevada, they will be a HUGE consideration for a spot in the National Championship Game.

8. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) Last Week: No. 11
Either the Buckeyes didn’t let the loss to Wisconsin bother them too much or Purdue just stinks. It is a combination of both. The Buckeyes still have their eyes on playing their last game in Pasadena or Glendale in January.

9. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) Last Week: No. 12
An eight-win season is guaranteed, as they have Georgia State on the schedule. But the rest of their schedule looks interesting, as they have tough LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn teams remaining. If they end up with a 12-1 record, they should be in the National Championship Game once again.

10. Wisconsin Badgers (7-1) Last Week: No. 15
With mediocre teams like Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern on the schedule, there’s a huge chance the Badgers will be playing a 13th game in Pasadena in January.
RB John Clay has 887 rushing yards through eight games (eighth in nation and sixth in nation among running backs).

Here’s how I see the rest of the Top 25

11. LSU Tigers (7-1) Last Week: No. 4
12. Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1) Last Week: No. 16
13. Nevada Wolf Pack (6-1) Last Week: No. 13
14. Arizona Wildcats (6-1) Last Week: No. 19
15. Florida State Seminoles (6-1) Last Week: No. 14
16. Stanford Cardinal (6-1) Last Week: No. 18
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1) Last Week: No. 9
18. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) Last Week: No. 10
19. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2) Last Week: No. 23
20. Hawaii Warriors (6-2) Last Week: NR
21. Northern Illinois Huskies (6-2) Last Week: NR
22. Baylor Bears (6-2) Last Week: No. 25
23. Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-2) Last Week: NR
24. Temple Owls (6-2) Last Week: NR
25. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2) Last Week: No. 17


Individual Player Rankings


1. Bryant Moniz (Hawaii)
2. Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)
3. Robert Griffin (Baylor)
4. Taylor Potts (Texas Tech)
5. Kyle Padron (SMU)
6. Mike Hartline (Kentucky)
7. Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan)
8. Ben Chappell (Indiana)
9. Russell Wilson (NC State)
10. Landry Jones (Oklahoma)

Running Backs

1. Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State) (Heisman Trophy Favorite)
2. LaMichael James (Oregon)
3. John Clay (Wisconsin)
4. Vai Taua (Nevada)
5. Bilal Powell (Louisville)
6. Daniel Thomas (Kansas State)
7. Chad Spann (Northern Illinois)
8. Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State)
9. Ed Wesley (TCU)
10. Jordan Todman (Connecticut)

Wide Receivers

1. Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
2. Greg Salas (Hawaii)
3. Kealoha Pilares (Hawaii)
4. Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)
5. Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)
6. Marquess Wilson (Washington State)
7. Jordan White (Western Michigan)
8. Kamar Jorden (Bowling Green)
9. Cody Wilson (Central Michigan)
10. Eric Page (Toledo)

Defensive Players

1. Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson)
2. Josh McNary (Army)
3. Justin Houston (Georgia)
4. Roosevelt Nix (Kentucky)
5. Vinny Curry (Marshall)
6. Jamari Lattimore (Middle Tennessee)
7. Brandon Lindsey (Pittsburgh)
8. Donovan Fletcher (Ohio)
9. Robert Lester (Alabama)
10. Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech)