College Football Power Rankings: Week Six

Molly GraySenior Analyst IOctober 6, 2008

1. Oklahoma

Oklahoma wallops Baylor with a score of 49-17 to remain at the top of college football. Sam Bradford was 23 for 31, passing for 372 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another. With their match up with No. 5 Texas just around the corner, Oklahoma made sure to send a loud and clear message that they aren’t going down without a fight.

2. LSU

LSU stands still after a bye week. Tim Tebow and Co. will be looking to regain some respect in the rankings when they host the Tigers this coming Saturday. LSU’s quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch have combined for seven TDs and four interceptions, while Tebow has recorded eight TDs and only one interception. This noon ET game should be an exciting one.

3. Missouri

Missouri pulled off their first win at Nebraska in 30 years, and they sure made a statement by downing the Cornhuskers 52-17. Derrick Washington ran for 139 yards and two TDs, then caught a seven-yard pass for a third touchdown. Mizzou gave up one penalty to Nebraska’s 14 and was also able to force two turnovers. The Tigers will defend their 5-0 record against No. 17 Oklahoma State this weekend.

4. Alabama

Alabama was able to fend off a second half comeback from Kentucky this weekend with a field goal at 2:12 left in the game that put them ahead 17-14. Alabama quickly scored 14 points in the first quarter but remained scoreless until the 24-yard field goal, giving up a Kentucky TD in the third and fourth quarters.

Alabama has outscored opponents 88-0 in the first quarter thus far this season. The telling stat of the game is the Crimson Tide amassing 282 rushing yards while holding the Wildcats to a paltry 35. Up next for the Tide: Ole Miss, a team looking for a repeat of their upset win against Florida two weeks ago.

5. Texas

Texas controlled the clock in their 38-14 victory over Colorado, having possession for almost 14 minutes more than the Buffaloes. Chris Ogbonnaya had 187 total yards for two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing.

With his two passing TDs Colt McCoy jumped up to second on Texas’ Most TD Responsible list, and is now only five touchdowns away from surpassing Vince Young as No. 1. The Longhorns have a tough two weeks ahead of them, first hosting No. 1 Oklahoma and then traveling to Missouri.

6. Penn State

Penn State chomped Purdue 20-6 this weekend. The game started off with a controversial first touchdown for Penn State after the Boilermakers successfully held the Nittany Lions inside of their five-yard line. Joe Paterno went for it on fourth down but was unable to punch the ball into the end zone.

However, the referees signaled that the booth had called for review on the third down play. After review, the call on the field stood and Penn State repeated their fourth down and got a touchdown. The call didn't appear to make a difference, though, as Purdue recorded their 15th consecutive loss to a ranked opponent under Joe Tiller.

7. Brigham Young

Brigham Young extended the nation’s longest win streak to 15 games this weekend as they defeated Utah State 34-14. WR Austin Collie caught eight passes for 132 and two touchdowns in the game against the Aggies. BYU led 34-0 going into the fourth quarter after two passing TDs, a fumble return for a touchdown, a rushing TD by Harvey Unga and two field goals from Mitch Payne. Up next for the Cougars: New Mexico.

8. Texas Tech

Graham Harrell became Texas Tech’s all-time leading passer during the second quarter of Texas Tech’s 58-28 victory over Kansas State. The quarterback has reached 12,709 yards in his third year as a starter. In this last game alone Harrell threw for 454 yards and six touchdowns. The 5-0 Red Raiders host Nebraska this weekend.

9. USC

The Trojans bounced back from their Oregon State upset to beat the Oregon Ducks 44-10 at home in Los Angeles. It was shaky at first, when USC didn’t lead until a touchdown late in the second quarter put them head 17-10. They shutout the Ducks from that point on with 598 total yards and 10 third down conversions. The Trojans will host Arizona State this weekend, a team is coming off of three straight losses.

10. Ohio State

Ohio State visited then-ranked No. 18 Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium this weekend. The Badger’s were coming off an upset loss to Michigan, which was only made worse as their Big Ten title hopes came to an end, losing to Ohio State 20-17. In typical fashion the Buckeyes jumped ahead with a huge 33-yard run from RB Beanie Wells to go up 7-0 a little over three minutes into the game.

But it took two field goals and a last minute rushing TD from Terrelle Pryor to seal the Buckeye’s 12th straight Big Ten road win.  The loss ends Wisconsin’s 16-game home win streak. Ohio State hosts Purdue this weekend, while Wisconsin faces a tough matchup against Penn State.

11. Florida

Florida annihilated Arkansas 38-7 as they gear up to host LSU. The only low note of the game was that Tim Tebow gave up an interception after having thrown 203 passes without one. Chris Rainey and Jeffrey Demps ran for 103 yards each and combined for three TDs. The loss was Arkansas' third straight.

12. Georgia

Coming off a bye week, Georgia is looking to regain some respect after their previous week’s devastating loss to Alabama. Georgia will host Tennessee, a team that is 0-2 on the road, this weekend.

13. Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt jumps up in the rankings after beating then No. 13 Auburn with a score of 14-13. Vandy sealed the deal when Myron Lewis picked off Chris Todd with only a few minutes remaining in the game, ending Auburn’s final drive. QB Mackenzi Adams threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns to end their 13-game losing streak to the Tigers. Next up for Vandy: Mississippi State.

14. Utah

Utah preserved their unbeaten season with a 31-28 win over Oregon State. The Utes had a touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:29 remaining in the fourth to tie the game at 28-28. Then with time expiring after the snap, Louie Sakoda nailed a 37-yard field goal to win the game for Utah. The 6-0 team faces Wyoming this Saturday.

15. Boise State

Boise State had a Wednesday showdown with Louisiana Tech and beat the Bulldogs 38-3. Kellen Moore threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns while D.J. Harper added two more over 35 rushing yards. The Broncos will visit Southern Miss this coming Saturday.

16. Kansas

Kansas came from a 20-point deficit at the half to beat Iowa State. The Jayhawks had an explosive second half, with 343 total yards compared to amassing only 93 in the first half. Todd Reesing threw for two TDs in the third quarter to jumpstart Kansas. They’ll need a better first-half performance when they face Colorado this weekend.

17. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys kicked off their 56-28 win over Texas A&M with a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown from Ugo Chinasa. The Aggies turned the ball over five times over the course of the game, giving Oklahoma State a second interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Cowboys visit Missouri this weekend.

18. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech got their fifth straight win after a season-opening loss to ECU, when they beat Western Kentucky 27-13. Dexter Taylor was 10/15 for 125 yards and one touchdown.  Although the win vaults them up in the top 20, the Virginia Tech offense failed to gain 300 total yards for the fourth game this season. Next up: Boston College on Oct. 18.

19. Michigan State

Michigan State improved to 5-1 after beating Iowa 16-13, in their best start since 2003. The Spartans were able to pull off the win despite the fact that Javon Ringer, the nation’s No. 2 rusher entering the game, was held to 91 yards on 25 carries.

The difference maker was Brett Swenson who made three field goals at 29, 32 and 25 yards to bring the Spartans on top after an early game TD. Michigan State will visit Northwestern, of the other Big Ten undefeated teams this weekend looking to hold their no-loss conference standing.

20. South Florida

South Florida drops after being upset by Pittsburgh in a 26-21 loss. The Bulls gave up 374 yards to Pitt, allowing Bill Stull to throw for 228 yards and a TD. South Florida has a week to recuperate before hosting Syracuse on Oct. 18.

21. Wake Forest

Wake Forest had the week off after losing to Navy 24-17 on Sept. 27. They will face Clemson at home on Thursday night.

22. North Carolina

North Carolina jumps into the rankings after beating then No. 24 Connecticut 38-12. Bruce Carter blocked three punts, one of which resulted in a touchdown, as UNC showcased their special teams.

To add to that advantage, Shawn Draughn ran for 109 yards on 19 carries, his longest being a 39-yard touchdown run. North Carolina hopes to remain in the top 25 when they host Notre Dame this weekend.

23. Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats are 5-0 with a bye week, their last win coming against Iowa on Sept. 27. They round out the four undefeated Big Ten conference teams with a 1-0 conference record. They host No. 19 Michigan State this weekend to determine who will remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

24. Ball State

The Cardinals reached 6-0 this weekend with a 31-0 shutout of Toledo. Ball State amassed 482 yards and 24 first downs in the win. MiQuale Lewis ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Ball State will travel to 4-2 Western Kentucky this weekend.

25. California

Under the guidance of Nate Longshore, who has returned to starting for the Golden Bears, Cal beat Arizona State 24-14. Longshore was 17 for 28 with three touchdowns and an interception. California travels to Arizona this weekend for a match up with the Wildcats.


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