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CHARLES DAVIS'   A former defensive back at Tennessee, Charles Davis is the lead college football analyst for FOX Sports.

Week1 Power rankings

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Posted January 27, 2011 12:58 PM EST
Which teams had the best seasons and who deserves to be ranked where? Here are the final rankings for the 2010 season, based on the CFN Season Ranking Formula.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Oklahoma Sooners

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

1-0 - 1/10
Last Week: Beat San Jose State 48-3. Next Up: Penn State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tide played without its top players on both sides of the ball, RB Mark Ingram and DE Marcell Dareus, yet still never got tested. DepExpand Description
Last Week: Beat San Jose State 48-3. Next Up: Penn State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tide played without its top players on both sides of the ball, RB Mark Ingram and DE Marcell Dareus, yet still never got tested. Depth doesn't figure to be a concern for Nick Saban's team. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Holding San Jose State to three points proves nothing for a defense still looking to replace eight starters. If Dareus' appeal falls through, he'll be missed a lot more this weekend. Collapse Description
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2

1-0 - 1/8
Last Week: Beat Marshall 45-7. Next Up: Miami.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Of the national title contenders, no one looked crisper on the opening weekend. The Buckeyes flashed big-play potential, and QB Terrelle Pryor picExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Marshall 45-7. Next Up: Miami.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Of the national title contenders, no one looked crisper on the opening weekend. The Buckeyes flashed big-play potential, and QB Terrelle Pryor picked up where he left off in the Rose Bowl. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ohio State had a few breakdowns on special teams, including a blocked punt for a touchdown. It didn't matter Thursday, but could be an issue against better opponents.Collapse Description
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3

1-0 - 3/25
Last Week: Beat UL-Lafayette 55-7. Next Up: at South Carolina.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Dawgs' biggest question mark, QB Aaron Murray was sharp, accounting for four touchdowns. The rout occurred without four key suspExpand Description
Last Week: Beat UL-Lafayette 55-7. Next Up: at South Carolina.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Dawgs' biggest question mark, QB Aaron Murray was sharp, accounting for four touchdowns. The rout occurred without four key suspended players, including star WR A.J. Green. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Murray is still only a redshirt freshman, and the Sun Belt portion of the schedule is over. The offensive line was spotty, committing penalties and failing to open holes for the backs.Collapse Description
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4

1-0 - 4/17
Last Week: Beat Miami (Ohio) 34-12. Next Up: South Florida.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Until the offense comes around, the D appears capable of picking up the slack, intercepting four passes in the opener. The secondary iExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Miami (Ohio) 34-12. Next Up: South Florida.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Until the offense comes around, the D appears capable of picking up the slack, intercepting four passes in the opener. The secondary is air-tight, led by CB Janoris Jenkins. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense was historically bad against a second-rate MAC team. If the line can't get things straightened out in a hurry, the post-Tim Tebow transition is going to be a failure.Collapse Description
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5

1-0 3 3/12
Last Week: Beat Virginia Tech 33-30 . Next Up: at Wyoming.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Broncos stuffed the vaunted Virginia Tech running game ... for the most part. Ryan Williams scored three times, but he almost never Expand Description
Last Week: Beat Virginia Tech 33-30 . Next Up: at Wyoming.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Broncos stuffed the vaunted Virginia Tech running game ... for the most part. Ryan Williams scored three times, but he almost never got free while QB Tyrod Taylor did most of his work on the move. The win was the one the program needed to have. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: If the Hokies had been a bit sharper, and without the dropped passes late, they'd have pulled out the win. It wasn't the best of performances with too many penalties, special teams mistakes, and a few key turnovers. But a win is a win.Collapse Description
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6

1-0 - 2/16
Last Week: Beat UNLV 41-21. Next Up: San Jose State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget the score, which was tight at halftime. The Badgers abused the Rebels, especially on the ground, in just about every facet of the openExpand Description
Last Week: Beat UNLV 41-21. Next Up: San Jose State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget the score, which was tight at halftime. The Badgers abused the Rebels, especially on the ground, in just about every facet of the opener and outgained them 475-217. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Badgers need to eliminate the kinds of turnovers that kept UNLV afloat on Saturday. Had it not been for a Scott Tolzien pick and a Nick Toon fumble, the final score would have been more lopsided.Collapse Description
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7

1-0 - 2/10
Last Week: Beat Oregon State 30-21. Next Up: Tennessee Tech.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite facing the Rodgers brothers, the Frogs outgained the Beavers on the ground, 278-73. Even with a bunch of new starters, Gary PExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Oregon State 30-21. Next Up: Tennessee Tech.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite facing the Rodgers brothers, the Frogs outgained the Beavers on the ground, 278-73. Even with a bunch of new starters, Gary Patterson already has the defense where it was a year ago. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: QB Andy Dalton was sloppy considering his experience, throwing two picks and failing to take advantage of the Oregon State secondary.Collapse Description
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8

0-0 1 8/23
Last Week: Lost to Boise State 33-30. Next Up: James Madison.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies got in their groove and they had Boise State in trouble. They almost won the game despite struggling on special teams and Expand Description
Last Week: Lost to Boise State 33-30. Next Up: James Madison.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies got in their groove and they had Boise State in trouble. They almost won the game despite struggling on special teams and not coming up with their best game, and if there was one more completed pass, Tech would've come away with a big victory. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense looked a bit too shaky against the Broncos. It was fast, but all the new starters showed that it's going take a little bit of time before everything jells right. Tyrod Taylor came up with a great performance, but the backs struggled to find room to move. Collapse Description
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9

1-0 3 9/25
Last Week: Beat Samford 59-6. Next Up: at Oklahoma.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: QB Christian Ponder is ready to set sail and fulfill all of the expectations that were built up in the offseason. The veteran O-line will hold Expand Description
Last Week: Beat Samford 59-6. Next Up: at Oklahoma.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: QB Christian Ponder is ready to set sail and fulfill all of the expectations that were built up in the offseason. The veteran O-line will hold up against any opponent this season. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense may have been dominant versus Samford, but that was Samford. The Seminoles still have plenty to prove on this side of the ball.Collapse Description
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10

1-0 5 1/15
Last Week: W New Mexico 72-0. Next Up: at Tennessee.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even without last year's stars, RB LaMichael James and QB Jeremiah Masoli, the Ducks rolled up a school-record 720 yards. Had they not taken tExpand Description
Last Week: W New Mexico 72-0. Next Up: at Tennessee.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even without last year's stars, RB LaMichael James and QB Jeremiah Masoli, the Ducks rolled up a school-record 720 yards. Had they not taken the pedal off the metal, they¿d have easily crossed 800. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: With the competition about to ramp up considerably, Oregon needs to cut down on its unforced errors, such as penalties.Collapse Description
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11

1-0 3 8/21
Last Week: Beat Eastern Illinois 37-7. Next Up: Iowa State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes have one of the nation's best defenses and a running game about to be bolstered by the return from suspension of Jewell HaExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Eastern Illinois 37-7. Next Up: Iowa State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes have one of the nation's best defenses and a running game about to be bolstered by the return from suspension of Jewell Hampton. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After a fast start, the offense produced just two touchdowns over the final three quarters versus a second-rate FCS opponent.Collapse Description
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12

1-0 2 10/23
Last Week: Beat Rice 34-17. Next Up: Wyoming.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Don't be fooled by the 17 points allowed. The Longhorns D only allowed 219 yards and 4-of-14 third down conversions. Why The Ranking Should Be LowExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Rice 34-17. Next Up: Wyoming.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Don't be fooled by the 17 points allowed. The Longhorns D only allowed 219 yards and 4-of-14 third down conversions. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where was the offense? Facing an awful Rice defense, the 'Horns didn¿t see many holes on the ground or produce a touchdown pass. Collapse Description
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13

1-0 7 2/21
Last Week: Beat Western Kentucky 49-10. Next Up: Idaho.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers ran the ball well and were accurate through the air, producing 536 total yards. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Western Kentucky 49-10. Next Up: Idaho.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers ran the ball well and were accurate through the air, producing 536 total yards. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense left a lot to be desired, especially after allowing Bobby Rainey to rush for 155 yards and a score on 30 carries.Collapse Description
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14

1-0 3 11/24
Last Week: Beat Florida A&M 45-0. Next Up: at Ohio State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hurricanes are coming off their first shutout in six years, and displayed offensive balance in the Thursday night rout. Why The RaExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Florida A&M 45-0. Next Up: at Ohio State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hurricanes are coming off their first shutout in six years, and displayed offensive balance in the Thursday night rout. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: No one will be convinced that QB Jacory Harris has turned the corner as a passer until he's able to prove it in a big game situation ... like this weekend in Columbus.Collapse Description
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15

1-0 10 2/15
Last Week: Beat Utah State 31-24. Next Up: Florida State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners' skill position stars are already in mid-season form; RB DeMarco Murray opened by rushing for 218 yards and two scores, and WExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Utah State 31-24. Next Up: Florida State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners' skill position stars are already in mid-season form; RB DeMarco Murray opened by rushing for 218 yards and two scores, and WR Ryan Broyles caught nine balls for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: A close call with Utah State? Really? The Oklahoma pass defense gave up too many big plays, allowing Diondre Borel to throw for 341 yards and a pair of scores.Collapse Description
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16

1-0 6 7/22
Last Week: Beat North Carolina 30-24. Next Up: at Vanderbilt.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers tuned out all kinds of distractions to win one of the marquee games of the opening weekend at a neutral site. For three quExpand Description
Last Week: Beat North Carolina 30-24. Next Up: at Vanderbilt.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers tuned out all kinds of distractions to win one of the marquee games of the opening weekend at a neutral site. For three quarters, they took care of business and mined a new special teams weapon in Patrick Peterson. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tigers went flat late in Atlanta and darn near gagged to undermanned Carolina. The secondary was whipped for 412 yards and three touchdowns by T.J. Yates, of all people.Collapse Description
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17

0-0 4 13/17
Last Week: Lost to LSU 30-24. Next Up: Georgia Tech (Sept.18).
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite a number of key suspensions on both sides of the ball, the Tar Heels had the ball late with a chance to upset LSU. QB T.J. Expand Description
Last Week: Lost to LSU 30-24. Next Up: Georgia Tech (Sept.18).
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite a number of key suspensions on both sides of the ball, the Tar Heels had the ball late with a chance to upset LSU. QB T.J. Yates finally played as if he wants to continue his career in the NFL, throwing for 412 yards and three scores. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There's no telling how long the suspended Heels are going to be out. Carolina fed off emotion on opening night, but how long can that last if freshmen and walk-ons continue playing key roles? Collapse Description
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18

1-0 5 1/23
Last Week: Beat Arkansas State 52-26. Next Up: at Mississippi State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers have found a quarterback to unlock all of the potential of Gus Malzahn's offense. Cameron Newton went 9-of-14 for 1Expand Description
Last Week: Beat Arkansas State 52-26. Next Up: at Mississippi State.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers have found a quarterback to unlock all of the potential of Gus Malzahn's offense. Cameron Newton went 9-of-14 for 186 yards and three touchdowns, adding 171 yards and two more scores on the ground. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense yielded way too many connections to inexperienced Arkansas State quarterbacks. Ryan Aplin and Phillip Butterfield combined to go 33-of-49 for 323 yards and a touchdown.Collapse Description
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19

1-0 - 13/25
Last Week: Beat Connecticut 30-10. Next Up: at Notre Dame.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Rich Rodriguez finally has a quarterback to run his system, Denard Robinson, who was brilliant against a decent Connecticut defense. AsExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Connecticut 30-10. Next Up: at Notre Dame.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Rich Rodriguez finally has a quarterback to run his system, Denard Robinson, who was brilliant against a decent Connecticut defense. As he goes, so go the Wolverines. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Question marks persist about a Michigan defense that has a lot to prove, especially in the secondary. Husky Zach Frazer didn't provide much of a test for the Wolverine defensive backs.Collapse Description
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20

1-0 2 18/22
Last Week: Beat Youngstown State 44-14. Next Up: at Alabama.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The debut of true freshman QB Robert Bolden is out of the way, and it was a success. He spread the ball around and will get better witExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Youngstown State 44-14. Next Up: at Alabama.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The debut of true freshman QB Robert Bolden is out of the way, and it was a success. He spread the ball around and will get better with each passing game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The pass defense was sketchy, giving up 11 receptions and a long score to Penguin Dominique Barnes. The offensive line must do a better job of run blocking going forward.Collapse Description
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21

1-0 - 19/21
Last Week: Beat Purdue 23-12. Next Up: Michigan.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Irish showed more physicality than at any point of the Charlie Weis era, stiffening on defense and getting good days on the ground from ArmanExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Purdue 23-12. Next Up: Michigan.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Irish showed more physicality than at any point of the Charlie Weis era, stiffening on defense and getting good days on the ground from Armando Allen and Cierre Wood. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It might take some time before Brian Kelly's offense fully sets in South Bend. The Irish produced just two touchdowns and stalled in the red zone.Collapse Description
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22

1-0 - 5/22
Last Week: Beat Southern Miss 41-13. Next Up: Georgia.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks are coming off one of their most complete performances of the Steve Spurrier era, spanking a feisty Southern Miss team. They wExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Southern Miss 41-13. Next Up: Georgia.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks are coming off one of their most complete performances of the Steve Spurrier era, spanking a feisty Southern Miss team. They were balanced on offense and stifling defensively. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: A career tease, you never know when QB Stephen Garcia will deliver a clunker. South Carolina managed just one sack against a rebuilt Southern Miss O-line.Collapse Description
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23

1-0 - 0/0
Last Week: Beat South Carolina State 41-10. Next Up: at Kansas.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: All is well in Atlanta as long as the vaunted running game is churning out yards. In the opener, the Jackets cranked out 372 yards aExpand Description
Last Week: Beat South Carolina State 41-10. Next Up: at Kansas.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: All is well in Atlanta as long as the vaunted running game is churning out yards. In the opener, the Jackets cranked out 372 yards and six touchdowns, getting at least 30 yards from six different players. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tech attack is truly special when there's some element of the passing game. However, without WR Demaryius Thomas, Joshua Nesbitt was just 1-of-6 for a career-low eight yards.Collapse Description
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24

1-0 - 24/24
Last Week: Beat Coastal Carolina 31-0. Next Up: at Marshall.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher:The Mountaineers' biggest concern, sophomore QB Geno Smith, got off to a solid start, going 20-of-27 for 216 yards, two scores, and anExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Coastal Carolina 31-0. Next Up: at Marshall.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher:The Mountaineers' biggest concern, sophomore QB Geno Smith, got off to a solid start, going 20-of-27 for 216 yards, two scores, and an interception. If he's steady, West Virginia has few other pressing concerns. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: After a ho-hum win over an FCS visitor, West Virginia has to turn it up a notch, especially as it pertains to run blocking. The Mountaineer line was no better than average in Week 1. Collapse Description
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25

1-0 6 6/25
Last Week: Beat Tennessee Tech 44-3. Next Up: at Louisiana-Monroe.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher:The Razorback offense is as good as advertised. Maybe better. With Ryan Mallett hurling fastballs and the running game loaded, fExpand Description
Last Week: Beat Tennessee Tech 44-3. Next Up: at Louisiana-Monroe.
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher:The Razorback offense is as good as advertised. Maybe better. With Ryan Mallett hurling fastballs and the running game loaded, few will slow this group down in 2010. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Don't be fooled by the opener with Tennessee Tech. The Arkansas D still has plenty to prove after being the weak leak of the team a year ago.Collapse Description
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