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

Week10 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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Arkansas Razorbacks

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Utah Utes

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

9-0 - 1/15
Last Week: W, Washington 53-16 Next Up: at Cal Why Oregon Should Be No. 1: The Ducks showed no letdown after last week's emotional win in the Coliseum. After getting blanked in the first quarter, they erupted for 53 points, just shExpand Description
Last Week: W, Washington 53-16 Next Up: at Cal Why Oregon Should Be No. 1: The Ducks showed no letdown after last week's emotional win in the Coliseum. After getting blanked in the first quarter, they erupted for 53 points, just shy of their nation's-best average. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It didn't matter in the end, but Oregon showed rare sloppiness with the ball, fumbling it four times and losing two of them. With a final stretch run of Cal, Arizona, and Oregon State, it'll need to play with better ball security to avoid an upset. Collapse Description
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2

10-0 - 1/23
Last Week: W, Chattanooga 62-24 Next Up: Georgia Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers took care of business against an FCS opponent, coasting to a lopsided victory. They have as many quality wins as any other school, defeatiExpand Description
Last Week: W, Chattanooga 62-24 Next Up: Georgia Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers took care of business against an FCS opponent, coasting to a lopsided victory. They have as many quality wins as any other school, defeating Arkansas and LSU in consecutive weeks in October. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Auburn allowed 22 first downs and a couple of touchdowns to the Mocs. The defense remains the weaker side of the ball, a concern with upcoming games against Georgia, Alabama, and possibly the SEC East champ. Collapse Description
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3

10-0 4 2/10
Last Week: W, Utah 47-7 Next Up: San Diego State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs went into Rice-Eccles Stadium, where no one wins and embarrassed the Utes in front of their home crowd. It was a referendum on TCU fExpand Description
Last Week: W, Utah 47-7 Next Up: San Diego State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs went into Rice-Eccles Stadium, where no one wins and embarrassed the Utes in front of their home crowd. It was a referendum on TCU football and the sixth straight game that the defense held an opponent to no more than seven points. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Good luck playing critic with the Frogs' performance over the weekend, which was beyond nit-picking. The only reason that the program isn't ranked higher is because the schedule, though improved, still doesn't stack up with the SEC or Pac-10. Collapse Description
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4

8-0 1 3/12
Last Week: W, Hawaii 42-7 Next Up: at Idaho Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Hawaii entered Boise with a six-game winning streak and left with its confidence tattered. The Broncos destroyed the WAC's next best thing, amassing more Expand Description
Last Week: W, Hawaii 42-7 Next Up: at Idaho Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Hawaii entered Boise with a six-game winning streak and left with its confidence tattered. The Broncos destroyed the WAC's next best thing, amassing more than 700 yards and keeping the Warriors off the board until the fourth quarter. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Having not faced a truly tough team since the Sept. 25 visit from Oregon State, the Broncos may have hit a ceiling. They'll have a difficult time playing their way into a higher ranking, needing others around them to lose. Collapse Description
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5

8-0 - 2/16
Last Week: W, Purdue 34-13 Next Up: Indiana Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers continued to roll for a fourth straight game, shaking off a slow start to score 31 of the last 34 points. Even with star John Clay on the sideExpand Description
Last Week: W, Purdue 34-13 Next Up: Indiana Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers continued to roll for a fourth straight game, shaking off a slow start to score 31 of the last 34 points. Even with star John Clay on the sidelines, the running game led the charge behind sophomore Montee Ball. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While Purdue true freshman QB Sean Robinson was unable to put a dent in the Wisconsin D on Saturday, others have this season. In the month of October, the Badgers allowed 26 points a game and struggled against the pass. Collapse Description
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6

8-0 - 1/8
Last Week: Did Not Play Next Up: Penn State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes have played very well since their only loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 16, crushing Purdue and Minnesota by a combined score of 101-10. The defenseExpand Description
Last Week: Did Not Play Next Up: Penn State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes have played very well since their only loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 16, crushing Purdue and Minnesota by a combined score of 101-10. The defense has been a rock all year, ranking among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Which win can Ohio State point to as the shining moment of the season so far? Illinois looks better than it did at the time, but Miami doesn't. The Buckeyes will have to defeat Iowa on the road in two weeks to capture a true red-letter victory. Collapse Description
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7

8-0 4 7/22
Last Week: W, Alabama 24-21 Next Up: Louisiana-Monroe Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: With a rare flash of big plays on offense, Alabama is no longer the best of the country's one-loss teams. Behind the defense and the hard runninExpand Description
Last Week: W, Alabama 24-21 Next Up: Louisiana-Monroe Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: With a rare flash of big plays on offense, Alabama is no longer the best of the country's one-loss teams. Behind the defense and the hard running of Stevan Ridley, the Tigers believe that they now belong in that discussion. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, the offense showed a pulse, but will it last? LSU still has serious questions in the passing game and has been walking a bit of a tightrope way too often. The style points aren't there, for those who care about those things. Collapse Description
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8

8-0 5 5/15
Last Week: W, Arizona 42-17 Next Up: at Arizona State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal didn't just defeat a quality Arizona team, they pummeled them from start to finish. It's now won four straight since the Oregon losExpand Description
Last Week: W, Arizona 42-17 Next Up: at Arizona State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal didn't just defeat a quality Arizona team, they pummeled them from start to finish. It's now won four straight since the Oregon loss, and has started to roll on both sides of the ball. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While the defense has made a quantum leap the last two weeks, it's still a unit that can be vulnerable. During a three-game stretch in October, Stanford yielded at least 28 points in every game and had problems stopping the pass. Collapse Description
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9

7-0 5 1/10
Last Week: L, LSU 24-21 Next Up: Mississippi State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tide's two losses have come at South Carolina and LSU, hardly cause for being crimson-faced. Even with the lapses in Baton Rouge, this is stillExpand Description
Last Week: L, LSU 24-21 Next Up: Mississippi State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tide's two losses have come at South Carolina and LSU, hardly cause for being crimson-faced. Even with the lapses in Baton Rouge, this is still a talented defense harboring plenty of next-level players. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: You have to go all the way back to Oct. 2 to find the last time 'Bama really played a wire-to-wire game befitting of a defending national champ. The defense had too many breakdowns against LSU, and the offense went long stretches without converting. Collapse Description
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10

7-0 9 6/25
Last Week: W, South Carolina 41-20 Next Up: UTEP Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Razorbacks have now won three straight games, capped by a wire-to-wire rout of ranked South Carolina in Columbia. Their only two losses on the seExpand Description
Last Week: W, South Carolina 41-20 Next Up: UTEP Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Razorbacks have now won three straight games, capped by a wire-to-wire rout of ranked South Carolina in Columbia. Their only two losses on the season have come against Auburn and Alabama. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While there are absolutely no complaints from Saturday night, Arkansas can still be a little inconsistent on defense. They stiffened against the Gamecocks, but have been soft at times against the run. Collapse Description
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11

8-0 3 2/21
Last Week: W, Iowa State 31-30 Next Up: Kansas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers showed plenty of grit, going on the road without starting QB Taylor Martinez and holding off a salty opponent. The running game found a newExpand Description
Last Week: W, Iowa State 31-30 Next Up: Kansas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers showed plenty of grit, going on the road without starting QB Taylor Martinez and holding off a salty opponent. The running game found a new hero this week, getting more than 100 yards from backup Rex Burkhead. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The team can't count on Martinez being on the field every week. Nebraska was a two-point conversion in overtime from falling to Iowa State and losing its grip on the Big 12 North. What happened to the defense, which allowed too many big plays through the air to QB Austen Arnaud? Collapse Description
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12

8-0 6 8/25
Last Week: W, Baylor 55-28 Next Up: at Texas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cowboys moved a giant step closer to a Big 12 South crown, racing past red-hot Baylor, 55-28. Even by its lofty standards, the offense was sensationaExpand Description
Last Week: W, Baylor 55-28 Next Up: at Texas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cowboys moved a giant step closer to a Big 12 South crown, racing past red-hot Baylor, 55-28. Even by its lofty standards, the offense was sensational, racking up more than 700 yards and moving the ball at will on the Bears. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense remains a work-in-progress, as was evidenced in the 51-41 loss to Nebraska two weeks ago. Oklahoma State remains vulnerable to the pass, which could really surface in the season-ending showdown with Oklahoma. Collapse Description
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13

7-0 4 9/24
Last Week: L, Texas Tech 24-17 Next Up: Kansas State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in losing, the Tiger defense continues to play well and is ranked among the nation's best at getting to the quarterback. The 30-9 blowout ofExpand Description
Last Week: L, Texas Tech 24-17 Next Up: Kansas State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in losing, the Tiger defense continues to play well and is ranked among the nation's best at getting to the quarterback. The 30-9 blowout of Texas A&M looks a little better today than it did three weeks ago. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: One loss is acceptable, but back-to-back losses have basically ended any hope for a Big 12 North title. What happened to the offense, which started so fast and then went into hibernation for 35 minutes and didn't score a point? Collapse Description
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14

6-0 - 10/19
Last Week: W, Oklahoma 33-19 Next Up: at Baylor Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies are on a roll, winning three straight after dropping three straight. The offense and defense chipped in against heavily favored Oklahoma, gExpand Description
Last Week: W, Oklahoma 33-19 Next Up: at Baylor Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies are on a roll, winning three straight after dropping three straight. The offense and defense chipped in against heavily favored Oklahoma, giving Mike Sherman the biggest win of his tenure in College Station. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Texas A&M needs to do a better job of protecting the quarterback, allowing more sacks than all but eight teams in the country. The pass defense is also suspect, yielding 15 touchdown passes and more than 250 yards a game. Collapse Description
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15

7-0 5 2/15
Last Week: L, Texas A&M 33-19 Next Up: Texas Tech Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite what took place in College Station, this remains a potent offensive attack that can score points in bunches. The trio of QB Landry Jones, RBExpand Description
Last Week: L, Texas A&M 33-19 Next Up: Texas Tech Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Despite what took place in College Station, this remains a potent offensive attack that can score points in bunches. The trio of QB Landry Jones, RB DeMarco Murray, and WR Ryan Broyles is one of the best in America. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Sooners were sloppy against Texas A&M, falling behind early and failing to take advantage of key opportunities were a problem. The defense continued to get exposed, and the offensive line was unable to get a push when the team needed it most. Collapse Description
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16

7-0 4 8/23
Last Week: W, Georgia Tech 28-21 Next Up: at North Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies remain unbeaten since Sept. 11, battling from behind to defeat Georgia Tech with three fourth quarter touchdowns. They've run aExpand Description
Last Week: W, Georgia Tech 28-21 Next Up: at North Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies remain unbeaten since Sept. 11, battling from behind to defeat Georgia Tech with three fourth quarter touchdowns. They've run away and hid in an ACC Coastal Division that was loaded with contenders before the season began. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Playing an opponent with a pulse for the first time in a month, the Hokies didn't look sharp against the Yellow Jackets. The offense sputtered and the team needed to escape, despite an injury to Georgia Tech star QB Joshua Nesbitt. Collapse Description
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17

7-0 3 9/25
Last Week: L, Stanford 42-17 Next Up: USC Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats own a quality win over Iowa, and have generally played well all season. Now that QB Nick Foles is healthy again and back in the mix, the offensExpand Description
Last Week: L, Stanford 42-17 Next Up: USC Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats own a quality win over Iowa, and have generally played well all season. Now that QB Nick Foles is healthy again and back in the mix, the offense will reap the rewards over the final three games. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It's one thing to lose to a top team on the road, but it's another thing entirely to get outclassed. Arizona wasn't even in Stanford's league on Saturday night, losing a lot of luster and any hope for a first Pac-10 title. Collapse Description
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18

7-0 3 8/21
Last Week: W, Indiana 18-13 Next Up: at Northwestern Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Good teams win games, even on their worst days. The Hawkeyes are one of those teams, surviving an unexpected scare in Bloomington. The defense coExpand Description
Last Week: W, Indiana 18-13 Next Up: at Northwestern Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Good teams win games, even on their worst days. The Hawkeyes are one of those teams, surviving an unexpected scare in Bloomington. The defense continues to be among the nation's best, holding Indiana to one touchdown. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: This is some people's favorite for the Big Ten title? Iowa played its worst game of the year against one of the league doormats, going the first 57 minutes without reaching the end zone. Collapse Description
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19

9-0 2 4/21
Last Week: W, Minnesota 31-8 Next Up: Purdue (Nov. 20) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Showing no hangover from last week's loss, the Spartans jumped out to a quick lead and were never challenged. RB Edwin Baker had the best game Expand Description
Last Week: W, Minnesota 31-8 Next Up: Purdue (Nov. 20) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Showing no hangover from last week's loss, the Spartans jumped out to a quick lead and were never challenged. RB Edwin Baker had the best game of his career, rushing for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ranked teams are supposed to shellac the lowly Gophers. The 31-point loss to Iowa is still just a week old and is going to be fresh in the minds of voters for some time. Collapse Description
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20

6-0 4 5/22
Last Week: L, 41-20 Arkansas Next Up: at Florida Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No matter what happened this weekend, the Gamecocks will still be the SEC East champ with a win in Gainesville next Saturday. They've navigated a rugExpand Description
Last Week: L, 41-20 Arkansas Next Up: at Florida Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No matter what happened this weekend, the Gamecocks will still be the SEC East champ with a win in Gainesville next Saturday. They've navigated a rugged schedule, and boast some of the best skill players in the conference. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While the prior losses at Auburn and Kentucky weren't embarrassing, this one to the Hogs was a game-changer. South Carolina wasn't even competitive, and for the second time in the last month, the defense flopped. Collapse Description
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21

8-0 9 12/21
Last Week: L, TCU 47-7 Next Up: at Notre Dame Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes' only loss of the year came at the hands of one of the nation's last remaining unbeatens. The offense, while shut down by TCU, ought to quicklyExpand Description
Last Week: L, TCU 47-7 Next Up: at Notre Dame Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes' only loss of the year came at the hands of one of the nation's last remaining unbeatens. The offense, while shut down by TCU, ought to quickly come back in upcoming games with Notre Dame, San Diego State, and BYU. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There's losing and then there's getting exposed. The latter happened to Utah, which will have a difficult time recovering from such a lopsided performance in such a high-profile game. Collapse Description
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22

7-0 - 18/23
Last Week: Did Not Play Next Up: at Alabama Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Only Auburn and LSU are hotter than the Bulldogs, which have won six in a row, including beating Georgia and Florida in the Swamp. They wear you down withExpand Description
Last Week: Did Not Play Next Up: at Alabama Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Only Auburn and LSU are hotter than the Bulldogs, which have won six in a row, including beating Georgia and Florida in the Swamp. They wear you down with the nation's No. 14 ground game and No. 9 scoring D. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Recent struggles in Starkville with UAB and Kentucky were signs that Mississippi State could be a bit overrated. In the SEC, it's hard to hide a feeble passing game, especially with upcoming games against Alabama and Arkansas. Collapse Description
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23

6-0 - 4/17
Last Week: W, Vanderbilt 55-14 Next Up: South Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators have started to gain a foothold since losing three straight, beating Georgia and Vandy in consecutive weeks. With Jordan Reed and JoExpand Description
Last Week: W, Vanderbilt 55-14 Next Up: South Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators have started to gain a foothold since losing three straight, beating Georgia and Vandy in consecutive weeks. With Jordan Reed and John Brantley both getting reps at quarterback, the offense is showing signs of life again. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where are the marquee wins? While Georgia is the closest thing, it comes in a year when the Dawgs are 5-5. You know Florida is down when it takes until November to become bowl eligible. Collapse Description
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24

6-0 1 16/25
Last Week: W, Arizona State 34-33 Next Up: at Arizona Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is going to keep the Trojans competitive in every game, averaging more than 36 points a weekend. With Troy, it's pick your poison, fExpand Description
Last Week: W, Arizona State 34-33 Next Up: at Arizona Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is going to keep the Trojans competitive in every game, averaging more than 36 points a weekend. With Troy, it's pick your poison, forcing opponents to decide whether to concentrate on stopping QB Matt Barkley or the power running game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense and special teams continue to be a mess, allowing at least 32 points for a fifth time this year. Needing to escape 4-5 Arizona State at home is yet another sign of how far the Trojans have fallen. Collapse Description
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25

7-0 4 21/25
Last Week: L, Oklahoma State 55-28 Next Up: Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Led by the dual-threat potential of Robert Griffin and the running of Jay Finley, the Bears have one of the Big 12's most potent attacks. The unExpand Description
Last Week: L, Oklahoma State 55-28 Next Up: Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Led by the dual-threat potential of Robert Griffin and the running of Jay Finley, the Bears have one of the Big 12's most potent attacks. The unit is balanced and ranks No. 9 nationally in total offense. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oklahoma State proved on Saturday what had become common knowledge -- the Baylor D is a sieve. You can't allow an opponent to rewrite its record book against you and expect to be ranked any higher. Collapse Description
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