NCAA FB POWER RANKINGS

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

Week5 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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Florida State Seminoles

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LSU Tigers

FOX SPORTS NCAA FB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

5-0 1 1/10
Last week: W Florida 31-6 Next up: at South Carolina Why Alabama Should Be No. 1: The Crimson Tide defense, especially in the red zone, looks sensational, allowing just nine points a game and picking off 11 passes so far. Florida Expand Description
Last week: W Florida 31-6 Next up: at South Carolina Why Alabama Should Be No. 1: The Crimson Tide defense, especially in the red zone, looks sensational, allowing just nine points a game and picking off 11 passes so far. Florida was held to only 79 yards rushing in the second-most lopsided loss in the Urban Meyer era. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The passing attack continues to sputter behind QB Greg McElroy, failing to maximize the talents of Julio Jones and the other receivers. The Tide produced just 103 yards through the air on Saturday, the second straight feeble effort. The pass rush has yet to show up. Collapse Description
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2

5-0 2 1/15
Last week: W Stanford 52-31 Next up: at Washington State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Ducks keep showing a penchant for falling behind before storming back behind the nation's most prolific offense. Now averaging 56 poinExpand Description
Last week: W Stanford 52-31 Next up: at Washington State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Ducks keep showing a penchant for falling behind before storming back behind the nation's most prolific offense. Now averaging 56 points a game, they walloped Stanford in the second half, getting huge nights from RB LaMichael James and QB Darron Thomas. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense has been very generous now that Pac-10 play has begun. In the last two games, Oregon has yielded 62 points and 1,115 yards, hardly championship numbers. Collapse Description
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3

5-0 2 1/8
Last week: W Illinois 24-13 Next up: Indiana Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The defense continues to be among the best in the country and the rock of the program. After yielding an early touchdown, the Buckeyes didn't allow IlExpand Description
Last week: W Illinois 24-13 Next up: Indiana Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The defense continues to be among the best in the country and the rock of the program. After yielding an early touchdown, the Buckeyes didn't allow Illinois in the end zone over the final 51 minutes. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: On the road for the first time, Ohio State looked ordinary in Champaign. The offense had all kinds of problems against a second-tier Big Ten opponent, producing less than 300 total yards. Collapse Description
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4

4-0 1 3/12
Last week: W New Mexico State 59-0 Next up: Toledo Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In workmanlike fashion, the Broncos picked apart the Aggies, out gaining them 608-208. The offense has myriad options, with QB Kellen Moore actiExpand Description
Last week: W New Mexico State 59-0 Next up: Toledo Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In workmanlike fashion, the Broncos picked apart the Aggies, out gaining them 608-208. The offense has myriad options, with QB Kellen Moore acting as the orchestrator. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: As much of the country was being tested by other ranked opponents, Boise State was visiting one of the feeblest programs in America. Call it an omen for a school that'll get scheduling questions throughout the balance of the year. Collapse Description
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5

4-0 - 2/21
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Kansas State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: It's no wonder the defense has earned its Blackshirts back from Bo Pelini. The unit has been among the best in the country so far, leading the wayExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Kansas State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: It's no wonder the defense has earned its Blackshirts back from Bo Pelini. The unit has been among the best in the country so far, leading the way in pass efficiency D and giving up only 12 points a game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: At some point, won't the Huskers need more pop from the passing game? It's not like they've needed balance yet, but Taylor Martinez has thrown just a pair of touchdowns and still has a lot to prove as a passer. Collapse Description
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6

4-0 1 5/15
Last week: L Oregon 52-31 Next up: USC Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal dominated Oregon on the road for much of the first 30 minutes, getting big plays from RB Stepfan Taylor and QB Andrew Luck. The passing game coExpand Description
Last week: L Oregon 52-31 Next up: USC Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal dominated Oregon on the road for much of the first 30 minutes, getting big plays from RB Stepfan Taylor and QB Andrew Luck. The passing game continues to produce despite not having top WR Ryan Whalen. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Unfortunately for Stanford, there are four quarters in football. It allowed the final four touchdowns to the Ducks, getting exposed on defense by the speed of their playmakers. Collapse Description
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7

3-0 3 6/25
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hogs' only loss of the year was against top-ranked Alabama in a game it easily could have won. The defense, the chief concern in August, ranks amExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hogs' only loss of the year was against top-ranked Alabama in a game it easily could have won. The defense, the chief concern in August, ranks among the nation's leaders in sacks and has exceeded everyone's forecasts. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Arkansas has to do a better job in the area of turnovers. It has just five takeaways in four games, and Ryan Mallett's two fourth-quarter picks were the Razorbacks' undoing vs. Alabama. Collapse Description
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8

5-0 3 2/15
Last week: W Texas 28-20 Next up: Iowa State (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: For the first time since 2007, the Sooners have defeated Texas, their chief rival in the Big 12. They've obviously learned how to survive inExpand Description
Last week: W Texas 28-20 Next up: Iowa State (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: For the first time since 2007, the Sooners have defeated Texas, their chief rival in the Big 12. They've obviously learned how to survive in tight games, winning by eight points or less for the fourth time in the last five games. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oklahoma continues to play to the level of its competition, which will haunt the program at some point in the fall. The defense has been unpredictable, especially when the other guys are putting the ball in the air. Collapse Description
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9

5-0 1 2/10
Last week: W Colorado State 27-0 Next up: Wyoming Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frog defense completely dismantled a Ram offense that had been showing signs of life, holding it to no points, eight first downs, and Expand Description
Last week: W Colorado State 27-0 Next up: Wyoming Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frog defense completely dismantled a Ram offense that had been showing signs of life, holding it to no points, eight first downs, and just three yards per play. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Colorado State stinks. Wake us when TCU starts playing a higher caliber of competition. Over the last month, the Frogs have toyed with Tennessee Tech, Baylor, SMU, and Colorado State, while the rest of the top 10 starts chewing on the meat of its schedule. Collapse Description
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10

4-0 4 4/17
Last week: L Alabama 31-6 Next up: LSU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in a losing effort, the Gator defense was solid, holding Alabama to just 273 total yards and Mark Ingram to 47 on the ground. The air-tight secondary hExpand Description
Last week: L Alabama 31-6 Next up: LSU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in a losing effort, the Gator defense was solid, holding Alabama to just 273 total yards and Mark Ingram to 47 on the ground. The air-tight secondary has twice as many picks as touchdowns allowed. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Florida proved to be not ready for BCS -- or SEC -- championship contention, failing to reach the end zone. After John Brantley threw two picks without a score, the Gators are facing quarterback questions in the coming weeks. Collapse Description
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11

4-0 2 9/25
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Oregon State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In back-to-back tight games, the Wildcats withstood the challenge of quality opponents, remaining perfect with wins over Iowa and Cal. The defense haExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Oregon State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In back-to-back tight games, the Wildcats withstood the challenge of quality opponents, remaining perfect with wins over Iowa and Cal. The defense has been a huge surprise, allowing just 230 yards and 11 points a game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: You don't really know how good a team is until it gets tested on the road. For Arizona, which has only faced Toledo away from home, that won't happen until the end of the month. Collapse Description
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12

3-0 2 11/24
Last week: W Clemson 30-21 Next up: Florida State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Canes finished their three-game road gauntlet with impressive wins over Pittsburgh and Clemson. The defense has been wildly opportunistic, cExpand Description
Last week: W Clemson 30-21 Next up: Florida State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Canes finished their three-game road gauntlet with impressive wins over Pittsburgh and Clemson. The defense has been wildly opportunistic, creating nine takeaways in the last two games alone. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Miami needs to play a lot smarter over the next two months, especially in the area of penalties. The Hurricanes have had more penalty yards than their opponent in every game, making 11 for 85 yards on Saturday. Collapse Description
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13

5-0 2 1/23
Last week: W Louisiana-Monroe 52-3 Next up: at Kentucky Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After back-to-back emotional wins over Clemson and South Carolina, Auburn dissected a weaker opponent the way it was supposed to. The passiExpand Description
Last week: W Louisiana-Monroe 52-3 Next up: at Kentucky Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After back-to-back emotional wins over Clemson and South Carolina, Auburn dissected a weaker opponent the way it was supposed to. The passing game took center stage for a change, accounting for three scores and few mistakes. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Although you won't know it against a Kolton Browning-led attack, there are soft spots in the Tiger pass defense. In the consecutive games with the Palmetto Staters, it gave up five touchdown passes. Collapse Description
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14

4-0 2 8/21
Last week: W 24-3 Penn State Next up: at Michigan (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes continue to win with outstanding defense, going the first five games without allowing a touchdown on the ground. Their onlExpand Description
Last week: W 24-3 Penn State Next up: at Michigan (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes continue to win with outstanding defense, going the first five games without allowing a touchdown on the ground. Their only loss was on the road vs. an Arizona team that's ranked higher. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The retooled offensive line is still having problems blowing people off the ball. Against Penn State, Iowa only managed 3.4 yards a carry and a pair of offensive scores. Collapse Description
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15

5-0 4 4/21
Last week: W Wisconsin 34-24 Next up: at Michigan Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Spartans nabbed their first true quality win of the season, defeating the 11th-ranked Badgers. Michigan State actually outrushed Wisconsin 17Expand Description
Last week: W Wisconsin 34-24 Next up: at Michigan Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Spartans nabbed their first true quality win of the season, defeating the 11th-ranked Badgers. Michigan State actually outrushed Wisconsin 175-165, showing a physical side that'll serve it well down during the stretch run. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Spartans remain an incomplete product on defense, especially when it pertains to getting pressure. Through five games, they've got just five sacks, which is going to be a problem at some point in October and November. Collapse Description
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16

4-0 7 2/16
Last week: L Michigan State 34-24 Next up: Minnesota Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers' only loss of the year came against a ranked opponent on the road. Once considered one-dimensional, the running game now has shiftExpand Description
Last week: L Michigan State 34-24 Next up: Minnesota Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers' only loss of the year came against a ranked opponent on the road. Once considered one-dimensional, the running game now has shifty James White to go along with bruising back John Clay. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The loss in East Lansing really wasn't that big of a shocker. The Badgers had showed signs of being overrated in September, looking lackluster vs. San Jose State and beating Arizona State by just a point at home. Collapse Description
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17

3-0 - 5/22
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Alabama Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks have the makings of their best offense of the Steve Spurrier era. With RB Marcus Lattimore enjoying a smashing debut and Stephen Garcia hookExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Alabama Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks have the makings of their best offense of the Steve Spurrier era. With RB Marcus Lattimore enjoying a smashing debut and Stephen Garcia hooking up constantly with Alshon Jeffery, they have a desired run-pass mix. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: What has happened to that South Carolina D? The unit wilted in the face of Cam Newton and Auburn two weeks ago, yielding 492 yards and getting to the quarterback just one time. Collapse Description
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18

4-0 2 12/21
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes are getting healthier and more confident as they come out of the break. The offense has put up 56 points in consecutive weeks and the defenExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes are getting healthier and more confident as they come out of the break. The offense has put up 56 points in consecutive weeks and the defense is yielding just 12 points a game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where are turnovers? As well as the Utah D has played, it has only four takeaways all year. That opening night defeat of Pitt doesn't look so impressive now, does it? Collapse Description
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19

4-0 6 9/25
Last week: W Virginia 34-14 Next up: at Miami Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Seminoles have fully regrouped from their Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, winning three straight by at least 20 points. The defense continues to excel, Expand Description
Last week: W Virginia 34-14 Next up: at Miami Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Seminoles have fully regrouped from their Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, winning three straight by at least 20 points. The defense continues to excel, yielding an average of eight points a game during the streak. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It hasn't cost the 'Noles lately, but at some point, they'll need more from the passing attack. Since spanking Samford in the opener, Christian Ponder has thrown just four touchdown passes and hasn't connected on many long gainers. Collapse Description
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20

5-0 8 7/22
Last week: W Tennessee 16-14 Next up: at Florida Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: A win is a win, especially against a conference rival. The Tigers have been particularly resilient on defense, holding an opponent to no more thanExpand Description
Last week: W Tennessee 16-14 Next up: at Florida Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: A win is a win, especially against a conference rival. The Tigers have been particularly resilient on defense, holding an opponent to no more than 14 points for a fourth consecutive game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Whoever said it's better to be lucky than good has never seen the LSU offense in action. The Tigers continue to be feeble with the ball in their hands, going an unthinkable fourth game in-a-row without producing a touchdown pass. Collapse Description
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21

5-0 3 13/25
Last week: W Indiana 42-35 Next up: Michigan State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: As long as QB Denard Robinson is upright, Michigan is capable of scoring at will. He continued his sensational sophomore year by rushing for 217Expand Description
Last week: W Indiana 42-35 Next up: Michigan State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: As long as QB Denard Robinson is upright, Michigan is capable of scoring at will. He continued his sensational sophomore year by rushing for 217 yards, throwing for 277 yards, and accounting for five touchdowns, including the game-winner. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Wolverines continue to live dangerously behind a D that's among the worst in the Big Ten ¿ at least. Michigan yielded 480 yards through the air, and was tied late in the fourth with a Hoosier team that might not bowl in 2010. Collapse Description
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22

3-0 - 22/22
Last week: W Washington State 42-28 Next up: at Cal Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins overcame a little hangover from the Texas upset, scoring the final 22 points after trailing midway through the third. The running gaExpand Description
Last week: W Washington State 42-28 Next up: at Cal Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins overcame a little hangover from the Texas upset, scoring the final 22 points after trailing midway through the third. The running game has been sensational behind Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman, piling up over 400 yards on Saturday. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: When was the last time Wazzu led in the third quarter of a Pac-10 game? That stingy UCLA D looking ordinary against Cougar QB Jeff Tuel, who threw for 311 yards and two scores. Collapse Description
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23

3-0 - 10/23
Last week: L Oklahoma 28-20 Next up: at Nebraska (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: This is still Texas, which has enough talent on both sides of the ball to regroup. Both of the losses came against ranked teams, and theExpand Description
Last week: L Oklahoma 28-20 Next up: at Nebraska (Oct. 16) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: This is still Texas, which has enough talent on both sides of the ball to regroup. Both of the losses came against ranked teams, and the D showed a spark in Dallas, making 12 stops for loss and three sacks. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The D.J. Monroe scamper aside, the 'Horns continue having problems generating big plays. The run defense is broken, allowing 100-yard rushers in each of the last two losses. Collapse Description
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24

4-0 - 9/24
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Colorado Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense has shown signs of purring, producing over 400 yards in each of the last three games. QB Blaine Gabbert is getting increasingly comfortable wExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Colorado Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense has shown signs of purring, producing over 400 yards in each of the last three games. QB Blaine Gabbert is getting increasingly comfortable with his favorite targets, WR T.J. Moe and TE Michael Egnew. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Who have the Tigers faced? Not only have they played a mealy non-conference schedule, but they needed second-half rallies to escape Illinois and San Diego State. Collapse Description
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25

4-0 - 8/25
Last week: W Texas A&M 38-35 Next up: at UL-Lafayette Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is going to bail the Cowboys out regularly this season, averaging more than 52 points a game. QB Brandon Weeden is getting comforExpand Description
Last week: W Texas A&M 38-35 Next up: at UL-Lafayette Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is going to bail the Cowboys out regularly this season, averaging more than 52 points a game. QB Brandon Weeden is getting comfortable as the starter, and his supporting cast is on par with the one in Norman. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Defense is an issue, especially when the ball is in the air. Oklahoma State is picking off a lot of passes, but is also allowing receivers to get behind the secondary too often. Collapse Description
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