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

Week6 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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South Carolina Gamecocks

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Miami (FL) Hurricanes

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

6-0 2 1/8
Last week: W, Indiana 38-10 Next up: at Wisconsin Why Ohio State Is No. 1: The Hoosier team that the Buckeyes kept out of the end zone for the first 53 minutes entered Week 6 averaging 40 points a game. The Ohio State D continues Expand Description
Last week: W, Indiana 38-10 Next up: at Wisconsin Why Ohio State Is No. 1: The Hoosier team that the Buckeyes kept out of the end zone for the first 53 minutes entered Week 6 averaging 40 points a game. The Ohio State D continues to be sensational, ranking among the top 10 in most statistical areas. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Buckeyes played just one road game in the first half, struggling a week ago against Illinois in Champaign. Second half games in Madison and Iowa City will really test the team's mettle and championship potential. Terrelle Pryor might have been great against IU, but he has to still prove he can be a consistent passer. Collapse Description
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2

5-0 3 2/21
Last week: W, at Kansas State 48-13 Next up: Texas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers have been dominant so far, winning every game by at least two touchdowns, including road routs of Washington and Kansas State. The rExpand Description
Last week: W, at Kansas State 48-13 Next up: Texas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskers have been dominant so far, winning every game by at least two touchdowns, including road routs of Washington and Kansas State. The running game is conjuring up memories of the 1980s, cranking out well over 400 yards in Manhattan Thursday night. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Unlike most of the schools around it, Nebraska has yet to play a ranked opponent. As brilliant as Taylor Martinez has been running with the ball, he's an average passer and could be a liability if the Huskers are ever trailing big. Collapse Description
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3

6-0 1 1/15
Last week: W, at Washington State 43-23 Next up: UCLA (Oct. 21) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No starting quarterback, no problem. Even without Darron Thomas for the final three quarters, the Ducks remained potent on offense,Expand Description
Last week: W, at Washington State 43-23 Next up: UCLA (Oct. 21) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No starting quarterback, no problem. Even without Darron Thomas for the final three quarters, the Ducks remained potent on offense, scoring at least 42 points for the sixth consecutive game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Oregon actually struggled for a while with Wazzu, the Pac-10's doormat. It was only 36-23 at the beginning of the final quarter, and the defense was a little too soft on third downs, allowing 7-of-15 tries to be converted. Collapse Description
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4

6-0 9 1/23
Last week: W, at Kentucky 37-34 Next up: Arkansas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Half of the Tigers' perfect mark has come against SEC teams, including a win over the same South Carolina squad that knocked off top-ranked 'BamaExpand Description
Last week: W, at Kentucky 37-34 Next up: Arkansas Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Half of the Tigers' perfect mark has come against SEC teams, including a win over the same South Carolina squad that knocked off top-ranked 'Bama. The offense is rolling behind QB Cam Newton, who accounted for 408 yards and four scores in the escape in Lexington. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, Kentucky has weapons, but this defense continues to be a big concern for Auburn. It now stands at No. 91 nationally against the pass after looking shaky vs. Wildcat Mike Hartline. Fine, so Auburn might not be playing like the fourth best team in America, but it has to be ahead of South Carolina at the moment, and it has to be ahead of the Tide. Collapse Description
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5

4-0 12 5/22
Last week: W, Alabama 35-21 Next up: at Kentucky Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Cocks had their way with No. 1 Alabama, snapping its 19-game winning streak. In a dominant all-around effort, South Carolina held Heisman winExpand Description
Last week: W, Alabama 35-21 Next up: at Kentucky Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Cocks had their way with No. 1 Alabama, snapping its 19-game winning streak. In a dominant all-around effort, South Carolina held Heisman winner Mark Ingram to 41 yards and sacked Greg McElroy seven times. Maligned QB Stephen Garcia got off the hot seat, throwing as many touchdowns -- three -- as incomplete passes. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While the Gamecocks were near perfect on Saturday, they can be maddeningly inconsistent. The line has issues in pass protection, and it's only a matter of time before Steve Spurrier contemplates benching Garcia in favor of rookie Connor Shaw again. Collapse Description
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6

5-0 5 1/10
Last week: L, at South Carolina 35-21 Next up: Ole Miss Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Good or bad, one game can never define a program. The Tide still possess a wealth of defensive talent and the best combination of backs in Expand Description
Last week: L, at South Carolina 35-21 Next up: Ole Miss Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Good or bad, one game can never define a program. The Tide still possess a wealth of defensive talent and the best combination of backs in the country. Plus, its only loss on the resume was a road game against a highly ranked opponent. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: 'Bama didn't just lose in Columbia, it got exposed, rushing for only 36 yards, allowing seven sacks, and giving up 35 points for the first time in three years. Collapse Description
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7

5-0 3 3/12
Last week: W, Toledo 57-14 Next up: at San Jose State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In the games it's supposed to win, Boise State is doing it convincingly, posting at least 50 points on Wyoming, New Mexico State, and Toledo.Expand Description
Last week: W, Toledo 57-14 Next up: at San Jose State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In the games it's supposed to win, Boise State is doing it convincingly, posting at least 50 points on Wyoming, New Mexico State, and Toledo. Those wins over Virginia Tech and Oregon State are beginning to look a lot better than they did a few weeks ago. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There won't be many attaboys for whipping up on a second-rate team out of the MAC. Unless Nevada remains in the Top 25, the Broncos won't play a ranked team for the rest of the regular season. Collapse Description
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8

5-0 - 2/15
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget style points. Oklahoma has found a way to win all of its close games, the sign of a mentally tough program. When the Sooners needed to flex theiExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Forget style points. Oklahoma has found a way to win all of its close games, the sign of a mentally tough program. When the Sooners needed to flex their muscles in Week 2, they pounded a pretty good Florida State team, 47-17. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Sooners remain somewhat of a work-in-progress on both sides of the line. The offense is leaving too many points on the field and the defense has to eliminate the number of big plays it allows. Collapse Description
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9

6-0 - 2/10
Last week: W, Wyoming 45-0 Next up: BYU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs continue to destroy everything in their path, winning the last five by at least 17 points. The defense is really starting to heat up, goinExpand Description
Last week: W, Wyoming 45-0 Next up: BYU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs continue to destroy everything in their path, winning the last five by at least 17 points. The defense is really starting to heat up, going the last 131 minutes without allowing a single point. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It's hard to get too carried away after playing second-tier competition for the last month. The closest thing TCU has to a signature win was the defeat of Oregon State in Texas on opening night. Collapse Description
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10

5-0 4 5/15
Last week: W, USC 37-35 Next up: Washington State (Oct. 23) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal delivered the bounce-back victory it had to have, rallying in the final minute to defeat USC on a Nate Whitaker field goalExpand Description
Last week: W, USC 37-35 Next up: Washington State (Oct. 23) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal delivered the bounce-back victory it had to have, rallying in the final minute to defeat USC on a Nate Whitaker field goal. The offense, now fifth nationally in scoring, continues to be potent behind the passing of Andrew Luck and the running of Stepfan Taylor. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Stanford D was living a lie after the blowout of Notre Dame. Over the last two weeks, the unit has lumbered, getting shredded for 1,124 yards and 77 points by Oregon and USC. Collapse Description
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11

4-0 4 6/25
Last week: W, Texas A&M 24-17 Next up: at Auburn Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The defense continues to surprise, complementing the Ryan Mallett-led offense. The Hogs are creating constant pressure, holding Aggie QB Jerrod JoExpand Description
Last week: W, Texas A&M 24-17 Next up: at Auburn Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The defense continues to surprise, complementing the Ryan Mallett-led offense. The Hogs are creating constant pressure, holding Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson to 15-of-40 for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one pick. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: While the Arkansas offense is flush with talent, it hasn't quite put it all together. The Hogs are averaging just 25 points over the last three games, and need to improve their third-down efficiency. Collapse Description
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12

5-0 6 12/21
Last week: W, at Iowa State 68-27 Next up: at Wyoming Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Remember, Iowa State whacked Texas Tech last week, and Utah rolled. Scoring 68 points on the road against a Big 12 team is an eye-opener. TheExpand Description
Last week: W, at Iowa State 68-27 Next up: at Wyoming Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Remember, Iowa State whacked Texas Tech last week, and Utah rolled. Scoring 68 points on the road against a Big 12 team is an eye-opener. The Utes have now piled up at least 56 points in each of the last three games, getting outstanding production from QB Jordan Wynn and the ground game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Who has Utah defeated? The supposed defining victory was over Pittsburgh, which has proceeded to slide to 2-3. We'll get the complete picture on the Utes when TCU visits Salt Lake City on Nov. 6. Collapse Description
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13

6-0 7 7/22
Last week: W, at Florida 33-29 Next up: McNeese State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The object is to win, which LSU has found a way to do in all six of its games. Four have come against major conference teams with winning recExpand Description
Last week: W, at Florida 33-29 Next up: McNeese State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The object is to win, which LSU has found a way to do in all six of its games. Four have come against major conference teams with winning records, including Saturday night's come-from-behind thriller over the Gators in Gainesville. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tigers haven't played a full game of football all season, and the offense remains a hit-or-miss proposition without a true identity. Winning four games by six points or fewer is either a show of character or a sign of blatant mediocrity. Collapse Description
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14

5-0 5 9/25
Last week: W, at Miami 45-17 Next up: Boston College Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Noles toyed with Miami on the road for a rare blowout in this series. Having now won four straight by no fewer than 20 points, Florida StExpand Description
Last week: W, at Miami 45-17 Next up: Boston College Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The 'Noles toyed with Miami on the road for a rare blowout in this series. Having now won four straight by no fewer than 20 points, Florida State has emerged as the favorite to win the ACC championship. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Can the Seminoles adjust if someone finds a way to slow down the running game? Christian Ponder been ordinary in this supposed Heisman-contending season, throwing for less than 200 yards a game. Collapse Description
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15

6-0 - 4/21
Last week: W, at Michigan 34-17 Next up: Illinois Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In consecutive weeks, the Spartans have defeated ranked Big Ten opponents by double-digits. The running game has been relentless and the defense Expand Description
Last week: W, at Michigan 34-17 Next up: Illinois Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: In consecutive weeks, the Spartans have defeated ranked Big Ten opponents by double-digits. The running game has been relentless and the defense held Heisman favorite Denard Robinson to his worst game of the season. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where is the defensive pressure? Through six games, the Spartans have just six sacks, which is going to cost them dearly at some point in the second half of the season. Collapse Description
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16

5-0 - 2/16
Last week: W, Minnesota 41-23 Next up: Ohio State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: As long as the Badgers are running the ball effectively behind that massive line, they can beat anyone in the Big Ten. They had two rushers go ovExpand Description
Last week: W, Minnesota 41-23 Next up: Ohio State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: As long as the Badgers are running the ball effectively behind that massive line, they can beat anyone in the Big Ten. They had two rushers go over 100 yards vs. the Gophers, John Clay and James White, both of whom have a shot at 1,000 yards this year. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: For the second consecutive week, Wisconsin yielded three touchdowns through the air. Too often, the secondary has allowed opposing receivers to get behind it. Collapse Description
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17

4-0 7 4/17
Last week: L, LSU 33-29 Next up: Mississippi State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators' two losses have come against quality opponents, unbeaten LSU and one-loss Alabama. The defense still has plenty of bite left, rackinExpand Description
Last week: L, LSU 33-29 Next up: Mississippi State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators' two losses have come against quality opponents, unbeaten LSU and one-loss Alabama. The defense still has plenty of bite left, racking up takeaways in the first half of the year. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: By Urban Meyer's recent standards, this is shaping up as a very ordinary Florida team. The Gators still haven't found any rhythm on offense, and the defense was a disappointment down the stretch of the LSU game. Collapse Description
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18

5-0 6 9/24
Last week: W, Colorado 26-0 Next up: at Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: On a night when the offense lacked pop, the defense stepped in to pitch a shutout. The Tigers contributed a safety, a pick, and four sacks, serviExpand Description
Last week: W, Colorado 26-0 Next up: at Texas A&M Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: On a night when the offense lacked pop, the defense stepped in to pitch a shutout. The Tigers contributed a safety, a pick, and four sacks, serving notice that QB Blaine Gabbert doesn't have to be brilliant for this program to stay unbeaten. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tigers will remain a virtual unknown until they play a quality opponent. When Oklahoma visits Columbia on Oct. 23, it'll be the first time Mizzou faces a ranked team this season. Collapse Description
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19

3-0 - 0/0
Last week: W, at Arizona 29-27 Next up: Washington Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Beavers are reaping the benefits of scheduling TCU and Boise State early on, regrouping in typical Mike Riley fashion. After back-to-back wiExpand Description
Last week: W, at Arizona 29-27 Next up: Washington Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Beavers are reaping the benefits of scheduling TCU and Boise State early on, regrouping in typical Mike Riley fashion. After back-to-back wins over the Pac-10's two Arizona schools, Oregon State has to be considered on the short list of league contenders. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Oregon State offense was suspect before the start of the weekend. Now that WR James Rodgers has suffered a serious knee injury, the Beavers and young QB Ryan Katz are going to suffer deeply from his absence. Collapse Description
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20

4-0 9 9/25
Last week: L, 29-27 Next up: at Washington 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 defenseExpand Description
Last week: L, 29-27 Next up: at Washington 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: The magic finally ran out on Arizona, which failed to author a third straight comeback win. Where's the production on offense? The 'Cats are picking up a lot of yards, but have scored just 37 points in the last two games with Cal and Oregon State. Collapse Description
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21

4-0 7 8/21
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Michigan Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes have rebounded quickly from their lone loss in Tucson, beating Ball State and Penn State by a combined score of 69-3. The defense is flexExpand Description
Last week: Did Not Play Next up: at Michigan Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes have rebounded quickly from their lone loss in Tucson, beating Ball State and Penn State by a combined score of 69-3. The defense is flexing its muscles, holding all but Arizona under 10 points. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The rebuilt offensive line has been steady, but it hasn't exactly been blowing teams off the ball. Against the Nittany Lions two weeks ago, Iowa only managed 3.4 yards a carry and a pair of offensive touchdowns. Collapse Description
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22

5-0 3 8/25
Last week: W, Louisiana 54-28 Next up: at Texas Tech Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No matter the crisis, the offense appears capable of bailing the Cowboys out. They've yet to be held under 38 points, and the trio of QB BrandExpand Description
Last week: W, Louisiana 54-28 Next up: at Texas Tech Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No matter the crisis, the offense appears capable of bailing the Cowboys out. They've yet to be held under 38 points, and the trio of QB Brandon Weeden, RB Kendall Hunter, and WR Justin Blackmon is as dangerous as any in the country. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Defense continues to be a concern, especially when the other guys are throwing. Oklahoma State has already yielded 12 touchdown passes, and trailed Louisiana at halftime last weekend. Collapse Description
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23

4-0 - 8/23
Last week: W, Central Michigan 45-21 Next up: Wake Forest Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies have gotten off the mat to win their last four games in convincing fashion. The offense has cranked out at least 41 points in Expand Description
Last week: W, Central Michigan 45-21 Next up: Wake Forest Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies have gotten off the mat to win their last four games in convincing fashion. The offense has cranked out at least 41 points in three of the wins, getting an MVP type effort out of QB Tyrod Taylor, as RB Ryan Williams heals an injured hammy. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There's no shame in that three-point loss to Boise State on opening night. James Madison in Blacksburg? Yeah, that debacle is going to cap just how far the Hokies can ascend in the rankings this season, but that's looking more and more like it was simply a brain cramp. Collapse Description
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24

3-0 12 11/24
Last week: L, Florida State 45-17 Next up: at Duke Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Now that the Hurricanes are through with a brutal four-game stretch, they should be able to get on a roll and remain in Coastal Division contentExpand Description
Last week: L, Florida State 45-17 Next up: at Duke Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Now that the Hurricanes are through with a brutal four-game stretch, they should be able to get on a roll and remain in Coastal Division contention. Ditto the defense, which created a ton of pressure and takeaways in the first half of the year. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It's one thing to lose a game to rival Florida State. It's another thing entirely to be stripped down to your undergarments. The 'Canes were simply abused on the ground by the 'Noles, allowing 298 yards and four scores on 41 carries. Collapse Description
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25

5-0 4 13/25
Last week: L, Michigan State 34-17 Next up: Iowa Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even on an off day by his standards, QB Denard Robinson produced 301 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. As long as he's in the huddle, the WolvExpand Description
Last week: L, Michigan State 34-17 Next up: Iowa Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even on an off day by his standards, QB Denard Robinson produced 301 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. As long as he's in the huddle, the Wolverines have a potent offense capable of scoring on just about anyone in the country. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The play of the D finally caught up to Michigan, which has yielded at least 21 points in the last five games, and got roughed up at the point of attack. Michigan State finished with 536 yards to post a third straight win over its rival. Collapse Description
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