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.

Week7 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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Michigan State Spartans

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Nebraska Cornhuskers

FOX SPORTS NCAA FB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

6-0 2 1/15
Last Week: Did Not Play Next up: UCLA Why Oregon Is No. 1: Clearing every hurdle that comes its way, the offense has been sensational, leading the country with 567 yards and 54 points a game. The defense continues to be opportuniExpand Description
Last Week: Did Not Play Next up: UCLA Why Oregon Is No. 1: Clearing every hurdle that comes its way, the offense has been sensational, leading the country with 567 yards and 54 points a game. The defense continues to be opportunistic, creating a nation's-best 22 takeaways. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense got dinged up two weeks ago, losing QB Darron Thomas to a shoulder injury and RB Kenjon Barner to a concussion. If they don't make a quick return, it could throw a monkey wrench into the second-half plans. The defense, as good as it has been in the second half, has been shaky at times early. Collapse Description
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2

6-0 6 2/15
Last Week: W, Iowa State 52-0 Next up: at Missouri Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Finally, the Sooners properly disposed of an inferior opponent, shutting out the Cyclones. The offense looked phenomenal, rolling up almost 700 Expand Description
Last Week: W, Iowa State 52-0 Next up: at Missouri Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Finally, the Sooners properly disposed of an inferior opponent, shutting out the Cyclones. The offense looked phenomenal, rolling up almost 700 yards and getting a 30-of-34 effort out of QB Landry Jones. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Can Oklahoma play at this kind of a high level, week after week? It's lacked consistency in the early part of the season, nearly gagging against Cincinnati, Air Force, and Utah State. There's no reason to read too much into a win over Iowa State. Collapse Description
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3

7-0 1 1/23
Last Week: W, Arkansas 65-43 Next up: LSU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Not only is the record perfect, but so is the swagger. For the fifth time this season, the Tigers hung on in a game that could have gone either way in thExpand Description
Last Week: W, Arkansas 65-43 Next up: LSU Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Not only is the record perfect, but so is the swagger. For the fifth time this season, the Tigers hung on in a game that could have gone either way in the final minutes. No team in America has a better resume. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Uhhhhh, the defense? Not a lot of championship teams win games that require them to score six or seven touchdowns. Sure, Auburn keeps winning, but the defense got carved up by backup Hog QB Tyler Wilson and has yielded 77 points the last two games. Collapse Description
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4

6-0 3 3/12
Last Week: W, San Jose State 48-0 Next up: Louisiana Tech (Oct. 26) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Another patsy, another blowout victory. There hasn't been the slightest bit of a hiccup. The Broncos have been focused and crisExpand Description
Last Week: W, San Jose State 48-0 Next up: Louisiana Tech (Oct. 26) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Another patsy, another blowout victory. There hasn't been the slightest bit of a hiccup. The Broncos have been focused and crisp in their execution, winning each of the last three games by no fewer than 43 points. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Didn't Boise know the initial BCS standings get released on Sunday night? Needing all the style points they can get to offset a mealy schedule, the Broncos went the final 26 minutes without scoring a point. Collapse Description
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5

7-0 10 4/21
Last Week: W, Illinois 26-6 Next up: at Northwestern Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: So much for the Spartans suffering a letdown the week after knocking off rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. The defense, in particular, is getting bExpand Description
Last Week: W, Illinois 26-6 Next up: at Northwestern Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: So much for the Spartans suffering a letdown the week after knocking off rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. The defense, in particular, is getting better as the season wears on, holding the Illini to two field goals and well below its average on the ground. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: In order to remain unbeaten, the offense will need to improve its efficiency in the red zone. The Spartans attempted four Dan Conroy field goals before finally breaking through with three minutes left on Saturday. Collapse Description
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6

6-0 - 1/10
Last Week: W, Ole Miss 23-10 Next up: at Tennessee Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Crimson Tide recovered from its only loss of the year to shut down Ole Miss, holding it to 243 total yards and one touchdown. The 'Bama defeExpand Description
Last Week: W, Ole Miss 23-10 Next up: at Tennessee Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Crimson Tide recovered from its only loss of the year to shut down Ole Miss, holding it to 243 total yards and one touchdown. The 'Bama defense ranks No. 5 nationally, allowing less than 13 points a game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The ugly loss to South Carolina got a little uglier when the Gamecocks fell to Kentucky. What's with the running game? 'Bama has rushed for just 136 yards in the last two games, despite having Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Collapse Description
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7

6-0 9 2/16
Last Week: W, Ohio State 31-18 Next up: at Iowa Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers just finished off No. 1 Ohio State and have only lost to undefeated Michigan State. The defense put pressure on QB Terrelle Pryor all nExpand Description
Last Week: W, Ohio State 31-18 Next up: at Iowa Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers just finished off No. 1 Ohio State and have only lost to undefeated Michigan State. The defense put pressure on QB Terrelle Pryor all night, effectively ending his Heisman candidacy. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Okay, now prove it against Iowa. Wisconsin has lacked consistency this fall, getting up for a visit from the Buckeyes, but looking lethargic earlier in the year. The defense will be vulnerable down the stretch vs. better passing clubs. Collapse Description
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8

6-0 7 1/8
Last Week: L, Wisconsin 31-18 Next up: Purdue Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes' lone loss is a quality one. If the game was in Columbus instead of the lion's den of Camp Randall, the results might have been differenExpand Description
Last Week: L, Wisconsin 31-18 Next up: Purdue Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes' lone loss is a quality one. If the game was in Columbus instead of the lion's den of Camp Randall, the results might have been different. The defense remains among the best in the country, ranking in the top 10 in most major statistical categories. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ohio State went down 21-0 to the Badgers and just weren't able to recover. The defense was fine, but the offense took too long to get started, going the first 35 minutes before reaching the end zone. Collapse Description
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9

7-0 - 2/10
Last Week: W, Wyoming 31-3 Next up: Air Force Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs have methodically picked apart everyone on the schedule, regardless of their strength. That nasty defense has given up three points Expand Description
Last Week: W, Wyoming 31-3 Next up: Air Force Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Horned Frogs have methodically picked apart everyone on the schedule, regardless of their strength. That nasty defense has given up three points over the last three games. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It's tough to get too geeked over anyone who has played second-rate opponents for more than a month. The closest thing TCU has to a signature win was the defeat of Oregon State in Texas, but that occurred on the opening weekend. Collapse Description
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10

5-0 - 5/15
Last Week: Did Not Play Next up: Washington State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal got to its break having blown out UCLA and Notre Dame on the road, and having beaten USC on a last-second field goal. In its only loExpand Description
Last Week: Did Not Play Next up: Washington State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal got to its break having blown out UCLA and Notre Dame on the road, and having beaten USC on a last-second field goal. In its only loss, Stanford fell to unbeaten Oregon at Autzen in a game that was tied late in the third. If Oregon is No. 1, then, theoretically, Stanford could be No. 2. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There's a lot of work to be done on defense. A pleasant surprise in the first four games, the Cardinal yielded a whopping 1,124 yards and 77 points to the Ducks and Trojans. Collapse Description
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11

7-0 2 7/22
Last Week: W, McNeese State 32-10 Next up: at Auburn Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: If you're looking for style points, go someplace else. The Tigers just continue winning with solid defense and special teams, keeping McNeese Expand Description
Last Week: W, McNeese State 32-10 Next up: at Auburn Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: If you're looking for style points, go someplace else. The Tigers just continue winning with solid defense and special teams, keeping McNeese State out of the end zone over the final 48 minutes. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Is there anyone that LSU is not vulnerable against? It was only up 16-10 at halftime vs. an FCS opponent, and the offense was as feeble as ever, converting just three of 13 third down tries. Collapse Description
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12

6-0 6 9/24
Last Week: W, Texas A&M 30-9 Next up: Oklahoma Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers passed their first big test of the year, going out on the road and walloping the Aggies by three touchdowns. It's been a month since the Expand Description
Last Week: W, Texas A&M 30-9 Next up: Oklahoma Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers passed their first big test of the year, going out on the road and walloping the Aggies by three touchdowns. It's been a month since the defense has allowed a touchdown in one of the first three quarters. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: With the thorny part of the schedule set to begin, Mizzou is going to need more from the ground game to take some heat off QB Blaine Gabbert. The Tigers had trouble opening holes in College Station, averaging less than three yards a carry. Collapse Description
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13

6-0 1 12/21
Last Week: W, Wyoming 30-6 Next up: Colorado State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes have yet to be challenged since the opener, winning the last five games by at least 24 points. The offense has been unstoppable and theExpand Description
Last Week: W, Wyoming 30-6 Next up: Colorado State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Utes have yet to be challenged since the opener, winning the last five games by at least 24 points. The offense has been unstoppable and the defense has used the first half of the season to rebuild from offseason losses. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: No one is going to truly take the Utes seriously until TCU visits early next month. Their perfect record has been built on the backs of one of the softest first-half schedules in the country. Collapse Description
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14

6-0 8 8/25
Last Week: W, Texas Tech 34-17 Next up: Nebraska Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cowboys have a long-awaited quality road win, going to Lubbock and doubling up a pretty good Red Raider team. The offense remains in high gearExpand Description
Last Week: W, Texas Tech 34-17 Next up: Nebraska Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cowboys have a long-awaited quality road win, going to Lubbock and doubling up a pretty good Red Raider team. The offense remains in high gear, piling up almost 600 yards of total offense. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Although the defense played well on Saturday, it's not quite time to pull out the "mission accomplished" banners. Oklahoma State is still home to an average secondary that's given up 13 touchdown passes in the first half of the year. Collapse Description
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15

6-0 1 9/25
Last Week: W, Boston College 24-19 Next up: at NC State (Oct. 28) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: You know it's a good sign in Tallahassee when the defense is bailing the team out of an otherwise sluggish performance. The NolesExpand Description
Last Week: W, Boston College 24-19 Next up: at NC State (Oct. 28) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: You know it's a good sign in Tallahassee when the defense is bailing the team out of an otherwise sluggish performance. The Noles held the Eagle offense out of the end zone, getting four sacks and 10 batted balls. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Opposing teams are beginning to stack the line to stop the run, daring Christian Ponder to beat them. The quarterback just doesn't look right, throwing three more picks and coughing up a costly fumble. Collapse Description
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16

5-0 4 9/25
Last Week: W, Washington State 24-7 Next up: Washington Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats bounced back from last week's tough loss to Oregon State, shutting down an improving Wazzu offense. The D created four turnoveExpand Description
Last Week: W, Washington State 24-7 Next up: Washington Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wildcats bounced back from last week's tough loss to Oregon State, shutting down an improving Wazzu offense. The D created four turnovers and leads the Pac-10 in points allowed. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: What's going on with the Arizona offense? The Wildcats have had trouble scoring points over the past month, and could lose star QB Nick Foles to a kneecap injury for an extended period of time. Collapse Description
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17

5-0 4 8/21
Last Week: W, Michigan 38-28 Next up: Wisconsin Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes continue to recover from their Week 3 loss to Arizona, winning a third straight and their first on the road. They led by three touchdoExpand Description
Last Week: W, Michigan 38-28 Next up: Wisconsin Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hawkeyes continue to recover from their Week 3 loss to Arizona, winning a third straight and their first on the road. They led by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter before the Wolverines made it close with a couple of scores. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Much like the Arizona game, the defense got soft in the waning moments. Iowa escaped, but still allowed 522 total yards, including 335 through the air, to a team that spent much of the game without star QB Denard Robinson. Collapse Description
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18

4-0 13 5/22
Last Week: L, Kentucky 4-2 Next up: at Vanderbilt Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks will hang their hats on a rugged first-half schedule that included a win over then-No. 1 Alabama and a near upset at Auburn. South Expand Description
Last Week: L, Kentucky 4-2 Next up: at Vanderbilt Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks will hang their hats on a rugged first-half schedule that included a win over then-No. 1 Alabama and a near upset at Auburn. South Carolina rolled to four first-half touchdowns, but just wasn't the same after star RB Marcus Lattimore was lost to an injury. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: What happened to that South Carolina defense that looked so stingy a week ago? It failed to preserve a 28-10 second half lead, giving up 349 yards and four touchdown passes to Wildcat QB Mike Hartline. Collapse Description
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19

4-0 8 6/25
Last Week: L, Auburn 65-43 Next up: Ole Miss Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Razorbacks have two of the more respectable losses of the season, falling in the final quarter to Alabama and Auburn. The passing game was prolifiExpand Description
Last Week: L, Auburn 65-43 Next up: Ole Miss Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Razorbacks have two of the more respectable losses of the season, falling in the final quarter to Alabama and Auburn. The passing game was prolific, even after unproven Tyler Wilson replaced injured Ryan Mallett. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: In both losses, Arkansas wilted when the game was on the line, making turnovers and failing to hold up on defense. Great teams find a way to pull through difficult circumstances. The Hogs are not in that category. Collapse Description
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20

4-0 - 10/23
Last Week: W, Nebraska 20-13 Next up: Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Now that's more like it. The Longhorns quieted one of the nation's hottest teams, keeping the Nebraska offense out of the end zone and ending TaylExpand Description
Last Week: W, Nebraska 20-13 Next up: Iowa State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Now that's more like it. The Longhorns quieted one of the nation's hottest teams, keeping the Nebraska offense out of the end zone and ending Taylor Martinez's bid to become the first freshman Heisman winner. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Texas offense remains a serious work-in-progress getting nothing from the passing game. The unit ranks No. 10 in the Big 12, and hasn't scored more than 20 points in any of the last three games. Collapse Description
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21

5-0 19 2/21
Last Week: L, Texas 20-13 Next up: at Oklahoma State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Don't pin this defeat anywhere near the Husker D, which remained stout, keeping the Longhorns out of the end zone over the final 39 minutes ofExpand Description
Last Week: L, Texas 20-13 Next up: at Oklahoma State Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Don't pin this defeat anywhere near the Husker D, which remained stout, keeping the Longhorns out of the end zone over the final 39 minutes of the game. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: What the heck happened to the offense? Finally facing an opponent with a pulse, speed and talent, Nebraska shriveled up and might have to pump up the psyche of young QB Taylor Martinez, who got the hook in the second half. Collapse Description
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22

5-0 1 8/23
Last Week: W, Wake Forest 52-21 Next up: Duke Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Are there many teams in the country that are hotter than the Hokies? Since starting 0-2, they've won five straight, all by double-digits. The offenseExpand Description
Last Week: W, Wake Forest 52-21 Next up: Duke Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Are there many teams in the country that are hotter than the Hokies? Since starting 0-2, they've won five straight, all by double-digits. The offense has been especially potent, scoring at least 41 points in four games during the streak. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: As impressive as Tech has been, it's not as if it's been knocking off heavyweights during winning streak. Since losing to James Madison, the Hokies' best win came over NC State, which fell to East Carolina over the weekend. Collapse Description
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23

5-0 - 24/24
Last Week: W, South Florida 20-6 Next up: Syracuse Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Mountaineers are playing defense about as well as anyone in the country, ranking in the top 10 in many statistical categories. The program'sExpand Description
Last Week: W, South Florida 20-6 Next up: Syracuse Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Mountaineers are playing defense about as well as anyone in the country, ranking in the top 10 in many statistical categories. The program's only loss of the season came in Baton Rouge and by just six points. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where's the quality win? West Virginia darn near lost to Marshall in Week 2, and other than losing to LSU, hasn't faced anyone of real substance. Collapse Description
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24

4-0 - 11/24
Last Week: W, Duke 28-13 Next up: North Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No, it wasn't pretty, but the Hurricanes took care of business on the road, holding off the Blue Devils. The defense got back to being disruptive,Expand Description
Last Week: W, Duke 28-13 Next up: North Carolina Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: No, it wasn't pretty, but the Hurricanes took care of business on the road, holding off the Blue Devils. The defense got back to being disruptive, creating seven turnovers and getting three sacks. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Should Miami have fewer problems with the Duke defense? For the second straight week, the 'Canes were marginal through the air and downright feeble on third and fourth downs. Collapse Description
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25

5-0 - 13/25
Last Week: L, Iowa 38-28 Next up: at Penn State (Oct. 30) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines' only two losses of the season came against highly ranked teams, Michigan State and Iowa. They battled hard against the HaExpand Description
Last Week: L, Iowa 38-28 Next up: at Penn State (Oct. 30) Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines' only two losses of the season came against highly ranked teams, Michigan State and Iowa. They battled hard against the Hawkeyes, nearly erasing a three-touchdown deficit even after Denard Robinson was injured. Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Get ready for Robinson to be hurt every week. Greg Robinson's defense continues to be a major letdown, allowing Iowa's Ricky Stanzi to throw three touchdown passes. Michigan ranks 105th nationally and has been especially feeble on third downs. Collapse Description
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