By Saturday night, there was confirmation of what had long been assumed: The SEC championship will be decided by Florida and Alabama. The Gators made easy work of Vanderbilt in a 27-3 win to hold on to their No. 1 spot. The Crimson Tide, who were narrowly beaten by Texas for the No. 2 spot, needed a fourth-quarter surge to push past LSU, 24-15.
In Austin, the Longhorns didn’t need career days from Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley to cruise past Central Florida, but it served as nice window dressing for what was an otherwise routine affair in a 35-3 win.
Cincinnati’s close call against UConn prevented the Bearcats from overtaking TCU for the No. 4 spot, as they had to settle for No. 5 for a second consecutive week.
Georgia Tech, winners of seven straight, emerged as the favorite among the one-loss teams, checking in at No. 7 in this week’s rankings.
Stanford, South Florida and Clemson were the new additions to this week’s Top 25.
Here are this week’s rankings:
|College Football Power Rankings – Week 10|
|1 (1)||Florida (11)||9-0||370||It wasn’t exciting, but after a week that cost Brandon Spikes one game and Urban Meyer a lot of money, maybe boring was what Florida needed. The Gators beat Vanderbilt 27-3, their 19th straight win overall and 19th straight over the Commodores.|
|2 (2)||Texas (1)||9-0||356||Career days for Colt McCoy (470 yards passing) and Jordan Shipley (273 yards receiving) fueled Texas in a 35-3 win over Central Florida. Shipley’s output was a school record. The Longhorns visit Baylor on Saturday.|
|3 (3)||Alabama (3)||9-0||354||Julio Jones redeemed himself with a 73-yard TD catch that sent Alabama on its way to a 24-15 win over LSU, as well as punching the Crimson Tide’s ticket to Atlanta to face Florida in the SEC championship game.|
|4 (4)||TCU||9-0||326||TCU racked up 551 yards of total offense, including 312 yards rushing, in a 55-12 win over San Diego State. It was a comfortable tune-up for the Horned Frogs, who battle for MWC supremacy when Utah visits on Saturday.|
|5 (5)||Cincinnati||9-0||317||Cincinnati led UConn 30-10 at halftime, but the Bearcats were pushed until the closing seconds by the Huskies in a 47-45 win. Zach Collaros turned in 555 total yards, and the Bearcats set a school record with 711 yards of total offense.|
|6 (6)||Boise State||9-0||301||Louisiana Tech did its best to make things uncomfortable for Boise State late, but that’s all the Bulldogs could manage as the Broncos held on for a 45-35 win. Kellen Moore threw for 354 yards and three TDs for Boise State, which hosts Idaho on Saturday.|
|7 (10)||Georgia Tech||9-1||283||Josh Nesbitt delivered on a crucial fourth-down conversion before stumbling in for the game-winning touchdown in overtime to push Georgia Tech over Wake Forest, 30-27. Jonathan Dwyer turned in a career-high 189 rushing yards.|
|8 (13)||Pittsburgh||8-1||243||Pitt was having trouble unlocking Syracuse’s defense, but Greg Williams’ 51-yard INT return just before halftime opened the floodgates for the Panthers in a 37-10 win. Dion Lewis turned in his fourth-straight game with more than 100 yards rushing.|
|9 (9)||LSU||7-2||235||Leading Alabama on the road heading into the fourth quarter, LSU was close to moving into the driver’s seat in the SEC West. But luck turned against the Tigers late, as injuries and missed opportunities turned a 15-10 lead into a 24-15 loss.|
|10 (12)||USC||7-2||224||USC’s defense redeemed itself after its embarrassing performance against Oregon. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Trojans’ offense struggled mightily in a 14-9 win over Arizona State.|
|11 (8)||Oregon||7-2||215||Oregon got a taste of its own medicine against Stanford, as the Cardinal delivered the kind of knockout blow against the Ducks that they dropped on USC the week before in a 51-42 loss.|
|12 (16)||Ohio State||8-2||207||Iowa’s loss meant the Buckeyes could put their Big Ten destiny in their own hands against Penn State. Ohio State seized the opportunity with a 24-7 win. Terrelle Pryor threw for two TDs and ran for another for OSU, which hosts the Hawkeyes on Saturday.|
|13 (15)||Miami (FL)||7-2||205||It was a tale of two halves. The first half was close. The second half wasn’t. Graig Cooper rushed for a career-high 152 yards as Miami outscored the Cavaliers 28-0 after halftime to cruise to a 52-17 win.|
|14 (7)||Iowa||9-1||193||Once again, Iowa played with fire. But this time, against Northwestern, the Hawkeyes didn’t have QB Ricky Stanzi when it came time to mount a comeback. The result: a crushing 17-10 loss to the Wildcats.|
|15 (14)||Houston||8-1||175||Matt Hogan’s 51-yard field goal as time expired capped a furious Houston rally that gave the Cougars a 46-45 win over Tulsa. Case Keenum (522 yards) turned in his second consecutive game with more than 500 yards passing.|
|16 (17)||Utah||8-1||170||Utah made easy work of New Mexico as the Utes won their sixth straight game with Eddie Wide and Sausan Shakerin leading the way with a combined 245 yards rushing and three TDs. The Utes face fellow MWC unbeaten TCU on Saturday.|
|17 (18)||Arizona||6-2||139||Arizona demolished Washington State 48-7 as the Wildcats racked up 294 yards rushing against the Cougars. But it was Oregon’s loss that had the Wildcats cheering as it moved them level with the Ducks in the loss column in the Pac-10 standings.|
|18 (21)||Oklahoma State||7-2||104||Keith Toston turned in a career-high 206 yards as OSU racked up 331 total yards on the ground in the Cowboys’ 34-8 win over Iowa State. Zac Robinson was 19-for-24 passing for a TD and no INTs a week after his dreadful outing against Texas.|
|19 (11)||Penn State||8-2||86||Penn State managed just nine first downs and 76 yards rushing at home in a 24-7 loss to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions host Indiana on Saturday.|
|20 (24)||Wisconsin||7-2||73||Wisconsin racked up 294 rushing yards and needed every single one of them to hold off Indiana in a 31-28 win. John Clay and Montee Ball combined for 249 yards and three TDs for the Badgers, who will try to add to Michigan’s misery Saturday.|
|21 (23)||Virginia Tech||6-3||68||Ryan Williams ensured that Virginia Tech would avoid a third consecutive loss, rushing for a career-high 179 yards in a 16-3 win over East Carolina. The Hokies visit Maryland on Saturday.|
|22 (NR)||Stanford||6-3||49||Stanford did its part to open up the Pac-10 race with a 51-42 win over Oregon. Toby Gerhart ran for a school-record 223 yards and three TDs, and Andrew Luck threw for 251 yards and two TDs in the Cardinal’s win.|
|22 (26)||South Florida||6-2||49||South Florida spent its bye week watching the three Big East teams ahead of it in the standings pick up wins. The Bulls travel to Rutgers in this week’s Thursday night matchup.|
|24 (27)||Clemson||6-3||42||C.J. Spiller bested himself in a 40-24 win over Florida State, turning in 312 all-purpose yards, two weeks after setting a school record with 310 yards in a win over Miami. The win was the fourth straight for the Tigers.|
|25 (25)||Brigham Young||7-2||36||BYU enjoyed a stroll in the park in Wyoming, crushing the Cowboys 52-0. Max Hall was 20-for-22 passing for 312 yards and four TDs for the Cougars, who stay on the road with a visit to New Mexico on Saturday.|
|Others receiving votes: Oregon State (32), West Virginia (8), Tennessee (5), Auburn (4), Texas Tech (3), Navy (2), Nebraska (1)|