Week 7 2010 College Football Power Rankings (through 10/16/10)
1: Utah Utes (5-0-1 ATS, 6-0 SU) - Are the Utes really going to be potential to win the National Championship this year? They're going to certainly be able to make a compelling case if a few more teams in front of them get knocked off, especially if they can take down the TCU Horned Frogs a bit later down the road. Utah did it again last week, trouncing the Wyoming Cowboys 30-6, but it took stopping a two point conversion late on to protect that cover. The Utes will probably have to take on a hefty number this week against the Colorado State Rams before the hellacious end to the season that features games versus Air Force, TCU, Notre Dame, San Diego State, and BYU.
2: Hawaii Warriors (6-1 ATS, 5-2 SU) - The Warriors are starting to get some Top 25 love for a good reason. They've got those two blunders on the season, but aside from that, QB Bryant Moniz and company have been absolutely fantastic. It wasn't the offense, but the defense that really shined on Saturday night against the Nevada Wolf Pack, as one of the best offenses in the country was shut out in the first half. Could Hawaii be the team to bounce the Boise State Broncos from the throne in the wacky WAC? We don't quite believe it yet, but might as the season wears on.
3: Boise State Broncos (5-1 ATS, 6-0 SU) - The Broncos were once again tremendous winners for the second straight week. They're sitting atop the BCS rankings and really could be on their way to the BCS Championship Game if these teams in the WAC keep up their end of the bargain and fall over when they're supposed to. Boise has the easiest road to get there, and with the No. 2 ranking in the country, life should be good, but we know that there are a number of teams that are probably going to have to lose from behind the Broncos to get them to the title game. For now though, yet another virtually perfect performance last week was good enough to score another predictable cover.
4: Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1 ATS, 6-0 SU) - Anyone who thought that Oklahoma State was a joke can now sit down. The Pokes played out of their minds in Lubbock on Saturday, taking care of the Texas Tech Red Raiders really without much in the way of incident. The ultimate test might come this week at home though, as the Black Shirts defense comes to town to try to shut down the No. 2 rated offense in America, which is averaging 535.3 yards per game this season.
5: UCF Knights (5-1 ATS, 4-2 SU) - One of these moments, the oddsmakers might actually learn that the Knights are the best team that Conference USA has to offer. Behind another strong day for the defense and a good ground game from RB Ronnie Weaver, UCF rolled to yet another win to move to 4-2 on the season. This could be one of the best 25 teams in the country that you don't know anything about, and when push comes to shove, the Knights might actually be the second best team in the state of Florida. Don't be shocked if these guys run the table in C-USA and end up taking on a team like the Florida Gators in a bowl game this year.
6: San Diego State Aztecs (5-1 ATS, 4-2 SU) - The Aztecs got back to their winning ways on Saturday night when they took care of the Air Force Falcons at home. There is still a real question of what was going on against the BYU Cougars two weeks ago, but we know that San Diego State is a threat in the Mountain West to screw things up for some of the best teams in the conference. This team is ranked No. 16 in the nation in total offense and has a great game both on the ground and through the air. Don't rest on the Aztecs!
7: North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1 ATS, 4-2 SU) - Has everyone forgotten that the Tar Heels are legitimate contenders in the ACC this season? All of a sudden, they're 4-2 and are starting to look like a team with a chance of doing some real damage, especially with its defense. This unit is still very strong in spite of the fact that it has lost so many players to ineligibility, and that loss to the LSU Tigers at the outset of the season is looking better and better as the weeks go by. Don't be shocked if this team ends up in the Top 25 sooner than later.
8: Oregon State Beavers (4-1-1 ATS, 3-3 SU) - The OT loss to the Washington Huskies last week is certainly going to sting an Oregon State team that is still going to struggle just to find its way to a bowl game. However, we aren't counting out this bunch in the Pac-10 race either, as we know that games like the Civil War against the Oregon Ducks are winnable. Losing WR James Rodgers for the season two weeks ago was crippling, but at least we know that his brother, RB Jacquizz Rodgers is still one of the most explosive backs in the nation. They haven't been pretty covers this year, but the Beavs have been getting the job done against the NCAA football odds against one of the toughest schedules in the country.
9: Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1-1 ATS, 3-3 SU) - We still really don't know what to make of the Sun Devils this year, as they still haven't played much of a schedule. They have fought hard though and have a great QB in Steven Threet to work with, but there is still a real question about whether they can really work within the Pac-10 schedule or not. The only missed chance at a cover came against Oregon State on the road, and even that was a push. Aside from that, against three other FBS teams, the Sun Devils are a perfect 3-0 ATS in spite of the fact that they are only 1-2 SU in those games. The trip to Cal this week off of the bye should quite the interesting one.
10: Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2 ATS, 6-1 SU) - We give the Buckeyes some credit for scoring 18 straight points against the Wisconsin Badgers to make things interesting at Camp Randall, but you just can't spot a team like that 21 points on the road at night in one of the more treacherous locations in America and think you're winning, even if you are the No. 1 team in the land. OSU still has a great quarterback with QB Terrelle Pryor at the controls, but his Heisman Trophy hopes took a major, major hit this week with the dud of a game in Madison. The Bucks' National Championship hopes might now be down the drain for good as well.
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