Week 9 2010 College Football ATS Power Rankings (through 10/30/10)
1: Hawaii Warriors (8-1 ATS, 7-2 SU) - Anyone that thought there would be any level of complacency this week for the Warriors against the Idaho Vandals was apparently out of his skull. The men from the Big Island absolutely crippled Idaho's offense and dominated for a 45-10 victory against a 15 point NCAA football betting line. Hawaii has covered six straight games, tied for the most in the country, and has an NCAA football high eight covers on the campaign. A cover next week could come in a bad, bad loss, as the college football spreads are destined to be high at the Boise State Broncos.
2: UCF Knights (7-1 ATS, 6-2 SU) - It was arguably the best weekend in UCF football history. The Knights broke all sorts of school attendance records and erased the demons against the ECU Pirates of the past, slamming them 49-35 to really take control of Conference USA. With the Southern Miss Golden Eagles losing as well on Saturday, UCF now knows that it can slip up once in conference play and still make it to the C-USA title game. However, being known as the best team in the state of Florida might be a more important prize. This is also a team on a six game cover streak.
3: Utah Utes (6-1-1 ATS, 8-0 SU) - We should have known that it was going to take something awfully crazy for Utah to fail to cover its first spread of the season. The nation's last undefeated ATS team standing ultimately needed to allow two TDs in the final quarter of play to the Air Force Falcons to get bounced from that perch. However, just proving to be victorious was good enough for HC Kyle Whittingham and company, just as it would be more than enough next week against the TCU Horned Frogs to just come away with an outright victory to get into the BCS National Championship chase.
4: Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2 ATS, 8-1 SU) - The Buckeyes are smiling, knowing that they are probably in control of a BCS bowl game berth now that the Michigan State Spartans have been defeated. Winning out won't guarantee a spot in the Rose Bowl, but it will certainly put OSU into one of the elite bowl games of the year now without any second thought. A big win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday broke the road hex this year and gave the Bucks their first away cover of the season.
5: Oregon State Beavers (5-1-1 ATS, 4-3 SU) - Oregon State sent a real message to the rest of the Pac-10 on Saturday night by absolutely demolishing the Cal Golden Bears 35-7. It was the first 'under' of the season for OSU, but that's no worry to HC Mike Riley. What is his concern is the fact that he has the only team in the league that can run down the Oregon Ducks just by winning out. The Rose Bowl really could be in sight for the Beavers, who are one of the most underrated teams in the country at just 4-3.
6: Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2 ATS, 6-2 SU) - The Hokies sat on a bye this week after picking up their sixth straight cover of the year last week as well. Virginia Tech knows with the Miami Hurricanes out of the way, the road to the ACC Championship Game goes through Blacksburg. Even after that horrifying loss to the James Madison Dukes, this is going to be the best team in the ACC this year, and it would be a real shame to not see the Hokies in the BCS.
7: Northern Illinois Huskies (6-2-1 ATS, 7-2 SU) - The duel in Kalamazoo proved to be a very tough one for the Huskies, as the Western Michigan Broncos gave them everything that they could handle. A push was a very fortunate result at -7 for a team that was lucky to just escape with an outright win. The next game against the Toledo Rockets will, for all intents and purposes, would cap a ten win regular season and ensure that the Huskies are playing for the MAC Championship in December.
8: Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-2 ATS, 3-5 SU) - The Red Wolves might have watched the door swing open to the possibility of a bowl game this year after watching both the FIU Golden Panthers and Troy Trojans lose last week. It's going to take a win over the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders to happen though, in a nationally televised game on Tuesday night that will certainly be a good one in the Sun Belt.
9: Oregon Ducks (6-2 ATS, 8-0 SU) - All of that talk about the top teams in the country losing on the road this weekend didn't mean a thing to the Quack Attack! The Ducks were absolutely golden on Saturday night in LA, dominating the USC Trojans, particularly down the stretch. We don't care what any computers say about this team. This is the best team in the country until further notice, and it is a squad that is not getting beat by anyone in the Pac-10 without a massive, massive letdown. Even though he isn't the favorite, we tend to think that RB LaMichael James should be in front of the Heisman Trophy chase right now, especially after his three TD day on Saturday.
10: North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-2 ATS, 6-2 SU) - The Wolfpack took control of their own destiny on Thursday night, knocking off the Florida State Seminoles in a dramatic ending with a 28-24 win. HC Tom O'Brien doesn't quite have the same testicular fortitude of Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio with the "Little Giants" fake field goal call, but going for it on 4th and goal from the 1 yard line after your team was absolutely stoned cold there for the first three plays took lot of guts, especially when you're talking about putting the ball in the air to do it.
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