BlogPoll: Week 10

By Corey Carpenter on November 8, 2009 at 7:00p
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What a great, but crazy weekend in college football. Finally Ohio State got their big win they've been searching for over the last 3 years and a few Cinderella teams ahead of them took a tumble.

All the turmoil made for a tough time putting the ballot together. The 6 undefeated teams at this point are no-brainers for us, but a few of them have some tough challenges ahead. After those teams though, it gets crazy, especially teams 7-14.

We are drinking the OSU Kool-Aid right now, because the defense is nails and Iowa comes in without their top QB. Since Stanzi is out, they dropped behind USC and Oregon, who could both outscore the Hawkeyes right now. We kept Oregon ahead of USC due to their on-field win 2 weeks ago. We're still not positive Pitt or G. Tech could beat either one of them, but Pitt will prove their worth over the next 3 weeks. Utah will also get their chance this weekend against TCU.

What's your feelings? Who should lead the pack after the top 6? Could OSU beat any of those teams right now or do you need to wait until after this weekend? Regardless, it's going to be a crazy month leading up to the end of the season and the potential of 3+ undefeated teams is a real threat.

1 Texas 9-0. Colt McCoy vaulted himself to the front of the Heisman race with a career high 470 yards on 33/42 passing and 2 scores in UT's 35-3 pasting of UCF. His roommate Jordan Shipley caught 11 for 273 yards and an 88-yard strike from McCoy. Next up: at Baylor, Noon. --
2 Florida 9-0. The Gator defense dominated once again, allowing just 199 total yards in their 27-3 win over Vandy. Tebow ran for one score and threw for another, while Jeffery Demps took one in from 25 yards and ended the day with 7 carries for 57 yards. Next up: at South Carolina, 3:30. --
3 Alabama 9-0. Down 15-10 to start the 4th, 'Bama scored 14 unanswered to win 24-15 over LSU. The Tide offense rolled up 452 total yards on the vaunted Tiger defense, with Mark Ingram and Julio Jones leading the way. Ingram ran 22 times for 144 yards and Jones had 4 catches for 102 yards, including a 73 Yd catch and run for the go ahead score. Next up: at Mississippi St., 7:00. --
4 Cincinnati 9-0. Survived a furious comeback attempt by UConn, but held on to win 47-45. Zach Collaros continues to impress, going 29/37 for 480 yards and a score, while also adding 13 carries for 75 yards and 2 scores on the ground. The Bearcat offense gained 711 yards of total offense, but gave up 462. Next up: West Virgina, Friday 8:00. UP1
5 TCU 9-0. Raced to 31-6 halftime lead and went on to beat SDSU 55-12. The TCU defense dominated again giving up 279 total yards and creating 4 TO's. The Horned Frogs rushed for 312 yards on 53 carries, accounting for 5 scores on the ground. Next up: #14 Utah, 7:30. UP3
6 Boise State 9-0. Kellen Moore threw for 354 yards and 3 TD's, as the Broncos held on to beat Louisiana Tech, 45-35. Jeremy Avery added 146 on 25 carries, while Titus Young and Austin Pettis each went over 100 yards receiving. Next up: Idaho, 3:30. UP1
7 Georgia Tech 9-1. Survived a scare from Wake Forest, but won in overtime, 30-27. Tech racked up another 412 yards on the ground, but Josh Nesbitt was just 4/14 for 51 yards and a pick. Riley Skinner kept Wake Close, going 26/40 for 263 yards and 2 TD's. Next up: at Duke, Noon. UP4
8 Ohio State 8-2. Dominated the B10's top offense, holding PSU to 201 total yards of offense and forcing them to punt 10 times. The D-Line had their best game and now have given up just 14 points over the last 3 games, with a beat-up Iowa team coming to town. The Buckeyes outrushed the Lions 228-76. Next up: Iowa, 3:30. UP7
9 Oregon 7-2. Suffered a complete letdown, losing 51-42 at Stanford. The offense wasn't slowed any, racking up 570 total yards, but the defense gave up 505 to Stanford, as Toby Gerhart stole the show. Jeremiah Masoli threw for 334 yards, ran for 55 and accounted for 4 TD's, while LaMichael James toted it 18 times for 125 yards and a score. Next up: Arizona State, 10:20. DOWN5
10 Southern Cal 7-2. Barely survived a near disaster in Tempe, holding on to win 14-9 over ASU. The Kid was only 7/22 for 112 yards, as the Trojans managed just 12 first downs and were 2/13 on 3rd downs. Luckily the defense forced 4 TO's and held the Sun Devils to 81 yards rushing. Next up: #23 Stanford, 3:30. UP2
11 Pittsburgh 8-1. Dion Lewis and Bill Stull continue to shine, as the Panthers beat hapless Syracuse 37-10. Lewis has 152 total yards on 20 touches, while Stull connected on 16/23 passes for 225 yards and a score. The Wannstache should show his true colors over the next 3 weeks, as Pitt's competition finally steps up. Next up: Notre Dame, 8:00. UP2
12 Iowa 9-1. Finally spent their 9 lives and lost 17-10 at home to Northwestern. Iowa has been behind in 9 of 10 games this year and when Ricki Stanzi left the game in the 2nd quarter, their MNC aspirations went with him. The Hawkeyes once again lost the TO battle, 4-1 and Stanzi's replacement, Jake Vandenberg was 9/27 for 82 yards and a pick. Next up: at #8 Ohio State, 3:30. DOWN6
13 Miami (Florida) 7-2. Finally used their ground attack, outrushing Virginia 268-74 and won in Miami 52-17. The Canes defense held UV to 149 total yards and just 2/12 on 3rd downs. Next up: at UNC, TBA. UP3
14 Utah 8-1. Used a balanced offense in taking down New Mexico, 45-14. The Utes gained 306 yards in the air and 251 on the ground, accounting for 28 first downs. Next Up: at #5 TCU, 7:30. --
15 LSU 7-2. If the Tigers had any type of offense, they might be undefeated. Held to only 95 yards rushing and 158 yards passing, LSU struggled against the Tide defense and lost 24-15. Next up: Louisiana Tech, 7:00. DOWN6
16 Penn State 8-2. Held to 201 total yards in their 24-7 home loss to Ohio State. Clark had his lowest output of the season, going 12/28 for 125 yards and a pick, while Royster managed just 36 yards on 13 carries. Next up: Indiana, Noon. DOWN6
17 Houston 8-1. Needed a miracle to comeback and beat Tulsa, getting a TD, onside kick and a FG in the last 21 seconds to beat Tulsa 46-45. Case Keenum threw for 522 yards and James Cleveland caught 12 for 167 and 3 scores, including the late one. Next up: at UCF, Noon. --
18 Arizona 6-2. Opened the game with a kick return and never looked back, beating down PAC-10 basement dweller, Washington State 48-7. Four RB's had at least 10 carries, as the Wildcats racked up 294 rushing yards and held WSU to just 56. The Cats now find themselves in control of a Rose Bowl berth, facing off against Oregon in 2 weeks. Next up: at California, 10:20. UP1
19 Wisconsin 7-2. Continues to win games they should, this time beating Indiana 30-27. The Badgers outrushed the Hoosiers 294-63, with both John Clay (15/134) and Montee Ball (27/115) each going over the century mark and combining for 3 TD's. Next up: Michigan, Noon. UP4
20 Brigham Young 7-2. Put a 52-0 smackdown on Wyoming, as Max Hall was nearly perfect, 20/22 for 312 yards and 4 scores. The Cougars also rushed for 231 yards on 45 carries. Next up: at New Mexico, 2:00. UP1
21 Oklahoma State 7-2. Beat Iowa State, 34-8, outgaining the Cyclones 473-242. Keith Toston toted the rock 25 times for 206 yards and 3 TD's and the Cowboy defense forced 3 INT's. Next up: Texas Tech, 8:00. UP1
22 South Florida 6-2. Bye Week. Next up: at Rutgers, Thursday 7:30. UP2
23 Stanford 6-3. The Flavor of the Week after beating Oregon 51-42. Controlled the game from the beginning, racing to a 31-14 halftime lead. Toby Gerhart literally carried the Cardinals, rushing 38 times for 223 yards and 3 scores. Next up: at #11 USC. --
24 West Virginia 7-2. An unusual WVU/Louisville game, the Mountaineers held the Cardinals to 3 FG's in beating them 17-9. The WVU offense was slowed for the second straight game and were actually outgained 301-273, but the defense held L'Ville to 5-17 on 3rd downs. Next up: at #4 Cincinnati, Friday 8:00. --
25 Navy 7-3. Just because we love seeing Notre Dame get beat and Navy has done it 2 straight years, both in South Bend. Next up: Delaware, 3:30. --

Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#18), Notre Dame (#20), California (#25). (Last Week's Ballot)

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