Losses suffered by Illinois, K-State and Maryland made it difficult to find 10 worthy teams for the rankings this week. So, in a move meant to demonstrate our allegiance to performance and our distaste for ranking teams just to rank them (do you HEAR us Coaches Poll and AP Poll???), the NC&QB will be a Top 8 this week.
8. USF: The Bulls are in the rankings this week as part of our honoring their banning use of the 'n-word'. Despite the loss to Rutgers, the Bulls can still win the Big East.
7. Kentucky: After last week's emotional win over LSU, the 'Cats faced a tough and desperate Florida team that just proved a little too much this week. Many 'analysts' claim that UF QB Tim Tebow 'outperformed' UK's top QB in the nation Andre' Woodson; however, the statistics and film show otherwise. Woodson is proving his value and cementing his position as the top QB in the upcoming draft.
6. UCLA: Karl Dorrell's squad leaps back into the rankings with a sharp win over Cal. The Bruins continue to play to the level of their opponent, and with Washington State and Arizona up next, they need to end that practice if they stand any chance of surviving their final three weeks against Arizona State, Oregon and USC. This may well be a short lived ranking.
5. Virginia Tech: An off week for the Hokies. Next weekend brings Boston College to town. A VA Tech victory sets up a possible show down for ACC supremacy in a few weeks with UVA.
4. Virginia: The Wahoos continue their steady climb up the rankings with a huge 18-17 win over Maryland. A test against tough Wake Forrest is really all that is left on the schedule before the finale against VA Tech.
3. West Virginia: With USF losing to Rutgers, the Mountaineers are back in the Big East title picture. A tough game with Rutgers is on the card, but after the emotional and draining USF game, Rutgers will be hard pressed to stop the Mountaineers.
2. LSU: The Bayou Bengals got all they wanted from Auburn. A touchdown with one second left on the clock gave LSU the duke. The SEC is a mess this year, with team after team knocking each other off. It will be a tall task for LSU to go the distance without another loss and meet Oregon in the BCS title game.
1. Oregon: The Ducks' offense overwhelmed Ty Willingham's charges; rushing for over 400 yards. Oregon's offense has looked virtually unstoppable the past few weeks. Next up for the Ducks is USC.