College Football Power Rankings: 26-119 ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
The Cougars' rep was damaged by early losses to UCLA and Tulsa, but an undefeated run through the Mountain West -- they're currently 6-0 -- should be enough to crack the Top 25 by regular-season's end. Part of the reason for BYU's dominance down the stretch has been the maturation of John Beck's successor at quarterback, sophomore Max Hall. After posting a 14-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his first seven games, Hall has a 10-to-1 ratio over his past three contests. A meeting with rival Utah, which is riding on a seven-game winning streak, awaits on Saturday.
Michigan (8-4)
Kentucky (7-4)
A column ran in Sunday's Lexington Herald-Leader with the headline, "Where in the world is the Kentucky offense?" It's a reasonable question: The Wildcats have gone into a free-fall since their triple-overtime upset of LSU on Oct. 13, losing three of their past four games, and the offense has been largely to blame. One-time Heisman candidate Andre Woodson, who didn't throw an interception in UK's first four games, has thrown four picks (against just four touchdowns) over the past three games. Part of the problem might be that he's been sacked 11 times during that that stretch. The Wildcats' offensive line is being overrun by blitz-happy defenses.
Air Force (9-3)
Arkansas (7-4)
Rutgers (7-4)
Troy (7-3)
On a day when their cross-state rivals were, yet again, losing to Ohio State, the Spartans erased a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to take down Penn State and improve to a very bowl-eligible 7-5. With no more regular-season games to play, Michigan State can now focus its efforts on praying it does not end up in the Motor City Bowl, which picks seventh in the Big Ten bowl selection process and is played in Detroit. The two bowls sitting at fifth and sixth in the order are the Champs Sports Bowl (in Orlando) and the Insight Bowl (in Phoenix). Tuesday's forecast projected that it would be 82 degrees in Orlando, 83 in Phoenix and an unseasonably warm 59 in Detroit.
Penn St. (8-4)
UCF (8-3)
Utah (8-3)
Tulsa (8-3)
Golden Hurricane quarterback Paul Smith has crept up the national pass-efficiency standings over the past three weeks, and now stands third behind only Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Florida's Tim Tebow with a 162.6 passer rating. In Tulsa's three most recent wins -- over Tulane, Houston and Army -- Smith has thrown for 1,022 yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. He's also run for four scores, and in a strange secondary role, has served as the Hurricanes' punter on four occasions, averaging a more-than-respectable 47.3 yards per kick.
Indiana (7-5)
Big weekend for the Hoosiers: They knocked off home-state rival Purdue to put themselves in prime position to earn a bowl berth ... and sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton took over the NCAA sacks lead from South Florida's George Selvie. Middleton recorded 2.5 sacks against the Boilermakers, giving him 16 on the season, for an average of 1.33 per game. Selvie, who has occupied the No. 1 spot for much of the season, has only one sack in his past three games but still is neck-and-neck with Middleton at 1.32 sacks per game.
Purdue (7-5)
Alabama (6-5)
Arizona (5-6)
Texas A&M (6-5)

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