Tuesday November 10th, 2009

NCAA Football Power Rankings
11Iowa Hawkeyes
Last Week: 5
Quarterback Ricky Stanzi will miss the Ohio State game with a sprained right ankle, leaving redshirt freshman James Vandenberg to face the Buckeyes. If Vandenberg can duplicate his performance for the West (Canaan, Texas) High Coyotes -- when he led his team to victory after leading a halftime coup that forced out coach Jon Voight -- then the Hawkeyes will be just fine. What? That was James Van Der Beek? What am I supposed to do with all these Dawson's Creek jokes?
Last game: Lost to Northwestern, 17-10
Next game: Saturday at Ohio State
 
12Houston Cougars
Last Week: 13
Cougars quarterback Case Keenum will try to throw for more than 500 yards for a third consecutive game. UCF's pass defense ranks 114th in the country after allowing 267.6 yards per game. In other words, former Houston quarterback David Klingler's NCAA record of 716 yards in a game is in serious danger.
Last game: Beat Tulsa, 46-45
Next game: Saturday at Central Florida
 
13Oregon Ducks
Last Week: 7
All eyes will be on reinstated Ducks tailback LaGarrette Blount this week, but pay more attention to Oregon's defense, which got sliced and diced by Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck before getting battered by Cardinal tailback Toby Gerhart. Oregon still controls its Pac-10 destiny, so don't be surprised if the Ducks bounce back in a big way.
Last game: Lost to Stanford, 51-42
Next game: Saturday vs. Arizona State
 
14USC Trojans
Last Week: 14
The Trojans didn't look great against Arizona State, and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley (7-of-22, 112 yards, one TD, one INT) seems to have hit a wall. But Stanford is coming off a huge win, and Pac-10 Bylaw 117.2 states any team coming off a conference-shaking win must lay an egg the following week.
Last game: Beat Arizona State, 14-9
Next game: Saturday vs. Stanford
 
15Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
Last Week: 17
The Hurricanes are still waiting and hoping for a Georgia Tech loss to revive their ACC Coastal Division hopes. They may not get that, but a 10-2 season isn't out of the question.
Last game: Beat Virginia, 52-17
Next game: Saturday at North Carolina
 
16Utah Utes
Last Week: 16
Utah Utes (8-1)
Jordan Wynn celebrated his first collegiate start by throwing for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns in three quarters in a rout of New Mexico. Quarterbacking won't seem so easy for the true freshman on Saturday when he has Jerry Hughes chasing him.
Last game: Beat New Mexico, 45-14
Next game: Saturday at TCU
 
17Arizona Wildcats
Last Week: 18
Tailback Nic Grigsby is still questionable for Saturday's game at Cal, but backup Greg Nwoko may return. Cal will be playing without Jahvid Best, meaning the Bears may have to throw more. That has to have Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade (four interceptions) licking his chops.
Last game: Beat Washington State, 48-7
Next game: Saturday at Cal
 
18Wisconsin Badgers
Last Week: 19
Tailback John Clay (concussion symptoms) expects to play on Saturday against Michigan. But even if Clay is limited, the Badgers should roll along behind freshman Montee Ball, who ran for 115 yards last Saturday against Indiana -- including 85 in the second half. A Clay-Ball combo could make life even more miserable for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
Last game: Beat Indiana, 31-28
Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan
 
19Virginia Tech Hokies
Last Week: 21
The Hokies will debut a new set of Nike's unfortunately named Pro Combat uniforms (American youngsters are wearing professional combat gear in Afghanistan and Iraq, so name it something else) on Saturday against Maryland. Next week, Florida State will debut uniforms from the same line against the Terrapins. Think Nike wants to make sure the new unis go 2-0?
Last game: Beat East Carolina, 16-3
Next game: Saturday at Maryland
 
20Oklahoma St. Cowboys
Last Week: 22
The Cowboys entered the season planning to rely on Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter to make all the big plays on offense. Ten weeks in, Bryant is gone and Hunter has been limited by injury. Now Keith Toston is the focal point of the offense, and he gained 206 yards last week against Iowa State. This week the Cowboys hope to see more of the same from Toston, plus the Texas Tech team that lost 52-30 to Texas A&M and not the one that beat Kansas State 66-14.
Last game: Beat Iowa State, 34-8
Next game: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
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