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Heroes and villains collide when rankings enter comic book realm

A week ago, we were talking about the possibility of five or six undefeated teams at the end of the season wreaking havoc on the BCS. Then two undefeated teams fell on Saturday. Now, we're talking about whether the BCS title game should be a rematch of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup that hasn't even happened yet.

Losses by Wisconsin and Oklahoma allowed for a reboot of the college football universe. This sort of thing happens all the time in the comic book world. Let's say, for example, DC Comics decides to kill off Superman to sell a bunch of books. Then someone at DC says, "Holy cow, we've killed off one of our most lucrative characters." Time for a universe reboot. The Man of Steel lives. Money keeps flowing.

In honor of Saturday's universe reboot, this week's Power Rankings will feature comic book heroes and villains. (Full disclosure: SI and DC Comics are both owned by Time Warner. Every time you click on a link to a Marvel character's bio, I'll receive a mild electric shock from my corporate overlords.)

NCAA Football Power Rankings

Next five: Washington, Baylor, Southern Miss, Syracuse, West Virginia

Andy Staples' Power Rankings also serve as his ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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