By Andy Staples
November 02, 2010
NCAA Football Power Rankings
11 Stanford Cardinal
Last Week: 12
How dominant was Stanford's defense this past weekend? Washington never crossed the Stanford 42-yard line. Arizona will. How Stanford responds when that happens will determine which of these two teams will remain alive in the race for the Pac-10 title.
Last game: Beat Washington, 41-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Arizona
12 Arizona Wildcats
Last Week: 13
Wildcats coach Mike Stoops said Nick Foles will start at quarterback at Stanford if his injured knee has recovered enough to allow him to practice. It will be interesting to see how much information Stoops reveals during the week. It might be to his advantage to keep Stanford's defensive coaches guessing whether they'll see polished pocket passer Foles or running threat Matt Scott, who led Arizona to wins against Washington and UCLA.
Last game: Beat UCLA, 29-21
Next game: Saturday at Stanford
13 Iowa Hawkeyes
Last Week: 18
After two emotional weeks that featured a loss to Wisconsin and a clubbing of Michigan State, the Hawkeyes face a much lighter opponent before Ohio State comes in on Nov. 20. That's what makes Indiana dangerous here. The Hoosiers are trying to get bowl eligible and save Coach Bill Lynch's job. They also have a prolific passing offense. If the Hawkeyes let down their guard, they might find themselves in a closer game than they expected.
Last game: Beat Michigan State, 37-6
Next game: Saturday at Indiana
14 Michigan St. Spartans
Last Week: 7
The Spartans eeked out some close wins before finally falling in spectacular fashion at Iowa. Now they must prove the blowout was the fluke and not the wins. Minnesota is a good starting point. Then Michigan State has two weeks before it faces Purdue. The final game of the regular season at Penn State is the only challenge left for the Spartans, who are very much alive in the Big Ten title race.
Last game: Lost to Iowa, 37-6
Next game: Saturday vs. Minnesota
15 Missouri Tigers
Last Week: 6
The moment was too big for the Tigers, who couldn't bounce back from a history-making win against Oklahoma and lock down the Big 12 North at Nebraska. Now, Missouri will have to win out and spend the rest of its time scoreboard watching. The Tigers need the Cornhuskers to lose, or they could go 11-1 and still be shut out of the Big 12 title game.
Last game: Lost to Nebraska, 31-17
Next game: Saturday at Texas Tech
16 Oklahoma Sooners
Last Week: 14
The shuffling in the upper reaches of the poll necessitated a drop for the Sooners, who probably didn't deserve one. Fear not. As long as Oklahoma keeps winning, the Sooners will rise. Besides, Oklahoma already got one gift this week. Receiver Ryan Broyles said after the win against Colorado that he intends to return for his senior season.
Last game: Beat Colorado, 43-10
Next game: Saturday at Texas A&M
17 South Carolina Gamecocks
Last Week: 16
South Carolina probably deserved a slight drop in the poll for allowing a bad Tennessee team to hang around into the fourth quarter in Columbia on Saturday. If they didn't play with a sense of urgency against the Volunteers, how seriously will they take Arkansas in a game that means nothing in the race for the SEC East title?
Last game: Beat Tennessee, 38-24
Next game: Saturday vs. Arkansas
18 Arkansas Razorbacks
Last Week: 17
The Razorbacks absorbed a huge blow in their blowout win against Vanderbilt. Receiver Greg Childs injured the patellar tendon in one knee in the fourth quarter, and he'll miss four to six months after surgery this week to repair the tendon. "It's a big loss for us," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "He's a great football player, tremendous competitor. It's something that we'll have to replace with a number of people. You're not going to replace Greg Childs with just one guy."
Last game: Beat Vanderbilt, 49-14
Next game: Saturday at South Carolina
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
Last Week: 20
The Cowboys bounced back nicely from their loss to Nebraska. Playing without top receiver Justin Blackmon -- who was suspended following his arrest on a drunk driving charge -- the Cowboys went on the road and beat Kansas State. Now comes the first in a series of Big 12 South elimination games when surprising Baylor visits Boone Pickens Stadium.
Last game: Beat Kansas State, 24-14
Next game: Saturday vs. Baylor
20 Virginia Tech Hokies
Last Week: 22
After opening the season with losses to Boise State and James Madison, Virginia Tech has emerged as the ACC's steadiest team in conference play. Georgia Tech, even in a down year, is always tricky because of its option offense, but if the Hokies can win, they'll be 5-0 in the ACC with a two-game stranglehold on the Coastal Division.
Last game: Beat Duke, 44-7
Next game: Thursday vs. Georgia Tech
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