The Collegian’s Top 25

No. 1 Ohio State (9-0)
Last Week: Beat Penn State 37-17
This Week: Wisconsin (7-2)
Tidbit: The Buckeyes retain the top spot in the rankings with a Big Ten victory over the Nittany Lions.

No. 2 Boston College (8-0)
Last Week: Beat Virginia Tech 14-10
This Week: Florida State (5-3)
Tidbit: Quarterback Matt Ryan led a fourth-quarter comeback against the Hokies in the Eagles’ biggest win of the season.

No. 3 LSU (7-1)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: at Alabama (6-2)
Tidbit: The Tigers had the week off, but you can bet that they have been looking forward to this game.

No. 4 Arizona State (8-0)
Last Week: Beat California 31-20
This Week: at Oregon (7-1)
Tidbit: The Sun Devils are proving that they aren’t a fluke team. This Saturday against the Ducks could determine the Pac-10 champion.

No. 5 Oregon (7-1)
Last Week: Beat USC 24-17
This Week: Arizona State (8-0)
Tidbit: Quarterback Dennis Dixon beefed up his Heisman resume even more with a win over the Trojans.

No. 6 Oklahoma (7-1)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: Texas A&M (6-3)
Tidbit: The Sooners are still in the hunt for a national title, but need to handle the Aggies first.

No. 7 West Virginia (7-1)
Last Week: Beat Rutgers 31-3
This Week: Bye
Tidbit: Quarterback Pat White jumped back on the Heisman scene with 156 yards rushing and 144 passing.

No. 8 Kansas (8-0)
Last Week: Beat Texas A&M 19-11
This Week: Nebraska (4-5)
Tidbit: The Jayhawks are taking a commanding lead in the Big 12 North Division.

No. 9 Missouri (7-1)
Last Week: Beat Iowa State 42-28
This Week: at Colorado (5-4)
Tidbit: Chase Daniel had 250 yards passing with a touchdown for the Tigers.

No. 10 Georgia (6-2)
Last Week: Beat Florida 42-30
This Week: Troy (6-2)
Tidbit: Running back Knowshon Moreno ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns. The SEC is still wide open.

No. 11 Virginia Tech (6-2)
Last Week: Lost 10-14 to
Boston College
This Week: at Georgia Tech (5-3)
Tidbit: The Hokies took a hard loss, but are still in contention in the ACC Atlantic Division.

No. 12 Hawaii (8-0)
Last Week: Beat New Mexico State 50-13
This Week: Bye
Tidbit: Colt Brennan is just messing with us now. He had 425 yards passing and six touchdowns.

No. 13 Texas (7-2)
Last Week: Beat Nebraska 28-25
This Week: at Oklahoma State (5-3)
Tidbit: Jamaal Charles ran for 290 yards and three scores. The Longhorns are starting to show signs of life.

No. 14 Michigan (7-2)
Last Week: Beat Minnesota 34-10
This Week: at Michigan State (5-4)
Tidbit: After two losses to open the season, the Wolverines have quietly won seven games in a row.

No. 15 Connecticut (7-1)
Last Week: Beat South Florida 22-15
This Week: Rutgers (5-3)
Tidbit: More known for their basketball program, the Huskies make the “jump of the week” in the rankings. No. 16 USC (6-2)

No. 16 USC (6-2)
Last Week: Lost 17-24 at Oregon
This Week: Oregon State (5-3)
Tidbit: The Trojans have started to fall a little bit, and may have fallen out of contention in the Pac-10.

No. 17 Alabama (6-2)
Last Week: Bye
This Week: LSU (7-1)
Tidbit: Coach Nick Saban will not be receiving a warm welcome from his former team on Saturday in a huge SEC showdown.

No. 18 Auburn (6-3)
Last Week: Beat Mississippi 17-3
This Week: Tennessee Tech (4-5)
Tidbit: Auburn is staying relevant in the SEC, but will most likely need to win the rest of its games to contend.

No. 19 South Florida (6-2)
Last Week: Lost 15-22 at Connecticut
This Week: at Cincinnati (6-2)
Tidbit: A two-game losing streak has plummeted the Bulls from No. 2 to No. 19 in two weeks.

No. 20 Florida (5-3)
Last Week: Lost 30-42 at Georgia
This Week: Vanderbilt (5-3)
Tidbit: Quarterback Tim Tebow may have fallen out of the Heisman race against the Bulldogs. He had negative 15 yards rushing.

No. 21 Virginia (7-2)
Last Week: Lost 24-29 at
North Carolina State
This Week: Wake Forest (6-2)
Tidbit: The Cavaliers are still on top in the ACC Atlantic Division, but face an even bigger challenge this weekend.

No. 22 Boise State (7-1)
Last Week: Beat Fresno State 34-21
This Week: San Jose State (3-5)
Tidbit: For the first time since week one, the Broncos find themselves back in the Top 25.

No. 23 Wake Forest (6-2)
Last Week: Beat North Carolina 37-10
This Week: at Virginia (7-2)
Tidbit: Wake Forest is in the Top 25 again after a long hiatus. If they can take down Virginia, look for them to move up.

No. 24 Clemson (6-2)
Last Week: Beat Maryland 30-17
This Week: at Duke (1-7)
Tidbit: Clemson has some ground to make up in the ACC, but face a meager Duke squad this weekend.

No. 25 South Carolina (6-3)
Last Week: Lost 24-27 (OT) at Tennessee
This Week: at Arkansas (5-3)
Tidbit: Coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks have fallen from grace and could be headed out of the rankings with another loss in the SEC.

Honorable Mentions:

Wisconsin (7-2) – The Badgers have fallen off a little bit, but with continued success could regain ground in the Big Ten.

California (5-3) Three straight losses have taken the Bears out of the rankings and to the bottom of the Pac-10.

Kentucky (6-3) – After upsetting LSU, the Wildcats have lost two straight. Andre Woodson’s Heisman hopes are dwindling.

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