The Iowa Hawkeyes fell to #17 and Texas A&M bolted into the Sweet 16. The top five remain unchanged. Best games this week include #1 Alabama at #9 Arkansas and Oregon State at #3 Boise State.

#1 Alabama throttled ACC bottom feeder Duke, 62-13, in a tuneup for their SEC season opener. Mark Ingram saw his first action of the year and 151 yards and 2 TDs on 9 carries (a cool 16.8 yards per carry). Next game: at Arkansas.
#2 Ohio State stomped on instate MAC foe Ohio University, 43-7. The most intriguing aspect of the contest was when Bobcat mascot Rufus tackled Brutus the Buckeye Nut before the game started. Next: Eastern Michigan
#3 Boise State demolished hapless Wyoming in Laramie, 51-6. They roll out the Clown Carpet on Saturday night to entertain a mediocre Oregon State team that has a little offensive flash and dash but no defensive mash.
#4 TCU pummeled former instate rival Baylor by a margin of 45-10. They’ll be the Friday night marquee team when they travel across town to take on another former SWC foe, Southern Methodist. Look for the Frogs to hop all over SMU.
#5 Oregon is flying high after a 69-0 romp over Portland State. They kick off their conference season at Arizona State on Saturday night. The Sun Devils might offer a bit of a fight after taking Wisconsin to the final bell in a 20-19 loss last week.
#6 The Cornhuskers are a real contender now that they have invaded Seattle and laid waste to Jake Locker’s Heisman chances, 56-21. Pity South Dakota State this weekend when they visit Lincoln.
#7 The Gators are beginning to get back in the groove as evidenced by their 31-17 conference road win over Tennessee last weekend. They’ll host Kentucky in The Swamp on Saturday night.
#8 The Longhorns survived a tough contest in Lubbock with solid defense and serviceable offensive output. They downed Texas Tech 24-14 and look forward to sharpening their horns on the visiting UCLA Bruins this weekend.
#9 Arkansas slipped by Georgia in Athens last weekend on the strength of Ryan Mallett’s 380 yards passing, including the game-winning touchdown pass. #1 Alabama visits this weekend for the Razorbacks biggest home game in decades.
#10 Oklahoma survived a smart,  feisty and unappreciated Air Force squad, 27-24, with an eye toward their first road contest of the season at Cincinnati. The Bearcats are reeling with a 1-2 record.  The Sooners should roll with ease.
#11 The Wildcats jumped out to a commanding lead over Iowa last weekend and then let the Hawkeyes back in the game before pulling out a win in the end. The Pac-10 season starts this Saturday and they’ll need to lock down early vs. Cal.
#12 The Badgers survived a feisty Arizona State squad by blocking the potential game-tying extra point with just over five minutes left in the game. Wisconsin held on to win, 20-19. Next game vs. D-1AA Austin Peay.
#13 Michigan would be a totally different team without Denard Robinson. But as long as he is healthy, look out. The Wolverines survived an incredibly pesky Massachusetts team last week, 42-37, and host Bowling Green on Saturday.
#14 The ‘Canes had a well deserved bye week after battling on the road vs. Ohio State the previous week. They travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday night to take on their former Big East foe.
#15 Stanford steamrolled over visiting Wake Forest last Saturday, 68-24, and served notice that they are serious contenders for the Pac-10 title. They travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame this weekend. This could be a trap game.
#16 Texas A&M breaks into the Sweet 16 following their 27-20 win over Florida International last weekend. The Aggies don’t have a showcase victory yet this season, so call it my hunch. They have this weekend off and travel to Stillwater next Thursday for their conference opener vs. Oklahoma State.
THE BEST OF THE REST

17. Iowa Hawkeyes

18. Utah Utes

19. LSU Tigers

20. Auburn Tigers

21. Michigan State Spartans

22. USC Trojans

23. West Virginia Mountaineers

24. Penn State Nittany Lions

25. Nevada Wolf Pack