Alabama passed their first major test in SEC play but it doesn’t get any easier with #7 Florida visiting Tuscaloosa this weekend. Arkansas proved they deserve to retain a lofty spot in the Sweet 16, at least for the time being. I downgraded Oregon after seeing them struggle mightily with ASU. They should rebound at home this week vs. #12 Stanford.

#1 Alabama intercepted Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett to seal their win after 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram racked up 157 yards and the winning touchdown with 3:39 left in the game. Next: #7 Florida.
#2 The Buckeyes annihilated Eastern Michigan, 73-20, in a tune up for their Big Ten Conference opener at Illinois this weekend.
#3 Boise State took out Oregon State’s James Rodgers on a cheap shot and held off the Beavers by a 37-24 margin. The Broncos travel to winless New Mexico State this weekend.
#4 The Frogs had a slow start vs. SMU but ended up with a 41-24 victory over their crosstown rival from the old Southwestern Conference. They’ll cruise past Colorado State in their Mountain West Conference opener on Saturday.
#5 Arkansas went head to head with defending national champion Alabama and came less than 4 minutes away from pulling off a victory. They get a bye this weekend with Texas A&M looming ahead on Oct 9.
#6 Nebraska dispatched pesky South Dakota State by a score of 17-3 last week.They have a bye this weekend and then open Big 12 play at Kansas State on Thursday, Oct 7.
#7 The Gators kicked off their conference opener with a resounding 48-14 win over Kentucky. Speedster and leading rusher Jeff Demps is going to be needed this week on the road at #1 Alabama. He’s been wearing a boot to protect a tender ankle.
#8 Moving up in the Sweet 16 world, the Badgers took advantage of Texas’ downfall to UCLA last week. They ravaged the D-1AA Austin Peay defense for 70 big ones but scoreboard won’t come so easy on the road at Michigan State this weekend.
#9 Oklahoma has won three of their 4 games by a total of 12 points. Last week was the closest shave yet: 31-29 over Cincinnati. The Sooners face arch nemesis Texas in the Red River Shootout this weekend. Should be a good one. Both teams are dripping with talent and playing well below their potential.
#10 I had no choice but to drop the Ducks in my rankings after seeing them play ASU on Saturday night. The Sun Devils would’ve won the game if they had cut their turnovers in half. Best game of the week, though, is in Eugene vs. #12 Stanford. The winner will have a huge leg up on the Pac-10 title race.
#11 Arizona looked pretty pathetic against a very determined Cal last weekend. Had the Bears drilled their last FG attempt, the game was over. Instead, the kick was wide and Nick Foles engineered a game-winning 78-yard TD drive with 2:37 on the clock.
#12 I disagree with other polls and I’m not handing over a Top Ten ranking to Stanford just yet. Their win over Notre Dame seemed pretty impressive–especially with the Irish having their backs against the wall, but we’ll find out a lot more ¬†about the Cardinal ¬†this weekend when they travel to Oregon.
#13 Auburn outlasted South Carolina last week, 35-27, and they were immediately rewarded with a jump into the Sweet 16 … The Tigers get a breather game vs. Louisiana Monroe this Saturday.
#14 The ‘Canes traveled to Pittsburgh last Thursday night and thoroughly dominated the Panthers, 31-3. Impressive. They’ve got a huge ACC opener on the road at Clemson this weekend.
#15 Michigan survived a scare when Denard Robinson went down with a leg injury in last week’s 65-21 win over Bowling Green. He’s been cleared to play this Saturday in the Wolverines’ Big Ten Conference opener at Indiana.
#16 Texas A&M had the weekend off and they travel to Stillwater this Thursday for their conference opener vs. Oklahoma State. We are going to find out a lot about Sherman’s troops in this match-up.
THE BEST OF THE REST

17. Iowa Hawkeyes

18. Utah Utes

19. LSU Tigers

20. Michigan State Spartans

21. South Carolina Gamecocks

22. Texas Longhorns

23. USC Trojans

24. North Carolina State Wolfpack

25. Nevada Wolfpack