Mississippi, Cal, Miami, and Florida State tanked. TCU and Houston won squeakers over solid BCS foes. LSU should have lost to Mississippi State. USC still looks vulnerable. With a super weak SOS, Boise State is stagnant.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (4-0). Florida downed Kentucky but almost lost star QB Tim Tebow for the year to a wicked concussion. Their bye week couldn’t have come at a more opportune time with a trip to Baton Rouge looming on Oct 10.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (4-0). Alabama registered an impressive 35-7 victory over Arkansas to stay neck and neck with SEC rival Florida. The Tide will hit the road and roll into Kentucky this weekend.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (4-0). Texas buried the UTEP Miners, 64-7, and conclude the weakest stretch of their schedule on Saturday as host to the Colorado Buffaloes.

4. OKLAHOMA SOONERS/Big 12 (2-1). The day of judgment looms for the Sooners and Miami this weekend at Joe Robbie Stadium. In the aftermath, one of these two teams will have two losses and be totally out of the national championship equation. The other will be 3-1 with a quality win in their portfolio.
5. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES/ACC (3-1). V-Tech thumped ACC rival Miami 31-7 and looks like the class of the conference once again. The Hokies will enjoy a breather this week on the road at Duke.
6. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES/Big Ten (3-1). The Buckeyes tossed a second straight shutout against a potentially lethal offense—this time Illinois was the victim, 30-0. It will be interesting to see what the Ohio State D will do to the feisty Indiana Hoosier O this weekend.
7. LSU TIGERS/SEC (4-0). The Tigers can thank Mississippi State’s poor play calling last weekend for their 30-26 victory. Facing third down and 6 inches to victory with just over a minute left on the clock, the Bulldogs’ Tyson Lee tried a jump goal line pass instead of a QB sneak. The pass was batted away. On fourth down, Lee tried to punch the pigskin in off tackle, but was stopped short. LSU heads to Georgia this Saturday.
8. CINCINNATI BEARCATS/Big East (4-0). The Bearcats managed to remain perfect, struggling at home against a determined but outmanned Fresno State squad, 28-20. They take on regional rival Miami (Ohio) this weekend.
9. USC TROJANS/Pac-10 (3-1). The Trojans didn’t look sharp in their 27-6 win over Washington State with fans jeering their performance. They head north to Berkeley to take on Cal this weekend in a contest where the loser will essentially be knocked out of the Pac-10 title chase.
10. TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS/MWC (3-0). TCU didn’t look really sharp against Clemson last weekend, but they survived their visit to Death Valley with a 14-10 win. They’ll host cross-town rival Southern Methodist this Saturday.
11. HOUSTON COUGARS/C-USA (3-0). Houston knocked off their second straight ranked Big 12 opponent (Texas Tech) in front of a sellout crowd and is in excellent shape to claim a BCS bowl invitation if they run the table this year. They’ll take on C-USA foe UTEP this weekend.
12. MIAMI HURRICANES/ACC (2-1). Miami looked lifeless on the road last weekend in their blowout loss to Virginia Tech. They’ll have to regroup quickly because a determined Oklahoma squad is invading Florida and they’ve had two weeks to heal and get ready for war.
13. BOISE STATE BRONCOS/WAC (4-0). The Broncos wiped out Bowling Green this weekend. What’s new when the schedule is that weak? But wait—they’re scheduled to play Div 1-AA U.C. Davis this week!
14. IOWA HAWKEYES/Big Ten (4-0). The Hawkeyes are looking like they are for real—at least on defense. They forced several turnovers in Happy Valley and stunned former No. 5 Penn State, 21-10. They host Arkansas State this weekend.
15. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS/Big Ten (3-1). Hard to believe how vulnerable Paterno’s boys looked in their 21-10 loss to Iowa in the confines of their own 107,000 capacity crib. They better get their act together quickly, as they travel to Champaign-Urbana to joust with Illinois this Saturday.
16. CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS/Pac-10 (3-1). Cal got pummeled by Oregon, 42-3. Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Will they bounce back and take down the mighty Trojans who visit Berkeley this weekend?
17. MISSISSIPPI REBELS/SEC (2-1). The Rebs lost to South Carolina last Thursday night, 16-10, when their offense became downright offensive. They take on Vandy this weekend.
18. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS/ACC (3-1). The Yellow Jackets stung North Carolina, 24-7, to regain some traction in the ACC race. They face a tough non-con Mississippi State on the road this weekend. Just ask LSU.
19. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS/Big 12 (2-1). The Cowboys played around with D-1AA Grambling State last weekend to the tune of 56-6. They have a bye this week and then travel to Texas A&M on Oct 10.
20. BYU COUGARS/MWC (3-1). Brigham Young capitalized on Colorado State turnovers early and raced off to 21-0 lead before settling on a 42-23 result. Instate foe Utah State comes to Provo this Friday night.
21. OREGON DUCKS/Pac-10 (3-1). The Quacks dominated Cal to the tune of a 39-point spread last Saturday and will host Pac-10 cellar dweller Washington State this weekend.
22. KANSAS JAYHAWKS/Big 12 (4-0). The Jayhawks slipped by Southern Miss, 35-28 and have the weekend off before they host Iowa State on Oct 10.
23. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES/Big Ten (4-0). The Wolverines survived a surprisingly potent Indiana offensive attack and will take on Big Ten, instate rival Michigan State this week.
24. UTAH UTES/MWC (3-1). The Utes lost running back Matt Asiata for the season in a decisive 30-14 win over Louisville. They have a bye week to prep for their trip to Colorado State on Oct 10.
25. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS/Big 12 (3-1). The Huskers wiped out Louisiana Lafayette by a score of 55-0 in Lincoln last Saturday. They’re taking this Saturday off and will be on the ESPN Thursday night game at Missouri on Oct 8.