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In The Books: Week Ten

Oregon and Head Coach Chip Kelly had an impressive win at USC on Saturday

For a moment, it looked like we were going to see an Oregon-Kansas State National Championship game. Notre Dame was on the ropes and should have lost to Pittsburgh and Alabama needed a last minute go-ahead touchdown to pull away for good at LSU. But, that’s college football. Results and the entire landscape of the sport can change in a matter of moments. We saw another week filled with top 25 losses and that will surely affect my rankings, but we’ll get to that later.
As the national rankings are sure to change, the Heisman Trophy rankings are no different. While the leader held onto his spot, some big time performances by other players have their names gaining momentum into the final stretch of the season. Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s updated Heisman Trophy rankings.
1. Collin Klein, Kansas State Quarterback
Klein led the Wildcats to another big win, topping Oklahoma State 44-30. As long as he continues to play well and K-State remains unbeaten, it’s his race to lose.
2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon Running Back
I’ve been higher on Barner than most others all year. When he finally got a full game to truly show his capabilities, Barner ran the ball for 321 yards and five touchdowns at USC. This move-up is greatly deserved.
3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Quarterback
Miller and the Buckeyes won again this weekend against Illinois. If it weren’t for their post-season ban, Ohio State would be another team adding to the mass confusion of who should be in the title game.
4. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame Linebacker
It’s not that Te’o deserved the fall, it’s just a lot easier for a skill position player on offense to move up in the rankings than a defender. Notre Dame can’t lose more than another game if Te’o is to be a finalist.
5. AJ McCarron, Alabama Quarterback
For all of you who still call him just a “game manger,” I hope you saw the game-winning drive he orchestrated for Alabama’s comeback. The Tide are 9-0 and McCarron has 19 touchdowns on the year to zero interceptions, zero.

As I stated earlier, the top 25 had another tad shake-up this week so let’s get right down to it.

1. Alabama, 9-0
Survived toughest test of year in the final minute, and still far and away number one
2. Oregon, 9-0
Ducks totaled 730 yards of offense in win over USC, still have Stanford and Oregon State to play
3. Kansas State, 9-0
Injury scare from Collin Klein but I finally moved Wildcats ahead of…
4. Notre Dame, 9-0
Irish are still unbeaten, but should have lost to Pitt. Have Boston College and Wake before USC
5. Georgia, 8-1
Bulldogs look set to take SEC East, only one conference game remains
6. Florida Gators, 8-1
Barely edged out Missouri at home on Saturday but should finish no worse than 10-2
7. Florida State, 8-1
This is the possible Florida loss, have Virginia Tech and Maryland before the Gators
8. LSU, 7-2
Tigers almost pulled the upset against Alabama, look to rebound against Mississippi State
9. Louisville, 9-0
Cardinals are finally a respectable team out of Big East
10. Clemson, 8-1
Tigers are still trying to get into BCS as an at-large
11. South Carolina, 7-2
Season just doesn’t seem the same anymore without Lattimore
12. Oklahoma, 6-2
Sooners should be a lock to finish second in the conference
13. Oregon State, 7-1
Beavers are still kicking themselves at upset loss to Washington
14. Texas A&M, 7-2
Aggies are forreal, but travel to Tuscaloosa on Saturday
15. Stanford, 7-2
Although they’re a long shot, the Cardinal still control their own North Division fate
16. Nebraska, 7-2
Looking to most likely be Big Ten representative in Rose Bowl
17. Texas, 7-2
Longhorns came away with a surprising win at Texas Tech
18. UCLA, 7-2
Bruins blew out Arizona, own LA’s best record over USC
19. Louisiana Tech, 8-1
Tech’s only loss came at the hands of A&M by a mere two points
20. Mississippi State, 7-2
Back-to-back losses for the Bulldogs and face LSU this weekend
21. Texas Tech, 6-3
Red Raiders also suffered second consecutive loss, host Kansas Saturday
22. USC, 6-3
Offense continues to dazzle but defense is definitely the weakest link
23. Northwestern, 7-2
Wildcats should finish 9-3, realistically
24. Toledo, 8-1
Rockets have been impressive non-AQ, up a spot because they beat…
25. Rutgers, 8-1
Can still take the Big East by winning out

Well there you have it folks. It’s been another great week and I apologize for the missing Weekend Watch and BCS Projection last week. I promise they will be up this week so you should hear back from me soon.