The Volunteers (10-1) still have one landmine left to maneuver - Louisiana State in the SEC championship game next week. Oregon, 10-1 after dispatching Oregon State 17-14, clings to some hope of advancing to the national championship game. That will happen only if Tennessee loses or falters badly against LSU.
The final BCS standings, released on Dec. 9, will determine which teams will play for the national title.
Maryland's 10-1 record earned the Terrapins much more respect - a No. 4 ranking - in TheInsiders.com poll than others. Colorado, No. 6, has two losses to go with its 10 victories, including Saturday's over then-No. 3 Texas and the week before over then-No. 2 Nebraska. The Buffaloes also have defeated Kansas State, ranked No. 13 at the time; Texas A&M, then No. 19, and Colorado State, then No. 24.
Joining TheInsiders.com rankings this week are Florida State (7-4) and Toledo (9-2). Exiting are Marshall and Auburn.
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