1. Boston College (8-0) (1): The Eagles ripped victory from the hands of defeat with two fourth quarter touchdowns in Thursday's 14-10 win over Virginia Tech. Matt Ryan's Heisman candidacy was left for dead, but the senior quarterback threw two touchdown passes in the game's final three minutes to engineer the comeback.
2. Ohio State (9-0) (2): The Buckeyes hammered Penn State and its then No. 9 ranked defense, 37-17, in Happy Valley. It was Ohio State's most impressive win of the season to date.
3. LSU (7-1) (3): The Tigers were idle and travel to Alabama this weekend for a tough game against former coach Nick Saban.
4. Oklahoma (7-1) (4): Also idle, the Sooners host Texas A&M on Saturday.
5. Arizona State (8-0) (5): Overcoming a double-digit deficit, the Sun Devils handed California its third-straight loss, 31-20 late Saturday night. Next up, a date at Oregon this weekend.
6. Oregon (7-1) (6): The Ducks turned USC over three times, including a game-clinching interception with nine second remaining to keep their National Championship hopes alive. Up next, undefeated Arizona State at home.
7. West Virginia (7-1) (8): Steve Slaton scored three touchdowns, and quarterback Pat White added 156 yards rushing and a touchdown in the 31-3 win at Rutgers.
8. Missouri (7-1) (7): The Tigers weren't themselves in a 42-28 win over a bad Iowa State team. They had a season-low 366 yards of offense against the 1-8 team.
9. Kansas (8-0) (12): Brandon McAnderson rushed for 183 yards, and the Jayhawks defense was brilliant against Texas A&M's spread-option offense, in the 19-11 road win over the Aggies. The next three games are against Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Iowa State, setting up a possible showdown with Missouri to end the regular season.
10. Texas (7-2) (15): Jamaal Charles ran for 290 yards and three touchdowns, and the Longhorns scored three-unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter, beating a desperate Nebraska team, 28-25 at home.
11. Georgia (6-2) (19): Knowshon Moreno had 188 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including the game-clincher with less than four minutes remaining in the 42-30 upset of Florida at the Swamp. It was just the third win over the Gators in the last 18 tries.
12. Virginia Tech (6-2) (10): The Hokies blew a 10-point lead in the last three minutes to our No. 1 Boston College, falling 14-10 at home. The only two losses of the season are to the Eagles and LSU.
13. Michigan (7-2) (18): With everyone around the Wolverines losing, Michigan has won seven in a row after two tough losses to begin the season, and continue to climb in every poll.
14. USC (6-2) (11): Apparently John David Booty is needed. Out with injury, backup quarterback Matt Sanchez was intercepted twice in the 24-17 loss at Oregon. The defeat pretty much eliminates the Trojans from Pac 10 title contention.
15. Auburn (6-3) (21): The Tigers were methodical in their 17-3 win over Ole' Miss, holding the ball for nearly 13 minutes longer than the opposition.
16. Hawaii (8-0) (22): Colt Brennan threw for 425 yards and six touchdowns in the 50-13 win over New Mexico State. The Warriors continue to move up as they move through the nation's easiest schedule.
17. Alabama (6-2) (23): The Tide were idle before the big showdown with LSU at home this weekend.
18. Connecticut (7-1) (UR): The Huskies beat South Florida 22-15 at home for their first win over a ranked opponent in 10 tries, and are in the driver's seat for the Big East Championship.
19. South Florida (6-2) (8): For the second-straight week, Matt Grothe was unable to lead his team to a touchdown on the game's final drive, and the Bulls lost 22-15 at Connecticut.
20. Florida (5-3) (13): Tim Tebow was held to minus-15 yards rushing, and the Gators fell behind early and could never recover in a 42-30 home loss to Georgia.
21. Wake Forest (6-2) (UR): The Demon Deacons have won six in a row, the latest, a 37-10 rout of North Carolina.
22. Tennessee (5-3) (UR): The Vols jumped out to a 21-0 lead against South Carolina, gave up 24 unanswered points in the second half, before rallying for the tie and 27-24 overtime win.
24. South Carolina (6-3) (17): The Gamecocks fell behind 21-0 at Tennessee, but scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, but eventually lost in overtime 27-24.
25. Clemson (6-2) (UR): Cullen Harper threw two touchdown passes to set the school record at 21 in a season, and the Tigers rolled past host Maryland, 30-17.
Under Consideration: Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin, California, Purdue.
Dropped out: Kentucky (14), Virginia (16), California (20), Rutgers (24), Penn State (25).