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Top Fantasy RBs of Week 10

Thomas Jones – 149 Yards, 3 TDs - Thomas Jones has been rolling the last month and it looks like not only has the oline gotten it’s act together, but the offense overall seems to be starting to click. The defense keeping things at least close also has given Jones the opportunities to run more in a game. But the biggest change is the oline – they are starting to open huge holes for Jones and as long as they do, he will do well as a flex with RB2 upside.

Adrian Peterson – 225 total yds, 1 TD – Peterson once again proves that no matter what, he’s a huge weapon for the Vikings. On a day when Frerotte looked pretty bad and the defnes could just key on AP, he went and lit them up anyway, including winning the game with his TD. His matchups stay sweet most of the way, and even if they don’t start him every week. He may be just heating up.

Maurice Jones-Drew – 91 total yds, 3 TDs - MJD didn’t have a great day yardage-wise but got a ton of looks inside the red zone to the tune of 3 TDs. His matchups go up and down the rest of the way but the Jags actually looked focused this weekend after all th chaos of the previous week. Of course it was Detroit, but let’s hope they keep the momentum going.

Brandon Jacobs – 126 yds, 2 TDs - Jacobs faced down a tough foe and played well in spite of it. Jacobs and the other two monster RBs on the squad are looking very productive and the only question is, will they start resting Jacobs for the playoffs?

Willis McGahee – 112 yds, 2 TDs - Who else is McGahee driving nuts? One week he is healthy, dressed and doesn’t play. The next he does this. You have no idea week to week whether you can play him or not, or if Rice will get the bulk of the carries. Like I said, McClain is almost a surer bet week to week because he usually gets goal line carries. Remember when the Giants were going to play the hot hand? Turns out, it was Baltimore. A train wreck, and tough as heck to figure out.

The Best of the Rest -
Mewelde Moore – 105 total yds, 2 TDs – Moore had some problems what is usually a great RB matchup. If Parker wasn’t so banged up, so much, how much would we see Moore? He was saved by the TDs. How often will that happen?

DeAngelo Williams – 143 total yds, 1 TDs – Pretty good production and Stewart is not healthy enough to take much away from the vet.

Kevin Smith – 123 total yds, 1 TDs – For a guy with little oline production, behind and against a decent D, the rookie from Central Florida did really good. Another year or so if they can get the line right and he may have some huge games.

Ricky Williams – 126 total yds, 1 TD – Ronnie Who? Brown got some work as well (they split carries pretty evenly) but Williams was more effective. Does that mean Ds are keying on Brown or he is fading? We’ll no more this weekend when they face a less than stout Oakland.

Matt Forte – 126 total yds, 1 receiving TD – Of the two rookies in this game (Chris Johnson being the other) this is not the guy I expected to come out on top. But the Bears sold out to stop the run and they did. Forte continues to be effective catching and running the ball regardless of the QB.

Top Fantasy WRs of Week 10

Anquan Boldin – 7 catches, 92 Rec Yds, 19 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs - Boldin makes a last minute surge onto the list and that’s not a shock. Certainly, you can start him without worry every week. Boldin is just nasty, just incredibly tough and a guy who Warner looks for in the red zone often.

Eddie Royal – 6 catches, 164 Rec Yds, 1 TDs – Royal had an immensely good Thursday night, and you can imagine he may have great value going forward since the running game in Denver is bad enough that Tatum Bell’s phone rang. When Marshall is struggling, Royal tags in and eventually it loosens up for Marshall because Royal will hurt teams. He’s a great flex and a decent 3 – maybe even 2 – depending on your league.

Reggie Wayne – 6 catches, 114 Rec Yds, 1 TDs – I thought Wayne would not look too good this weekend. And there were times he didn’t. But that didn’t stop him from having a good day, especially when many other studs went all average on us. Wayne is still having a shaky season, but I think he reminded us who Manning’s favorite target is.

Brandon Marshall – 6 catches, 89 Rec Yds, 1 TDs – The other half of the great Denver tandem, Marshall took a while to get going but put up some decent numbers when he did. He’ll do pretty well as long as the opposition has to cover Royal, Stokely and Scheffler as well. And as long as Cutler has to throw because the run game is iffy….

Kevin Walter – 4 catches,85 Rec Yds, 1 TDs - Andre Johnson was locked down this weekend, but Walter played well as he has for a long time now. Walter has been getting a lot of the TDs Johnson isn’t getting and I am beginning to wonder if that changes any time soon. It’s not a ton of catches and his production is a little streaky but as a WR 4 he is great – and even more worthwhile if you have return yards as well.

Best of the rest -
Mark Bradley – 9 catches, 81 Rec Yds, 1 TDs - You have to start looking at Bradley hard now that Thigpen is throwing effectively. I wouldn’t want to count on him right now but Thigpen is targeting him frequently (this weekend 14 times) and clearly has an eye for him. Bowe and Gonzo are the steady plays here – Bradley is the bench. But grab him now in case he joins the other two down the stretch.

Marques Colston – 7 catches, 140 Rec Yds - Anyone listen to the Beat Writer in Nawlins and bench him? I hope not. I think Brees – even in a loss – will go to the guy he knows will make big plays in his offense. The TDs will be coming shortly as Colston is just warming up.

Malcom Floyd – 4 catches, 76 Rec Yds 1 TDs - Didn’t have a ton of targets but caught them all. A little undertargeted and streaky but scored in 3 of the 4 games he has been used in this year. On the watchlist? I think so.

DeSean Jackson – 4 catches, 61 Rec Yds, 24 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing TDs – Clearly we have little to worry about in terms of the Eagles not involving Jackson because of the return of Curtis. They will get him touches – even on the ground.

RBs coming after I catch up on Email….

Top Fantasy QBs of Week 10

Jay Cutler – 447/3 TDs, 29 Rushing Yards – Cutler started the football weekend off with a bang and held the top spot despite other strong performances. The run game is a train wreck so Cutler will have to throw alot, even to the backs. It may be tough but he’ll have the opportunity for big games.

Drew Brees – 422/2 TDs, 10 Rushing Yards - Once again, Brees comes through for fantasy owners. Out of 9 games played, he has thrown over 300 yards 7 of them. In five of them he had two or more TDs, and four of thse were 3 TD games. And he just got Colston back. And Bush will be back soon. I think the Saints like to throw.

Kurt Warner – 328/3 TDs - QBing for another team that loves the long ball, Warner has thrown over 300 for 3 straight games, and has had multi TD games ever week but one. Part of it is a questionable secondary, but part of it is also the fantastic WR core of Fitz, Boldin and Breaston. Old Man River keeps on flowing.

Tyler Thigpen – 266/3 TDs, 26 Rushing Yards - Never did I think i would type this dude’s name on this list but he has really turned his game around as have the Chiefs. He has made Bowe and Gonzalez almost reliablem has three straight games with good stats and hasn’t turned the ball over since week 3. Granted, he wasn’t always starting and we’re still not sure if what we’re seeign is real but he has started to show us a little something and is worthy of matchup consideration. Yup, never thought I would write THAT either.

Philip Rivers – 316/2 TDs, 2 INTs – Rivers has been a bit streaky this year – some really good games and some… well, not so much. The 2 turnovers hurt a bit in some leagues but overall he had a good performance. Vincetn Jackson has really come on, Gates is alive again and others have stepped up, including LT. Rivers will have some shaky games, but is generally solid week to week.

Peyton Manning – 240/3 TDs -Not the best of Manning’s days but pretty solid nonetheless. Manning continues to perform beneath expectations and while I believe he still can turn it around, I also cannot pinpoint exactly what the problem is, as it appears to be something different each week. At least he has stopped turning the ball over.

The Best of the Rest:

Donovan McNabb – 194/3 TDs, 35 Rushing Yards - McNabb had a bad game yardage wise, but the 3 TDs help salvage it. He should be doing more though.

Matt Cassel 234/1 Rushing TDs, 22 Rushing Yards – Two words: Game. Manager. All he is, maybe all he ever will be. Tough matchup vs the Jets this week.

Kerry Collins – 289/2 – See Cassel, Matt. Also, for Collins, this is Montana-esque. But Chicago stopped the run and said beat us in the air – and he did. Kudos.

Honorable mention to Brady Quinn who just shipped Derek anderson outta town. If he can duplicate it again thisseason.

Back with WRs and RBs at some point today.

As I said on the ESPNRadio show (I am an attention whore, huh?) LaDainian Tomlinson tends to get even better as a season wears on. He has the mother-of-all matchups this week and is healthy. God help the Chiefs – or God help Norv Turner if he doesn’t have LT (and to a lesser extent, Sproles) plan a cleat on their backs and push. Tomlinson should come out the bye like a house afire.

Adrian Peterson aka All Day aka Purple Jesus aka the reason i am still alive for the playoffs in one league has a mtachup that isn’t quite as good as LT’s but it’s quite salivation worthy nonetheless. The Pack is 27th in the league vs the run and last week got decimated by Chris Johnson and LenDale White for 178yds and a touchdown. In week 1, ADP thumped them for 103yds and a TD. He could, concievably, do even more this time around as he is red hot coming into this matchup.

Now, Frank Gore may find himself behind along with the 49rs in this game. He may be involved in a little catchup. And it’s a tougher matchup than folks give it credit for because the Cards score so well. But the 49rs involve him in the passing game so even behind, he is still a factor. Also, San Fran will need to control the clock if they are going to try and limit Warner & Company’s time on the field. That’s all Gore. And lest we forget, Gore torched them in week 1 for 96 yds and a TD on the ground and another 55yds receiving. This man is a stud and you don’t worry so much about him in matchups – you just plug him in.

Brian Westbrook is healthy, his Qb is healthy, the WRs are finally healthy – all good things. The Giants are a tough matchup no doubt but Westbrook has an advantage in that he is 1) involved in every aspect of the offensive gameplan. Carries, receptions – he gets you points everywhere. And 2) with the gang all healthy, you cannot just focus on Westy. He will have more room to run for the fact that McNabb will throw to Curtis and Jackson at anytime so the defense will have to stay honest. Finally, the oline is keeping McNabb very safe but they are also blocking better for Westbrook. That extra push will help him gain yards even against a tough NY Giants team.

Maurice Jones-Drew may be a long shot – I talked a bunch today about how I was worried about the mental state of the team. But the line is healthy and the matchup is very good. If Garrard can keep the ball moving through the air, MJD should benefit on the ground. I think he will get the chance to break into open space, use his speed to his advantage and have some long gains. This might be a little higher than many have him, but I am still looking for MJD to step forward the rest of the way. Hopefully I am right and our concerns about the emotional exhaustion of the team are unfounded.

Other thoughts -
You start #9 Chris Johnson every week regardless of matchup…… #13 Mewelde Moore gets the start with Parker hurt again and should have a good day…. #17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis will get another start with Morris and Jordan out and is looking pretty good…… I put Ray Rice as a cautious #18 – everyone is banged up there…… I think #26 Darren Sproles may get some garbage time against the Chiefs and could be a nice flex play….

Running backs

  1. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers vs. Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Packers
  3. Frank Gore, 49ers at Cardinals
  4. Brian Westbrook, Eagles vs. Giants
  5. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Lions
  6. Thomas Jones, Jets vs. Rams
  7. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins vs. Seahawks
  8. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Saints
  9. Chris Johnson, Titans at Bears
  10. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Raiders
  11. Tim Hightower, Cardinals vs. 49ers
  12. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Patriots
  13. Mewelde Moore, Steelers vs. Colts
  14. Brandon Jacobs, Giants at Eagles
  15. Steve Slaton, Texans vs. Ravens
  16. Matt Forté, Bears vs. Titans
  17. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots vs. Bills
  18. Ray Rice, Ravens at Texans
  19. Deuce McAllister, Saints at Falcons
  20. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs at Chargers
  21. Kevin Smith, Lions vs. Jaguars
  22. Kevin Faulk, Patriots vs. Bills
  23. Joseph Addai, Colts at Steelers
  24. Leon Washington, Jets vs. Rams
  25. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Raiders
  26. Darren Sproles, Chargers vs. Chiefs
  27. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens at Texans
  28. LenDale White, Titans at Bears
  29. Justin Fargas, Raiders vs. Panthers
  30. Julius Jones, Seahawks at Dolphins
  31. Maurice Morris, Seahawks at Dolphins
  32. Jerious Norwood, Falcons vs. Saints
  33. Ricky Williams, Dolphins vs. Seahawks
  34. Derrick Ward, Giants at Eagles
  35. Fred Taylor, Jaguars at Lions

WR Rankings for Week 10

Again, as I said on the ESPN1230 show with Jake Stevens, I think Roddy White is now a top flight Fantasy (and NFL) WR and should be played pretty much regardless of matchup. Matt Ryan is going to have a very good day against the Saints depleted secondary and hewill look to White often – as he does all the time. The Saints have allowed 240+ yards per game, with 12 TDs to only 6 interceptions. White will easily get the seperation he needs to break free and will have an outstanding day.

Larry Fitzgerald vs Anquan Boldin is a debate a lot like ‘which do I like better, chocolate ice cream or vanilla?’ It splits the electorate pretty thoroughly but I say – WHO THE HELL CARES? IT’S FREAKING ICE CREAM – ENJOY! Seriously, both of these guys will have – and often do have – top flight Fantasy games. You have to be happy with either and I would be tempted to start both if you happened to have both. Fitz will undoubtedly get the yards and Boldin is a more sure red zone target. I think this week Fitz gets a TD and the yards, which bumps him up over ‘Quan. But Boldin is a fantastic play as well. I don’t know how the 49rs will come out this week but I do know that Warner will throw and there is enough love for both guys. Star tthem and enjoy your damned dessert.

I know Donald Driver (#19 ) woke up and found himself relevant last week, but Greg Jennings is the man in Green Bay, bar none. As I say in the Qb rankings, Rodgers will have to throw to win this game, what with his bad run game and the shaky Vikes secondary. And while he will occasionally grace other receivers and TEs with a bunch of catches, he always goes to his man, Jennings. If Rodgers is throwing and needs a big score (and he will do both) then Jennings is your man. Jennings has become a solid WR 1 most weeks and this will be a very good game for him. (Side note: they throw so much that I think Driver has his second good game in a row, hence the 19 ranking.)

Calvin ‘I am Megatron’ Johnson may have a new Qb this weekend in Culpepper and while C-Pepp is clearly not the same guy who tossed TDs to Moss way back when, he still has an arm. While he will nto be able to scramble as he used to and will find himself on his back, when he isn’t picking turf out of his mouth, C-Pepp will use Johnson as often as he can and has an arm that might – just might – allow Megatron to get some seperation in a way he hasn’t been able to with Orlovsky. Stanton makes him riskier but let’s face it- Johnson will get it done even if it’s a Juggs machine. They will have to throw against the Jags and I think Johnson will be able to burn that secondary regardless of QB.

Other Decepticon and Autobot-free thoughts -
I like #15 Muhsin Muhammad a ton this week and might have him ranked higher than just about anyone else – that matchup with the special teamer masquerading as a corner is going to be fantastic…. Repeat after me – you play #17 Matt Jones, until it’s time to not play Matt Jones. Against Detroit? It’s Dr. Rockso time. Felony possession or not I don’t know what the NFL is doing and until they actually bench him, I won’t. This week should be a big one KKKKYEEEEAH….. And yes, #18 Plaxico Burress is busy bitching his way out of the top 20 and is not a consistent – or reliable – fantasy option. I keep waiting for him to rebound and he keeps struggling…..

Wide receivers

1. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Saints
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. 49ers
3. Greg Jennings, Packers at Vikings
4. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Jaguars
5. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals vs. 49ers
6. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Ravens
7. Lee Evans, Bills at Patriots
8. Steve Smith, Panthers at Raiders
9. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Packers
10. Marques Colston, Saints at Falcons
11. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Bills
12. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Rams
13. Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs. Chiefs
14. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Rams
15. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Raiders
16. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Chargers
17. Matt Jones, Jaguars at Lions
18. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Eagles
19. Donald Driver, Packers at Vikings
20. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Bills
21. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Steelers
22. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Colts
23. Donnie Avery, Rams at Jets
24. Kevin Curtis, Eagles vs. Giants
25. Santonio Holmes, Steelers vs. Colts
26. Devery Henderson, Saints at Falcons
27. Chris Chambers, Chargers vs. Chiefs
28. Michael Jenkins, Falcons vs. Saints
29. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Giants
30. Greg Camarillo, Dolphins vs. Seahawks
31. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Cardinals
32. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Texans
33. Ted Ginn Jr., Dolphins vs. Seahawks
34. Torry Holt, Rams at Jets
35. Sidney Rice, Vikings vs. Packers

RBs come after lunch (west coast lunch)…..

QB Rankings for Week 10

Drew Brees faces a good matchup with an Atlanta defense who is 16th in the league and averages 205 yards per game, allowing 10TDs as well. The defensive line can put pressure on the QB, but the line is good pass-blockinh and Brees should have a ton of time to throw. Getting Colston back – and maybe Shockey – could be pretty huge for him as well.

Kurt Warner is going to see a San Fran team that may be on it’s heels or might be fired up and ready after the bye. But with a pass game this prolific, they can go ahead and be fired up while Warner will do what he always does and throw early often and well. You cannot cover all the weapons – Fitz, Boldin and Breaston – and he will always find someone to throw to.

The only thing that will slow Philip Rivers down against the Chiefs could be the even better matchup the Chargers run game has. But as bad as the run defense is, the Chiefs have been able to move the ball through the air. Against a Chargers D that has issues, they may score more than people expect. which could mean Rivers needs to throw the ball more often as well. Vincent Jackson has been playing well and Antonio Gates is finally playing well, so his weapons are comign along. Don’t be surprised if the first half is a huge LT game and the second half there is more Rivers than expected.

Let’s face it – between a bad series of games by Ryan Grant and a stout Minny run D, Aaron Rodgers will have to throw to win. Couple that with facing the possibility that between Peterson and Berrian, the Packers could find themselves behind on more than one occasion. Rodgers has been very good this year and the Vikings secondary is sub par. Jared Allen may be out as well which could make the pass rush less potent. I think Rodgers will have hilmself a very good day.

The last two times Donovan McNabb finished a season were 2007 and 2005. Both years he finished very strong. Unfortunately in between were two years he finished early – like week 10. For now, McNabb has been healthy (mostly) and passing the ball well. He faces a tough defense in the Giants but he has played them well. And he now has Kevin Curtis to join Jackson and Westbrook. While the Giants have a tough pass rush, the oline for the Iggles give outstanding protection. I think McNabb will have a very good game despite the matchup.

Other thoughts – on the ESPN1230 show I said avoid #24 Rex Grossman, I reiterate that here…. #6 Matt Ryan on the other hand goes from a good starter to a good starter with a great matchup…… #16 Marc Bulger might play better than his ranking as he probably has to throw a lot but the Jets secondary is better than it’s ranking says it is….. #18 Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder is my biggest concern with him – the matchup almost evens it out for him, but not enough…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees, Saints at Falcons
  2. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. 49ers
  3. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Chiefs
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Vikings
  5. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Giants
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Saints
  7. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Rams
  8. David Garrard, Jaguars at Lions
  9. Peyton Manning, Colts at Steelers
  10. Eli Manning, Giants at Eagles
  11. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Raiders
  12. Trent Edwards, Bills at Patriots
  13. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Seahawks
  14. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Bills
  15. Sage Rosenfels, Texans vs. Ravens
  16. Marc Bulger, Rams at Jets
  17. Gus Frerotte, Vikings vs. Packers
  18. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Colts
  19. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Cardinals
  20. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at Dolphins
  21. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Texans
  22. Kerry Collins, Titans at Bears
  23. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs at Chargers
  24. Rex Grossman, Bears vs. Titans
  25. Daunte Culpepper, Lions vs. Jaguars
  26. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Panthers

WRs soonish!

College Top 25 Review Week 10

#1 Texas @ #7 Texas Tech
Very few games live up to the hype the way this one did. We had shades of games past (Red Raider collapse like during the Longhorn’s last trip to Lubbock), fantastic comebacks (Colt McCoy’s second half surge) and a last minute miracle brought about by the power of positive thinking (Crabtree’s dream and subsequent game winning TD). Longhorn QB Colt McCoy started out slow, but got his game going, though in the end he was out-dueled by Red Raider QB Graham Harrell, who made Texas the latest #1 team to get clapped out of the top spot, 39-33. Best game of the day, bar none. Texas falls to #4 and the Red Raiders hop to #2.

#2 Alabama vs Arkansas State
The Crimson Tide crawl into the #1 spot with a solid shutout of Arkansas State, 35-0. It wasn’t as impressive as it looks like upon first glance. The offense only compiled 357 total yards and and if it wasn’t for the exceptional play of Tide RB Mark Ingram, who ran for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns and a pick six by Rashad Johnson, it would have been much closer. If someone shuts the run game down like Arkansas State frustrated the pass game, they’ll be the next to drop.

#4 Oklahoma vs Nebraska
With a potent offense like Oklahoma’s, you can’t make a single mistake. Nebraska went ahead and made four of them and literally handed Oklahoma a 62-28 victory. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford continued his fine play, going 19-27 for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Quentin Chaney was his main target (5/128/1) while the Sooner ground game also contributed heavily (193 total yards and three touchdowns). Of the four Cornhusker turnovers, a pair were interceptions and one was returned for a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Sooners, they dropped in the rankings, instead of rising.

#5 USC vs Washington
USC romped all over the Huskies as expected. They did everything pretty much right – ran the ball for 297 yards. Moved the ball through the air well early before shutting it down so things didn’t get even uglier. There were some penalties they made that were poor moments, but from whistle to whistle, the Trojans did everything within their power to move up in the BCS rankings. But with the Pac-10 continuing to feast upon itself, their strength of schedule keeps dropping, and so did they, four spots to 7 in the BCS rankings. USC is unlikely to jump up again, as their competition does not get more impressive going forward. All they can do is work towards another BCS Bowl bid. Meanwhile the woeful Washington Huskies continue to find new ways to struggle and are now the only FBS team without a win.

#6 Georgia vs #8 Florida
Gator QB Tim Tebow didn’t have a stellar day throwing the ball, but he had a better one than Bulldog signal-caller Matt Stafford who had more yards, but more picks (3) as well. Tebow ran for three touchdowns and threw for a pair more as Florida slapped Georgia 49-10 and hopped over Oklahoma and USC to rank #5 on Sunday.

Best of the rest –
Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant caught four TDs in #9 Oklahoma State’s 59-17 drubbing of Iowa State….. It took a last minute stop to preserve #10 Utah’s 13-10 win over New Mexico….. #11 Boise State extended it’s winning streak to eight games as they devastate New Mexico State, 49-0. QB Kellen Moore threw for 246 yards and a trio of TDs in the win….. The Horned Frogs stifled the Running Rebels pass offense and had QB Andy Dalton throw for three touchdowns as #13 TCU beat UNLV, 44-14….

A pick made things more interesting than desired for Missouri and QB Chase Daniels but #14 Missouri held on and beat Baylor, 31-28…. #15 Florida State had more total yards, but unranked Georgia Tech decimated the Seminoles on the ground and sent them home a 31-28 loser….. While the Wildcat formation runs through the NFL, the option was the key to the Northwestern Wildcats 24-17 upset of #17 Minnesota. Northwestern QB Mike Kafka ran for 217 yards and threw for another 143 in the win and the ‘Cats are now ranked #24… #18 Tulsa was leading the nation in scoring and was undefeated but had to come from behind, only to lose anyway to Arkansas, 30-23

#19 LSU starts to climb out of their 2 loss hole and towards a possible BCS Bowl with a 35-10 win over the Tulane Green Wave, led by junior Charles Scott’s 114 yards and touchdown on the ground… Cougar QB Max Hall threw for 389 yards and five touchdowns in a shootout as #20 BYU nudged past Colorado State, 45-42…

#21 Michigan State struggled early but finished with a big field goal, edging Wisconsin 25-24… The BCS giveth and it taketh away as California steals #24Oregon’s BCS spot as the second Pac-10 team and beats them soundly, 26-16. Oregon leaves the rankings once again as the Golden Bears jump past them and into the #21 slot… Finally, West Virginia literally stole #25 UCONN’s poll spot with a 35-13 win led by quarterback Pat White’s three touchdowns (a pair on the ground, one in the air)….