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While it’s not always artful or loaded with fancy offensive outbursts, the Bobcats have won six in-a-row, their longest streak in four years. The program has shaken off an ugly three-game losing skid in September behind the defense and QB Boo Jackson, setting up a likely showdown for the MAC East crown with Temple on Nov. 16.
9. Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse
Banged up in the early parts of the season, Rouse is showing what he can do when fully healthy. And the rest of the WAC is paying the price. The sophomore has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last three games, all Bulldog wins, capped by a 286-yard eruption in Ruston to help defeat Louisiana Tech, 40-34.
With most observers focusing on Houston and SMU, might this be the year that the Golden Hurricane recaptures the West Division of Conference USA? The team has won three straight and five of the last six, including the emotional upset of Notre Dame two Saturday’s ago. In the rout of Rice this past weekend, Tulsa scored nine touchdowns, four from the arm of QB G.J. Kinne.
7. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray
Okay, so his starting debut came against a very bad Memphis team. Still, this is the same true freshman who played well a week earlier in the loss to South Carolina. Looking every bit like the future under center in Knoxville, he strafed the Tigers for five touchdown passes and 325 yards on 19-of-33 passing.
6. Penn State
Has QB Matt McGloin earned a scholarship or what? During the Nittany Lions’ current three-game winning streak, which got JoePa to 400 career wins, the former walk-on has thrown seven touchdown passes and just one pick. He was instrumental in Saturday’s emotional comeback win over Northwestern, rallying his team from a 21-0 deficit to score the game’s final five touchdowns.
While a lot of the focus went on how South Carolina will be limping into Gainesville, how about some love for the Hogs for their part in this development? Few teams were more impressive in Week 10 than Arkansas, which has won three straight since the Auburn loss, and is starting to hum again on offense behind QB Ryan Mallett and RB Knile Davis.
4. The Oklahoma State Offense
Wow. For the second time this season, the Cowboys set a school record for total offense, cranking out 725 total yards. QB Brandon Weeden led the charge with an Oklahoma State-best 435 passing yards, connecting on 13 different occasions with Biletnikoff Award favorite Justin Blackmon. The program has just one loss and will get Oklahoma in Stillwater at the end of the month.
3. Texas A&M
As far as head coach Mike Sherman is concerned, the Aggies are catching fire just in the nick-of-time. They’ve won three in-a-row to become bowl eligible, looking particularly impressive in routs of Texas Tech and Oklahoma this past Saturday night. Converted WR Ryan Tannehill has been a revelation behind center, and the defense is getting an All-Big 12 final season from former walk-on LB Michael Hodges.
Feel free to put the Cardinal at the top of the heap in the discussion about the nation’s best one-loss clubs. Since running out of steam in Eugene a month ago, Stanford has won its last four games, capped by an exclamation point victory over ranked Arizona this past weekend. No matter how Oregon finishes the season, it’ll be difficult keeping the Cardinal out of a BCS bowl game as an at-large invitee.
The Frogs did everything they possibly could to capture the attention of pollsters on Saturday, paddling Utah at home, 47-7, where the Utes hadn’t lost in 21 consecutive games. It was a complete domination of a previously unbeaten team, thrusting TCU into the discussion with higher-ranked contenders, Oregon and Auburn. The program is about to author a second straight perfect regular season, and is going to begin getting more attention from voters. It’s inevitable the way it steamrolled Salt Lake City in what was supposed to be a four-quarter battle.
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