NFP Top 25
A look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 teams in the nation heading into Week 8 of the season.
2010 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.
1. Boise State (6-0) 
WON 48-0 at San Jose State
The Broncos held the Spartans to a meager 80 total yards of offense and six first downs. But the performance was not impressive enough for the computers in the BCS formula.
2. TCU (7-0) 
WON 31-3 vs. BYU
The Horned Frogs won their third straight against the Cougars and had held their opponents scoreless for 10 consecutive quarters before a BYU field goal in the third quarter.
ICONDarron Thomas heads an efficient Ducks offense.
3. Oregon (6-0) 
The Ducks were off this past week but still managed to snag the school’s very first No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll. They host UCLA on Thursday.
4. Oklahoma (6-0) 
WON 52-0 vs. Iowa State
DeMarco Murray scored three touchdowns, giving him 58 for his career, to pass Steve Owens for the most in Oklahoma history as the Sooners shut out the Cyclones.
5. Auburn (7-0) 
WON 65-43 vs. Arkansas
Cam Newton ran for 188 yards, passed for 140 and had a hand in four touchdowns as the Tigers outlasted the Razorbacks to remain unbeaten.
6. LSU (7-0) 
WON 32-10 vs. McNeese State
The Tigers extended the nation’s longest regular season nonconference winning streak to 32 games with a win over the Cowboys.
7. Alabama (6-1) 
WON 23-10 vs. Ole Miss
The Crimson Tide won their 10th straight at home against Ole Miss and are 24-1 overall in Tuscaloosa against the Rebels.
8. Michigan State (6-0) 
WON 26-6 vs. Illinois
The Spartans outscored the Illini 23-0 in the second half to remain unbeaten.
9. Utah (6-0) 
WON 30-6 at Wyoming
The Utes won their 10th game in the last 11 against the Cowboys behind Matt Asiata’s 109 rushing yards.
10. Iowa (5-1) 
WON 38-28 at Michigan
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught a career-high three TDs and Adam Robinson had 100 rushing yards and two scores to help the Hawkeyes win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2002.
11. Stanford (5-1) 
The Cardinal host Washington State this week after enjoying a bye.
ICONJohn Clay and the Badgers are still enjoying their win over the Buckeyes.
12. Wisconsin (6-1) 
WON 31-18 vs. Ohio State
The Badgers used David Gilreath’s 97-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff to take command early and beat the Buckeyes.
13. Ohio State (6-1) 
LOST 31-18 at Wisconsin
The Buckeyes lost their third straight game as the AP’s No. 1 team as Terrelle Pryor went just 14 of 28 passing with an interception.
14. Nebraska (5-1) 
LOST 20-13 vs. Texas
Taylor Martinez ran for only 21 yards on 13 carries after entering the game averaging more than 147 yards a game on the ground and close to 11 yards per carry.
15. Arizona (5-1) 
WON 24-7 at Washington State
The Wildcats beat the Cougars for the fifth straight time but lost quarterback Nick Foles to a knee injury.
16. West Virginia (5-1) 
WON 20-6 vs. South Florida
The Mountaineers won their 12th straight at home, which ties for the second-longest home winning streak in school history.
17. Oklahoma State (6-0) 
WON 34-17 at Texas Tech
Justin Blackmon continued his amazing season by setting career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (207) as the Cowboys beat the Red Raiders.
ICONBlaine Gabbert is good, but it's Mizzou's defense that has been the real factor.
18. Missouri (6-0) 
WON 30-9 at Texas A&M
The Tigers have allowed only 65 points this season — the fewest through six games since 1973, when they allowed 49.
19. Florida State (6-1) 
WON 24-19 vs. Boston College
The Seminoles turned the ball over four times but held on to improve to 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since winning their first six conference games in 2003.
20. South Carolina (4-2) 
LOST 31-28 at Kentucky
The Gamecocks could not hold onto a 28-10 halftime lead as they fell in Lexington to the Wildcats.
21. Arkansas (4-2) 
LOST 65-43 at Auburn
Ryan Mallett was injured and left the game, but Tyler Wilson gave a valiant effort in a losing cause.
22. Texas (4-2) [NR]
WON 20-13 at Nebraska
The Longhorns’ defense held Nebraska to 202 total yards as Texas beat the Cornhuskers for the ninth time in 10 games since joining the Big 12.
23. Virginia Tech (5-2) [NR]
WON 52-21 vs. Wake Forest
Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Hokies won their fifth straight after opening the season with two losses.
24. Mississippi State (5-2) [NR]
WON 10-7 at Florida
The Bulldogs ran for 212 yards and forced two turnovers to notch a win in Gainesville for the first time since 1965.
25. USC (5-2) [NR]
WON 48-14 vs. Cal
Matt Barkley passed for 352 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns, and the Trojans held a 42-point halftime lead in a thrashing of the Golden Bears.
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