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November 2, 2010

Power rankings: Broyles back as top WR

Power Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Head coach | Offensive coach | Defensive coach

Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles set a single-game school receiving record Saturday in a 43-10 rout of Colorado. Imagine what he could have done with healthy ankles.

Broyles caught nine passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns to break the single-game mark of Manuel Johnson, who had 206 receiving yards two years ago in a victory over TCU. Broyles delivered his big performance after sitting out one practice to give his sore ankles more time to recover.

His record-setting effort made Broyles the new No. 1 wide receiver in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

"I feel like every game could be a 210-yard game," Broyles told reporters afterward. "It just depends on how the coverages are going. Tonight, it went my way."

Broyles regained the top spot in the rankings from Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, who was suspended from a 24-14 victory over Kansas State after being arrested on a DUI charge.

Another change atop the rankings came in the special-teams department, where Oregon's Cliff Harris moved back to the No. 1 spot. Harris' 41-yard punt return set up an Oregon touchdown in a 53-32 victory over USC.

Harris moved ahead of Nebraska's Alex Henery, who had a 51-yard field-goal attempt blocked in a 31-17 victory over Missouri.

Alabama's Kirby Smart moved back to the top of the defensive coordinator rankings. Alabama ranks second in scoring defense and has allowed only 10 points in each of its past two games to bounce back from its 35-21 loss to South Carolina.

Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, Oregon running back LaMichael James, Missouri tight end Michael Egnew, Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn remained atop their respective positions.

The power rankings measure overall career performances as well as a player or coach's most recent results. The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how he fared the previous week. Our coordinator rankings exclude coordinators who don't call their own plays or signals. That rule explains why we removed TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas from the rankings this week.

Power Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Head coach | Offensive coach | Defensive coach

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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