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October 14, 2008

Power rankings: New No. 1 players

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

One of the biggest weekends of the season produced the most upheaval yet in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings.

More than half the No. 1 spots changed hands in the latest edition of the power rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position.

The biggest game of the week Texas' 45-35 victory over Oklahoma caused plenty of the shakeups in the rankings. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford was the losing quarterback, but his consolation prize was a move atop our rankings. Bradford was 28-for-39 passing for 387 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions against Texas. That performance moved him ahead of Missouri's Chase Daniel, who threw three interceptions in a 28-23 home loss to Oklahoma State.

Bradford also was sacked twice by Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, the new No. 1 defensive lineman. Orakpo replaced South Florida defensive end George Selvie, whose team was idle last weekend.

The Texas-Oklahoma result also caused major changes in the coach rankings. Alabama's Nick Saban replaced Oklahoma's Bob Stoops as the No. 1 coach, while Penn State's Tom Bradley took over for Texas' Will Muschamp as the top defensive coordinator.

Those weren't the only moves.

Michigan State's Javon Ringer regained the top spot at running back from Ohio State's Chris Wells in what could develop into a back-and-forth battle all season. Ringer rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in a 37-20 victory over Northwestern. Wells ran for 94 yards on 22 carries and didn't score in a 16-3 triumph over Purdue.

Florida's Brandon Spikes replaced Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon as the No. 1 linebacker after picking off two passes and returning one for a touchdown in a 51-21 thrashing of LSU.

Tennessee's Eric Berry regained the No. 1 spot at defensive back from Wake Forest's Alphonso Smith after recording his fourth interception of the season in a 26-14 loss to Georgia.

Penn State gained a monopoly atop the coordinator rankings after the Nittany Lions' 48-7 rout of Wisconsin. Penn State's Galen Hall took the No. 1 spot at offensive coordinator from Missouri's Dave Christensen.

Players remaining atop their respective positions included Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher and Florida kick returner Brandon James.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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