Cam Newton recaptures No. 1
There are a lot of games you expect to be blowouts. The SEC title game is not one of them. Then again, past title games didn't have Cameron Newton under center. Thanks to his six-touchdown, 408-yard performance Saturday, the Auburn Tigers breezed past South Carolina and into the BCS National Championship Game. Therefore, our panel had no choice but to put Newton at No. 1 for the second straight week.
In a week in which tons of players went off, what do you make of our rankings? Did the panel miss someone or place a certain athlete too high? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 33
|Newton didn't let allegations of recruiting violations keep him down as he threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more in a 56-17 rout of South Carolina in the SEC championship game. Newton and Auburn will take on Oregon in the national championship game.|
|Any questions? Brady threw for 326 yards and four TDs on his way to annihilating the Gang Green D, 45-3. He furthered his case for MVP, locked up the AFC East and handed Rex Ryan "the biggest butt whipping" of his career. (His words, not ours).|
|James braved the lions' den that was Quicken Loans Arena and came out unscathed Thursday, putting up 38 points in his return to Cleveland. James has the Heat on a five-game winning streak and is allaying concerns that Miami is a paper tiger.|
|Triple-doubles, 30-point games -- it's good to be Walker. The UConn guard continues to prove why he's widely considered the best college basketball player in the country. Bring on the John Wall comparisons!|
|Vick continued to build his MVP résumé this week, contributing three touchdowns toward a 34-24 defeat of the Houston Texans. Vick's 105.7 QB rating is the highest of his career.|
|Is Stoudemire going to save basketball in New York? Well, we won't get too ahead of ourselves, but it's worth mentioning the $100 million man had four monster games (35, 34, 31 and 34 points) to lock down four Knicks wins. Can you say All-Star Game?|
|Ah, the life of Sid the Kid. Tearing it up in the NHL one moment, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine the next. Crosby has scored nine goals in his past five games and has a 16-game points streak, the second-longest of his career.|
|Broken nose? No problem. Big Ben looked like a hockey player out there Sunday, leading his Steelers to a big AFC North victory over the Ravens.|
|If you thought the Thunder wouldn't survive when Kevin Durant was out, you clearly hadn't watched Westbrook play ball this season. The Thunder's breakout star has looked like Durant 2.0 out there, scoring double-doubles in four of his past six games.|
|McDowell put a temporary halt to Tiger Woods' comeback tour, beating him in a playoff Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge. McDowell made two clutch putts, one to force the playoff and one to win it.|
CROSS-SPORT POWER RANKINGS 2010
Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports. Check out the rest of our individual sport power rankings.
MORE POWER RANKINGS
• CFB Power Rankings: Auburn is No. 1
• CBB Power Rankings: Duke is No. 1
• NFL Power Rankings: Falcons are No. 1
• NBA Power Rankings: Mavs are No. 1
• NHL Power Rankings: Red Wings, No. 1