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Over the past month, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has implored his team to focus on its remaining season like it was on a Super Bowl run.If college football crowned its national champion through a playoff, No. 17 Stanford would be one of the teams opponents would want to avoid in a winner-takes-all scenario.
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Jim Harbaugh has been treating the back-half of Stanford's schedule as if it were a playoff.
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Paul Johnson's triple-option offense has worked at every stop he's made.
"We've beaten everybody in the Big 12 except Texas," Patterson said. "Nobody else is going to admit that."With games left at Wyoming on Saturday and home against winless New Mexico on Nov. 28, TCU should finish the regular season with an unblemished record. But barring an upset loss by No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama or No. 3 Texas, the Horned Frogs probably won't get a chance to play for the BCS national championship. And that might be a good thing for the Gators, Crimson Tide and Longhorns. "I've always felt like the only way to judge that is head to head," Patterson said. "You've got to go play the ballgame. That's the only way to judge anything."
1. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
The Michigan transfer passed for 405 yards with five touchdowns in a 56-20 rout of Troy, breaking the school's single-season record for passing yards in the process.
2. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
A week after throwing five interceptions, Jones passed for a career-high 392 yards with five touchdowns in a 65-10 blowout of Texas A&M.
3. Joe Webb, UAB
One of the country's best-kept secrets, Webb passed for 378 yards with three touchdowns and ran for one score in the Blazers' 31-21 victory at Memphis.
4. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
The senior continues to be one of the sport's best dual threats, throwing for 341 yards with two touchdowns and running for four scores in a 56-28 victory over Toledo.
5. Kellen Moore, Boise State
The sophomore helped the Broncos stay perfect, passing for 299 yards and tying his career high with five touchdowns in a 63-25 rout of rival Idaho.
1. Southern California
The Trojans allowed the most points in school history in a 55-21 loss to Stanford and surrendered 102 points in their past two defeats.
The Wolverines allowed 469 yards in a 45-24 loss at Wisconsin, the seventh time they allowed 30 points or more in a game this season.
4. Fresno State
The Bulldogs surrendered 461 rushing yards in a 52-14 loss at Nevada, giving up a whopping 9.2 yards per carry.
Last season's BCS buster was pushed around in a 55-28 loss at TCU, allowing 549 yards of offense.
1. Toby Gerhart, Stanford
The Cardinal's bruising senior ran 29 times for 178 yards with three touchdowns in the rout of Southern California, his eighth 100-yard game of the season.
4. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
The country's top freshman running back had 152 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, in the Panthers' 27-22 victory over Notre Dame.
1. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
A second consecutive loss left Weis with a 35-25 record at Notre Dame, giving him the same winning percentage as predecessors Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham.
2. Al Groh, Virginia
The Cavaliers fell to 3-7 after losing their fourth game in a row, 14-10 to Boston College at home.
4. J.D. Brookhart, Akron
The Zips are 2-8 after getting routed by Temple 56-17 on Friday night at home.
5. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan
The Wolverines have to beat Ohio State on Saturday to avoid missing a bowl game for the second season in a row. His job is probably safe, but staff changes are likely coming.
1. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
McCluster did it all in the Rebels' 42-17 rout of Tennessee, rushing for a school-record 282 yards with four touchdowns and finishing with 324 all-purpose yards.
2. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
The Tigers tailback ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown -- the first Clemson player to accomplish the trifecta -- in a 43-23 win at NC State.
3. Danario Alexander, Missouri
Alexander caught 10 passes for 200 yards with three touchdowns in a 38-12 win at Kansas State, ending the Tigers' late-season slide.
4. Greg Salas, Hawaii
The junior caught a school-record 16 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown in the Warriors' 24-6 victory over New Mexico State.
5. Kendric Burney, North Carolina
The Tar Heels cornerback intercepted three passes, returning one 77 yards for a touchdown, and set an ACC record with 170 interception return yards in a 33-24 upset of Miami.