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November 9, 2010

Power rankings: A power struggle at WR

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Not only could the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State showdown Nov. 27 in Stillwater end up deciding the Big 12 South champion, it also might determine the nation's top receiver.

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles have each spent multiple weeks as the No. 1 wide receiver in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

Broyles regained the No. 1 spot last week by catching three touchdown passes and setting a school single-game record with 203 receiving yards in a 43-10 rout of Colorado, while Blackmon was serving a suspension in the wake of a DUI arrest.

This week, Blackmon moves back in front. He returned from his suspension and caught 13 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 55-28 blowout of Baylor. That marked his eighth consecutive 100-yard receiving performance, tying the school record set by Hart Lee Dykes in 1988. Blackmon also scored on a 69-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown.

"He knew he made a mistake, but he was ready to come back and play this week," Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden told reporters after the game. "He can really stretch the field vertically. He is dangerous, and I was glad to have him back."

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told reporters that, "Justin was extremely embarrassed last week. I noticed him on the walk [to the stadium], and he spent the entire 500 yards of that walk over there touching all the hands of the little kids and the Oklahoma State people, and he has not done that before. I noticed that, and that's because he felt really bad for what happened."

Blackmon's performance was good enough to move him back ahead of Broyles, who caught eight passes for 59 yards and no touchdowns in a 33-19 loss to Texas A&M.

The only other change at the top of the power rankings came at defensive coordinator, where Ohio State's Jim Heacock moved ahead of Alabama's Kirby Smart.

Ohio State ranks third in the nation in total defense and scoring defense. The Buckeyes have given up 10 or fewer points in three of their past four games. Alabama fell 24-21 to LSU last week and allowed Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson to throw his first touchdown pass since a season-opening victory over North 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, Oregon punt returner Cliff Harris, 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.

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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