The best quarterback duel of the season caused a change atop the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow delivered the best performance of his outstanding sophomore season Saturday by throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for a fifth score in a 45-37 victory over Kentucky.
The Wildcats' Andre' Woodson was equally brilliant in defeat. He went 35-of-50 for 415 yards, with five touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Tebow's ability to will the Gators to victory allowed him to become the new No. 1 quarterback in our power rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position. Woodson's performance also warranted some kind of reward, so he moved up to the No. 2 position.
Tebow and Woodson moved ahead of Boston College's Matt Ryan, whose team was idle last week. Ryan could reclaim the top spot by playing well Thursday night on the road against a tough Virginia Tech defense.
The only other change atop the rankings came at tight end.
USC's Fred Davis made an outstanding one-handed touchdown catch during a 38-0 victory over Notre Dame last week that continued his remarkable senior season. Davis has 538 receiving yards – 207 more than any other USC player – and a team-high five touchdown catches this season.
By catching a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game, Davis replaced Wisconsin's Travis Beckum as our top tight end. Beckum caught four passes for 25 yards in a 44-3 triumph over Northern Illinois.
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.
By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches were the best at their respective positions.