Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Get ready Alabama fans. With Texas being upset by Texas Tech, you're getting ready to go to No. 1 in the country for the first time since winning the national championship in 1992. Of course, that was at the end of the season following the bowl games. The last time Alabama was ranked No. 1 during the season was 1980. The Crimson Tide did their part Saturday by mauling Arkansas State, 35-0, and head to Baton Rouge next weekend for the big one against LSU. Before we look too far ahead, though, let's award some helmet stickers for Week 10:
Tim Tebow, quarterback, Florida: He might not be putting up Heisman Trophy numbers, but Tim Tebow is pushing all the right buttons now on a Florida offense that's putting up crazy numbers. The Gators have scored 203 points in their last four games. Tebow accounted for five touchdowns Saturday in returning to his hometown of Jacksonville and avenging last season's 42-30 loss to Georgia with a 49-10 demolition of the Bulldogs. Tebow rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more. He broke Emmitt Smith's career record for rushing touchdowns at Florida. "Just to be in the same sentence with Emmitt Smith is a huge honor," said Tebow, who now has 39 career rushing touchdowns.
Arkansas' defense: There was a time this season when you wondered if Arkansas could stop anybody on defense. But despite playing a frightening number of younger players, the Razorbacks have improved on that side of the ball and held the nation's No. 1 offense to less than half its output Saturday in winning 30-23 over No. 18 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane came into the game averaging 55.6 points and hadn't scored fewer than 37 points all season. The Hogs clinched the win by stopping Tulsa on downs inside the Arkansas 10 in the final minute.
Ellis Johnson, defensive coordinator, South Carolina: Steve Spurrier was fortunate to get Johnson after Brian VanGorder bolted for the NFL. South Carolina's defense has been rock-solid under Johnson and was again Saturday in a 27-6 win over Tennessee. The Gamecocks entered the game ranked fourth nationally in total defense and didn't disappoint against one of the worst offenses in the country. They forced the Vols into three turnovers, one of those an interception returned for a touchdown by Stoney Woodson, and held Tennessee to no first downs and 2 total yards in the fourth quarter.
Rashad Johnson, safety, Alabama: Most of the defensive pub this season has gone to nose tackle Terrence Cody and middle linebacker Rolando McClain, but Johnson has been Mr. Steady in the secondary and is also one of the strongest leaders on the team. His 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter highlighted another defensive gem by Alabama in its 35-0 win over Arkansas State. The Crimson Tide held the Red Wolves to 158 total yards and sacked quarterback Corey Leonard four times. In its last three games, the Alabama defense has allowed just three touchdowns.