On the ballot
Americans will cast their votes on Tuesday's Election Day.
Here's your chance to vote for the candidates and issues concerning college football's national championship.
Which team is the best team in the country? Which matchup would you most like to see in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10? Which playoff format do you prefer for determining the sport's national champion?
Cast your vote, and On The Mark will tally the results:
The candidatesWhich team is most worthy of being No. 1 in the BCS standings today?
1. Oregon (8-0)
The high-scoring Ducks have scored 40 or more points in each of their games, including a 52-31 victory over No. 13 Stanford and a 53-32 win at Southern California.
2. Auburn (9-0)
The Tigers have defeated four teams ranked in the top 20 of the BCS standings: No. 10 LSU, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 19 South Carolina and No. 20 Mississippi State.
3. TCU (9-0)
The Horned Frogs lead the country in scoring defense, allowing only 8.7 points per game, and they've allowed seven or fewer points in each of their past five games.
4. Boise State (7-0)
The Broncos defeated No. 22 Virginia Tech 33-30 in their Labor Day opener and have won each of their past four games by 29 or more points.
5. Utah (8-0)
The Utes defeated Big East leader Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime in their Sept. 2 opener and rank third nationally in scoring offense (45.3 points per game) and sixth in scoring defense (14.1 points).
Which matchup would you most prefer to watch in the BCS National Championship Game?
1. Oregon versus Auburn
It might be the most entertaining game for fans to watch, as the Ducks and Tigers combine to average 94.9 points per game. (Their opponents average 42.2 points.)
2. Oregon versus Boise State
A rematch of the Broncos' 19-8 victory over the Ducks in last year's opener minus LeGarrette Blount's postgame punch.
4. Boise State versus TCU
It would be a rematch of this past January's Fiesta Bowl, which the Broncos won 17-10 after using a fake punt to set up the winning touchdown.
5. Boise State versus Alabama
The Crimson Tide didn't fare too well the last time they played a team from a non-BCS league in a bowl game, falling 31-17 to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Which is the best one-loss team in the country?
1. Alabama (7-1)
The defending BCS national champions had their 19-game win streak end with a 35-21 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 9.
2. Nebraska (7-1)
The Cornhuskers defeated Oklahoma State 51-41 and Missouri 31-17 after losing to Texas 20-13 on Oct. 16.
3. Oklahoma (7-1)
The Sooners walloped Florida State 47-17 at home on Sept. 11 and climbed to No. 1 in the country before losing at Missouri 36-27 on Oct. 23.
4. Wisconsin (7-1)
The Badgers, whose only loss came 34-24 at Michigan State, have upset then-No. 1 Ohio State 31-18 and then-No. 15 Iowa 31-30 in their past two games.
5. LSU (7-1)
Tigers coach Les Miles' magic finally ran out in a 24-17 loss at Auburn on Oct. 23.
If Alabama finishes 12-1, is it more deserving of playing in the BCS National Championship Game than undefeated Boise State?
If TCU finishes undefeated, is it more deserving of playing in the BCS National Championship Game than undefeated Boise State?
Which postseason format would you most prefer for determining college football's national champion?
1. Current BCS bowl games
Using the current format, the top two teams in the final BCS standings play in the BCS National Championship Game.
2. Plus-one game
The No. 1 team in the final BCS standings would play the No. 4 team, and the No. 2 team would play the No. 3 team. The winners of the semifinal games would play in the BCS National Championship Game.
3. Eight-team playoff
The top eight teams in the final BCS standings would determine the national championship with three rounds of playoff games.
4. Sixteen-team playoff
The top 16 teams in the final BCS standings would determine the national championship with four rounds of playoff games.
Should a conference champion have to finish in the Top 25 of the final BCS standings to receive an automatic berth into a BCS bowl game?
Should the Big East Conference lose its automatic berth into a BCS bowl game?
Should the BCS be expanded to include an automatic berth for the Mountain West Conference champion?
Should the BCS be expanded to include an automatic berth for the Western Athletic Conference champion?
Ranking the BCS conferences after nine weeks of the 2010 college football season:
The SEC has six teams ranked in the top 20 of the BCS standings, including three in the top 10. No. 2 Auburn still has control of the SEC West after winning 51-31 at Ole Miss, and No. 6 Alabama and No. 10 LSU will play an elimination game in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. No. 19 South Carolina controls its fate in the SEC East after beating Tennessee 38-24 at home.
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2. Big 12
Oklahoma and Texas aren't as good as they've been in the recent past, but the Big 12 still has five teams ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS standings. Who would have guessed No. 21 Baylor would be in the driver's seat in the Big 12 South after defeating Texas 30-22 on Saturday? The Bears will play at No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday. No. 7 Nebraska took control of the Big 12 North with a 31-17 victory over Missouri.
3. Big Ten
Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten teams with an ugly 37-6 loss at Iowa. The Spartans are still in decent shape to reach the Rose Bowl, but No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Ohio State are playing like the best teams in the league. The No. 16 Hawkeyes might be the best two-loss team in the country.
Oregon is the No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press poll, coaches' poll and BCS standings after routing Southern California 53-32 at the Coliseum on Saturday night. The Ducks probably won't be tested until their final two games -- against No. 15 Arizona on Nov. 26 and at rival Oregon State in the Civil War on Dec. 4. No. 13 Stanford might be a Rose Bowl candidate if it keeps winning -- and if Oregon plays in the BCS National Championship Game.
No. 24 Florida State blew a golden opportunity to take control of the Atlantic Division, fumbling at NC State's 4-yard line in the final minutes of a 28-24 loss Thursday night. The Seminoles, No. 25 Wolfpack and Maryland each have one loss in ACC play. No. 22 Virginia Tech has a two-game lead over Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina in the loss column of the Coastal Division standings. The Hokies can go a long way toward winning the division by defeating the Yellow Jackets at home on Thursday night.
6. Big East
There isn't a Big East team ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS standings again; Syracuse and Pitt are receiving votes in the Harris and coaches' poll. The Panthers have a one-game lead over the Orange in the loss column of the league standings and own the tiebreaker after winning 45-14 at Syracuse on Oct. 16. On Friday night, West Virginia lost its second straight game, 16-13 at Connecticut.
On the mark: Precision passers
1. Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Jones helped the Sooners bounce back from their first loss, throwing for a career-high 453 yards on 32-for-46 passing with four touchdowns in a 43-10 rout of Colorado.
2. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
In his first career start, Tannehill threw for 449 yards with four touchdowns on 36-for-50 passing in a 45-27 victory over Texas Tech.
3. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
The strong-armed Hog is trying to sneak back into the Heisman Trophy race, completing 27 of 44 passes for a school-record 409 yards with three touchdowns in a 49-14 rout of Vanderbilt.
4. Sean Renfree, Duke
Renfree was nearly perfect in the Blue Devils' 34-31 upset of Navy, completing 28 of 30 passes (including his first 16 attempts) for 314 yards with three touchdowns (one passing and two running).
5. Steven Threet, Arizona State
Threet rebounded well from a Week 8 concussion, throwing for 300 yards with three touchdowns on 26-for-32 passing in a 42-0 shutout of Washington State.
Off the mark: Hot-seat coaches
1. Mike Locksley, New Mexico
The Lobos lost at Colorado State 38-14, dropping their record to 0-8.
2. Paul Wulff, Washington State
The Cougars fell to 1-8 with a 42-0 loss at Arizona State, the seventh time they've allowed 35 or more points this season.
3. Dan Hawkins, Colorado
The Buffaloes were routed 43-10 by Oklahoma, dropping to 0-4 in Big 12 play in their final season in the league.
4. Rickey Bustle, Louisiana-Lafayette
The not-so-Ragin' Cajuns lost 38-31 to Ohio, their fourth straight defeat, falling to 2-6.
5. Mike Price, UTEP
The Miners lost their third game in a row, 16-12 to Marshall, which won for the first time in more than a month.
On the mark: Ground-gaining RBs
1. Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska
Helu ran for a school-record 307 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns -- the first 300-yard rushing performance in the country this season -- in a 31-17 victory over Missouri.
2. Lance Dunbar, North Texas
Dunbar ran 30 times for 215 yards with three touchdowns, helping interim coach Mike Canales win his debut in a 33-6 rout of Western Kentucky.
3. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Lattimore returned from a one-game absence with a sprained ankle and ran 29 times for 184 yards with one touchdown, helping the Gamecocks keep control of the SEC East with a 38-24 win over Tennessee.
5. Evan Royster, Penn State
The senior helped Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno with his 399th victory, rushing for 150 yards with two touchdowns on 29 carries in a 41-31 win over Michigan.
Off the mark: Offensive offenses
The Tigers failed to score an offensive touchdown and had three turnovers in a 16-10 loss at Boston College.
Playing most of the game without injured quarterback Jacory Harris, the Hurricanes threw five interceptions in a 24-19 loss at Virginia.
3. West Virginia
The Mountaineers fumbled seven times and lost four of them, including one at Connecticut's 1-yard line in overtime of a 16-13 loss.
The Bears had more penalties (12) than first downs (10) in a 35-7 loss at Oregon State.
The Huskies had 107 yards of offense (88 passing and 19 rushing), their lowest offensive output since 1973, in a 41-0 loss to Stanford at home.
On the mark: Big-play WRs
1. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Jones' favorite target had his own career day against the Buffaloes, setting a school record with 208 receiving yards and three touchdowns on nine catches.
2. DeMarco Sampson, San Diego State
Sampson had seven receptions for 175 yards, including touchdowns of 56 and 59 yards, in a 48-38 victory over Wyoming. Teammate Vincent Brown caught five passes for 144 yards.
3. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
Fuller caught 11 passes for 171 yards with two touchdowns against the Red Raiders, becoming the second player in Texas A&M history with more than 2,000 career receiving yards.
4. Greg Salas, Hawaii
Salas caught 11 passes for 168 yards in the Warriors' 45-10 victory over Idaho, his sixth consecutive game with more than 100 receiving yards.
5. Aldrick Robinson, SMU
Robinson had five catches for 182 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown to put the Mustangs ahead in a 31-17 victory over Tulane. He also caught a 56-yard pass to set up SMU's final score.
On the mark: Defenseless defenses
1. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons gave up 446 yards in a 62-14 loss at Maryland, which tied a school record for most points scored in an ACC game.
2. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders allowed a 400-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers in their 45-27 loss at Texas A&M.
3. Ole Miss
The Rebels surrendered 572 yards of offense, including 343 rushing, in their 20-point loss to Auburn.
The Tigers gave up 651 yards of offense -- 403 passing and 248 rushing -- in a 56-17 loss to Houston.
5. Utah State
The Aggies allowed 596 yards of offense, including 387 on the ground, in a 56-42 loss at Nevada.