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December 9, 2008? Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
? Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator
The matchup between two coaching heavyweights in the SEC Championship Game produced the week's only change atop the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings.
Florida's 31-20 victory over Alabama allowed Gators coach Urban Meyer to replace Alabama's Nick Saban as the No. 1 coach in the power rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position.
Since losing 31-30 to Ole Miss on Sept. 27, Meyer's team has won nine consecutive games by an average margin of 36.4 points. Meyer will try to capture his second national title in the past three seasons Jan. 8 when Florida faces Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game at Miami.
"I love this football team," Meyer said after the Gators came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Alabama. "I love the way they fight. I love what they're made of. This will go down as one of the great wins in Florida football history."
Status quo reigned supreme elsewhere in the power rankings.
Players and coaches remaining atop their respective positions were Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Iowa running back Shonn Greene, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, Utah kicker/punter Louie Sakoda, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt.
This is the last regular-season edition of the power rankings. A final version of the power rankings will come out after the BCS Championship Game.
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.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.