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October 24, 2006

Adams rises to top of Power Rankings

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The guy with the record sack streak has streaked atop the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings.

Clemson senior Gaines Adams is the new No. 1 defensive end in the power rankings, which measure the nation's best players and coaches at each position.

Adams set a school record Saturday by recording a sack in his sixth consecutive game during the Tigers' 31-7 victory over Georgia Tech. Adams leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 8 sacks and ranks second in the league with 11 tackles for loss.

He has 24 sacks in his college career, which puts him four away from Michael Dean Perry's school record. Adams' big performance against Georgia Tech helped him leapfrog LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in the power rankings.

Adams wasn't the only Tiger to soar up the charts.

Clemson's Rob Spence leads our rankings of the nation's top offensive coordinators after winning his personal matchup with respected Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. Clemson gained 426 total yards and averaged 8.4 yards per carry behind the one-two punch of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, who combined for 332 rushing yards.

The Tigers lead the nation with 42.3 points per game. Clemson also is ranked fourth in rushing offense and sixth in total offense.

Spence replaced Tennessee's David Cutcliffe, whose Volunteers scored a season-low 16 points in a 16-13 victory over Alabama.

Players or coaches maintaining their status as the best at their respective positions included Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth, Ole MIss linebacker Patrick Willis, California defensive back Daymeion Hughes, Ohio State kick returner Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock.

Peterson remains atop the power rankings despite breaking his collarbone two weeks ago because of the possibility that he could return in time for a bowl game. Players who suffer season-ending injuries are automatically removed from consideration.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week depending on how they fared the previous Saturday, but the power rankings measure their overall careers as well as their most recent performances.

For example, Georgia Tech's Johnson was held without a catch for the first time in his college career last week. Johnson now has a down arrow next to his name because of that performance, but he remains atop our rankings because we still believe he's the top receiver in the nation.

By the end of the season, our power ratings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches were the best at their respective positions.

Click here to check out the complete rankings after Week 8.

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