Non-BCS/Independents: Few changes in power rankings

October, 6, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

1. BYU: The Cougars didn't play the most inspired game on Friday, but a win is a win. Things get a little tougher this week against a New Mexico team that prides itself on its running game.

2. Utah: Thursday's win was huge in terms of rankings and confidence. The Utes notched their second win over a BCS team and could say they're one win removed from beating USC.

3. Boise State: The Broncos did exactly what everyone thought they would against Louisiana Tech. This week's game against Southern Miss lost its intrigue after losing two straight.

4. Ball State: The Cardinals finally cracked the Top 25, but there's still not a lot of people who think they're legit. A win over Western Kentucky this weekend won't legitimize them either, but the meat of the schedule is coming.

5. Tulsa: What can you say about a team that consistently blows out its opponents? There is no doubt that Tulsa is one of the best offenses in the country. I think a lot of us wish the Golden Hurricane would play someone.

6. TCU: After losing to Oklahoma, the Horned Frogs rebounded in a huge way against San Diego State. The task now will be to focus on Colorado State and not get caught looking ahead to BYU.

7. Notre Dame: There's no denying that the Irish are getting better, but the schedule takes a sharp turn this week in North Carolina. The Tar Heels have been tough to beat this year and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will have to be on.

8. Navy: Few teams have earned a bye week more than the Midshipmen. They've had a triumphant last three weeks by beating Rutgers, Wake Forest and Air Force. They'll welcome the breather.

9. Western Michigan: Western Michigan continues to compile wins and quarterback Tim Hiller continues to be effective. The task will be more difficult this weekend against a Buffalo team that's pretty darn good.

10. Fresno State: Tough and unexpected loss to Hawaii last week. Any talk about Fresno State in the BCS will quiet now, but the Bulldogs can still win the WAC championship -- they'll just have to be perfect from here on out.

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