Well, Week 2 brings us a decidedly different look to the non-AQ/independent power rankings.
1. Boise State. Huge win over Virginia Tech on Monday night puts the Broncos in position to continue to contend for a spot in the BCS national title game.
2. TCU. Big win over Oregon State also has the Horned Frogs in good position to make another run as a potential BCS national title contender.
3. Utah. The Utes proved they know how to rebuild, and though the game looked sloppy at times, they get credit for beating Pittsburgh, the preseason pick to win the Big East.
4. Houston. The Cougars didn’t lose, so why are they dropping? Because Utah had a more impressive win.
5. BYU. I took a lot of grief for leaving the Cougars off this list to start. So consider this my mea culpa. Beating Washington with a two-quarterback system gets huge props in my book.
6. Notre Dame. The win over Purdue helped answer some questions, but we will know more after Saturday’s big game against Michigan.
7. Fresno State. A hearty welcome into the rankings to the Bulldogs after a very solid win over Cincinnati.
8. Nevada. Sure the Wolf Pack beat an FCS team in Eastern Washington, but they have plenty of potential. After Colorado State this weekend, big games loom against California and then at BYU.
9. Air Force. Falcons have one of the best backfields among the non-AQs. Huge test coming this weekend at home against BYU.
10. East Carolina. So the Pirates had a last-second win over Tulsa, but it was an important win over one of the top teams in the West.
Off the list this week: Navy, SMU, Middle Tennessee, Temple, Northern Illinois. Four of the teams lost, and Temple looked unimpressive in its win.