Non-AQ Power Rankings, Week 4

September, 20, 2010
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A little bit of movement in the bottom half of our weekly non-AQ power rankings after Houston, BYU, East Carolina and Notre Dame lost:

1. Boise State (2-0). The Broncos returned to the field and put together a thoroughly complete win over Wyoming, 51-6. Kellen Moore passed for 370 yards, and Boise State has now won 16 straight games.

2. TCU (3-0). The Horned Frogs had their best game yet in a 45-10 win over Baylor, and are creeping up on the Broncos. Andy Dalton threw just two incompletions, and the defense harassed Robert Griffin all day.

3. Utah (3-0). The Utes were able to win a second straight game with Terrance Cain starting at quarterback in place of the injured Jordan Wynn (thumb). If there was any time to be without your starter, these past two games were it -- against UNLV and New Mexico.

4. Fresno State (2-0). The Bulldogs were tested against a much-improved Utah State team, rallying from a 24-17 third-quarter deficit to win 41-24. The defense tightened up, and the Aggies gained just 37 yards in the final quarter.

5. Nevada (3-0). The Wolf Pack have one of their best wins under coach Chris Ault, a convincing 52-31 victory over California. Colin Kaepernick was sensational again, with 329 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.

6. Air Force (2-1). The Falcons might have lost to No. 7 Oklahoma 27-24, but they nearly pulled off the upset with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Their triple-option gave the Sooners fits all day, and Air Force had 351 yards on the ground.

7. Temple (3-0). The Owls return to the power rankings after an important 30-16 win over Connecticut, their first against an automatic qualifying opponent since joining the MAC. Temple is 3-0 for the first time since 1979.

8. Navy (2-1). The Midshipmen have been dealing with a rash of injuries, including a hobbled Ricky Dobbs, and could be 3-0 if they had gotten a few more inches against Maryland.

9. Southern Miss (2-1). The Golden Eagles made up for their embarrassing loss to South Carolina in the opener with a quality win over Kansas, which had beaten Georgia Tech the previous week. With Case Keenum and backup Cotton Turner gone at Houston, Southern Miss could be the team to beat in Conference USA.

10. Notre Dame (1-2). The Irish stay in the rankings based on their heartbreaking losses in the final minutes to Michigan and Michigan State. If a couple of bounces go their way, they could be 3-0.

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