Non-AQ Power Rankings, Week 5

Much of this looks the same headed into Week 5:

1. Boise State (3-0). The No. 3 Broncos had a lot of mistakes in a 37-24 win over Oregon State, from dumb penalties to special-teams breakdowns, but the name of the game is winning and that is what they did.

2. TCU (4-0). The Horned Frogs had perhaps their worst game of the season against SMU, after coming off a big win over Baylor. They had a tough time stopping the run, and Andy Dalton looked shaky in the first half. Still, 41-24 is a win and they are still in the hunt.

3. Utah (4-0). Jordan Wynn returned to the starting lineup and went 14-of-18 for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the 56-3 romp over San Jose State. Eight different Utes scored. Utah has a bye week before playing at Iowa State on Oct. 9.

4. Nevada (4-0). The Wolf Pack continued their best start since moving to FBS in 1992 with a dominating 27-13 win over BYU. Colin Kaepernick continues to impress, with 278 total yards and two touchdowns.

5. Air Force (3-1). The Falcons survive a tough game at Wyoming, 20-14, after Tim Jefferson ran for the game-winning score with 3:41 left. They were still able to rack up 379 yards on the ground, and Jared Tew had 136 yards rushing and a touchdown.

6. Temple (3-1). The Owls followed up their win over Connecticut with a hard-fought loss to Penn State, 22-13. They led until late in the third quarter, when the Nittany Lions pulled away. Still, for a team that had scored a combined six points in the previous four meetings, this was tremendous progress.

7. Fresno State (2-1). Why drop the Bulldogs below Temple? Well, they got crushed on the road at unranked Ole Miss, 55-38, after the defense had looked so good in its first two games. Both teams have wins over a Big East team, but Temple kept it closer on Saturday against a ranked team. Although the trip to Oxford was longer and more difficult for the Bulldogs.

8. Navy (2-1). The Midshipmen were off this week and get to stay in the rankings. Army is 3-1, but I think Navy has more talent and will win when they play in December.

9. San Diego State (3-1). Welcome to the rankings, Aztecs! They are a missed block in the back call from being 4-0 on the season. San Diego State beat Utah State 41-7 on Saturday and won three games in the month of September for the first time since 1993. Ronnie Hillman didn’t have a 200-yard game, but quarterback Ryan Lindley had over 300 yards.

10. Southern Miss (3-1). The Golden Eagles are lucky to still be in the top 10 after nearly losing to Louisiana Tech 13-12. That win over Kansas is only going to get you so far.