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Non-AQ Power Rankings, Week 8

10/18/2010

The non-AQ/independent teams lost two ranked teams when Nevada and Air Force were upset this weekend. Here are the Week 8 power rankings:

1. Boise State (6-0). The No. 3 Broncos had no trouble with San Jose State, winning 48-0. Kellen Moore went 14-of-16 for 231 yards with two touchdowns in one half of work, while the defense held the Spartans to just 80 yards of total offense. They made their debut in the BCS standings at No. 3, the highest ranking ever for a non-AQ team.

2. TCU (7-0). The Horned Frogs beat BYU 31-3 in the final meeting between the schools as Mountain West Conference members. TCU had its shutout streak end at 10 quarters when BYU hit a field goal late in the third. Still, the Horned Frogs have allowed just the three points in their past three games. They are at No. 5 in the BCS standings with a game against Air Force on Saturday.

3. Utah (6-0). The Utes beat Wyoming 30-6, but there was plenty for coach Kyle Whittingham to be upset about -- namely three interceptions from quarterback Jordan Wynn and a defense that still can’t find ways to create turnovers. Utah is at minus-6 in turnover ratio on the season. Utah is No. 9 in the BCS standings.

4. Hawaii (5-2). Look who has won four straight after an upset of No. 19 Nevada. Bryant Moniz didn’t put up his video game-like numbers passing, but he did throw for three touchdowns and do enough in the first half to hold on for the 27-21 win. Hawaii now emerges as the top contender to Boise State in the WAC. The two teams play in Boise on Nov. 6.

5. Nevada (6-1). The Wolf Pack lost for the first time this season, 27-21 at Hawaii, behind four turnovers from normally mistake-free quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He fumbled a ball out of the end zone that would have been a touchdown, and threw an interception on the final possession to seal the loss. Nevada has never beaten Hawaii in Honolulu as members of the WAC, but the Pack are leaving the conference.

6. Air Force (5-2). The Falcons came oh so close to sending their game against San Diego State into overtime, but had its 2-point conversion to tie the game overturned on video replay when it clearly showed Asher Clark’s knee was down before he crossed the goal line. After emphasizing the need to stop the run, the Falcons gave up 191 yards rushing to Ronnie Hillman.

7. Northern Illinois (5-2). The Huskies are rolling after their fourth straight win, a 45-14 triumph over Buffalo. Chad Spann had 111 yards and two touchdowns, and Chandler Harnish also added two passing scores in the win.

8. East Carolina (4-2). The Pirates got a huge win over their in-state rival, 33-27 in overtime. The much-maligned defense was able to force Russell Wilson into three interceptions, and Dominique Davis threw for 376 yards and two scores. It is safe to say the Pirates are one of the most unpredictable teams among the non-AQs.

9. San Diego State (4-2). The Aztecs are back in after beating No. 23 Air Force. The team has been the victim of bad officiating this season and could very easily be 6-0, but even at 4-2, the Aztecs are coming off their first win over a ranked opponent since 1996.

10. Temple (5-2). The Owls are hanging on by a very thin thread after nudging out a 28-27 win over Bowling Green. They broke up a 2-point conversion pass with no time left that would have won the game for the Falcons. Though they have seemingly struggled all season, they do have wins over Connecticut and Army.

Dropped out: SMU.