Monday, September 13, 2010
Non-AQ Power Rankings: Week 3
By Andrea Adelson
A little bit of movement in the bottom half of our weekly non-AQ/independents power rankings:
1. Boise State (1-0). The win over Virginia Tech doesn’t appear to be as big as it did a week ago, but the Broncos are still deserving of the top spot. After a bye last week, they get Wyoming on Saturday.
2. TCU (2-0). The Horned Frogs weren’t really tested in a 62-7 win over Tennessee Tech, but a big test does loom on Saturday against much-improved Baylor.
3. Utah (2-0). The Utes were able to win with Terrance Cain starting in place of Jordan Wynn at quarterback, beating UNLV 38-10. Wynn sat out with a sprained thumb on his throwing hand.
4. Houston (2-0). Even after Case Keenum went down with concussion-like symptoms, the Cougars kept pouring it on UTEP in a decisive 54-24 win.
5. Fresno State (1-0). The Bulldogs were off after their big win over Cincinnati. The defense faces a difficult matchup Saturday on the road against Diondre Borel and Utah State.
6. Nevada (2-0). The Wolf Pack have beaten an FCS team and a pretty bad Colorado State team to start the year, but Colin Kaepernick looks better than ever. California visits on Friday night in a huge primetime spotlight game.
7. Air Force (2-0). The Falcons snapped their six-game losing streak to BYU with a 35-14 win in a balanced effort that totally stymied the Cougars.
8. BYU (1-1). A week after looking so good against Washington, quarterbacks Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps looked confused and flustered against Air Force.
9. Notre Dame (1-1). The Irish came seconds away from beating Michigan. But for the second year in a row, the Wolverines won the game with late game heroics.
10. East Carolina (2-0). A dominating win over Memphis put the Pirates at 2-0, but now they face a fired-up Virginia Tech team coming off a loss to James Madison of the FCS.