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Monday, October 25, 2010
Non-AQ Power Rankings, Week 9

By Andrea Adelson

Power Rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-10 | SEC | Non-AQ

Not much has changed in this week’s power rankings. Here they are for Week 9:

1. Boise State (6-0). The No. 3 Broncos play Tuesday night against Louisiana Tech and are eager to get to the meat of their WAC schedule. Upcoming games against Hawaii, Idaho, Fresno State and Nevada will be bigger tests than San Jose State and New Mexico State already gave them.

2. TCU (8-0). The Horned Frogs held Air Force to season lows in rushing yards and points in a 38-7 win on Saturday. They have given up just 10 points in four Mountain West Conference games. Plus, that 45-10 win over Baylor is looking even better now that the Bears are 6-2 and ranked in both polls.

3. Utah (7-0). The Utes handled Colorado State 59-6 and now enter the heart of their schedule, with consecutive games against Air Force, TCU, Notre Dame and San Diego State. Utah has scored 50-plus points in four games this season.

4. Hawaii (6-2). The Warriors are 4-0 in WAC play for the third time in school history after a dominating 45-7 win over Utah State. They proved they are more than just Bryant Moniz in that game, with Alex Green gaining 172 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.

5. Nevada (6-1). The Wolf Pack were off last week, so they had extra time to think about their loss to Hawaii. They return with Utah State this weekend. The big key is to see how Colin Kaepernick rebounds from his four-interception performance.

6. Northern Illinois (6-2). The Huskies have won five straight, including a win over Minnesota, and have barely been tested in league play. After their 33-7 win over Central Michigan on Saturday, their average margin of victory in MAC play is 26.8 points.

7. East Carolina (5-2). The Pirates' defense seems to be tightening up just a bit heading into their big conference showdown at UCF on Saturday. They allowed just 10 points to Marshall on Saturday – a season low for the defense -- and held NC State to 27 points the week before. That after three straight weeks giving up 40-plus points.

8. San Diego State (5-2). The Aztecs had a struggle on their hands in a 30-20 win over New Mexico, but this is the first time they are three games above .500 at any point during the season since finishing the 1998 regular season 7-4. That was the last time they were bowl eligible.

9. Navy (5-2). The Midshipmen have lost their two games by a combined 11 points, and showed the power of the triple option in a 35-17 win over Notre Dame.

10. Temple (6-2). The Owls put together their best game of the season in a 42-0 win over Buffalo. Matt Brown and Bernard Pierce each gained 100 yards on the ground, and Mike Gerardi appears to have supplanted Chester Stewart as the starter at quarterback.

Dropped out: Air Force.