Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Final 2010 non-AQ power rankings
By Andrea Adelson
Here are your final 2010 power rankings for the non-AQs:
1. TCU (13-0). The Horned Frogs capped their undefeated season with a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and a No. 2 final ranking. Still too bad they do not get a chance to play for a national championship, but no question TCU is the class of the non-AQs this season.
2. Nevada (13-1). The Wolf Pack beat Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to end the best season in school history. Their win over Boise State was one of the biggest upsets of the season.
3. Boise State (12-1). The Broncos fall a notch below Nevada because they lost the head-to-head battle. The Broncos may have felt they were in a consolation bowl but they did finish ranked in the top 10 for the second straight season. Coach Chris Petersen has lost five games in his five seasons as head coach.
4. UCF (11-3). The Knights had the best season in school history, winning 11 games for the first time, winning a bowl game for the first time and in the process taking down Georgia.
5. Tulsa (10-3). The Golden Hurricane won seven straight to close the season, and their emphatic 62-35 win over Hawaii served to show the power of this offense. Nobody scored more points in the bowl season.
6. Utah (10-3). The Utes had their nine-game bowl winning streak snapped in a loss to Boise State, but they still won 10 games for the third year in a row under coach Kyle Whittingham.
7. San Diego State (9-4). The Aztecs posted their best season since 1996 and had a decisive win over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Now the question is whether Brady Hoke will stay on as head coach.
8. Hawaii (10-4). The Warriors ended their season in disappointing fashion against Tulsa, but they still claimed a share of the WAC championship.
9. Miami (Ohio) (10-4). The RedHawks became the first team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins in consecutive seasons after winning their bowl game under interim coach Lance Guidry.
10. Northern Illinois (11-3). The RedHawks get the nod over the Huskies because of their MAC championship. But this takes nothing away from the season Northern Illinois had, as it won a school-record 11 games and its first bowl game since 2004.