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Monday, September 8, 2008
ECU moves to the top of the Independents/Others power rankings


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

1. East Carolina: With two ranked wins under their belt, the schedule gets a little easier with Tulane and NC State in the next two weeks. It will be interesting if ECU can keep up the same level of enthusiasm.

2. Fresno State: The benefit of the bye week is that Fresno State gets to keep its power ranking. The Bulldogs will be tested this weekend against No. 10 Wisconsin.

3. BYU: Max Hall has this offense moving, but the defense is still a question. BYU should have handled Washington fairly easily and that's why the Cougars fall in the power rankings.

4. Tulsa: Quarterback David Johnson abused North Texas this week and solidified Tulsa once again as the team to beat in C-USA West. It should have no trouble with New Mexico this weekend.

5. Utah: The first half was pretty ugly, but the team rebounded to blow out a UNLV team that defeated the Utes a season ago. A game against Utah State this weekend shouldn't present a challenge.

6. Ball State: The Cardinals offense is sick. Dante Love, MiQuale Lewis and Nate Davis had little trouble moving the ball against Navy and should continue their undefeated season against Akron.

7. Arkansas State: Quietly the Red Wolves are gaining momentum and looking more and more like a team that could challenge for the Sun Belt. Scoring 83 points on any team is pretty impressive.

8. Boise State: The Broncos benefited in the power rankings with a bye week, but the next two games against Bowling Green and Oregon should speak to whether Kellen Moore can lead this team back to prominence.

9. TCU: The Horned Frogs didn't play the toughest opponent in Stephen F. Austin, but it asserted itself in the win and now prepares to face a decent Stanford team.

10. Rice: The Owls are the only team in the country that can say that it is 2-0 in conference play. They beat SMU to start the season and a strong defensive play led them to a win over Memphis.