College Football Power Rankings: 26-119
RANKLAST WEEK TEAM
7679
Arizona (2-5)
7773
7884
7985
Ball St. (4-3)
8080
Kent St. (3-4)
8190
8281
Baylor (3-4)
8388
Nevada (2-4)
84100
Buffalo (3-4)
8583
8686
Saturday's 27-14 loss to Boston College not only sent the reeling Irish to 1-6, it inflamed a quarterback controversy between junior Evan Sharpley and freshman Jimmy Clausen. After starting the game 7-of-20 with two interceptions and zero points on the board, Clausen was yanked in favor of Sharpley early in the second half. While Sharpley's overall numbers weren't stellar -- he was 11-of-29 for 135 yards and one TD -- he seemed to inspire a lifeless team. His first drive went 79 yards in 59 seconds for a score, and Notre Dame's defense responded in a big way on the ensuing series: linebacker Brian Smith picked off Eagles quarterback (and Heisman candidate) Matt Ryan and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown. Of Clausen's woes, Irish coach Charlie Weis told the Chicago Tribune, "I'm never big on blaming a quarterback for the lack of production of the offense, but obviously he's part of it." And on Tuesday, Weis announced that Sharpley would start against USC.
8782
8875
Syracuse (1-6)
8987
Duke (1-6)
90103
UAB (3-3)
91104
Ohio (3-4)
9291
Coach Dave Wannstedt only has two years remaining on his contract at Pitt, and with the Panthers off to a 2-4 start, the question of whether or not he'll receive an extension is hanging ominously over the program's recruiting efforts. "I think [recruiting] is going to be pretty hard because most people think there's a good chance there's going to be a change," SuperPrep's Allen Wallace told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Wannstedt has delivered stellar recruiting hauls in past two seasons -- his '06 class ranked 14th on Scout.com, and his '07 class ranked 17th -- but has yet to parlay that into success in the Big East. A decision on Wannstedt's contract isn't likely to come until after Pitt appoints a new athletic director to replace Jeff Long, who left for Arkansas in September to replace Frank Broyles.
9392
UNLV (2-5)
9493
Rice (1-5)
95109
9694
The Aztecs are no doubt displeased with Saturday's result -- a 23-7 loss to a Utah team that had already slept through a few games against second-tier competition -- but they did have to be impressed with the play of junior linebacker Russell Allen. He recorded 22 tackles against the Utes, setting a San Diego State record and falling just one behind the Mountain West record of 23, which was set by John Howell of Colorado State in 2000. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Allen also tied current Chicago Bear -- and former New Mexico star -- Brian Urlacher for the most tackles ever by a player in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
9795
9896
9989
Memphis (2-4)
10099
Iowa St. (1-6)

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