October 09, 2007
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119
SI.com ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
26 24
Hawaii (6-0)
A nasty right ankle sprain ruined Warriors quarterback Colt Brennan's shot at breaking the NCAA single-season passing record of 5,188 yards, but it has yet to cost his team any games. After losing Brennan in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Utah State, backup Tyler Graunke threw for three touchdowns to help hold off the Aggies, 52-37. Given, though, that Utah State is ranked 117th and hadn't broken the 20-point mark prior to that game, it's a good thing Brennan has vowed to return for the Warriors' Friday-night meeting with San Jose State, which precedes a bye week. "I'll be going all out this week," he told the Honolulu Advertiser. "I've got nothing to lose."
27 34
Boise St. (4-1)
28 11
Georgia (4-2)
29 26
Alabama (4-2)
30 25
Clemson (4-2)
Does it seem at all strange that the nation's two stingiest pass defenses are located in the state of South Carolina? The Gamecocks are ranked No. 1, while the Tigers come in at No. 2. Clemson's position is not entirely the result of a killer secondary, however: In Saturday's 41-23 loss to Virginia Tech, the Hokies only needed to pass 14 times for 65 yards ... because they ran the ball 41 times for 170 yards. The Tigers' run defense, unfortunately, is ranked 63rd.
31 39
Texas A&M (5-1)
32 47
Maryland (4-2)
33 23
Rutgers (3-2)
34 27
Arkansas (3-2)
35 29
Purdue (5-1)
36 37
Michigan (4-2)
Michael Hart is closing in on the No. 1 spot in the national rushing rankings. UCF's Kevin Smith has maintained the position all season, and currently averages 172.0 yards per game -- but Hart's 215-yard performance against Eastern Michigan on Saturday has brought him up to 162.7, good for second place. And while Hart has Purdue's porous defense to gash next week, Smith is running into red-hot South Florida. If the Knights fall behind early and are forced to resort to the pass, Hart could assume the lead -- especially since he's averaging a whopping 29.8 carries per game. "The more carries I get, the better I am," he told the Ann Arbor News this week.
37 38
Washington (2-3)
38 41
Wyoming (4-1)
39 45
Penn St. (4-2)
Is Austin Scott's career as a Nittany Lion over? Penn State's No. 1 tailback did not appear in Saturday's 27-7 win over Iowa, and rumors swirled that he had been kicked off the team altogether. Coach Joe Paterno would only say after the game that Scott's status "is very much in doubt as far as playing, period." In the meantime, it's a good thing PSU has depth at tailback: Backups Rodney Kinlaw and Evan Roystercombined for 254 yards against the Hawkeyes after being thrust into action following the Friday-night announcement of Scott's suspension.
40 40
41 43
Virginia (5-1)
42 49
Texas Tech (5-1)
43 54
Indiana (5-1)
44 32
Nebraska (4-2)
45 51
Troy (4-2)
46 53
47 35
48 46
Vanderbilt (3-2)
49 92
50 31
If you're looking for someone to blame for the Hurricanes' embarrassing, 27-20 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, coach Randy Shannon would prefer it not be quarterback Kyle Wright. "Everybody thinks it's Kyle, Kyle, Kyle," Shannon told the Miami Herald. "Lance [Leggett] missed a touchdown pass in the end zone in the first half. I mean, is that Kyle's fault? Is that Kyle's fault that the running game that we did in the first half didn't work, [and] in the second half it did?" Wright, just for the record, threw twice as many interceptions (four) as he did touchdowns (two) against the Tar Heels.

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