September 04, 2007
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119 ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
26 35
The spread offense is beautiful when it works -- for example, the way Appalachian State used it to devastate Michigan's title hopes -- but simply running it is no guarantee that you'll light up the scoreboard. New spread convert Arizona struggled mightily against the Cougars on Saturday, managing just seven points in the entire game (on a touchdown in the final minute), and only 41 total yards of offense in the first half. The shut-down effort kept BYU's win streak alive at 11 games and gives the Cougs a near-guaranteed shot to jump into the top 25 should they knock off UCLA on Sept. 8.
27 26
Texas A&M (1-0)
28 28
Missouri (1-0)
29 37
Clemson (1-0)
30 31
Iowa (1-0)
31 32
32 47
33 34
Texas Tech (1-0)
34 38
Oregon St. (1-0)
35 30
36 36
Purdue (1-0)
37 6
Michigan (0-1)
Where do the Wolverines go from here? They're going to have to earn their way back into the AP poll -- wins over Oregon, Notre Dame and Penn State would probably do the trick -- but climbing all the way back into the BCS title-game hunt is unrealistic. "When you lose to a team like [Appalachian State], a Division I-AA team, how can you win the national championship in Division I?" said Michigan running back Mike Hart. A return to the Rose Bowl is still well within reach, given the wide-open nature of the Big Ten. But what would it do for the league's rep if its champ couldn't knock off a formerly-known-as-I-AA squad in September?
38 39
39 40
Alabama (1-0)
40 33
41 41
42 43
Kansas St. (0-1)
43 49
Oregon (1-0)
44 46
Kentucky (1-0)
45 65
Wyoming (1-0)
If college football's opening weekend had been devoid of upsets-of-the-century, the boys from Laramie would be getting much more attention. Their 23-3 win at Virginia made one of Saturday's biggest statements, embarrassing Al Groh's Cavs and announcing that Wyoming could be a real contender in the Mountain West. Said Cowboys coach Joe Glenn: "This was a big, big win for us. It would have been a shutout had their punter not been so good. The Pokes were way too much for the Cavaliers. A Cowboy is tougher than a Cavalier anyway, we all know that."
46 44
Tulsa (1-0)
47 29
48 48
Kansas (1-0)
49 64
Washington (1-0)
West Virginia's Pat White has claim to the title of nation's best dual-threat quarterback, but its eventual heir might be the new starter at Washington, redshirt freshman Jake Locker. He ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 142 yards in the Huskies' 42-12 rout of Syracuse on Friday night. It was a promising performance for U-Dub, which could move back into the upper half of the Pac-10 this season. Meanwhile, it was more of the usual horrendousness for the Orange, who showed little sign of being able to move out of the Big East basement under Greg Robinson.
50 50
Navy (1-0)

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