October 16, 2007
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119
76 79
Arizona (2-5)
77 73
78 84
79 85
Ball St. (4-3)
80 80
Kent St. (3-4)
81 90
82 81
Baylor (3-4)
83 88
Nevada (2-4)
84 100
Buffalo (3-4)
85 83
86 86
Notre Dame (1-6)
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.
87 82
88 75
Syracuse (1-6)
89 87
Duke (1-6)
90 103
UAB (3-3)
91 104
Ohio (3-4)
92 91
Pittsburgh (2-4)
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.
93 92
UNLV (2-5)
94 93
Rice (1-5)
95 109
Middle Tennessee St. (2-5)
96 94
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.
97 95
98 96
99 89
Memphis (2-4)
100 99
Iowa St. (1-6)

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