November 11, 2008
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119's Kevin Armstrong ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
26 <a href=South Carolina" title="South Carolina"> Last Week: 34
27 <a href=Air Force" title="Air Force">
Air Force (8-2)
Last Week: 30
The Falcons unleashed quick-strike offensive attacks during their 38-17 win against Colorado State. Freshman quarterback Asher Clark's touchdown runs of 41 and 45 yards and Tim Jefferson's connection with Kyle Halderman for a 74-yard touchdown set the tone. Whether they can sustain that success the next two weeks will be determined by the high-flying MWC team's ability to defend against ranked opponents in BYU and TCU.
28 <a href=California" title="California">
California (6-3)
Last Week: 23
29 <a href=Tulsa" title="Tulsa">
Tulsa (8-1)
Last Week: 29
30 <a href=Western Michigan" title="Western Michigan"> Last Week: 28
31 <a href=West Virginia" title="West Virginia"> Last Week: 21
32 <a href=Central Michigan" title="Central Michigan"> Last Week: 35
33 <a href=Northwestern" title="Northwestern"> Last Week: 25
34 <a href=Navy" title="Navy">
Navy (6-3)
Last Week: 39
35 <a href=Maryland" title="Maryland">
Maryland (6-3)
Last Week: 22
36 <a href=Oregon" title="Oregon">
Oregon (7-3)
Last Week: 42
37 <a href=Iowa" title="Iowa">
Iowa (6-4)
Last Week: 51
For the last two weeks, the Hawkeyes have seen the game come down to a kicker, and this time against Penn State, Kirk Ferentz's squad had the last laugh. A week after enduring a heartbreaking loss to Illinois when the Illini nailed a last-second field goal, the Hawkeyes inflicted the same pain on Penn State. Daniel Murray, who hadn't made a field goal since the season opener and had been removed from regular duty, got the call because of a strong wind and proved up to the challenge as he hit a 31-yarder with one second left.
38 <a href=South Florida" title="South Florida"> Last Week: 36
39 <a href=Rice" title="Rice">
Rice (7-3)
Last Week: 52
40 Miami (Fla.) Last Week: 41
41 <a href=Boston College" title="Boston College"> Last Week: 43
With three regular season games to play, the Eagles, who suffered an embarrassing loss to Clemson two weeks ago, still have their ACC fate in their own hands. Saturday's nonconference win over Notre Dame means more to the faithful than it does in the standings, but contests against Florida State, Wake Forest and the season finale against Maryland mark the road to Tampa Bay and a repeat berth in the conference title game. Playing down in Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday night against FSU, BC knows speed will be the factor. If the Eagles can slow down the 'Noles, they have a chance. If not, they'll be out of the ACC race quicker than they hoped.
42 Wake Forest Last Week: 44
43 <a href=Minnesota" title="Minnesota">
Minnesota (7-3)
Last Week: 31
44 <a href=Kentucky" title="Kentucky">
Kentucky (6-4)
Last Week: 40
45 <a href=Kansas" title="Kansas">
Kansas (6-4)
Last Week: 33
46 <a href=Vanderbilt" title="Vanderbilt">
Vanderbilt (5-4)
Last Week: 37
After acing the first five games of the season, the smart kids haven't passed an on-field exam in four weeks. The last loss came against Florida, which has not lost to the Commodores since Emmitt Smith was a sophomore in Gainesville. Looking ahead, the 'Dores play Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest, needing one more win to gain bowl eligibility. It's not every season that the Tennessee game looks the most winnable out of those names, but that's probably the case in 2008.
47 <a href=Arizona" title="Arizona">
Arizona (6-3)
Last Week: 54
48 <a href=East Carolina" title="East Carolina"> Last Week: 55
For the first two weeks, the Pirates were everyone's BCS Buster to laud, but then their ship was wrecked with three straight losses to N.C. State, Houston and Virginia. Now Skip Holtz has found the team's heartbeat again with two tense overtime wins against UCF and Marshall, both decided by field goals. Already bowl eligible, now the Conference USA East leaders are playing for respect in bowl committee members' eyes.
49 <a href=Nebraska" title="Nebraska">
Nebraska (6-4)
Last Week: 65
50 <a href=Rutgers" title="Rutgers">
Rutgers (4-5)
Last Week: 60

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