September 23, 2008
College Football Power Rankings: 51-75
51 Tennesse
Tennesse (1-2)
Last Week: 30
In these hard times, Vols fans sure aren't getting the most bang for their recruiting buck. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phil Fulmer's program spent $1,298,024 in 2007 on recruiting alone. With a current roster of players hailing from 20 states, Fulmer has lived up to his reputation as a national recruiter. On the field, however, Florida, which boasts an athletics department-wide recruiting budget of $1,451,400, embarrassed Fulmer at home Saturday just as UCLA did in the Volunteers' Labor Day opener. No word yet on how much it would cost to lure former offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe back to Knoxville.
52 Ball St.
Ball St. (4-0)
Last Week: 60
53 <a href=Oregon St." title="Oregon St.">
Oregon St. (1-2)
Last Week: 53
54 <a href=Arkansas" title="Arkansas">
Arkansas (2-1)
Last Week: 61
55 <a href=Louisville" title="Louisville">
Louisville (2-1)
Last Week: 71
56 <a href=North Carolina St." title="North Carolina St."> Last Week: 78
The good news? Tom O'Brien, in his second year as the leader of the Wolfpack, scored his biggest win in Raleigh and then, the stoic one leapt in the air as his players rushed the field. The bad news? O'Brien will be without quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Nate Irving indefinitely. O'Brien apparently believes if he does not talk about their injuries, they may heal miraculously for this week's contest against No. 13 South Florida: "I don't have to discuss the injury until Thursday so I'm going to say anything."
57 <a href=Air Force" title="Air Force">
Air Force (3-1)
Last Week: 70
58 <a href=Notre Dame" title="Notre Dame">
Notre Dame (2-1)
Last Week: 52
59 <a href=Central Michigan" title="Central Michigan"> Last Week: 50
60 <a href=Bowling Green" title="Bowling Green"> Last Week: 56
61 <a href=Southern Miss" title="Southern Miss"> Last Week: 47
62 <a href=Arizona" title="Arizona">
Arizona (3-1)
Last Week: 68
63 <a href=Kansas St." title="Kansas St.">
Kansas St. (2-1)
Last Week: 55
64 <a href=Ole Miss" title="Ole Miss">
Ole Miss (2-2)
Last Week: 63
65 <a href=Troy" title="Troy">
Troy (2-1)
Last Week: 64
66 <a href=UNLV" title="UNLV">
UNLV (3-1)
Last Week: 76
UCLA (1-2)
Last Week: 43
68 <a href=Baylor" title="Baylor">
Baylor (2-2)
Last Week: 74
A 45-17 win over Washington State, the Pac 10's worst team, was a start. Taking UConn, 4-0, to within a fourth-quarter field goal (31-28) on the road was further proof. The Bears are, in fact, better than their recent teams, but they are still looking for their first win in 12 tries against Big 12 opponents. That victory should not come Saturday against Oklahoma.
69 <a href=Duke" title="Duke">
Duke (2-1)
Last Week: 66
70 Mississippi St. Last Week: 62
71 <a href=Stanford" title="Stanford">
Stanford (2-2)
Last Week: 67
72 <a href=Texas A&M" title="Texas A&M">
Texas A&M (1-2)
Last Week: 65
73 Michigan
Michigan (1-2)
Last Week: 69
74 <a href=Navy" title="Navy">
Navy (2-2)
Last Week: 84
Playing in front of Sen. John McCain (academy class of 1958) at home Saturday, the Midshipmen blasted another hole through the sinking ship that is the S.S. Rutgers with a 23-21 win. McCain, who was in Annapolis for the class' 50th anniversary, told that he believes the Middies can get to six wins and extend their bowl-appearance streak to six games. With two wins in the bank and winnable games ahead, McCain may be right. While he prepares for the first presidential debate this Friday, his alma mater sails south to Winston-Salem for a date with Wake Forest -- not one of the three games they should expect to win.
75 Arkansas St. Last Week: 77

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