October 14, 2008
College Football Power Rankings: 51-75
51 <a href=Louisville" title="Louisville">
Louisville (3-2)
Last Week: 62
52 <a href=Iowa" title="Iowa">
Iowa (4-3)
Last Week: 54
53 <a href=East Carolina" title="East Carolina"> Last Week: 34
54 <a href=Arkansas" title="Arkansas">
Arkansas (3-3)
Last Week: 67
When Bobby Petrino hightailed it out of Atlanta last December, some Falcons players took note of how quickly he learned the "Woo Pig Sooie!" chant on a plane ride to Fayetteville. Last Saturday, Petrino had the whole state singing his praise as he knocked off former boss Tommy Tuberville in Auburn, 25-22. The win staunched a three-game losing streak that had seen the Razorbacks routed 139-31 by three ranked opponents (Alabama, Texas and Florida).
55 Miami (Fla.) Last Week: 60
56 Mississippi St. Last Week: 69
What to make of the Bulldogs. After opening the season with a 22-14 loss at Louisiana Tech and a three-game September swoon in which they lost to two ranked SEC teams (Auburn and LSU), Sly Croom's boys held Vandy to 107 yards in a 17-14 upset. You don't have to be mathematician to figure out that the Commodores' offense was the face of futility, but Croom's improving defense deserves a bunch of credit. The Bulldogs will get a chance to parlay that win into something bigger when they go to Rocky Top this weekend.
57 <a href=Kansas St." title="Kansas St.">
Kansas St. (4-2)
Last Week: 63
58 <a href=Ole Miss" title="Ole Miss">
Ole Miss (3-3)
Last Week: 52
59 <a href=Stanford" title="Stanford">
Stanford (4-3)
Last Week: 66
While the Cardinal continue to add four-star recruits to their Class of 2009, current quarterback Alex Loukas, who registers as the No. 3 slinger on the depth chart, spearheaded a 24-23 comeback win against Arizona. The junior called a few wrong formations, but scampered for 32 yards on four key plays during the 65-yard winning drive. With starter Tavita Pritchard injured and backup Jason Forcier being ineffective, Loukas may carry a larger burden into this week's game against UCLA. Jim Harbaugh and the staff will have to wait until next year to see how four-star recruit Josh Nunes, who committed recently, will look under center.
60 <a href=Colorado" title="Colorado">
Colorado (3-3)
Last Week: 53
61 <a href=Houston" title="Houston">
Houston (3-3)
Last Week: 64
62 <a href=Nebraska" title="Nebraska">
Nebraska (3-3)
Last Week: 61
63 Arizona
Arizona (4-2)
Last Week: 49
64 <a href=Virginia" title="Virginia">
Virginia (3-3)
Last Week: 70
It's two weeks into October and already one ACC coach is gone, but his name is not Al Groh. Following a 31-3 defeat at the hands of a resurgent Duke, Groh's Cavaliers have rallied for a 31-0 dismantling of Maryland and last weekend's 35-20 win over one-time "Next Big Thing" East Carolina. The difference-maker in the wins has been senior tailback Cedric Peerman, who did not play against Duke but has rushed for 283 yards on 33 carries in the past two contests.
65 Duke
Duke (3-2)
Last Week: 68
66 Tennesse
Tennesse (2-4)
Last Week: 57
67 Arizona St. Last Week: 55
68 <a href=Bowling Green" title="Bowling Green"> Last Week: 75
69 <a href=Baylor" title="Baylor">
Baylor (3-3)
Last Week: 76
70 Iowa St.
Iowa St. (2-4)
Last Week: 56
71 <a href=North Carolina St." title="North Carolina St."> Last Week: 74
72 <a href=Hawaii" title="Hawaii">
Hawaii (3-3)
Last Week: 77
73 <a href=Troy" title="Troy">
Troy (3-2)
Last Week: 78
74 <a href=Nevada" title="Nevada">
Nevada (3-3)
Last Week: 58
75 <a href=Purdue" title="Purdue">
Purdue (2-3)
Last Week: 71

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