September 02, 2008
College Football Power Rankings: 51-75
51 <a href=Northwestern">
Last Week: 50
52 <a href=Notre Dame">
Last Week: 52
Notre Dame (0-0)
53 <a href=Arizona">
Last Week: 53
Arizona (1-0)
54 <a href=Georgia Tech">
Last Week: 80
No word yet on how the grounds crew is holding up under new coach Paul Johnson, but Ramblin' Wreck fans are loving the triple-option's early returns. The Yellow Jackets created a buzz with their new rushing attack as they rumbled for 349 yards on the ground in a 41-14 rout of Jacksonville State. Whether the new offense can stand the test of time in the ACC will reveal itself further Saturday against Boston College. The Eagles played Johnson in his days at Navy, but they never faced his schemes with this level of talent. This should be an interesting tilt in the topsy-turvy ACC.
55 <a href=Stanford">
Last Week: 74
Stanford (1-0)
56 <a href=Central Michigan">
Last Week: 57
Dan LeFevour, the Chippewas' 6-foot-3, 229-pound quarterback who appears on a 60-by-30 foot billboard behind a scoreboard at Detroit's Comerica Park, gets his shot at the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday. Out of Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., Lefevour, who passed for 3,652 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,122 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, was not offered any scholarships by top-tier Division I schools. Still, his name is in the record books next to Florida's Tim Tebow and former Texas QB Vince Young for his accomplishments as a dual-threat signal-caller.
57 <a href=Kansas St.">
Last Week: 58
Kansas St. (1-0)
58 <a href=Purdue">
Last Week: 59
Purdue (0-0)
59 <a href=Ole Miss">
Last Week: 60
Ole Miss (1-0)
60 <a href=Troy">
Last Week: 61
Troy (1-0)
61 <a href=Kentucky">
Last Week: 72
Kentucky (1-0)
62 Navy
Last Week: 63
Navy (1-0)
63 Mississippi St.
Last Week: 30
64 Michigan
Last Week: 54
Michigan (0-1)
In his first weekend of actually coaching a game in Ann Arbor, new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez watched his team lose to Utah, 25-23, and noted their hesitancy on offense and lack of physical play. Perhaps he also TiVo'd his former phone friend Terrelle Pryor to watch him dot the "I" on the Buckeyes' opening win. The former Michigan and West Virginia recruit scampered for an 18-yard touchdown run, during which he broke three tackles and stretched for the score. Rodriguez will try to get his Big House in order before facing Miami (Ohio) Saturday.
65 <a href=Virginia">
Last Week: 55
Virginia (0-1)
66 Ball St.
Last Week: 67
Ball St. (1-0)
67 <a href=UCF">
Last Week: 68
UCF (1-0)
68 <a href=Arkansas">
Last Week: 69
Arkansas (1-0)
69 <a href=Vanderbilt">
Last Week: 75
Vanderbilt (1-0)
70 <a href=Houston">
Last Week: 71
Houston (1-0)
71 <a href=Texas A&M">
Last Week: 51
Texas A&M (0-1)
72 <a href=North Carolina St.">
Last Week: 0-1
73 <a href=Louisville">
Last Week: 66
Louisville (0-1)
After bearing witness to his team's litany of errors (three interceptions; two lost fumbles), Cardinals coach Steve Kragthorpe felt his players needed to remember its season-opening whooping (27-2) at the hands of in-state rival Kentucky. "If you forget this loss," Kragthorpe said. "You're not much of a man in my opinion. This ought to stick in your craw." What should stick in their minds was the number 205. That was the sum yards for their total offense -- less than half what they averaged per game a season ago.
74 <a href=Nevada">
Last Week: 73
Nevada (1-0)
75 <a href=Duke">
Last Week: 79
Duke (1-0)
Parachutists who were hired to land in North Carolina's Kenan Stadium instead touched down in Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium, but this was not the only highlight of the weekend for the Blue Devils. Starting the David Cutcliffe era off on the right foot, the Dukies won their first home game since 2005 and fifth game in four years. Cutcliffe led Duke to a 31-7 victory over James Madison, in front of a crowd of -- gasp! -- 32,571 fans. Next up are the Northwestern Wildcats, who bowed to the Blue Devils last season. The Wildcats say they have learned their lesson about overlooking Duke, but no one just marches into Wallace Stadium anymore expecting to win. No one.

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