'Bama claims No. 1, while Texas Tech jumps up three spots (cont.)

Tuesday November 4th, 2008
NCAA Football Power Rankings
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11 Boise State Broncos
Last Week: 11
Chris Peterson has been understandably reluctant to compare these Broncos to the 2006 Fiesta Bowl team, but Saturday's shutout sure felt like old times. Boise racked up 495 yards, with 16 different players getting touches on offense.
Last game: Beat New Mexico State, 49-0.
Next game: Saturday vs. Utah State.
12 Ohio State Buckeyes
Last Week: 13
Watch out, Buckeyes fans. We know OSU's defense has its troubles with mobile quarterbacks. Well, here comes Northwestern QB Mike Kafka, who sprang for 217 rushing yards against Minnesota. ... Ah, who am I kidding?
Last game: Lost to Penn State, 13-6.
Next game: Saturday at Northwestern.
13 Georgia Bulldogs
Last Week: 7
In its two biggest games of the season, against Alabama and Florida, the Dawgs allowed 90 points. This one wasn't all on the defense; QB Matthew Stafford's three interceptions were returned for a combined 152 yards.
Last game: Lost to Florida, 49-10.
Next game: Saturday at Kentucky.
14 Missouri Tigers
Last Week: 15
The Tigers' defense is not exactly confidence-inspiring. Baylor (3-6) produced three long touchdown drives in the second half to tie the game at 28 before Jeff Wolfert's go-ahead 34-yard field goal with 2:31 left.
Last game: Beat Baylor, 31-28.
Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas State.
15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Last Week: 22
How's this for a first career start: Tech freshman safety Cooper Taylor made a game-high 10 tackles against Florida State, intercepted a pass and saved the game by forcing a last-second Marcus Sims fumble at the three-yard line.
Last game: Beat Florida State, 31-28.
Next game: Saturday at North Carolina.
16 LSU Tigers
Last Week: 17
LSU Tigers (6-2)
A new era may have begun with 4:08 remaining against Tulane. Freshman QB Jordan Jefferson made his college debut and promptly led the Tigers to a touchdown. Is it only a matter of time before he supplants Jarrett Lee?
Last game: Beat Tulane, 35-10.
Next game: Saturday vs. Alabama.
17 Florida State Seminoles
Last Week: 14
The 'Noles aren't quite "back" yet, just as they couldn't come all the way back from a 24-10 deficit at Georgia Tech -- but they came within three yards of it. Freshman tailback Jermaine Thomas ran nine times for a career-high 130 yards.
Last game: Lost to Georgia Tech, 31-28.
Next game: Saturday vs. Clemson.
18 Brigham Young Cougars
Last Week: 19
For the second straight week, the Cougars won on a last-minute scoring drive. Down four with 1:36 left, Max Hall led BYU on a 76-yard TD drive. TE Dennis Pitta had 12 catches for 175 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner.
Last game: Beat Colorado State, 45-42.
Next game: Saturday vs. San Diego State.
19 Ball State Cardinals
Last Week: 20
The stretch run is here for the Cardinals. This week brings 5-3 Northern Illinois. Then, after a trip to 2-6 Miami (Ohio), comes a season-ending double whopper: At 7-2 Central Michigan and home against 7-2 Western Michigan.
Last game: Beat Eastern Michigan, 38-16.
Next game: Wednesday vs. Northern Illinois.
20 North Carolina Tar Heels
Last Week: 21
The Tar Heels are one of five teams tied for first in the loss column in the ACC's Coastal Division, but their two losses have both come within the division. They'll need to beat Georgia Tech on Saturday to have any chance at the title.
Last game: Beat Boston College, 45-24.
Next game: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech.
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