Cowboys take a tumble after upset loss (cont.)
Last Week: 21
Missouri Tigers (2-0)The Tigers' Week 2 win over Bowling Green was as lackluster as the opening-day win over Illinois was impressive. Fortunately, Missouri has tune-ups against Furman and Nevada as well as an open date before it opens Big 12 play with a nasty three-game stretch against Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Last game: Beat Bowling Green, 27-20
Next game: Saturday vs. Furman
Last Week: 22
Miami Hurricanes (1-0)When Miami faces Georgia Tech on Thursday, the Hurricanes will have had two more days of preparation than they had for last year's game in Atlanta. Hopefully, Miami defensive coaches put those days to good use, because the Yellow Jackets rolled up 472 rushing yards against the Hurricanes last season.
Last game: Beat Florida State, 38-34
Next game: Thursday vs. Georgia Tech
Last Week: 20
Utah Utes (2-0)If Utah beats Oregon in Eugene on Saturday, I might have to adjust these rankings to put the Utes ahead of Boise State. After all, we would be comparing apples and apples.
Last game: Beat San Jose State, 24-14
Next game: Saturday at Oregon
Last Week: --
Michigan Wolverines (2-0)I'm not ready to mint the Wolverines as a top 20 team quite yet, but if they keep playing with the pluck they showed Saturday in a comeback win over Notre Dame, they could rise much, much higher.
Last game: Beat Notre Dame, 38-34
Next game: Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan
Last Week: 18
Last game: Lost to Michigan, 38-34
Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan State
Next five: Oregon State, Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, West Virginia
Andy Staples' Power Rankings also serve as his ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.