By Andy Staples
September 08, 2009
NCAA Football Power Rankings
21 Missouri Tigers
Last Week: --
The Tigers were supposed to fall off after losing Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman. Against Illinois, they didn't look like they'd missed a beat.
Last game: Beat Illinois, 37-9
Next game: Saturday vs. Bowling Green
22 Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
Last Week: --
Quarterback Jacory Harris was the breakout star of Monday's win at Florida State, throwing for 396 yards. If the Hurricanes can develop a pass rush, they could be very dangerous.
Last game: Beat Florida State, 38-34
Next game: Sept. 17 vs. Georgia Tech
23 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Last Week: 23
Quarterback Taylor Potts and company might set some records this week when they face a Rice team that gave up 516 yards to Alabama-Birmingham.
Last game: Beat North Dakota, 38-13
Next game: Saturday vs. Rice
24 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Last Week: 24
The Blackshirts held Florida Atlantic to 236 passing yards and picked off two passes. That's excellent practice for the pass-happy offenses Nebraska will see in the Big 12.
Last game: Beat Florida Atlantic, 49-3
Next game: Saturday vs. Arkansas State
25 Georgia Bulldogs
Last Week: 15
The Bulldogs' defense shined against Oklahoma State. Unfortunately, Georgia's offense stopped after a brilliant opening drive. With left tackle Trinton Sturdivant out for a second consecutive season with a torn ACL, the Bulldogs will have to adjust on the fly again as they prepare to open SEC play this week.
Last game: Lost to Oklahoma State, 24-10
Next game: Saturday vs. South Carolina

Dropped out: Oregon, East Carolina, Florida State

Next five: North Carolina, Kansas, Florida State, Arkansas, East Carolina

Andy Staples' Power Rankings also serve as his ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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