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Posted: Tuesday September 9, 2008 4:04PM; Updated: Tuesday September 9, 2008 9:11PM
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119
SI.com's Kevin Armstrong ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
26Utah
Last Week: 26
Utah (2-0)
 
27Fresno St.
Last Week: 27
 
28Virginia Tech
Last Week: 29
 
29Iowa
Last Week: 30
Iowa (2-0)
 
30Colorado
Last Week: 32
Colorado (2-0)
 
31North Carolina
Last Week: 33
Second-year Tar Heels coach Butch Davis experienced a first against McNeese State in the season opener when the game was suspended two hours and his team came out flat, blowing a 14-0 lead and needing a late rally to win 35-27. "I personally had never been through a two-hour rain delay," Davis said. "I think I did a poor job of preparing our team emotionally for it to come back out and play." Forecasts for Thursday night's game against Rutgers call for sun and clear skies. Whether Davis's young team will be ready under those conditions will be a game-time assessment.
 
32Tulsa
Last Week: 34
Tulsa (2-0)
 
33Cincinnati
Last Week: 28
 
34Boise St.
Last Week: 36
Boise St. (1-0)
 
35Nebraska
Last Week: 37
Nebraska (2-0)
 
36Pittsburgh
Last Week: 41
 
37West Virginia
Last Week: 12
With the drama of Rich Rodriguez's departure and replacement continuing to play out, Mountaineers turned their attention to the on-field passion last week. After falling behind upstart East Carolina 17-3 by halftime, first-year coach Bill Stewart noted a lack of enthusiasm among his troops. "You have to play with a passion," Stewart said. "You have to play with that old swagger." If they don't, the fans will not stop thinking about who they could have had running their program.
 
38Georgia Tech
Last Week: 54
 
39Rutgers
Last Week: 42
Rutgers (0-1)
 
40Florida St.
Last Week: 43
 
41Connecticut
Last Week: 44
 
42South Carolina
Last Week: 35
 
43Oklahoma St.
Last Week: 45
 
44Maryland
Last Week: 31
Maryland (1-1)
 
45Oregon St.
Last Week: 40
 
46Miami (Fla.)
Last Week: 47
 
47Vanderbilt
Last Week: 69
The 'Dores, best known for football futility over the years as the SEC's doormat, have opened the season with back-to-back wins, including a 24-17 upset of South Carolina on national television. A speedy defense (mandatory for any success in the nation's toughest conference) has been a key component of the rise, but senior quarterback Chris Nickson points out another key factor for the wins. "We've got some nasty guys," Nickson told The City Paper of Nashville. "I wouldn't be surprised if it's the nastiest bunch we've ever had."
 
48Michigan St.
Last Week: 48
 
49Southern Miss
Last Week: 50
 
50TCU
Last Week: 49
TCU (2-0)

 
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