These rankings reflect the opinion of the Boise Sports Examiner and are not a representation of the Associated Press poll or the polls that make up the BCS rankings. You can see the 2011 BOE Preseason Poll here. Click the links for teams 1-10 and 11-20.
21. Missouri 1-0
Previous Rank: 18; Last Game: W 17-6 Miami (OH); Next Game: Arizona State
The Tigers offense sputtered in the debut of James Franklin as the starting quarterback but he ran for a score and threw for another to put away the Redhawks. E.J. Gaines intercepted a Zac Dysert pass in the end zone to prevent the Redhawks from taking the lead late in the 3rd quarter and the defense held on from there. The Tigers need to play much better offensively against an aggressive Arizona State defense on Friday night if they want to come away with a win.
22. Auburn 1-0
Previous Rank: 24; Last Game: W 42-38 Utah State; Next Game: Mississippi State
The defending national champions almost didn’t make it out of week one without a loss as Auburn held on to beat Utah State, having to come from behind multiple times to do so. The Aggies put up a staggering 448 yards, 221 through the air and 227 on the ground, and it took a Michael Dyer 1-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback with 30 seconds remaining. The Tigers travel to Mississippi State next week where the road does not get easier.
23. TCU 0-1
Previous Rank: 17; Last Game: L 50-48 Baylor; Next Game: Air Force
The Horned Frogs looked like a team that lost 24 seniors in their season-opening loss to Baylor. Credit to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III who looked fantastic, but the Horned Frogs defense just got run over after losing so many key players. Tank Carder and Tanner Brock will need to re-group their unit if they want to challenge for the Mountain West Conference title in their final year before heading to the Big East. New quarterback Casey Pachall started slow but rallied the Frogs to 25 4th quarter points. He will need to show consistency from start to finish as he settles into the new job.
24. Penn State 1-0
Previous Rank: NR; Last Game: W 41-7 Indiana State: Next Game: Alabama
The Nittany Lions were never tested against the FCS Sycamores, especially when Chaz Powell took the opening kickoff 95 yards for the score. Penn State ran for 245 yards, led by Silas Redd with 104 yards and two touchdowns. Indiana State only managed eight first downs. Penn State may wish it had scheduled a tougher tune-up when they host Alabama next Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
25. Texas 1-0
Previous Rank: NR; Last Game: W 34-9 Rice; Next Game: BYU
Texas struggled throughout the first half and led only 13-9 in the third quarter before Jaxon Shipley caught a touchdown from fellow wide receiver John Harris. That kick-started the Longhorn offense and Fozzy Whittaker finished off the Owls with two 4th quarter touchdowns. The Longhorns amassed 506 yards of total offense and embattled quarterback Garrett Gilbert finished with 239 yards and a touchdown while not throwing an interception.
Fell out of the poll: Notre Dame (19), Georgia (20)
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