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Non-AQ Power Rankings, Week 14

There was movement at the top of the power rankings after Boise State lost. Here they are for Week 14:

1. TCU (12-0). The Horned Frogs completed their second straight undefeated regular season with a 66-17 win over New Mexico. They did it without Andy Dalton, who hurt his elbow during the game. Dalton should be fine for the bowl game. TCU is still hoping for a shot at the national championship but it needs help.

2. Nevada (11-1). The Wolf Pack jump up to No. 2 after their 34-31 overtime win over Boise State. Coach Chris Ault has put together the best season in the school’s FBS history, thanks to the way seniors Colin Kaepernick and Vai Taua are executing the Pistol offense. The two ran it to near perfection in the second half against the Broncos. Receiver Rishard Matthews came up huge, too.

3. Boise State (10-1). Heartbreaker for the Broncos, who lost for the first time in 25 games. They simply wilted in the second half after building a 24-7 halftime lead. All that cred it had built up for the last several years is gone now, but they are still a Top 10 team. Still, you have to wonder how everyone will get up for the season finale against Utah State knowing their BCS dreams are over.

4. Utah (10-2). The Utes came from behind for the second straight game, beating rival BYU on a blocked field goal on the final play of the game. They looked as inept on offense in the first half as they did against TCU, Notre Dame and early against San Diego State. Jordan Wynn was even benched for a spell. But the Utes got turnovers when they needed them and found a way to win.

5. Northern Illinois (10-2). The Huskies have won nine straight, and racked up over 500 yards rushing in a 71-3 win over Eastern Michigan. They head to the MAC title game against Miami (Ohio) riding their first Top 25 ranking since 2003.

6. Hawaii (9-3). The Warriors have a shot at their first 10-win season since 2007 with a game against UNLV on Saturday. They beat Nevada this year, but got crushed at Boise State 42-7. Still, this is a solid team and Alex Green had a career day against New Mexico State on Saturday, rushing for 327 yards.

7. Tulsa (9-3). The Golden Hurricane are the hottest team in C-USA, having won six straight. An early season loss to SMU kept them out of the conference championship game. That is too bad because Tulsa is on a roll. Why ahead of UCF? They have beaten two teams with winning records. UCF has not.

8. UCF (9-3). The Knights are the favorite to win the C-USA championship this weekend over SMU. They closed their regular season with a win at Memphis, and still have the best defense in Conference USA. Quarterback Jeff Godfrey has been one of the best freshmen in the country this season.

9. Navy (8-3). The Midshipmen were idle, and have another week off before taking on Army on Dec. 11.

10. San Diego State (8-4). The Aztecs wrapped up their best season since 1996 with a win over UNLV on Saturday. They finish with five conference wins, a record since joining the Mountain West. There have been plenty of tough moments this season -- they dropped their four games by a combined 15 points.

Dropped out: Southern Miss.