Don't look now but there is more to the SEC than Florida, Georgia and Alabama. That's because the Commodores are quickly moving up the rankings in the CBSSports.com 120.
Vanderbilt had the biggest jump this week moving up 25 spots from No. 67 to No. 42 after improving to 2-0. It knocked off Miami (Ohio) 34-13 in the first week and then upset South Carolina 24-17, earning its first win over a ranked team in 16 years.
"I think tonight's win was a statement win. We showed the nation that our football team is improving and that we are becoming a winning organization. We showed that not only is Vanderbilt University a great academic school but a great athletic school as well. There are a lot of exciting things happening here at Vanderbilt and I think everyone saw that tonight," said quarterback Chris Nickson after the game.
And with games vs. Rice and at Mississippi over the next two weeks, the Commodores might find themselves reaching the Top 25 and starting the season 4-0.
Now don't get too excited Vanderbilt faithful because it could all be short lived as the meat of the SEC schedule is still on the horizon -- Auburn, at Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
And the folks in Nashville have seen this start before. Last season it started out 3-1 only to lose six of the last eight. In 2005, the Commodores did start out 4-0, beating Wake Forest, Arkansas and Mississippi, but then came the tough SEC games and they ended up finishing 5-6.
For now they are No. 42 eyeing the Top 25, but let's see how they do in the middle of the season.
Other big movers:
Minnesota -- 22 spots up -- from No. 82 to No. 60
Middle Tennessee -- 21 spots up -- from No. 111 to No. 90
-- Maryland dropped 34 spots falling from No. 65 to No. 99 after losing to Middle Tennessee. Maryland might be in for a long season since their only win was a 7-point victory over FCS Delaware.
-- Memphis and Syracuse also fell as both teams dropped to 0-2. Memphis fell 25 spots from No. 68 to No. 93 and Syracuse dropped 20 spots from No. 90 to No. 110.