Rankman loved Tom Petty and is dedicating this week’s preamble to the late rock star, who proved that attitude, relentlessness and kick-ass songs are all you need to cut through the corporate bull crap. Very few people have so successfully combined sizzling hooks with penetrating snark. John Lennon and Elvis Costello did it pretty well. Petty didn’t have rock star looks, or even a great voice, but he knew how to blow down doors, take on record companies and still remain a high-volume listen on mainstream car radio. He was also, most important, a valuable member of the Traveling Wilburys. So let’s weave some of our favorite Petty songs into this week’s ranking. Rutgers earns “Breakdown” after last week’s 56-0 loss to Ohio State. The Buckeyes have outscored the Scarlet Knights, 114-0, the last two seasons. Clemson gets “It’s Good to Be King” after silencing the crowd at Virginia Tech. The Hokies use another band’s big hit, “Enter Sandman,” to rile up the pregame crowd. But Clemson, simply put, put that crowd to sleep. Vanderbilt after Alabama invaded Nashville two weeks ago? “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Ole Miss on departure from Alabama: “Don’t Do Me Like That (66-3).” Baylor (“Free Fallin”) is four quarters at Oklahoma State this week from dropping to 0-6. San Diego State (“Running Down a Dream”) is 5-0, the only undefeated 1-A team in California, and the odds-on (for now) favorite to earn the Group of 5 bid to a major bowl. USC lost at Washington State for the first time since 2002. Even the losers, get lucky sometimes? Team with the snarkiest attitude this year might be Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs, left for dead after last year’s rare losing season, are 5-0 this year and led by a very feisty coach. (“I Won’t Back Down”). The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.