Broncos jump in the polls

Broncos jump in the polls

Broncos jump in the polls

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on October 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 11:20 AM

BOISE -- The Boise State football team jumped several spots in each of the major polls Sunday, following their 32-7 rout of UNLV at home Saturday.

The Broncos team jumped from No. 22 to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, from No. 23 to No. 19 in the Harris Poll, and from No. 24 to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25.

The coaches' poll and Harris poll are the two human components of the BCS Rankings, which will be released later Sunday.

In the coaches' poll, the Broncos (6-1) received a season-best 407 points, surpassing their previous high by 136 points.

This marks the fourth consecutive week that Boise State was included in the coaches polls, which accounts for one-third of a teams score in the BCS Standings.

The BCS Effect
While the Broncos received their biggest boost in the coaches poll this season, both Michigan and Wisconsin continued to gain momentum as well.

This weekend, the Wolverines went on the road and beat Michigan State, 12-10, while the Badgers won at home against Minnesota, 38-10.

The Broncos’ current hope of finishing in front of the Big Ten champion and climbing into the top 16 to secure the non-AQ auto bid will take a big hit if both Michigan and Wisconsin find a way to win out in the regular season. It is unlikely that Boise State could do enough with their remaining schedule (their last five opponents have a combine 14-20 record) to hold them off.

If the Broncos do not finish in front of a championship from one of the six BCS conferences, then Boise State would have to climb into the top 14 where at-large eligibility begins.

Remaining Schedules
Michigan
Oct. 27 - at Nebraska (5-2)
Nov. 3 - at Minnesota (4-3)
Nov. 10 - vs Northwestern (6-2)
Nov. 17 - vs Iowa (4-3)
Nov. 24 - at No. 9* Ohio State (8-0)

Wisconsin
Oct. 27 - vs Michigan State (4-4)
Nov. 10 - at Indiana (2-5)
Nov. 17 - vs No. 9* Ohio State (8-0)
Nov. 24 - at Penn State* (5-2)

*AP Ranking/Not bowl eligible

The top non-AQ threats to Boise State right now: No. 23 Ohio, No. 26 Louisiana Tech and No. 31 Toledo.

The Bobcats play Miami (OH) next week, which should serve as at nice measuring stick. The Broncos beat the Redhawks 39-12 earlier this season in Boise.

One interesting scenario could be the MAC Championship Game. If both Ohio and Toledo win out and face each other for the title, it could give the champion a nice little boost in strength of schedule at end of the season.

USA Today Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (59), 7-0, 1475
2. Oregon, 7-0, 1403
3. Florida (1), 7-0, 1329
4. Kansas State, 7-0, 1326
5. Notre Dame, 7-0, 1221
6. LSU, 7-1, 1164
7. Oklahoma, 5-1, 1084
8. USC, 6-1, 1014
9. Oregon State, 6-0, 974
10. Florida State, 7-1, 948
11. Georgia, 6-1, 850
12. Mississippi State, 7-0, 800
13. Clemson, 6-1, 788
14. Louisville, 7-0, 720
15. Rutgers, 7-0, 637
16. South Carolina, 6-2, 598
17. Texas Tech, 6-1, 571
18. Boise State, 6-1, 407
19. Stanford, 5-2, 401
20. Michigan, 5-2, 264
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 229
22. West Virginia, 5-2, 173
23. Ohio, 7-0, 132
24. Texas, 5-2, 109
25. Wisconsin, 6-2, 104

Dropped out: No. 18 Cincinnati (5-1), No. 21 TCU (5-2), No. 24 Arizona State (5-2).

Receiving Votes: Louisiana Tech (6-1) 100, Nebraska (5-2) 71, TCU (5-2) 71, Cincinnati (5-1) 51, Oklahoma State (4-2) 37, Toledo (7-1) 30, Arizona State (5-2) 21; Tulsa (7-1) 21, Duke (6-2) 16, Northern Illinois (7-1) 14, Northwestern (6-2) 11, Louisiana-Monroe (5-2) 7, Western Kentucky (5-2) 3, UCLA (5-2) 1.

Harris Poll

1. Alabama (109), 7-0, 2868
2. Oregon (5), 7-0, 2727
3. Florida (1), 7-0, 2622    
4. Kansas State, 7-0, 2571    
5. Notre Dame, 7-0, 2374    
6. LSU, 7-1, 2270    
7. Oklahoma, 5-1, 2021
8. Oregon State, 6-0, 2001
9. USC, 6-1, 1934
10. Florida State, 7-1, 1911
11. Georgia, 6-1, 1603
12. Mississippi State, 7-0, 1602
13. Clemson, 6-1, 1562
14. Louisville, 7-0, 1324
15. Rutgers, 7-0, 1205
16. South Carolina, 6-2, 1189
17. Texas Tech, 6-1, 1074
18. Stanford, 5-2, 929
19. Boise State, 6-1, 762
20. Michigan, 5-2, 490    
21. Texas A&M, 5-2, 465
22. West Virginia, 5-2, 363
23. Ohio, 7-0, 293
24. Texas, 5-2, 237
25. TCU, 5-2, 195

Others: Wisconsin (136), Nebraska (128), Louisiana Tech (127), Cincinnati (116), Oklahoma State (72), Toledo (44), Tulsa (39), Arizona State (37), North Carolina State (31), Northwestern (17), Duke (10), Northern Illinois (7), UCLA (7), Nevada (6), Louisiana-Monroe (4), Iowa State (2)

AP Rankings

1. Alabama (59), 7-0, 1499    
2. Oregon, 7-0, 1424
3. Florida (1), 7-0, 1380
4. Kansas State, 7-0, 1333
5. Notre Dame, 7-0, 1241
6. LSU, 7-1, 1172
7. Oregon State, 6-0, 1106
8. Oklahoma, 5-1, 1065
9. Ohio State, 8-0, 1028
10. USC, 6-1, 944
11. Florida State, 7-1, 872
12. Georgia, 6-1, 745
13. Mississippi State, 7-0, 739
14. Clemson, 6-1, 713
15. Texas Tech, 6-1, 653
16. Louisville, 7-0, 620
17. South Carolina, 6-2, 591
18. Rutgers, 7-0, 539
19. Stanford, 5-2, 421
20. Michigan, 5-2, 300
21. Boise State, 6-1, 258
22. Texas A&M, 5-2, 252
23. Ohio, 7-0, 181
24. Louisiana Tech, 6-1, 106
25. West Virginia, 5-2, 76

Others: Toledo (49), Texas (33), Wisconsin (31) , TCU (29) , Nebraska (24) , Penn State (18) , North Carolina State (13) , Oklahoma State (12) , Arizona (7) , UCLA (7) , Tulsa (6) , Northern Illinois (5) , Arizona State (5) , Cincinnati (3)

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