Boise State jumps to No. 15 in coaches' poll, No. 17 in Harris

Boise State jumps to No. 15 in coaches' poll, No. 17 in Harris

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by Jay Tust / KTVB.COM

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Posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 11:20 AM

BOISE -- Following the mayhem that happened throughout college football over the weekend, Boise State jumped seven spots to No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and four spots to No. 17 in the Harris Interactive Poll on Sunday.

In all, ten teams in the top 25 lost in the past week, including the seven ranked directly ahead of the Broncos.

Considering Boise State themselves where on a bye as it all played out, the leap they made is unprecedented.

Before this week, the highest a two-loss Broncos team has ever been ranked in the coaches' poll is No. 22 - achieved in 2007 and last week.

With No. 23 Louisville and No. 25 Rutgers - the top two teams out of the Big East Conference - dropping in the poll due to a pair of losses to unranked teams on Saturday, as of now, Boise State holds a lead over two non-AQ schools out of the MAC: No. 18 Northern Illinois and No. 19 Kent State.

The non-AQ's are bunched up a little tighter in the Harris Poll with Kent State (No. 18) and Northern Illinois (No. 19) directly behind the Broncos.

It is imperative the Broncos stay ahead of all four to have a shot at the BCS.

Just as important as a school’s rank though, is the amount of points they accumulate towards their BCS score.

The Broncos gained 233-points in the coaches poll this week and currently have 479.  They hold a 102-point advantage over Northern Illinois and a 142-point edge over Kent State.

In the Harris Poll, Boise State has 817 points, Kent State has 705, and NIU has 619.

The coaches poll and Harris Poll make up two-thirds of Boise State’s BCS score. Computer rankings make up the final one-third. Both Kent State and NIU have stronger ratings by the computers than Boise State.

It's also worth noting that Northern Illinois and Kent State will play each other next week for the MAC Championship, so one of those teams will likely get a bump in the polls for beating a ranked team.

Boise State faces off with Nevada next Saturday.

The second-to-last BCS Standings will be released on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPN.

 

USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. Notre Dame (56), 12-0, 1,469
2. Alabama (2), 11-1, 1,398
3. Georgia (1), 11-1, 1,341
4. Oregon, 11-1, 1,277
5. Florida, 11-1, 1,265
6. LSU, 10-2, 1,124
7. Kansas State, 10-1, 1,114
8. Texas A&M, 10-2, 1,076
9. Stanford, 10-2, 1,008
10. South Carolina, 10-2, 972
11. Oklahoma, 9-2, 878
12. Florida State, 10-2, 829
13. Nebraska, 10-2, 765
14. Clemson, 10-2, 720
15. Boise State, 9-2, 479
16. UCLA, 9-3, 445
17. Oregon State, 8-3, 410
18. Northern Illinois, 11-1, 377
19. Kent State, 11-1, 337

20. Northwestern, 9-3, 314
21. Texas, 8-3, 312
22. Utah State, 10-2, 264
23. Louisville, 9-2, 184
24. Michigan, 8-4, 158
25. Rutgers, 9-2, 152

Dropping out: No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Mississippi State

Receiving votes: Oklahoma State (7-4) 129; San Jose State (10-2) 105; Vanderbilt (8-4) 94; Fresno State (9-3) 39; TCU (7-4) 34; San Diego State (9-3) 28; Cincinnati (8-3) 17; Arizona State (7-5) 13; Arkansas State (8-3) 13; Mississippi State (8-4) 11; Middle Tennessee (8-3) 7; Central Florida (9-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 5; Arizona (7-5) 3; Toledo (9-3) 2; Baylor (6-5) 1; USC (7-5) 1

 

Harris Interactive Poll

1. Notre Dame (109), 12-0, 2869
2. Alabama (6), 11-1, 2740
3. Georgia, 11-1, 2599
4. Oregon, 11-1, 2507
5. Florida, 11-1, 2435
6. Kansas State, 10-1, 2229
7. LSU, 10-2, 2142
8. Stanford, 10-2, 2059
9. Texas A&M, 10-2, 2038
10. South Carolina, 10-2, 1862
11. Oklahoma, 9-2, 1706
12. Florida State, 10-2, 1614
13. Nebraska, 10-2, 1493
14. Clemson, 10-2, 1446
15. Oregon State, 8-3, 975
16. UCLA, 9-3, 919
17. Boise State, 9-2, 817
18. Kent State, 11-1, 705
19. Northern Illinois, 11-1, 619

20. Texas, 8-3, 564
21. Northwestern, 9-3, 479
22. Utah State, 10-2, 438
23. Michigan, 8-4, 434
24. Louisville, 9-2, 394
25. Oklahoma State, 7-4, 392

Dropping out: Rutgers, Mississippi State

Receiving votes: Rutgers 302; TCU 134; San Jose State 118; Vanderbilt 67; USC 57; San Diego State 39; Fresno State 36; Baylor 31; Mississippi State 26; Louisiana Tech 19; Cincinnati 12; Arizona State 11; Syracuse 10; Tulsa 10; Central Florida 9; Arizona 6; Toledo 6; East Carolina 4; Arkansas State 1; Louisiana-Monroe 1; Washington 1.

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