Broncos make modest gains in polls

Boise State's hopes of getting to the conference championship game got a boost when Wyoming lost on Saturday.

BOISE - Following its 52-16 rout of Hawaii on Saturday, the Boise State football made modest gains in two of the major polls on Sunday.

The Broncos moved up two spots to No. 22 in the AP Top 25, and climbed one spot to No. 23 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

San Diego State joined the Broncos in the polls this week, entering at No. 24 in the AP and No. 25 in the coaches. The Aztecs (9-1, 6-0) had been ranked earlier in the season, but dropped out after losing to South Alabama in Week 4.

The other Group of Five team in the rankings - Western Michigan - is currently No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches poll.

Sunday's polls showed a shakeup at the top, as the three of the top four teams - No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington - lost their games on Saturday. Michigan fared the best, only dropping one spot to No. 4. Chris Petersen's Huskies dropped three spots to No. 7 after their 26-13 loss to USC.

The all-important College Football Playoff Rankings will come out on Tuesday. As of last week, Western Michigan was ranked No. 21, Boise State was No. 22 and San Diego State was unranked. The top-ranked Group of Five conference champion gets an automatic bid to a New Years Six bowl game.

In order to get to a one of the big-money bowl games, the Broncos will not only need to jump Western Michigan in the playoff rankings, but they also need to win the Mountain West. At this point, they will have to win the rest of their games, and hope that Wyoming, which beat the Broncos two weeks ago, loses another game.

The Cowboys lost 69-66 on Saturday to UNLV in a triple-overtime barn-burner, and are tied for first place in the Mountain Division with Boise State. But Wyoming holds the tie-breaker between the two teams, so the Broncos' only hope of playing for the conference championship hinges on the 'Pokes dropping one more. The Cowboys play West Division champs San Diego State on Saturday, and will face New Mexico for their regular season finale.

The Broncos are getting a nice strength of schedule boost from Washington State. The Cougars are 8-0 since losing to Boise State in Week 2, and are getting some love from the pollsters. They are now at No. 20 in both the AP and coaches polls. After the Huskies' loss on Saturday, the Cougs are now in first place in the Pac-12 North, setting up what is already a highly-anticipated Apple Cup on Nov. 25.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama(61), 10-0, 1525
2. Ohio State, 9-1, 1455
3. Louisville, 9-1, 1357
4. Michigan, 9-1, 1323
5. Clemson, 9-1, 1304
6. Wisconsin, 8-2, 1214
7. Washington, 9-1, 1150
8. Oklahoma, 8-2, 1064
9. Penn State, 8-2, 961
10. West Virginia, 8-1, 920
11. Utah, 8-2, 807
12. Colorado, 8-2, 797
13. Oklahoma State, 8-2, 659
14. Western Michigan, 10-0, 634
15. USC, 7-3, 584
16. LSU, 6-3, 582
17. Florida State, 7-3, 569
18. Auburn, 7-3, 543
19. Nebraska, 8-2, 504
20. Washington State, 8-2, 501
21. Florida, 7-2, 435
22. Boise State, 9-1, 315
23. Texas A&M, 7-3, 238
24. San Diego State, 9-1, 97
25. Troy, 8-1, 63

Dropped from rankings: North Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 18, Baylor 25

Others receiving votes: Houston 49, North Carolina 40, Virginia Tech 36, Tennessee 21, Navy 20, Stanford 16, Western Kentucky 11, Pittsburgh 9, South Florida 8, Arkansas 7, Iowa 4, Ole Miss 2, Minnesota 1

Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (63), 10-0, 1575
2. Ohio State, 9-1, 1495
3. Louisville, 9-1, 1418
4. Michigan, 9-1, 1332
5. Clemson, 9-1, 1318
6. Wisconsin, 8-2, 1231
7. Washington, 9-1, 1190
8. Oklahoma, 8-2, 1147
9. West Virginia, 8-1, 994
10. Penn State, 8-2, 923
11. Utah, 8-2, 909
12. Colorado, 8-2, 861
13. Oklahoma State, 8-2, 745
14. LSU, 6-3, 572
15. Florida State, 7-3, 559
16. Auburn, 7-3, 542
17. Nebraska, 8-2, 541
18. Florida, 7-2, 538
19. USC, 7-3, 473
20. Washington State, 8-2, 438
21. Western Michigan, 10-0, 431
22. Texas A&M, 7-3, 396
23. Boise State, 9-1, 355
24. North Carolina, 7-3, 114
25. San Diego State, 9-1, 112

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 22, Baylor 25

Others receiving votes: Houston 60, Navy 43, South Florida 43, Virginia Tech 39, Troy 28, Tennessee 20, Stanford 16, Pittsburgh 6, Arkansas 5, Toledo 3, Baylor 2, Iowa 1

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