BOISE, Idaho — Following the Boise State Broncos' 38-13 win over the UNLV Rebels on Saturday night, the 5-0 Broncos are now ranked 14th in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll.
The No. 14 ranking for the Broncos is the highest they've been ranked since October 2016.
Boise State isn't the lone Group of 5 team in the AP Top 25 - three teams from the American Athletic Conference are beginning to group up at the bottom of the Top 25. SMU (5-0) is ranked 21st after a triple-overtime win against Tulsa, Memphis (5-0) made their first Top 25 appearance at 23rd after beating ULM 52-33, and Cincinnati (4-1) came in at No. 25 after beating previously 18th ranked UCF 27-24.
Looking ahead, Cinncinati takes on Memphis at the end of the season on Nov. 29 and Memphis also plays SMU on Nov. 2. No. 21 SMU and No. 25 Cinncianti don't play each in the regular season this year, but could potentially face off in the American Conference title game. Thanks to the AAC's depth, teams could potentially pick each other off and prevent any school from reaching their conference championship unscathed and in contention for the Cotton Bowl.
Closer to home, no other Mountain West teams received votes in the AP Poll, but both San Diego State and Hawai'i received votes in the Coaches Poll.
On Oct. 12, Boise State hosts the Rainbow Warriors at Albertsons Stadium, kicking off at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN 2. This matchup could be a preview for the Mountain West Championship game, as both the Broncos and Warriors lead the Mountain and West Divisions.
Hawai'i travels to Boise after their bye week that followed a 54-3 drubbing of the Nevada Wolfpack in Reno on Sept. 28.
To continue winning and keeping their NY6 hopes alive against Hawai'i, Boise State will need to address their poor third-down efficiency, the Broncos went 2 for 13 on third down against UNLV, and reduce the number of penalties that cost Boise State 130 yards against the Rebels.
ESPN's Football Power Index gives the Broncos a 79.4% chance of beating the Rainbow Warriors.
Boise State's path the Cotton Bowl, and their first New Year's 6 bowl since 2014, doesn't get any easier after playing Hawai'i on Saturday. The Broncos travel to Provo, UT to play BYU (2-3), where Boise State has historically struggled playing in, next week.
Boise State then plays San Jose State (3-2), Wyoming (4-1), New Mexico (2-3), Utah State (3-2) and end the season in Fort Collins to play against Colorado State (1-5).
In week seven, there's a few matchups that feature teams ranked ahead of Boise State that Bronco Nation may want to keep an eye on - the Colorado Buffalos (3-2) take on the No. 13 Oregon Ducks (4-1) in Eugene, the Red River Rivalry between No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) and the No. 11 Texas Longhorns (4-1), No. 10 Penn State (5-0) plays the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1), and the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) host the USC Trojans (3-2).
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