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Boise State Broncos: Heading up the charts in both polls in Week 7

The week 7 polls are out and the Boise State Broncos moved up the rankings in both polls, rising to no. 14 in both the AP and Coaches polls.

A convincing win — albeit with a lot still to be desired — for the Boise State Broncos on Saturday night kept their perfect record in tact.

The Broncos (5-0, 2-0) went into Las Vegas and defeated the Rebels 38-13. The passing game looked in sync for the most part, with Hank Bachmeier throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Chase Cord also added a scoring toss.

The running game had some struggles, however. George Holani had a late surge, finishing with 80 yards while John Hightower had two carries for 51 yards

Hightower had quite the game overall, finishing with four catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also took the second-half opening kickoff for a score, though that was negated by a penalty

Khalil Shakir put up some excellent numbers as well, finishing with seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

And the defense, outside of a couple of needless personal foul penalties, was again in fine form, limiting the Rebels to 69 yards on the ground.

Ranked no. 15 in the Coaches Poll and no. 16 in the AP poll last week, Boise State found movement in week 7 thanks to losses by teams ahead of them.

Iowa lost to Michigan and Washington lost to Stanford. The loss by the Huskies dropped them from the top 25.

Other ranked Group of 5 teams

UCF lost their second game of the season, falling to the Cincinnati Bearcats 27-24 on Friday night. The Bearcats (4-1) are just outside the top-25 in the Coaches Poll and no. 25 in the AP.

SMU (6-0) survived a triple OT affair with Tulsa, winning 43-37 and entered at no. 22 in the Coaches Poll. The Mustangs moved up to no. 21 in the AP.

Memphis (5-0) defeated Louisiana Monroe 52-33. The Tigers moved up to no. 20 in the Coaches rankings and are currently no. 23 in the AP Poll.

SMU and Memphis will meet on November 2.

Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. LSU
  7. Florida
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Penn State
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Texas
  12. Auburn
  13. Oregon
  14. Boise State
  15. Utah
  16. Michigan
  17. Wake Forest
  18. Iowa
  19. Virginia
  20. Memphis
  21. Texas A&M
  22. SMU
  23. Baylor
  24. Arizona State
  25. Minnesota

AP Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State (tied for 3rd w/Georgia)
  5. LSU
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Florida
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Penn State
  11. Texas
  12. Auburn
  13. Oregon
  14. Boise State
  15. Utah
  16. Michigan
  17. Iowa
  18. Arizona State
  19. Wake Forest
  20. Virginia
  21. SMU
  22. Baylor
  23. Memphis
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Cincinnati
  26. Minnesota

How Boise State’s opponents fared

  • Florida State (3-2): Bye
  • Marshall (2-3): lost to Middle Tennessee 24-13
  • Portland State (3-3): defeated Southern Utah 52-31
  • Air Force (3-2, 1-1): lost to Navy 34-25
  • Hawai’i (4-1, 1-0): Bye
  • BYU (2-3): Bye
  • San Jose State (3-2, 1-1): defeated New Mexico 32-21
  • Wyoming (4-1, 1-0): Bye
  • New Mexico (2-3, 0-1): lost to San Jose St. 32-21
  • Utah State (3-2, 2-0): lost to LSU 42-6
  • Colorado State (1-5, 0-2): lost to San Diego State 24-10


About Jason Haskins

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more:

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