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Boise State Broncos: Moving and shaking in the week 5 polls

A victory over the Air Force Falcons on Friday night meant the Boise State Broncos would likely do no worse than remaining at no. 20 in the polls.

Saturday brought even more help pertaining to the Broncos (4-0, 1-0) chances of rising in the polls. UCF fell to Pittsburgh as the Panthers used some last-minute trickery to knock off the then 16th-ranked Knights, 35-34.

Then, while many were asleep (or about to be) for the night, a wild situation unfolded in the Palouse. Washington State, once up 49-17, fell to UCLA 67-63. This was despite Cougar quarterback Anthony Gordon throwing for nine touchdown passes.

What does this all mean for Boise State? New spots in the polls, for one. The Broncos jumped five spots, all the way to no. 15 in the Coaches Poll. On the AP Poll side of things, the Broncos rose to number 16.

It also means Boise State is the leader of the pack in regards to the Group of 5 schools. UCF dropped to no. 23 in the Coaches Poll and no. 22 in the AP. The Memphis Tigers (3-0) are next in line, at least on the Coaches side of things, sitting just outside the top-25.

Utah, Michigan and Texas A&M were others teams who lost this weekend that allowed the Boise State Broncos to move up.

Boise State is on a bye this week, returning to action 10/5 at UNLV.

Coaches Poll

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

AP Poll

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. Ohio St.
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Florida
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Texas
  12. Penn St.
  13. Oregon
  14. Iowa
  15. Cal
  16. Boise State
  17. Washington
  18. Virginia
  19. Utah
  20. Michigan
  21. USC
  22. UCF
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Kansas State
  25. Michigan State

How Boise State’s opponents fared

Florida State (2-2): defeated Louisville 35-24

Marshall (2-1): bye

Portland State (2-2): defeated Eastern Oregon 59-9

UNLV (1-2): bye

Hawai’i (3-1): defeated Central Arkansas 35-16

BYU (2-2): lost to Washington 45-19

San Jose State (2-1): defeated Arkansas 31-24

Wyoming (3-1): lost to Tulsa 24-21

New Mexico (2-1): defeated New Mexico State 55-52

Utah State (2-1, 1-0): defeated San Diego St. 23-17

Colorado State (1-3): lost to Toledo 41-35


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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