Where Boise State stands in this week's polls

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As you know by now, the first BCS standings debuted with the Broncos at No. 22, six spots back from the magical No. 16 hole they must be in to make a lucrative BCS game. Did anyone else feel a seismic shift in Bronco Nation's expectations on Sunday afternoon? Not only are the Broncos close to qualifying for a BCS bowl but the upcoming schedule features UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State, and Hawaii. We are all no longer dreading the Broncos being upset with a 9-2 final score. We are making packing lists for Florida in January. What a difference a month makes.

    Boise State polls

    Poll Rank Prev UP/DWN
    BCS 22 -- --
    Coaches 22 22 --
    Harris 23 22 ▼ 1
    AP 24 24 --
    Chadd Cripe 21 21 --
    Mike Prater 22 24 ▲ 2
    BlogPoll 26 26 --
    Sagarin 19 17 ▼ 2
    Billingsley 14 17 ▲ 3
    Kenneth Massey 23 23 --
    Colley Matrix 21 22 ▲ 1
    Anderson Hester 21 -- --
    Wolfe 24 -- --

    This is what the polls are: BCS rankings (two humans and a compendium of computers), USA Today Coaches' Poll (college football coaches and interns of coaches), Harris Poll (somewhat important people somewhat associated with college football), AP Top 25 (media), Chadd Cripe (Idaho Statesman reporter), Mike Prater (Idaho Statesman sports editor), SB Nation Blogpoll (bloggers), Sagarin Ratings w/ ELO_CHESS (computer), Billingsley (computer), Kenneth Massey (computer), Colley Matrix (computer), Anderson and Hester (computer), Peter Wolfe (computer), and simulated BCS (via SB Nation's Samuel Chi).

    Poll notes

    The BCS standings use six computers but only count four of them for each team, dropping the highest and lowest ones. For Boise State, that means losing the Billingsley Report (a high of No. 14) and the Wolfe Betamax (a low of No. 24).

    How do the Broncos win and gain hardly anything in the polls? Michigan jumped the Broncos in the AP poll. TCU and Texas Tech jumped BSU in the Coaches.

    The two biggest Boise State fans in the AP poll are Rob Long of FOX radio in Baltimore and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville (Ala.) Times both of whom have the Broncos at No. 18. A full 24 people, including purported smart person Andy Staples, do not have the Broncos ranked.

    The BlogPoll - America's bloggiest (and smartest?) poll

    College Football Rankings 2011

    Results for Week 7

    # School Points/blog SD Delta
    1 Alabama Crimson Tide (62) 24.64 0.84 --
    2 Oregon Ducks (3) 23.32 2.15 --
    3 Florida Gators (5) 22.51 1.40 Arrow_up 2
    4 Kansas St. Wildcats (1) 21.99 1.36 Arrow_up 2
    5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4) 21.30 1.81 Arrow_up 2
    6 LSU Tigers 18.41 2.62 Arrow_up 3
    7 South Carolina Gamecocks 17.05 2.44 Arrow_down -4
    8 Oregon St. Beavers 16.89 3.84 Arrow_up 2
    9 Oklahoma Sooners 16.18 3.44 Arrow_up 5
    10 Ohio St. Buckeyes (1) 16.05 5.49 Arrow_down -2
    11 Florida St. Seminoles 13.70 3.69 --
    12 USC Trojans 13.09 4.69 --
    13 Georgia Bulldogs 11.82 3.12 --
    14 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 10.21 3.80 Arrow_up 5
    15 Louisville Cardinals 9.88 3.84 Arrow_up 3
    16 Clemson Tigers 9.49 4.56 --
    17 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.29 3.46 Arrow_down -13
    18 Texas Tech Red Raiders 8.32 4.52 Arrow_up 13
    19 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7.33 3.61 Arrow_up 1
    20 Texas A&M Aggies 6.36 3.70 Arrow_up 4
    21 Cincinnati Bearcats 6.24 3.87 --
    22 Stanford Cardinal 4.83 4.42 Arrow_down -5
    23 Ohio Bobcats 3.96 4.92 --
    24 TCU Horned Frogs 2.11 2.61 Arrow_up 4
    25 Michigan Wolverines 1.76 2.58 Arrow_up 4
    Others Receiving Votes: Boise St. Broncos | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Iowa St. Cyclones | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Northwestern Wildcats | Nevada Wolf Pack | Texas Longhorns | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Northern Illinois Huskies | Toledo Rockets | North Carolina Tar Heels | UCLA Bruins | Wisconsin Badgers | Virginia Tech Hokies | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Ball St. Cardinals | Utah State Aggies | Kent St. Golden Flashes
    Updated: Oct 16, 2012 7:30 AM MDT

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