After witnessing Boise State's near collapse against New Mexico on Saturday night, I feel a little strange writing a poll-watching post. Aren't polls the last thing Boise State needs to worry about at this point? The Broncos nearly lost to a team that cannot pass. There are more important things to do than stalking the Colley Matrix.
And yet, I am still stalking the Colley Matrix (matrix up! this week). It's a good distraction, if nothing else. Consider it a side job to Bronco Nation's 24-7 occupation of worrying about Boise State's decision making. Polls are below.
Boise State polls
|BCS||Available October 21|
|Harris||Available October 14|
|Chadd Cripe||24||22||▼ 2|
|Kenneth Massey||27||38||▲ 11|
|Colley Matrix||31||40||▲ 9|
|Anderson Hester||Available October 14|
|Wolfe||Available October 14|
|Simulated BCS||27||23||▼ 4|
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), 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).
Connecticut newspaper writer John Silver is the AP voter with the most faith in the Broncos, placing Boise State No. 20 in his poll this week. The Broncos are the only outlier on an otherwise by-the-book Top 25, so I take Silver's generosity to be a peace offering for when Boise State plays UCONN next year in conference play. (Also, they do not get KTVB in Connecticut, so I doubt he watched last week's game.)
The Billingsley Report has the most faith in the Broncos, putting them at No. 12 and ahead of teams like 5-0 Florida State and 4-0 Texas.
How did Boise State manage to win and drop three spots in the AP poll? You can blame Washington, Northwestern, UCLA, and Cincinnati. The Huskies upset Stanford, Cincinnati beat Virginia Tech, Northwestern beat Indiana (?), and UCLA beat Colorado (???).
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