Poll watching may become a necessary evil this season as Boise State's BCS chances hinge on both Boise State going undefeated the rest of the way and on Boise State climbing in the polls. They began that slow ascent toward the Top 15 this week (Coaches Poll excluded). See below for where Boise State finds itself in all the most important and interesting polls in America.
|BCS||Available October 21|
|Harris||Available October 14|
|Chadd Cripe||22||24||▲ 2|
|Colley Matrix||74||111||▲ 37|
|Anderson Hester||Available October 14|
|Wolfe||Available October 14|
|Simulated BCS||26||25||▼ 1|
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).
Boise State dropped one spot in the USA Today poll, but don't take it personally because the USA Today poll is on crazy pills. Among the teams immediately ahead of the Broncos (and with worse losses, in my opinion): Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, and Wisconsin. The Broncos are No. 24 in the saner, smarter AP poll.
Last week, I pointed out that South Carolina newspaper man Josh Kendall had the Broncos at No. 11 and Michigan State at No. 5. One week and one Michigan State loss later, Kendall dropped both teams - Boise State fell seven spots to No. 18 and the Spartans fell 12 spots to No. 17.
The new biggest Bronco fan in the AP poll is Macon, Georgia, reporter Seth Emerson who has the Broncos at No. 17.
Again, like I warned last week, don't put too much stock in the computer polls until more games are played and the computers have more data to eat. Boise State figures to keep climbing the more football they play.
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