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Top 26: Everyone's loss is Boise State's gain

The Broncos jumped two places in the national media polls this weekend, but they climbed three spots in our biased Bronco blogger Top 26. Take that, objectivity!

Boise State sits at No. 14, right behind fellow non-BCS baddie Utah. BYU jumped into our Top 10 in a big way, slipping into the No. 7 spot. And our new No. 1 is Oklahoma, proving that we harbor no hard feelings for Bob Stoops and Co. following the Fiesta Bowl.

For more information on our picks, visit the poll's homepage or download the Top 26 pdf. Brian Murphy does the honors of defending his poll below, so don't miss that.


  1. Oklahoma (6)

  2. Alabama (1)

  3. Missouri (1)

  4. LSU (1)

  5. Texas

  6. Penn State

  7. BYU

  8. Texas Tech

  9. South Florida

  10. Georgia

  11. USC

  12. Florida

  13. Utah

  14. Boise State

  15. Auburn

  16. Kansas

  17. Vanderbilt

  18. Ohio State

  19. Wisconsin

  20. Oklahoma State

  21. Fresno State

  22. UCONN

  23. Oregon

  24. Virginia Tech

  25. Northwestern

  26. Ball State


Say good-bye to: TCU, East Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska, Wake Forest

Also receiving votes: Tulsa, Florida State, Clemson, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State

Brian Murphy, Statesman auteur and pizza magnate, provides the reasoning for his weekly poll. Murphy was the only one to choose Alabama as the No. 1 team in the land. Does he know something that the rest of us don't? If so, he's not afraid to reveal all. Read on:

1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. LSU
4. Missouri
5. Texas
6. Penn State
7. Texas Tech
8. BYU
9. South Florida
10. USC
11. Georgia
12. Utah
13. Florida
14. Boise State
15. Ohio State
16. Kansas
17. Vanderbilt
18. Auburn
19. Oklahoma State
20. Wisconsin
21. Fresno State
22. Virginia Tech
23. Connecticut
24. Northwestern
25. Ball State

Also considered: Oregon, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Tulsa, Maryland

Dropped out: Wake Forest, Illinois, TCU, Colorado, East Carolina

No. 1: I think Alabama has done more (beating Clemson at a neutral site and Georgia on the road) than Oklahoma has done so far this season.

No. 10: The 1-loss teams are tough to rank. I put USC (No. 10), Georgia (11), Florida (13) and Ohio State (15) as my top 1-loss teams.

No. 14: Just felt the Broncos fit right about here. Tough to know where to place the undefeated non-BCS teams (BYU, Utah, Boise State) with the one-loss power teams (USC, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State).

No. 20-21: Had to keep Wisconsin ahead of Fresno State based on the Badgers' victory two weeks ago.

No. 23-25: All these teams (Connecticut, Northwestern and Ball State) are undefeated, which gave them the edge on Oregon, Michigan State and Wake Forest - all of whom have one loss.