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.
- Oklahoma (6)
- Alabama (1)
- Missouri (1)
- LSU (1)
- Penn State
- Texas Tech
- South Florida
- Boise State
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Fresno State
- Virginia Tech
- 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:
6. Penn State
7. Texas Tech
9. South Florida
14. Boise State
15. Ohio State
19. Oklahoma State
21. Fresno State
22. Virginia Tech
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.