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Top 26 Poll: like the BCS except more right

For the first time all season, there is a consensus No. 1 in the Bronco Blogger Top 26 poll. We are just as surprised as you are that it is not Boise State.

The Broncos did manage to get into the Top 10 this week, sitting pretty on the dot at No. 10. And we Bronco bloggers managed to do something that the regular, paid pollsters and the potentially flawed computers failed to do: put Boise State ahead of Utah.

BYU fell, TCU rose, and Cincinnati earned a pity vote. To see how everyone voted, download the Top 26 poll pdf, and for past polls, visit the Top 26 poll homepage.

  1. Texas (8)

  2. Alabama

  3. Penn State

  4. USC

  5. Texas Tech

  6. Oklahoma

  7. Georgia

  8. Florida

  9. Oklahoma State

  10. Boise State

  11. Utah

  12. LSU

  13. Ohio State

  14. South Florida

  15. TCU

  16. Missouri

  17. Pittsburgh

  18. BYU

  19. Tulsa

  20. Ball State

  21. Georgia Tech

  22. Kansas

  23. Minnesota

  24. Northwestern

  25. Florida State

  26. Boston College

Say good-bye to: Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Cal

Also receiving votes: North Carolina, Cincinnati

Idaho Sports Zone bigwig Will Hoenike took the time to explain his poll this week. He may be the only person we know who willingly knows stats of Big Sky teams. He is certainly the first to use them in reference to his Top 26 poll rankings.

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

I can't stand the fact that I have Texas Tech in the Top 10. They had issues with Eastern Washington... the same EWU team that is 2-2 in the Big Sky. Struggled with Nebraska. Didn't exactly overwhelm Nevada. I'm basically waiting for them to lose so I can rank them about 90th.

Same goes for Oklahoma State. Let's ponder this for a moment-- what do the Cowboys have in common with UCLA and Portland State (both sub-.500 teams)? Answer: They're the only teams that have failed to break the 45-point plateau against Washington State. Three teams that aren't even ranked (Cal, Oregon, Oregon State) broke 60 with the cheer squads playing the fourth quarter. A fourth-- USC-- all but knelt on the ball in the closing seconds of the FIRST half. Nice win over Mizzou but who else have the Cowboys beaten? Missouri State? East Jesus Tech? Not impressed... yet. Ask me again this time next week.