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Top 25 analysis: Does Boise State no longer have to win pretty?

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The onus of winning pretty has been on Boise State for years. As the saying goes, "If you can't beat Utah State by 50, then have you really beat Utah State?"

Well, the times may be a-changing if this week's college football rankings are any indication. The Broncos remained at No. 4 after a 25-point win over Toledo on Friday night in a game many fans expected to be a 35-point win or better. And the punishment for only winning by four scores on the road? Nothing.

The Broncos went from having 1,307 points in the AP poll to having 1,309 points in the AP poll. The coaches' docking the Broncos two points looked cruel by comparison.

What a relief, though. Boise State may finally be at that place among voters where their every performance is not judged on style points but rather on winning and losing. It is easy to point out reasons why Friday night's win in Toledo was a challenge (road game, good Toledo team, etc.); it just seems like no one ever listens. 

Well maybe things are changing. It's nice knowing that Boise State doesn't have to beat a Wyoming or UNLV by 50 points simply to hold steady in the polls. That said, I'd still like to beat Wyoming and UNLV by 50. Sounds fun.

Official Top 25 polls - AP, USA Today, and last year's BCS Poll

More poll data available at the ESPN website.

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Official worst voter / person of Week Four


Jim Wogan, WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee

Guess which two Mountain West teams Mr. Wogan has ranked? I'll give you a hint: Boise State is one of them and TCU is not the other one.

Wogan has the San Diego State Aztecs as the 22nd-best team in the nation, rising from the ranks of Wogan's unranked this week following a win over mighty Washington State. Wogan is not only drinking the Kool-Aid on the Aztecs, he is hawking it on street corners and renting space at farmer's markets. This guy is ahead of the curve.

That said, it sure would be nice if San Diego State would be ranked when the Broncos play them in November. Keep up the weird, crazy work, Jim.

Sidenote: Jon Wilner is still being Jon Wilner. Look at all these extreme votes.

Official OBNUG Top 25 poll

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Others receiving votes: San Diego State, Cal, Florida International, Michigan State, UNLV, Illinois, Iowa State

Explanation: The OBNUG Top 25 poll uses a points-based ranking system to determine its order. Each pollster receives 50 points to distribute to teams as he or she sees fit. The max points that a voter can award a team is 10 points. The minimum is one point. There is no voting for Idaho allowed.

The Broncos are no longer the No. 1 team in our poll put together by Bronco fans, so obviously we're doing something wrong. Solution: More blind homerism, less respect for ACC opponents. 

The Sooners beating the Seminoles gave Oklahoma its big boost, and the other high risers were Florida, West Virginia, and Texas A&M, the latter of which beat Idaho by 30 points. The Vandals have Fresno State this week, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulldog got some votes in the Week Five poll. I can be bough pretty easily.

Transparency is king

Meet your voters for this week, and guffaw in delight at how foolishly you think they voted.

Profilepic_small_mediumKevan Lee: Oklahoma (10), LSU (10), Boise State (9), Alabama (9),
Stanford (4), Oregon (4), Wisconsin (2), Baylor (2)

Truecrime_prater_small_mediumNick Kroes: Oklahoma (5), LSU (5), Boise State (5), Alabama (4), Stanford (4), 
Oklahoma State (4), Wisconsin (3), Texas A&M (3), Baylor (2), Arkansas (2),
Florida (2), Oregon (1), Nebraska (1), Florida State (1), South Carolina (1),
Virginia Tech (1), Michigan (1), West Virginia (1), Texas (1), Clemson (1),
TCU (1), South Florida (1)
Kellenmoorepoint_copyedit_small_mediumMKingery: Oklahoma (6), LSU (6), Boise State (6), Alabama (6), Stanford (4), 
Oklahoma State (4), Wisconsin (4), Texas A&M (3), Nebraska (3), Virginia Tech (2),
Oregon (1), Florida State (1), West Virginia (1), Texas (1), South Florida (1), USC (1)
Myson_bsu_small_mediumLoque: Oklahoma (10), LSU (10), Boise State (9), Alabama (6), Baylor (2),
South Carolina (2), Clemson (2), Stanford (1), Oklahoma State (1), Texas (1),
USC (1), Florida (1), Michigan (1), Houston (1), Illinois (1), Iowa State (1)
Bsu_trumpet_logo_small_mediumD_summit: LSU (6), Boise State (6), Oklahoma (5), Alabama (5), Stanford (4),
Oklahoma State (4), Wisconsin (4), Florida State (4), Oregon (3), South
Carolina (2), Florida (2), Texas A&M (2), Baylor (1), Nebraska (1), West Virginia (1)
Reflectivity_mediumreflectivity: Alabama (10), Boise State (9), LSU (8), Oklahoma (7), Stanford (5),
Wisconsin (4), Florida State (3), Oklahoma State (2), South Carolina (1), Texas A&M (1)

Noel-diggity_mediumNoel.Diggity: Oklahoma (8), Alabama (7), Boise State (7), Stanford (5), Wisconsin (4),
Oklahoma State (4), Texas A&M (3), Nebraska (3), Oregon (2), Michigan (2),
Virginia Tech (2), LSU (1), Arkansas (1), UNLV (1)
Masin-mud_mediummasinmud: LSU (5), Oklahoma (4), Alabama (4), Boise State (4), Stanford (3),
Wisconsin (3), Oklahoma State (3), Texas A&M (3), Nebraska (3), USC (3),
Virginia Tech (2), Arkansas (2), South Carolina (2), Florida (2), Baylor (2),
West Virginia (2), Clemson (1), Georgia Tech (1), Michigan State (1)
Greekpadre_mediumgreekpadre: Oklahoma (8), Alabama (6), LSU (4), Boise State (4), Stanford (4),
Wisconsin (2), Oklahoma State (2), Nebraska (2), Oregon (2), Virginia Tech (1),
Arkansas (1), South Carolina (1), Florida (1), Baylor (1), Georgia Tech (1), Michigan (1),
Florida State (1), Texas (1), Houston (1), South Florida (1), TCU (1), SDSU (1),
Cal (1), Florida International (1)
Jrig_mediumJrig: Boise State (9), Oklahoma (8), LSU (6), Stanford (6), Alabama (5),
Wisconsin (5), Nebraska (3), Oregon (3), Virginia Tech (2), Oklahoma State (1),
South Carolina (1), Florida State (1)

Statguy_mediumstatguy: Oklahoma (6), Boise State (5), LSU (5), Alabama (5), Stanford (4), 
Wisconsin (4), Oregon (4), Oklahoma State (4), Nebraska (3), Texas A&M (3),
Virginia Tech (2), South Carolina (2), Florida State (2), Arkansas (1)
Rand-mcnalley_mediumRand McNalley: Boise State (8), Oklahoma (5), LSU (5), Alabama (5), Wisconsin (5),
Stanford (4), Texas A&M (4), Oregon (3), Oklahoma State (3), South Carolina (2),
Florida State (2), Virginia Tech (1), Arkansas (1), Baylor (1), TCU (1)

Kmd1_mediumKMD1: Oklahoma (8), LSU (7), Boise State (6), Alabama (5), Wisconsin (3),
Texas A&M (3), Oklahoma State (3), Arkansas (3), Stanford (2), South Carolina (2),
Florida State (2), Virginia Tech (2), Nebraska (2), Oregon (1), Florida (1)

Abstained from voting due to washing their hair: OBNUG Intern, Nate Peters, mikrino.

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