Fresno State football team is No. 17 in BCS; Boise State is 37th

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Fresno State is No. 17 in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings of 2013 — giving the Mountain West a chance to place a team in a big-money bowl.

Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference is the Bulldogs’ top competitor for a BCS spot. The Huskies are No. 18. Northern Illinois is much stronger in the computers right now — ranging from No. 5 to No. 19. Fresno State is No. 14 at best and not ranked in the top 25 in two of them.

Importantly, Fresno State is ranked higher than any team in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs need to reach the top 12 for an automatic berth but only the top 16 if they’re ranked ahead of a BCS-conference champion. The AAC has Louisville at No. 20 and UCF at No. 23.

Here are the full standings.

In the expanded BCS standings at CBSSports.com, Boise State is No. 37. The Broncos’ computer average is 46.75. BYU is No. 36 and Washington is No. 38.

The Mountain West’s third-highest-ranked team is UNLV at No. 74.

Boise State plays at BYU on Friday.

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Fresno State rose two spots to No. 15 in The Associated Press Top 25 and one spot to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. They are ahead of Northern Illinois in both. Northern Illinois is No. 23 in AP and No. 22 in USA Today.

Boise State did not receive any points in AP voting. The Broncos got one point in the USA Today poll.

In the Harris poll, Fresno State is No. 18. Boise State received one point.

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Here is my game story from last night.

Here is Brian Murphy’s column.

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (55) 7-0 1,495 1
2. Oregon (3) 7-0 1,427 2
3. Florida St. (2) 6-0 1,395 5
4. Ohio St. 7-0 1,309 4
5. Missouri 7-0 1,197 14
6. Baylor 6-0 1,189 12
7. Miami 6-0 1,130 10
8. Stanford 6-1 1,118 13
9. Clemson 6-1 927 3
10. Texas Tech 7-0 904 16
11. Auburn 6-1 867 24
12. UCLA 5-1 832 9
13. LSU 6-2 739 6
14. Texas A&M 5-2 683 7
15. Fresno St. 6-0 550 17
16. Virginia Tech 6-1 509 19
17. Oklahoma 6-1 501 18
18. Louisville 6-1 428 8
19. Oklahoma St. 5-1 382 21
20. South Carolina 5-2 381 11
21. UCF 5-1 345 NR
22. Wisconsin 5-2 258 25
23. N. Illinois 7-0 220 23
24. Michigan 6-1 169 NR
25. Nebraska 5-1 117 NR
Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon St. 79, Michigan St. 73, Georgia 30, Mississippi 27, Florida 17, Utah 4, Washington 4, Texas 2, BYU 1, Ball St. 1.

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USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (57) 7-0) 1,544 1
2. Oregon (4) 7-0) 1,482 2
3. Florida State (1) 6-0) 1,410 5
4. Ohio State 7-0) 1,382 3
5. Baylor 6-0) 1,255 12
6. Miami (Fla.) 6-0) 1,186 11
7. Missouri 7-0) 1,184 14
8. Stanford 6-1) 1,117 13
9. Texas Tech 7-0) 981 15
10. Clemson 6-1) 913 4
11. UCLA 5-1) 710 10
12. Oklahoma 6-1) 695 18
13. Oklahoma State 5-1) 688 17
13. LSU 6-2) 688 8
15. Texas A&M 5-2) 622 7
16. Louisville 6-1) 571 6
17. Auburn 6-1) 537 NR
18. Fresno State 6-0) 532 19
19. Virginia Tech 6-1) 499 20
20. South Carolina 5-2) 468 9
21. Nebraska 5-1) 385 21
22. Northern Illinois 7-0) 298 23
23. Michigan 6-1) 268 24
24. Wisconsin 5-2) 195 NR
25. Central Florida 5-1) 151 NR
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 102; Oregon State 91; Notre Dame 62; Arizona State 51; Georgia 37; Mississippi 17; Texas 11; Houston 6; Florida 4; Brigham Young 3; Ball State 1; Boise State 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1.

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Harris poll

The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (95) 7-0 2,615 1
2. Oregon (8) 7-0 2,520 2
3. Florida State (2) 6-0 2,401 5
4. Ohio State 7-0 2,321 4
5. Baylor 6-0 2,038 13
6. Missouri 7-0 2,026 14
7. Miami (FL) 6-0 2,008 10
8. Stanford 6-1 1,952 12
9. Texas Tech 7-0 1,662 15
10. Clemson 6-1 1,616 3
11. UCLA 5-1 1,323 9
12. LSU 6-2 1,212 8
13. Texas A&M 5-2 1,177 7
14. Oklahoma 6-1 1,110 17
15. Auburn 6-1 1,105 NR
16. Louisville 6-1 1,046 6
17. Oklahoma State 5-1 951 19
18. Fresno State 6-0 920 18
19. Virginia Tech 6-1 841 20
20. South Carolina 5-2 673 11
21. Northern Illinois 7-0 518 22
22. Michigan 6-1 415 24
23. Nebraska 5-1 414 23
24. Wisconsin 5-2 281 NR
25. Central Florida 5-1 238 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Michigan State 196; Oregon State 168; Arizona State 124; Georgia 113; Notre Dame 61; Florida 30; Mississippi 21; Texas 14; Ball State 8; Houston 4; Washington 2; Boise State 1.

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MY AP BALLOT

1 Alabama
2 Florida State
3 Oregon
4 Ohio State
5 Missouri
6 Stanford
7 Miami
8 Baylor
9 Clemson
10 Texas Tech
11 LSU
12 Auburn
13 Texas A&M
14 UCLA
15 Virginia Tech
16 Oklahoma
17 Wisconsin
18 Oregon State
19 Fresno State
20 Michigan
21 Notre Dame
22 Georgia
23 South Carolina
24 UCF
25 Michigan State

Dropped out: Louisville, Florida, Utah, Washington
Also considered: Nebraska, Arizona State, Northern Illinois


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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