The Boise State Broncos easily took care of the New Mexico Lobos on Friday night and their win was rewarded with a bump in the polls which now place them at 15th at both the USA TODAY coaches poll and the Associated Press poll.
While these polls do not really matter in the College Football Playoff rankings but they are somewhat in the same neighborhood and there is a huge gap between Boise State and the contenders for the automatic bid from the Group of Five teams toward a New Year’s Six Bowl game.
Houston is ranked higher at 12th and 13th but they need to find their way back in the American race and with Navy being a division opponent and getting the win over the weekend it will take a lot for the Cougars to get into the mix for this auto bid.
However, Houston being ranked where they are at early in the year it is quite possible that they could earn an at-large berth if they climb high enough yet do not win the American. The good thing about the new playoff is that nearly every selection for the big money games is ranking related and not necessarily conference related. The Rose Bowl is the exception and that could be an issue if a Pac-12 team gets to a playoff game.
Enough of that.
The next closest team in the rankings are Western Michigan and Navy who are on track at this early point in their respective conferences and are ranked at the bottom of both polls; except the coaches poll that somehow does not rank Navy.
San Diego State is getting two points each in the AP and coaches poll, so for them to get ranked they need to rattle off a bunch of wins.
Here is a look at the two major polls plus a pair of analytic rankings.