Boise State Football

Boise State football falls in latest Top 25 polls after loss to BYU

After suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday at BYU, the Boise State football team fell to No. 22 in the latest AP Top 25 poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

The Broncos (6-1, 3-0 MWC) were No. 14 and the highest-ranked Group of Five team in last week’s AP Poll. This week, that honor goes to SMU (7-0) at No. 16. Cincinnati (6-1) is No. 18 and Appalachian State (6-0) is No. 21. Memphis (6-1) received 87 points and is just outside the Top 25.

On Saturday, Boise State was outscored 21-0 in the third quarter and got burned by a pair of trick plays in a 28-25 loss to rival BYU. Quarterback Chase Cord completed 18-of-31 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted twice. True freshman running back George Holani led the way with 97 rushing yards, and wide receiver Octavius Evans put up career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (77), and he caught his first touchdown of the season.

Boise State is off this coming weekend before getting back on the road on Nov. 2 for a Mountain West game at San Jose State (3-4, 1-3), which is coming off back-to-back losses to Nevada and San Diego State.

This is Idaho Statesman Assistant Editor Chadd Cripe’s AP ballot:


2 Clemson

3 Alabama

4 Ohio State

5 Oklahoma

6 Florida

7 Auburn

8 Oregon

9 Penn State

10 Georgia

11 Notre Dame

12 Utah

13 Baylor

14 Wisconsin

15 Texas

16 Michigan

17 Cincinnati

18 Iowa

19 Minnesota

20 Appalachian State

21 SMU

22 Iowa State

23 Wake Forest

24 Memphis

25 Washington

Dropped out: Boise State, California, Tulane, Arizona State

Also considered: Virginia, Pittsburgh

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Ron Counts is the Boise State beat writer for the Idaho Statesman. He’s a Virginia native and spent that past three years covering University of Virginia.