Bronco Beat

Boise State moves up to No. 15 in polls; Rypien earns MW honor

The Boise State Broncos have their highest in-season ranking since Kellen Moore was at the helm.

In the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday, the Broncos are ranked No. 15, moving up four spots from last week. Boise State’s ranking is its highest heading into a game since it was No. 9 entering the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl.

Three other teams from Group of Five conferences are ranked: Houston (No. 13), Western Michigan (No. 24) and Navy (No. 25). The Broncos also are No. 15 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

Boise State (5-0, 2-0) hosts Colorado State (3-3, 1-1) at Albertsons Stadium at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Here’s how I voted:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Michigan

5. Washington

6. Texas A&M

7. Louisville

8. Wisconsin

9. Nebraska

10. Tennesee

11. Ole Miss

12. Houston

13. Baylor

14. Florida State

15. Miami (Fla.)

16. Boise State

17. Florida

18. West Virginia

19. Virginia Tech

20. Utah

21. Western Michigan

22. Oklahoma

23. Arkansas

24. Auburn

25. Wake Forest

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For the third consecutive week, a Bronco was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week.

On Monday, sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien earned the honor after passing for 391 yards on 21-of-28 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions in Friday’s 49-21 win at New Mexico. Rypien had all but 23 of those yards by halftime. He was playing his first game since his paternal grandmother died, a month after he lost his maternal grandmother.

Boise State junior running back Jeremy McNichols was the two-time reigning player of the week.

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Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said Monday that approximately 5,500 tickets still remain for Saturday’s game. Check out a video interview with him above.

The Broncos’ 2006 unbeaten team, which won the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma, will be honored at halftime. About 40-45 players have RSVP’d to be in attendance and will join the current team on the pregame Bronco Walk. Two of the three captains for that game will be honorary captains Saturday: linebacker Korey Hall and quarterback Jared Zabransky.

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