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Boise State up one spot in College Football Playoff rankings, stays ahead of Western Michigan

Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin rushes during the second half Saturday against Buffalo in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin rushes during the second half Saturday against Buffalo in Kalamazoo, Mich.

In the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, Boise State is No. 19, up one spot.

Boise State was No. 20 in the CFP rankings last week, jumping up two spots, and in the process vaulting past Western Michigan, which was at No. 21. The top-ranked Group of Five conference champion will earn a berth into the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1. Western Michigan remains at No. 21, but is now the third-highest Group of Five team behind Boise State and No. 20 Houston. However, Boise State needs help to even have a shot at playing in the conference championship, while Houston is out of contention in the American.

Highlights from Boise State's afternoon practice Nov. 21, 2016 at Albertsons Stadium.

The Broncos will only get into the Mountain West championship game with a win Friday at Air Force and a Wyoming loss at New Mexico on Saturday. Any other scenario gives Wyoming the Mountain Division title.

Western Michigan (11-0) faces 9-2 Toledo on Friday, and with a win would play in the MAC championship. Navy entered the CFP rankings at No. 25, and with a Houston win under their belts, the Midshipmen (8-2) could be in a position to leap Western Michigan for the top Group of Five spot.

The Boise State football team used its longest and shortest drives of the season to get a double-digit lead in the first quarter on UNLV, an edge it never let dwindle in a 42-25 win Friday night.

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Here are the complete College Football Playoff rankings:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Michigan

5. Washington

6. Wisconsin

7. Oklahoma

8. Penn State

9. Colorado

10. Oklahoma State

11. Louisville

12. USC

13. Auburn

14. Florida

15. Florida State

16. Nebraska

17. Tennessee

18. West Virginia

19. Boise State

20. Houston

21. Western Michigan

22. Utah

23. Stanford

24. Washington State

25. Navy

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Here are a few bowl projections from national sources. Mine will be in Friday’s Statesman:

Fox Sports: Las Vegas vs. Arizona State

ESPN: Las Vegas vs. Arizona State (McMurphy); Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech (Schlabach)

Sports Illustrated: Famous Idaho Potato vs. Ohio

CBS Sports: Famous Idaho Potato vs. Toledo

Athlon Sports: Cactus vs. TCU

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