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.
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.
Here are the complete College Football Playoff rankings:
2. Ohio State
8. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
15. Florida State
18. West Virginia
19. Boise State
21. Western Michigan
24. Washington State
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