Bronco Beat

Boise State football breaks into College Football Playoff rankings, extends streak

On the heels of their sixth straight win, a 59-52 overtime thriller at Colorado State, the Boise State Broncos got more good news Tuesday.

For the first time this season, Boise State appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Broncos made their debut at No. 25, third-best among Group of Five teams behind No. 15 Central Florida and No. 21 Memphis.

The ranking extends Boise State’s streak to 16 straight seasons ranked in one of the major Top 25 polls. However, the Broncos still haven’t extended their streak in The Associated Press Top 25. The Broncos entered the season tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the AP poll at 15 seasons. Ohio State has extended its nation-leading streak to 50.

Boise State was ranked in each of the first four CFP rankings last year, reaching as high as 19th, but fell out after losing at Air Force to end the regular season.

[Related: Boise State tries to break losing streak to Air Force]

The top-ranked conference champion from the Group of Five at the end of the season will earn a berth into a New Year’s Six bowl, which most likely will be Jan. 1’s Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Also, the top-ranked, division-winning Mountain West team in the CFP will host the conference championship game.

Central Florida plays South Florida (which is 23rd in the AP) on Nov. 24. Memphis hosts 6-4 SMU on Saturday. Those are the biggest hurdles remaining for those teams from the American Athletic Conference. If they both run the table, they’ll face off in the AAC championship game Dec. 2, likely with the Group of Five berth on the line. If there is some chaos, Boise State could slip into a New Year’s Six game.

Here are this week’s rankings:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Miami (Fla.)

4. Oklahoma

5. Wisconsin

6. Auburn

7. Georgia

8. Notre Dame

9. Ohio State

10. Penn State

11. USC

12. TCU

13. Oklahoma State

14. Washington State

15. Central Florida

16. Mississippi State

17. Michigan State

18. Washington

19. North Carolina State

20. LSU

21. Memphis

22. Stanford

23. Northwestern

24. Michigan

25. Boise State

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