College Football Rankings: USA TODAY Poll Leaves Out Mountain West Teams
Boise State and Air Force are receiving votes.
Preseason polls will carry more weight this year.
The preseason USA TODAY coaches poll is out and there are no Mountain West teams in the rankings and overall there are just two Group of Five teams in UCF who is 21st and Cincinnatti is at 22nd.
History has shown us that there will be about four Group of Five teams that are ranked once the season ends. That is why Boise State and Air Force fans which are receiving votes should not panic this year.
While this is not the AP poll, Boise State has been ranked in-season for at least one week every year dating back to 2002, so expect them to be ranked at some point this year.
The Broncos are one spot out of the rankings with the Falcons sitting at 38th and some of that could be to these coaches not knowing Donald Hammond III is no longer on the roster and unlikely to play this year.
These polls are very different this year because the movement may be minimal with no Group of 5 teams knocking of Power 5 teams, and there could be a lot more undefeated teams from the G5 ranks who may not earn the respect if a school is 5-0 with all wins within their league.
There are just no chances for a big upset so a lot of the shifting could be using margin of victory for teams in the Mountain West as there is no comparison of how a team fared vs. a Power 5 team.
23. Iowa Hawkeyes
21. UCF Knights
20. Utah Utes
17. USC Trojans
14. Texas Longhorns
13. Texas A&M Aggies
11. Auburn Tigers
9. Oregon Ducks
5. LSU Tigers
Others receiving votes: Tennessee 111; Boise State 111; Arizona State 88; Kentucky 73; Memphis 71; Baylor 66; Washington 65; Louisville 62; Miami 58; Appalachian State 31; Navy 17; Virginia 13; Air Force 12; Mississippi State 9; Texas Christian 7; Washington State 6; Tulane 5; California 5; UL Lafayette 3; Southern Methodist 3; Nebraska 3; Stanford 2; Pittsburgh 1; Kansas State 1; Indiana 1; Duke 1.