Week 4 College Football Rankings: Fresno State Moves Up, San Diego State Knocking On The Door
The Bulldogs climb in the polls while the Aztecs knock on the door of the top 25.
Can the Mountain West get two teams in next week?
After getting an unexpected test against the lowly UNLV Rebels on Friday night, the Fresno State Bulldogs found a way to move up in the coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25, anyway, after the rest of college football experienced a lot of upheaval.
Fresno State moved up to #21 in the coaches poll and #18 in the AP poll as the week’s results forced three and four teams, respectively, from the rankings. San Diego State, one of two undefeated teams left in the Mountain West, also took advantage of the discord in voters’ eyes following a 48-21 romp over FCS Towson, jumping to 29th and 28th in the respective polls. While finding room to improve their standing may not happen without further aftershocks across the national landscape, there is the possibility that both the Aztecs and Bulldogs could be ranked when they meet in Carson on October 30.
Interestingly, the Mountain West’s other undefeated team, 4-0 Wyoming, didn’t receive the same level of love from the pollsters. That probably has to do with the Cowboys’ struggles against UConn on Saturday afternoon, though the Pokes did receive one vote in the coaches poll. They’ll get a chance to win over the skeptics when they travel to Air Force next weekend and, if things break in their favor, when they travel to Fresno for a date with the Bulldogs two weeks from now.
Others Receiving Votes
Texas 131, Maryland 91, San Diego State 57, Boston College 55, SMU 44, Kentucky 26, Iowa State 25, LSU 24, Arizona State 23, Virginia Tech 20, Wisconsin 13, Rutgers 6, Kansas State 5, UTSA 4, Oregon State 4, Louisville 3, North Carolina 1
24. Wake Forest
23. North Carolina State
19. Oklahoma State
18. Fresno State
17. Michigan State
16. Coastal Carolina
15. Texas A&M
12. Ole Miss
11. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
4. Penn State
Others Receiving Votes
Texas 101; Boston College 91; NC State 70; San Diego State 69; Maryland 59; Wisconsin 56; Southern Methodist 54; Virginia Tech 39; Louisiana State 36; Iowa State 31; Army 23; Arizona State 12; Texas-San Antonio 11; Liberty 11; North Carolina 10; Central Florida 9; Oregon State 7; UL Lafayette 3; Appalachian State 3; Louisville 2; Indiana 2; Wyoming 1