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No. 1: Boise State Broncos (5-0)
Last Week: Bye
Next Opponent: at Tulsa (Tonight, 5 p.m. on ESPN)
Why No. 1?: Until proven otherwise, Boise State is both an unstoppable force and an immovable object.
The Buzz: The Broncos are back at No. 5 in the AP poll and are the highest ranked non-automatic qualifier in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) race. If the Broncos get past the Golden Hurricane tonight, they wonâ€™t face another real challenger until January.
No. 2: Idaho Vandals (5-1)
Last Week: Beat San Jose State, 29-25, in San Jose
Next Opponent: vs. Hawaii
Why No. 2?: It felt like an aberration having the Vandals so high in the rankings, again, but they just keep winning football games. They are 5-1 and in first place in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The Buzz: Hosting Hawaii used to be another whipping for the lowly Vandals, but it looks like they will beat Hawaii for the first time since joining the conference.
No. 3: Fresno State Bulldogs (2-3)
Last Week: Beat Hawaii, 42-17, in Honolulu
Next Opponent: vs. San Jose State
Why No. 3?: Finally, the Bulldogs got a win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team at Hawaii. It may be a knee-jerk reaction, but Fresno State seems to have woken up and is playing really good football.
The Buzz: The â€™Dogs have the talent to keep San Jose State at bay and get the reserves playing time on homecoming weekend. Itâ€™s time for the Bulldogs to start rolling up opponents.
No. 4: Nevada Wolf Pack (2-3)
Last Week: Beat Louisiana Tech, 37-14, in Reno
Next Opponent: at Utah State
Why No. 4?: In the Packâ€™s last two games, they scored 100 points. Nevada is slowly meeting expectations and will only get stronger as the season progresses.
The Buzz: The Wolf Pack has tremendous talent in the offensive backfield, which will push them past Utah State. Two weeks will be a real barometer when Idaho comes to Reno.
No. 5: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-3)
Last Week: Lost to Nevada, 37-14, in Reno
Next Opponent: â€¨vs. New Mexico State
Why No. 5?: It may seem like a high ranking, especially after the Bulldogs received a hardy beatdown last Friday, but there isnâ€™t much talent below Louisiana Tech.
The Buzz: The â€™Dogs arenâ€™t hopeless; they just had a terrible outing in Reno. This team has a talented tailback and probably the best defensive line in the WAC. The Bulldogs strengths will carry them past New Mexico State.
No. 6: New Mexico State Aggies (3-3)
Last Week: Beat Utah State, 20-17, in Las Cruces
Next Opponent: vs. Louisiana Techâ€¨
Why No. 6?: It is hard to ignore a .500 record, especially in the WAC, but the Aggiesâ€™ best win is against a winless New Mexico. New Mexico State is the best of the worst.
The Buzz: Tech has more talent and depth than the Aggies, and home-field advantage wonâ€™t make a difference.
No. 7: Hawaii Warriors (2-3)
Last Week: Lost to Fresno State, 42-17, in Honolulu
Next Opponent: at Idaho
Why No. 7?: Without quarterback Greg Alexander, who is out for the season with a knee injury, to run the offense, Hawaii was pitiful. The Warriors had six fumbles, two interceptions and only three points after three quarters against Fresno State.
The Buzz: Hawaii will adjust and get better as the season progresses, but will likely lose its fourth game in a row at the Kibbie â€œThunderâ€ Dome.
No. 8: Utah State Aggies (1-4)
Last Week: Lost to New Mexico State, 20-17, in Las Cruces
Next Opponent: vs. Nevadaâ€¨
Why No. 8?: The Aggies were really close to the ninth and final in the rankings, but close games against Utah, Texas A&M and BYU saved them from the cellar.
The Buzz: Nevada is about to hit full stride, while the Aggies couldnâ€™t even get past New Mexico State. But who knows â€¦ No. 8 could knock off No. 6, but would anyone be around to see it?
No. 9: San Jose State Spartans (1-4)
Last Week: Lost to Idaho, 29-25, in San Jose
Next Opponent: at Fresno State
Why No. 9?: The Spartans couldnâ€™t hold a fourth quarter lead against Idaho and their only win was a 19-9 squeaker against Cal Poly.
The Buzz: San Jose State has failed to navigate a minefield in September, losing to USC, Utah and Stanford. The Spartans could have some potential masked by their level of competition. Or they could be terrible.