Murray's AP Top 25: A Mountain West team joins the party

Nevada Sports Net columnist Chris Murray is one of 62 voters in the college football AP Top 25 poll. Here is a look at his ballot this week.

On the rise

* Boise State: The Mountain West opened play Saturday, and Boise State beat Utah State, 42-13, in a game that was a blowout from the start. The Broncos were on my preseason Top 25 rankings, but I did not keep them there once the season started with the Mountain West originally deciding to play in the spring. With Boise State now active again (and with a strong performance in its opener), I moved the Broncos to No. 21 this week, boosted in part because six Top 25 teams lost over the weekend. San Diego State also had a strong performance in its win over UNLV and were in consideration for my No. 25 spot.

On the fall

* Penn State: The Nittany Lions lost its season opener at Indiana after the Hoosiers scored on a controversial 2-point conversion in overtime for a 36-35 win (I still have no idea if the conversion was good; it’s splitting hairs). The loss dropped Penn State from No. 6 on my ballot down to No. 20. Indiana entered my rankings at No. 19. Iowa State (17th last week), Virginia Tech (21) and North Carolina State (24) each fell out of the rankings after suffering their second losses of the season.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Clemson (1)

2. Alabama (2)

3. Ohio State (3)

4. Notre Dame (5)

5. Georgia (4)

6. Cincinnati (7)

7. Oklahoma State (9)

8. Oregon (8)

9. Miami (10)

10. Texas A&M (11)

11. Michigan (13)

12. Wisconsin (12)

13. BYU (14)

14. Florida (15)

15. North Carolina (18)

16. Kansas State (19)

17. Marshall (20)

18. Coastal Carolina (23)

19. Indiana (n/r)

20. Penn State (6)

21. Boise State (n/r)

22. SMU (16)

23. USC (25)

24. Liberty (n/r)

25. Tulsa (n/r)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.

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