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Boise State makes gains in polls

Boise State might still have its skeptics across the country, but it appears the Broncos are winning over some coaches and media voters.

After a thrilling 33-30 win over Virginia Tech, Boise State jumped two spots to No. 3 in the coaches' poll and picked up seven-first place votes in the AP poll. The Broncos are ranked third behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State in both polls, but they are just 93 points behind the Buckeyes in the coaches' poll.

In the AP poll, Boise State received a total of eight No. 1 votes and 1,399 points -- just 13 behind the Buckeyes.

TCU inched up two spots to No. 5 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the AP poll, setting up one of the most intriguing storylines of the young season as two non-AQ teams jockey for position in the national title hunt. The question, of course, is whether the teams can get themselves into the top 2 at the end of the season should they continue to win. Nothing is a given of course, and there are potential roadblocks ahead for Boise State.

The coaches' poll is the only one of these that counts toward the BCS standings. The other components are the Harris poll and computer average. The computers do take into account strength of schedule, so it would benefit both teams if their opponents keep winning. That means Boise State should now root for Virginia Tech.

Among the other non-AQs, Utah is No. 20 in both polls, and BYU entered the coaches' poll at No. 24.