TCU jumped Boise State and is now at No. 3 in the AP, Harris and coaches' polls, thanks to its decisive 47-7 win over Utah on Saturday.
That jump should allow the Horned Frogs to stay ahead of the Broncos when the BCS standings are released later tonight. This is the first time all season TCU has moved ahead of Boise State in the human polls. Only the Harris and coaches' poll count toward the BCS standings. TCU had already been ahead of Boise State in the computer average.
Now the question is whether the Broncos can do anything to jump back ahead of TCU in the human polls. The margin between them is slim, and Boise State has more first-place votes in all three human polls. But the BCS standings count the total number of points they each receive.
Utah dropped to No. 15 in all three polls after its loss. Meanwhile, UCF got its first national ranking in the AP and coaches' polls. The Knights (7-2) debuted at No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches' poll, a milestone for the program. They are also No. 25 in the Harris poll, the first Conference USA team to be ranked all season.
“It’s very difficult when you’re not in the Top 25 from the start of the season to get there, and when you climb in it shows a lot of progress by your football team,” UCF head coach George O’Leary said. “I think it’s great for the kids, I really do. They don’t talk a lot about it because they are interested in one goal and that’s the conference championship. But when nice things happen like [getting ranked] it means you are doing some nice things on the field. It’s nice to be honored by your fellow coaches.
“I think it’s great for the school and for the football program to be ranked. But the key is to continue winning. That’s the name of the game.”
Nevada also climbed up to No. 21 in all three polls, giving the non-AQ conferences five ranked teams.