Oregon paid the price for bringing down the Pac-12 flag in the college football playoff chase. Meanwhile, the Air Force continues to fly high above the rest of the program along the Front Range.
Arizona State and Oregon State Keep Climbing, Chip Kelly’s Cinderella Carriage Looks Like a Pumpkin Again, and There’s a New No. 1 – 5-0 BYU Cougar – The Latest of The Denver Post’s Best of the West College Football Top 25 in installment.
The Ducks (4-1), who had been in the top spot for much of September, slipped to No. 2 after a 31-24 overtime loss at Stanford last weekend. The prospect of defeat puts a serious dent in the Pac-12’s hopes of slotting a program into the CFP for the first time since 2016-17 (Washington). While the Sun Devils (4-1) win at UCLA takes away the shine of Kelly’s quick start at Westwood, it looks like a Civil War game between the Ducks and the Beavers (4-1) could decide the winner of the Pac – 12 Answers.
At local schools, the Falcons (4-1) are on track for their 11th bowl in 15 seasons under coach Troy Calhoun after a 38-10 win in New Mexico last weekend. Wyoming (4-0) tours the academy on Saturdays showcasing two of the best FBS programs in the area. The CSU Rams (1-3) come off a bye week to host San Jose State this weekend, while CU (1-4), currently on a slide of four straight losses, next game on October 16. against Arizona.
The Denver Post Best of the West College Football Poll ranks the top 25 FBS events each Monday from Front Range to the Pacific Ocean, as drawn from Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU. Post columnist Sean Keeler (@shaunkiller), post deputy sports editor Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) and Post reporter Kyle Fredrickson (@KellyFredericksonVote on the top 25.
The rest follow the latest rankings, with in-state squads listed in bold:
Denver Post Best of the West Top 25 Poll – Oct. 4
|1. BYU (5-0)* (2)||2||vs Boise State|
|2. Oregon (4-1)* (1)||1||Bye|
|3. Arizona State (4-1)||6||vs Stanford, Fri.|
|4. Oregon State (4-1)||5||in Washington state|
|5. San Diego State (4-0)||7||vs. new mexico|
|6. Stanford (3-2)||12||In the state of Arizona, Fri.|
|7. Nevada (3-1)||13||vs. state of new mexico|
|8. UCLA (3-2)||3||in Arizona|
|9. Air Force (4-1)||1 1||vs wyoming|
|10. Wyoming (4-0)||9||in the air force|
|11. USC (3-2)||16||vs utah
|12. Fresno State (4-2)||4||Bye|
|13. Utah (2-2)||15||USC. In|
|14. State of Utah (3-2)||14||Bye|
|15. Boise State (2-3)||8||BYU. In|
|16. Hawaii (3-3)||19||Bye|
|17. San Jose State (3-2)||17||in the state of Colorado|
|18. Washington (2-3)||10||Bye|
|19. Washington State (2-3)||22||vs. state of oregon|
|20. Colorado State (1-3)||20||vs. San Jose State
|21. California (1-4)||18||Bye|
|22. Colorado (1-4)||21||Bye|
|23. New Mexico (2-3)||23||in the state of San Diego|
|24. Arizona (0-4)||24||vs UCLA|
|25. UNLV (0-5)||25||Bye|
*First place votes in parentheses
= biggest climb of the week
= biggest drop of the week
The next Best of the West poll will be posted on Monday, October 11.