Oregon drops flag for Pac-12 as Air Force continues to fly high in the Front Range
Oregon has paid the price for dropping the Pac-12 flag in the college football playoff pursuit. Meanwhile, the Air Force continues to fly over the rest of the programs along the Front Range.
Arizona State and Oregon State continue to climb, Chip Kelly’s Cinderella carriage looks like a pumpkin again, and there’s a new No.1 – Cougars 5-0 BYU – in the latest installment of the Denver Post’s Best of the West College Football Top 25.
The Ducks (4-1), who held first place for most of September, slipped to second after a 31-24 overtime loss to Stanford last weekend. The loss likely puts a dent in Pac-12’s hopes of putting a program in the PCP for the first time since 2016-17 (Washington). As the Sun Devils (4-1) win at UCLA takes the shine off Kelly’s early start at Westwood, it looks like the Civil War game between the Ducks and Beavers (4-1) could decide the winner of the Pac -12 North.
Among local schools, the Falcons (4-1) appear to be on track for their 11th bowl in 15 seasons under coach Troy Calhoun after a 38-10 victory in New Mexico last weekend. . Wyoming (4-0) visits the Academy on Saturday in a showdown of the region’s top two FBS programs. The CSU Rams (1-3) end a week off to host San Jose State this weekend while CU (1-4), currently on a four-game losing streak, will play Oct. 16 against the Arizona.
The Denver Post Best of the West College Football poll ranks the Top 25 FBS programs from Front Range to the Pacific Ocean every Monday, according to the Pac-12, Mountain West and BYU. Post columnist Sean Keeler (@SeanKeeler), Post Associate Sports Editor Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) and Post reporter Kyle Fredrickson (@KyleFredrickson) vote for the first 25.
The rest of the latest rankings follow, with the State teams in bold:
THE DENVER POST BEST OF THE WEST TOP 25 SURVEY – OCT. 4
|1. BYU (5-0) * (2)||2||against Boise State|
|2. Oregon (4-1) * (1)||1||GOODBYE|
|3. Arizona State (4-1)||6||vs. Stanford, Fri.|
|4. State of Oregon (4-1)||5||in Washington state|
|5. San Diego State (4-0)||7||against New Mexico|
|â² 6. Stanford (3-2)||12||at Arizona State, Fri.|
|â² 7. Nevada (3-1)||13||against the State of New Mexico|
|8. UCLA (3-2)||3||in Arizona|
|9. Air Force (4-1)||11||against wyoming|
|10. Wyoming (4-0)||9||to the Air Force|
|11. USC (3-2)||16||against Utah
|12. Fresno State (4-2)||4||GOODBYE|
|13. Utah (2-2)||15||at USC|
|14. State of Utah (3-2)||14||GOODBYE|
|15. Boise State (2-3)||8||at BYU|
|16. Hawaii (3-3)||19||GOODBYE|
|17. San JosÃ© State (3-2)||17||in the state of Colorado|
|18. Washington (2-3)||ten||GOODBYE|
|19. Washington State (2-3)||22||against the State of Oregon|
|20. Colorado State (1-3)||20||against the State of San JosÃ©
|21. California (1-4)||18||GOODBYE|
|22. Colorado (1-4)||21||GOODBYE|
|23. New Mexico (2-3)||23||in the state of San Diego|
|24. Arizona (0-4)||24||against UCLA|
|25. UNLV (0-5)||25||GOODBYE|
* Your first place in brackets
â² = Biggest climb of the week
â¼ = Biggest drop of the week
The next Best of the West poll will be released on Monday, October 11.