It took a few weeks for there to be a change at the top of our Underdog Top 10, but the UCF Knights win over the Stanford Cardinals finally got them to No. 1 in our poll.
The Boise State Broncos headlined our list for the first couple weeks of the season, but our panel of voters finally have the Knights at the top where they belong. Both teams are in the top 25 in the national polls, with UCF as the higher ranked team.
Several members of the G5 pulled off wins against P5 opponents - Temple, Eastern Michigan and Air Force to name a few - but other than UCF and Boise State, no other Group of Five team cracked the AP or Coaches Poll. That’s exactly why we make our list of the Underdog Top 10, ranking the best the G5 has to offer.
Not only do we have changes at the top, but all throughout our latest rankings. Below are the results after Week 3.
Underdog Top 10- Week 3
|1 (2)||UCF||126 (10)||American|
|2 (1)||Boise State||120 (3)||Mountain West|
|6 (6)||Utah State||41||Mountain West|
|7 (NR)||San Diego State||38||Mountain West|
|T-8 (7)||Wyoming||32||Mountain West|
*Numbers in parentheses are the number of first place votes*
Biggest jump: San Diego State Aztecs
Largest fall: Hawaii Warriors
The Memphis Tigers continue to hold steady at No. 3 in our rankings as all but one voter had them ranked third in the ballots. The Tigers received a second-place vote as well.
Hawaii had an opportunity to go 3-0 against the Pac-12, but were down 38-0 before the offense finally woke up. It’s no surprise that they fell in the rankings after losing to Washington, but I didn’t expect them to completely bottom out after one loss. They went from 82 votes to just 11 votes this week.
I might be a bit of a homer here as a Temple alum, but I expected there to be more votes for the Temple Owls after knocking off the Maryland Terrapins. It wasn’t the prettiest football game from Temple, but they did beat a ranked team that was scoring points at a ridiculous pace the first two weeks of the season. They finished two votes outside the top 10 at 11th overall.
The American Athletic and Mountain West Conference continues their stranglehold on the rankings as Army is the only team not from either conference to make the top 10. Marshall earned the only votes for Conference USA (21), App State received six votes for the Sun Belt and Toledo had two votes for the Mid-American Conference. Those were the only teams to earn votes for all three conferences.