We have another shakeup in our Underdog Top 10, and it’s one that should be expected after Week 3’s Results.
A week after taking over the top spot in our G5 rankings, the UCF Knights suffered their first regular season loss since November 2016 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers. It was a shocking defeat for UCF as Pitt pulled off a trick play with 56 seconds left in the game to win the game.
It was a near unanimous vote for the Boise State Broncos to take over the top spot, as only three voters did not give them a No. 1 selection. Each of those voters still listed UCF as their top team (side note: great to see that these two programs have agreed to a home-and-home series).
Below are the final results from our panel of voters.
Underdog Top 10 - Week 4
|1 (2)||Boise State||137 (11)||Mountain West|
|2 (1)||UCF||122 (3)||American|
|5 (6)||Utah State||71||Mountain West|
|6 (NR)||App State||65||Sun Belt|
|9 (NR)||Hawaii||21||Mountain West|
|10 (NR)||Marshall||17||Conference USA|
*Numbers in parentheses are the number of first place votes*
Biggest jump: SMU Mustangs
Largest fall: San Diego State Aztecs
The Mustangs rise in the rankings should come as no surprise as they knocked off a ranked TCU team on Saturday. They were in everyone’s top 10 but one voter, and most of our panel had them in their top 5. One voter had them as his No. 2 team, ahead of UCF.
With SMU climbing the rankings, the Memphis Tigers finally got some competition for that third spot. They have been No. 3 throughout the first four weeks of our voting, but this was the first week in which they did not dominant the number of third place votes.
Another team to make a huge jump in the latest top 10 are the Appalachian State Mountaineers. They were just behind SMU for the biggest rise in number of votes as they garnered 65 votes compared to just six last week. App State is the first Sun Belt team to make our Underdog Top 10 this season.
In terms of conference representation, this is the best it has been for the rest of the G5 as the American and Mountain have dominated our rankings the first few weeks. The Mid American Conference was the only not to make the list, and in fact, no team from the conference garnered a single vote.