Western Michigan took care of business Saturday afternoon against Buffalo, shutting out the Bulls at home 38-0 to advance to 11-0 for the first time in school history. This leaves only one (possibly two) games left for the Broncos to make their mark on the polls.
Earlier in the week, the Broncos moved up to 18 in the Coaches Poll and remained at 14 in the AP Poll. The Broncos were ranked 21st in last week’s Committee Poll after staying still from their previous ranking.
So how does this week hold up? The answer is: not well.
WMU remained at 21st despite what was seen by many analysts as a game that WMU needed to flex their muscle. They had College GameDay in town, a nationally-televised game and a perfect opportunity to beat up on an opponent. They did. And still no movement.
Now, the bottom of the table is crowded. Navy has joined the Committee Poll at 25th, while previously-unranked Houston at 9-2 jumped WMU to take 20th. Boise State jumped a spot to 19th.
Boise, Navy and Houston need a good amount of help to win their conference championships, while WMU controls their own destiny.
Here is the rest of the table, with Group of Five teams in bold:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Southern California
- Florida State
- West Virginia
- Boise State
- Western Michigan
- Washington State