Boise State representing the Underdogs Poll in the Fiesta Bowl

Happy bowl season!

The Underdogs Poll is a weekly ranking of college football’s top non-power FBS teams. Voters come from SB Nation sites Bull Run, Hustle Belt, Miner Rush, Mountain West Connection, Underdog Dynasty, Vanquish The Foe, and Voodoo Five.

The regular season is over. The Champions have been crowned. But we still have some work to do before we can crown a champion of the Underdogs.

RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Boise State (16) 255 1
2 Colorado State 220 2
3 Marshall (1) 215 5
4 Memphis 190 3
5 NIU 188 4
6 UCF 133 9
7 Air Force 129 6
8 Utah State 118 7
9 Cincinnati 117 10
10 BYU 100 12
11 ECU 91 8
12 Georgia Southern 83 11
13 Louisiana Tech 74 14
14 Toledo 48 13
15 WMU 23 15
Others receiving votes: Navy (15), Nevada (11), BGSU (10), App. State (3), SDSU (3), UL Lafayette (3), UTEP (2), UAB (1) Houston (1), Rice (1)

Boise State beat Fresno State for the Mountain West title by a pair of scores, but actually lost a first-place vote this week … to Marshall. The Thundering Herd tumbled dramatically a week ago after falling to WKU in OT, but apparently a narrow win over a solid Louisiana Tech squad for the C-USA title was enough to restore some faith. NIU, which pummeled BGSU in the MAC Championship, wasn’t as lucky.

Anyway, it all still worked out for the blue Broncos of Boise, as they get the one spot in a New Year’s Six bowl that was reserved for an Underdog squad. Their reward? A western showdown with Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.

While it’s a shame we won’t have some sort of final playoff to crown the king of the Underdogs, we will have quite a few good matchups between ranked teams this bowl season. Here’s a look at every game featuring an Underdogs team that could shake up the final poll:

Team vs. Team Bowl Date Time (ET) Channel
No. 17 Nevada No. 21 LA-Lafayette New Orleans Bowl 12/20/2014 11:00 a.m. ESPN
No. 8 Utah State No. 22 UTEP New Mexico Bowl 12/20/2014 2:20 p.m. ESPN
Utah No. 2 Colorado State Las Vegas Bowl 12/20/2014 3:30 p.m. ABC
No. 15 WMU No. 7 Air Force Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 12/20/2014 5:45 p.m. ESPN
South Alabama No. 18 BGSU Camellia Bowl 12/20/2014 9:15 p.m. ESPN
No. 10 BYU No. 4 Memphis Miami Beach Bowl 12/22/2014 2:00 p.m. ESPN
No. 3 Marshall No. 5 NIU Boca Raton Bowl 12/23/2014 6:00 p.m. ESPN
No.16 Navy No. 20 SDSU Poinsettia Bowl 12/23/2014 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Illinois No. 13 Louisiana Tech Heart of Dallas Bowl 12/26/2014 1:00 p.m. ESPN
NC State No. 6 UCF Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl 12/26/2014 8:00 p.m. ESPN
No. 9 Cincinnati Virginia Tech Military Bowl 12/27/2014 1 p.m. ESPN
No. 1 Boise State Arizona Fiesta Bowl 12/31/2014 4:00 p.m. ESPN
No. 24 Houston Pittsburgh Armed Forces Bowl 1/2/2015 Noon ESPN
No. 11 ECU Florida Birmingham Bowl 1/3/2015 Noon ESPN
No. 14 Toledo Arkansas State GoDaddy Bowl 1/4/2014 9:00 p.m. ESPN

Speaking of the final poll, like you, we’ll be glued to ESPN’s family of networks (monopoly on bowls, right?) for the next few weeks, so there will not be another edition — the final edition of this season — until after we all watch Toledo vs. Arkansas State in a game named after an internet company. God bless college football bowl season.

See you all in 2015.

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