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Boise State remains at No. 24 in AP Top 25

The Boise State football team stood still in the Associated Press Top 25, checking in at No. 24 on Sunday.

The Broncos gained 19 points following Thursday’s 7-6 defensive slugfest with BYU at Bronco Stadium. While the Broncos offensive failed to score a touchdown for the second time in three games this season, the defense limited the Cougars to 200 yards of total offense and forced a season-high five turnovers.

There was plenty of moving and shaking at the back end of the AP poll, as the Broncos were jump in the poll by three teams. Eighteenth-ranked Oregon State (won at UCLA, 27-20), along with No. 22 Nebraska (won vs Idaho State, 73-7) and No. 23 Rutgers (won at Arkansas, 35-23) all picked up impressive wins, while UCLA (lost vs Oregon State, 27-20), Michigan (lost vs Notre Dame, 13-6), and Arizona (lost at Oregon, 49-0) all fell out.

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- The Broncos received a season-high 212 points in the AP preseason poll when they were ranked No. 24.
- Thirty-two of the 60 votes that make up the AP Top 25 voted for the Broncos, up from 29 last week.
- Writer John Clay of the Lexington-Herald Leader in Kentucky gave Boise State their highest ranking. He also placed them one spot in front of Michigan State, the team the Broncos lost to in the season-opener.
Top 5 BSU votes:
1. John Clay - 18
t2. Eric Hansen - 20
t2. John Silver - 20
t2. Tom Mulhern - 20
5. Five others - 21
- Josh Kendall of The State newspaper in South Carolina continues to drop the Broncos. In the last two weeks, Boise State has gone 2-and-0, but have managed to fall 12 spots on his ballot.
Week-by-week breakdown:
Week 1 - 18 (preseason)
Week 2 - 13 (after 17-13 loss at Michigan State)
Week 3 - 11 (coming off a bye week)
Week 4 - 18 (after 39-12 win vs Miami-Ohio)
Week 5 - 23 (after 7-6 win vs BYU)

2012 Opponents
Michigan State: The Spartans survived a scare at home from Eastern Michigan. Trailing 7-3 at half time, runningback Le’Veon Bell would lead the comeback with 253 yards rushing in a 23-7 victory.

Associated Press Top 25
1. Alabama (59), 4-0, 1499
2. Oregon, 4-0, 1414
3. LSU (1), 4-0, 1346
4. Florida State, 4-0, 1340
5. Georgia, 4-0, 1245
6. South Carolina, 4-0, 1147
7. Kansas State, 4-0, 1067
8. Stanford, 3-0, 1055
9. West Virginia, 3-0, 1045
10. Notre Dame, 4-0, 1003
11. Florida, 4-0, 864
12. Texas, 3-0, 856
13. USC, 3-1, 801
14. Ohio State, 4-0, 633
15. TCU, 3-0, 616
16. Oklahoma, 2-1, 611
17. Clemson, 3-1, 588
18. Oregon State, 2-0, 451
19. Louisville, 4-0, 414
20. Michigan State, 3-1, 348 
21. Mississippi State, 4-0, 246
22. Nebraska, 3-1, 179
23. Rutgers, 4-0, 128
24. Boise State, 2-1, 114
25. Baylor, 3-0, 92

Receiving votes: Northwestern (4-0) 89, UCLA (3-1) 79, Michigan (2-2) 44, Ohio (4-0) 40, Virginia Tech (3-1) 26, Arizona (3-1) 17, Iowa State (3-0) 16, Wisconsin (3-1) 13, Oklahoma State (2-1) 12, Texas A&M 11, Texas Tech (3-0) 10, Cincinnati (2-0) 10, Tennessee (3-1) 10, Arizona State (3-1) 8, Louisiana Tech (3-0) 7, Purdue (2-1) 5, Miami (FL) (3-1) 1

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)