Boise State took a fall over the weekend making room for a new Top Five. - Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Ranking the Earned Qualifying (EQ) Teams | Ain't you LEARNED? Nothing automatic, everything EARNED.
New this week: Ball State Cardinals
Dropped Out: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
EQ Top Ten (Week 10)
- Louisiana Tech (8-1): The Bulldogs led by only 10 points halfway through the final quarter but scored on a fake field goal and added another late touchdown to pull away and win a sloppy game where LA Tech had 157 yards in penalties and UT-San Antonio had 142 penalty yards. More concerning was that LA Tech gave up 438 yards, including a Roadrunners' season-best 314 passing yards, to a team transitioning from the FCS level.
- NIU (9-1): NIU QB Jordan Lynch accounted for a total of 348 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of play in the Huskies' 63-0 victory. The Army Reserve, who shoots off a Howitzer after each NIU touchdown, ran out of shells in the Huskies' 20th consecutive win at Huskie Stadium, a streak that ranks as the best in the Nation following LSU's loss at Tiger Stadium.
- Kent State (8-1): Kent State found itself down at the half in its annual rivalry game, but made the needed adjustments and outscored its opponent 21-0 in the second half. The Flashes have now won seven in a row.
- Toledo (8-1): Toledo was on a BYE week.
- Utah State (8-2): Utah State rolled up almost 600 yards of offense and allowed less than 200 offensive yards in a victory over Texas State. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ran for 120 yards on 19 carries.
- Boise State (7-2): Boise's inconsistent and subpar quarterback play makes it difficult for this team to play from behind and it finally caught up with them. Broncos QB Joe Southwick threw an interception for a fifth straight game and has thrown an INT in seven of nine games for the season. Losses in the secondary couldn't have helped either.
- Ohio (8-1): Ohio bounced back convincingly after their first loss of the season with the type of win that had been missing from their resume. The Bobcats are now faced with their toughest 3-game stretch to close out the regular season.
- Central Florida (7-2): For the first time all season the Knights put together back-to-back solid games. It couldn't have come at a better time with Tulsa on the schedule in a couple of weeks in a game that should determine the host site for the conference championship game.
- Tulsa (7-2): Tulsa played the Razorbacks tough but just didn't play consistent enough to pull out the win, even with Arkansas seemingly doing everything it could to give the game away.
- Ball State (6-3): All of the Ball State's losses have come against 1-loss teams. The Cardinals get another tough test against a 1-loss team this week when they travel to Toledo for some Tuesday night MACtion.