The Boise St. Broncos opened the 2012 college football season with a road contest in East Lansing, Mich., against the Michigan St. Spartans and came away empty-handed, losing 17-13. It was a sloppy game for both teams, but Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell and his 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns proved all the difference. That loss should drop the Broncos out of both the AP and Coaches polls, which come out later in the week.
The AP poll has the Broncos currently as the No. 24 team, but Notre Dame and Washington, the first two teams outside the top 25, each won over the weekend and one of them is likely to take Boise State's spot. The only other top 25 team to lose this weekend (Louisville plays later on Sunday and Virginia Tech on Monday) was the Michigan Wolverines, No. 8 in both polls. The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Wolverines on Saturday night, 41-14. A severe fall for the Wolverines should be in order.
Alabama might move ahead of USC in the AP poll and LSU in the Coaches poll with that convincing victory over Michigan. USC defeated Hawaii, 49-10, and LSU beat North Texas, 41-14. Both of those victories went as expected.
The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners had an unimpressive victory over the UTEP Miners, 24-7, and could flip to No. 5 if voters move the Oregon Ducks up one spot. Oregon defeat Arkansas State, 57-34.