Here's this week's hot-off-the-presses Voodoo Five ballot for the best 15 Group of Five teams (now in table form!), with the final SB Nation tally here.
|2||East Carolina Pirates||28||2|
|3 (tie)||Marshall Thundering Herd||24||4|
|3 (tie)||Boise State Broncos||24||6|
|3 (tie)||Cincinnati Bearcats||24||5|
|7||Northern Illinois Huskies||16||3|
|11||C. Florida Knights||8||10|
|12 (tie)||Colorado State Rams||7||14|
|12 (tie)||Old Dominion Monarchs||7||14|
|14 (tie)||Temple Owls||4||13|
|14 (tie)||Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks||4||RV|
Dropped Out: UTEP, San Diego State, UAB
Receiving Votes: Houston (3), Wyoming (2), UAB (1)
- It was a great week for East Carolina, who followed an upset of Virginia Tech by throttling UNC 70-41 and moving into the AP poll at #23. The Pirates are undoubtedly the first team in line for the Group of Five New Year's Day bowl right now-- remember, BYU isn't eligible for an autobid.
- Not too much movement behind the Pirates. Marshall, Boise State and Cincinnati look like ECU's biggest challengers for the bowl slot right now, and they all won this weekend (though Cincy struggled with rival Miami (Ohio)). Northern Illinois' Cinderella hopes now have a large Bret Bielema-sized hole in them, and Navy dropped a bit after losing to Rutgers.
- I had to look up the team name for Old Dominion.
- Remember last week when we were worried about Skip Holtz fielding an actually decent team at Louisiana Tech? All the Bulldogs had to do was beat Northwestern State, an FCS squad that had lost to Baylor 70-6 just two weeks earlier, and they'd be sitting pretty at 3-1 and Andrew and I would be faced with the unpleasant reality of giving them a spot in this poll. Alas, Tech blew a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead, turning the ball over twice on their final two possessions and falling 30-27 on a game-winning field goal. All is right with the world. (Note: former Bull Sterling Griffin was the Bulldogs' leading receiver with six receptions for 72 yards, and is on track for a big season with 280 yards through four games. This is wonderful. We all love you still, Sterling.)