G5 Top 4 rankings: UCF Knights fall from top spot

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It finally happened. The UCF Knights lost a regular season game. Pitt pulled off a stunner on Saturday, and it reset the Knights thoughts on the postseason. Any thoughts of the playoff were erased, but now they can focus on making another NY6 bowl game. Without the pressure of keeping the streak alive, the Knights might actually be more dangerous, even if they fall in the rankings.

UCF Knights take a tumble

Boise State Broncos (4-0)

Air Force couldn’t pull off the upset two weeks in a row. After stunning Colorado on the road, the Falcons couldn’t do the same to Boise State in Boise. Hank Bachmeier continues to prove he’s the quarterback of the future for the Broncos. With UCF’s loss, the NY6 bid falls to them until they fall themselves. Not that it’s a guarantee. It was always a two team race, and Boise State was waiting for UCF to slip up.

UCF Knights (3-1)

Make no mistake, one loss won’t push the UCF Knights out of the rankings. This one hurt more than the loss to LSU in last year’s bowl game, but they’ll bounce back. Even with a loss, this remains the team to beat in the American Athletic Conference. The’ll need to bounce back to rebuild their confidence, but that shouldn’t be tough against a terrible UConn team.

Memphis Tigers (3-0)

There’s still a long way for the Tigers to go before they get another shot at the UCF Knights, but they have other business to handle. Up next is a Navy team that stunned Memphis last year. You can bet this team will be focused with that in mind and having two weeks to prepare.

SMU Mustangs (4-0)

Don’t look now, but Shane Buchele and the Mustangs offense are off to a hot start. They shocked TCU on the road last week, and enter conference play in Week 5. They’ll face USF in Tampa, and get their first chance to show where they belong in the conference.

Others: San Diego State (3-1), Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-0), Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-1), Utah State Aggies (2-1)

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