Fresno State dropped one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and held steady at No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll coming out of its 35-28 overtime victory at San Diego State.
But in the poll that really matters, the BCS standings, the Bulldogs moved up a spot to No. 16, which at the moment would be high enough to qualify for the first BCS bowl in school history.
In order to nab a guaranteed spot in a BCS bowl game, a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference must be ranked in the Top 12 of the final BCS standings or in the Top 16 while also ranked ahead of a champion from an automatic-qualifying conference.
And for a second week in a row, Fresno State is ranked ahead of American Athletic Conference leaders Houston, Central Florida and Louisville. Louisville is No. 19 in the second BCS standings, UCF is No. 23 and Houston is not in the Top 25.
The Bulldogs are the highest rated team from a non-AQ conference, though Northern Illinois, from the Mid-American Conference, is one spot back at No. 17.
The USA Today/Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive poll and six computer rankings are utilized in determining the BCS standings, each one third of the equation.
The six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin, and Peter Wolfe) account for schedule strength, won-loss record and home-and-away records within its formula.
The Top 25 in the second BCS standings ...
3, Florida State
4, Ohio State
7, Miami, Fla.
12, Texas A&M
14, South Carolina
15, Texas Tech
16, Fresno State
17, Northern Illinois
18, Oklahoma State
22, Michigan State
23, Central Florida
25, Notre Dame