College football rankings: FIU drops in The Bottom 25 after losing 73 points to Western Kentucky

25. ULM 2-2 The Warhawks took a big win over in-state rival Louisiana on Saturday, defeating the Ragin’ Cajuns 21-17. It snapped a four-game losing streak against their neighbors and put the Warhawks in the sole possession of the Sun Belt West, but it wasn’t enough to break The Bottom 25. (last week: 10) 24- Nevada 2-3 Okay, so I didn’t think Nevada would have two more wins than Colorado at this point. I’m sure there are plenty of fans in Reno, Nevada, who are enjoying Jay Norville’s struggles with the Rams, but the Wolfpack has now lost three consecutive starts 2-0 and entered the bottom 25 for the first time this season. (unclassified) 23. Ohio 2-2 Ohio won a wild game against Fordham, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to avoid defeat in a 59-52 win. The teams totaled 1,332 yards and 1,040 yards in the game. They also combined for 228 yards of penalties. It was incredible stuff. Not enough to get the Bobcats out of The Bottom 25, but absolutely incredible. (20) 22. Northern Illinois 1-3 Last season, Northern Illinois went 7-3 in one game. After losing to Kentucky 31-23 Saturday, they were 1-2 in a one-ownership game this season, and their third loss was by just 10 to Vanderbilt. This team is built to keep things close, so don’t expect this week’s game out at No. 15 Ball State out of control. (23) 21. Arkansas 1-3 Butch Jones and Arkansas State debuted in the poll after losing to Old Dominion 29-26. It’s the Red Wolves’ third consecutive defeat after opening the season with a win over Grambling, and it was also their third consecutive game. They returned home to face the No. 25 ULM on Saturday. (NR) 20. UTEP 2-3 One of the funniest aspects of college football is that UTEP has actually played five games while the others have only played three. Anyway, the miners won two out of three after beating Boise State 27-10, but they couldn’t pull out of the poll. A win over seventh-seeded Charlotte on Saturday would probably suffice. (13) 19. Navy 1-2 You said a couple of weeks ago that the Navy might struggle for a win this year. Well, I got one. The Marines defeated the East Carolinas 23-20 in overtime, and things are looking a lot brighter than they were after the first two games. And just in time, as the race for the Commander in Chief’s Cup begins this weekend against the Air Force. You know, the only team in Colorado is good. (5) 18. Louisiana Tech 1-3 It’s never great when your only win is against the FCS team and your three FBS losses are averaging 26.7 points each. The Bulldogs will be looking to use this week’s farewell to figure things out. (24) 17. Buffalo 1-3 The Bulls took the plate with a massive 50-31 victory over Eastern Michigan to open play in the conference. This takes them out of The Bottom 10, but it’s not nearly enough to opt out of the survey completely. Now Buffalo must prepare to face the Miami Ohio side that beat Northwestern on Saturday night. (6) 16. Bowling Green 1-3 Not many people were given a chance to play Bowling Green against Mississippi State, and the Falcons showed us why. The Bulldogs broke off in an easy 45-14 win over the Hawks, but life will be a lot easier this week when Bowling Green returns to the road to take on Akron No. 6. (22) 15. Ball State 1-3 MAC is just facing bottom 25 nonstop this week. The Cardinals dropped four places in the poll this week after a 34-23 win over the Fightin’ Clay Heltons of South Georgia. This week they got No. 22 Northern Illinois. (19) 14. Georgia Tech 1-3 Jeff Collins became the third Power Five coach to lose his job before October, with the Yellow Jackets losing 27-10 at the UCF. You always knew moving away from options pitfalls would be difficult, but there should be signs of improvement in Season 4. he was not there. The Post Collins afternoon begins on Saturday at Pete. (15th) 13. South Florida 1-3 A couple of weeks ago, the Bulls were hanging with Florida, and you’d think that team might have turned a corner. Then they went to Louisville and obliterated 41-3. Now I have no idea what to expect, but this week they face the East Carolina Navy they just won. (25) 12. Utah 1-3 Utah State may switch from the Mountain West Champion to the Bottom 25 Playoff team. The Aggies lost to UNLV 34-24 this weekend, but they played well enough to move up from No. 7 to No. 12. Now they face a brief turnaround before heading to Provo, Utah, to face BYU Thursday night. (7) 11. Georgia 0-4 The Panthers are one of only three teams left without a win, but the fact that they are ranked outside of The Bottom 10 is an indication that they are unlikely to remain winless. While losing to Charlotte is a loss they will regret all season, there is no shame in losing to South Carolina, North Carolina or Coastal Carolina. The good news is that they are not playing with a team from one of the Carolinas this weekend. The bad news is that they are playing the role of the military. (9) 10. Western Michigan 1-3 Outside of a 37-30 win over the No. 15 Ball State in Week 2, the Broncos were bested 103-32 in their other three games. Not great! I expect they will have another win this week over New Hampshire, which will take them out of the bottom 10 but not far from it. (16) 9. UConn 1-4 A lot about UConn says that a ninth place finish in The Bottom 25 late in the season would be considered progress. Husky dogs are still not very good, and they are being beaten by much better teams, but there are signs of progress. You have to search hard to find them, but they are there! (11) 8. New Mexico 1-4 The Aggies claimed their first win of the weekend, defeating Hawaii 45-26. Unfortunately, beating Hawaii will boost your rating a lot. This week, the same can be said about a possible win over the No. 2 FIU. (2) 7. Charlotte 1-4 The 49ers couldn’t take the momentum from that win over Georgia State. However, it should be noted that Charlotte is hanging with South Carolina for half, trailing only 20-14 in the first half. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off after that, as Gamecocks put 22 points on the board in the third quarter and took off from there. (12) 6. Akron 1-3 Akron had a much better time against Liberty than he did in blast losses for Michigan and Tennessee, but the result was the same: a 21-12 loss. Maybe this week, the zips will win against the No. 16 bowling green. (8) 5. UMass 1-3 UMass lives that independent life to the fullest. His only win was over FCS Stony Brook, which was the team’s only home game to this point. Their losses have come to Tulane, Toledo and Temple on the road, and the Minutemen will be back on the road this week to take on eastern Michigan. (14) 4. Hawaii 1-4 Hawaii came to the mainland and lost a winable match at New Mexico State. The good news for the Rainbow Warriors is that there are plenty of winable matches left on the schedule, although I don’t know this week’s game at San Diego State qualifies. (4) 3. Colorado 0-4 She reported that Jeff Collins was the third Power Five coach to actually lose his job. Well, I’d go with Karl Dorrell if you’re looking to see who the 4th will be and don’t want to make the obvious choice in Bryan Harsin. The Buffs are sealed 45-17 by UCLA, and if they lose this week in Arizona, there’s a good chance this team will go winless. (3) 2. Financial Intelligence Unit 1-2 There’s no way to round off a 73-0 loss to Western Kentucky, but the Panthers jumped from 17th to second this week, in part due to a lack of sample size. They only played three games so losing 73-0 is carrying a lot of weight now! This week the Panthers have a huge game for 8th place in New Mexico State The lowest twenty-five game of the century of the week! (17) 1. Colorado 0-4 When you lose in an FCS program like Sacramento State, that’s one thing. that happens. We see it every year. The little one bites the bigger man. What we don’t see every year is FBS teams losing to FCS teams 41-10. The rams weren’t even competitive. (1)

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