Fresno State vaults into Top 25 after defeating Kent State

The Bulldogs are the only Group of 5 team to crack the Top 25 rankings.

After sweeping nonconference play to start the season 4-0, Fresno State is back in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings. 

Fresno State came in at No. 25 in the latest rankings released on Sunday for Week 5. 


Driving the news: The Bulldogs vaulted into the Top 25 after defeating Kent State 53-10 on Saturday. 

  • Fresno State’s win came on the back of an explosive offensive performance. The ‘Dogs scored touchdowns on each of their first seven possessions. 
  • Quarterback Mikey Keene completed 24 of 31 passes for 325 yards and 4 touchdowns. His favorite target against Kent State was Jalen Moss, who ended up with 7 receptions for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. 

Go deeper: Before breaking into the Top 25 Fresno State had received the 30th most votes for the poll last week, behind Clemson, Missouri, Kansas State and TCU. 

  • Fresno State benefited from three teams dropping out of the rankings. Colorado was ranked 18th last week but is now unranked after losing to Oregon 42-6. UCLA was defeated by Utah 14-7, and Iowa was shutout by Penn State 31-0. 
  • Clemson lost to Florida State 31-24, allowing Missouri, Kansas and Fresno State to take the last three spots in the Top 25. 
  • The Bulldogs leapfrogged Kansas State and TCU despite both teams winning on Saturday. 

What we’re watching: Fresno State, while it’s still early in the season, is in the pole position among all Group of 5 teams to get the automatic bid into a New Year’s Six bowl game. 

  • The only other Group of 5 teams to even receive votes in the Top 25 poll are Tulane and Air Force.
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