CBS SPORTS reports that the Associated Press will now allow lower-division schools to be eligible for inclusion in their top 25 college football poll.
The decision came fresh & hot off the heels of the 1-AA* Mountaineers’ manhandling of Michigan last weekend, as many voters wanted to include App State in recognition of their Big House Bruising.
Now the pride & joy of Boone, NC, can slide right in to polldom as early as next week, provided they take care of business against Division II Lenoir-Rhyne.
But coach Jerry Moore & Co. need to be cautious. Last year, 1-AA* Montana State began the season with a 19-10 shocker over Big 12 member Colorado, only to lose the following week to Division II Chadron State. So, don’t be ready to scan the ‘also receiving votes’ list just yet.
(*-Yes, we know the NCAA now officially uses “Football Championship Subdivision”. And Kleenex is officially supposed to be called “tissue paper”.)