After further review, Fresno State is progressing, putting away Nevada in the fourth quarter of the win, instead of waiting until the final series or play of the game. I get that Nevada is 3-6 on the year, but contrary to what Red Wavers might think: They are not a bad team. Fresno State needed to fight to win the game, and as we now know, they fought hard and they won, improving to 8-0 for the first time since 1989.
So here's what we're looking at in the Bowl Championship Series standings: Fresno State is number 16 for the second straight week, and actually increased the gap between them and Northern Illinois, who dropped to number 18 in this latest poll. The highest automatic qualifying school is Louisville there at 20. As for reaction from the Nevada game, Fresno State Head Coach Tim DeRuyter and Quarterback Derek Carr had differing views on the blackout win.