8. Fresno State Bulldogs (Mountain West Conference) 1-1
The Bulldogs suffered a loss in Week 2. However, it was a competitive loss on the road against a solid Big Ten team, so they don’t drop too far.
Fresno State went back and forth with Minnesota last Saturday. They took a 14-13 lead with 8:20 left in the 4th when KeeSean Johnson caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Marcus McMaryion.
The Golden Gophers went up 21-14 with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:28 left. Fresno St. then moved down the field and had 1st-and-goal at the 4-yard line with just over a minute left. The Bulldogs called for a trick play, but it backfired as running back Josh Hokit threw an interception in the end zone.
The Bulldogs will have another shot at an upset over a Power 5 team this weekend
Up next: Saturday at UCLA
7. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (MWC) 3 – 0
Hawaii makes their first appearance on the list as the nation’s only 3-0 team. The Rainbow Warriors might the biggest surprise in college football.
Sophomore quarterback Cole McDonald has put up video game numbers with 1,165 passing yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions. The offense has scored almost 50 points per game against Colorado State, Navy and Rice to open the season.
McDonald leads the nation in passing yards, and three Hawaii receivers are in the top 11 in receiving yards (though Hawaii is one of only six teams to have played three games).
John Ursua leads the nation with 423 yards on 26 catches, Cedric Byrd is 6th with 319 yards on 27 catches, and JoJo Ward has been the big play threat with only 10 catches but 245 yards, which is good for 11th in the country.
Up next: Saturday at Army.