The Texas State Bobcats accomplished quite a feat on Saturday in their first game as a full-fledged Football Bowl Subdivision member.
The ‘Cats knocked off Houston 30-13 in the first game of the post-Case Keenum era for the Cougars.
Texas State’s win was no doubt impressive. The Bobcats were a 34-point underdog, and the win forced the resignation of the Cougars’ offensive coordinator following the performance.
And apparently it was good enough for one AP voter to put the Bobcats 16th in the nation. That’s right, folks.
CSN Bay Area writer Ray Ratto thinks Texas State’s win was enough to rank the Bobcats ahead of teams like Arkansas, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
His rationale was actually pretty good: “Is 16 too generous? Probably. Could they disappear next week against Texas Tech? Hell yes they could. It’s Week 2. But for one night, with so little data in what is always the worst week of the year for drawing conclusions, I’m fine with them where they are.”
The AP poll actually counts for nothing. The BCS doesn’t use it for its rankings even though its pollsters likely watch more games on a given Saturday than the coaches who vote in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
I’ll give Ratto the benefit of the doubt on this one. But when the Bobcats lose to Texas Tech on Saturday, they better be gone for good.