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The Underdogs Poll, Week 10: Colorado State, Boise State pushing for No. 1

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With only a handful of weeks to go, and weeknight football upon us, the top of the poll is getting awfully crowded.

The Underdogs Poll is a weekly ranking of college football's top non-power FBS teams. Voters come from SB Nation sites Bull RunHustle BeltMiner RushMountain West ConnectionThe UConn BlogUnderdog DynastyVanquish The Foe, and Voodoo Five.

A week of close calls amongst the Underdogs makes for a nerve-wracking race to the finish line.

Overall, most of the poll is the same, a rarity around these parts. But while seven of the top 10 checked back in at the same spots, the difference between those top four shrunk, drastically. ECU has been on top of this poll since Week 7, and had been lapping at the heels of BYU for weeks before that. However, a week after a less-than-ideal performance against South Florida, the Pirates played it a little too cool in a 10-point win over a bad UConn team.

That's led to the likes of Marshall (which also struggled, but remained undefeated), Colorado State, and Boise State each pushing the Pirates closer to the edge of their own planks.

RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 ECU (10) 263 1
2 Marshall (6) 254 2
3 Colorado State (2) 252 3
4 Boise State (1) 233 4
5 UCF 178 5
6 Georgia Southern 149 6
7 Air Force 118 10
8 NIU 117 7
9 Memphis 111 9
10 Utah State 110 11
11 Nevada 109 12
12 BYU 96 8
13 Houston 49 15
14 Middle Tennessee 40 16
15 Toledo 34 17
Dropped out: Temple, Arkansas State | Others receiving votes: Louisiana Tech (31), Navy (28), Arkansas State (22), SDSU (20), Cincinnati (14), UL Lafayette (14), Temple (10), UTSA (10), UAB (5), Bowling Green (4), UTEP (4), South Alabama (4), WKU (1)

With only a handful of weeks to go, the only matchup we have left between the top five is in the final week of the season, when ECU and UCF square off on a Thursday night. Boise State already has the head-to-head win over Colorado State, but will likely need style points to leapfrog the Rams if both win out.

Still, the most interesting team to watch, in this pollster's opinion, is Marshall. With each win, voters forgive the Herd for their weak schedule a little bit more. In the end, that just may be enough to allow them to stand atop the mountain when the race is over.