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The Underdogs Poll, week 11: Marshall law

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After 10 weeks of being just on the cusp, the Thundering Herd have finally reclaimed their No. 1 spot. But it may be a short-lived crown if the mighty MWC has its way.

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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 ConnectionUnderdog DynastyVanquish The Foe, and Voodoo Five.

It sure feels like ECU's reign atop the Underdogs Poll was a long one. But the truth of the matter is that after just four weeks of holding off Marshall and company, the Pirates are king of this ship no more. In the end, it wasn't the Thundering Herd that pushed ECU off the plank (pirate puns for the win!). No, Bill Cosby's favorite Owls and an obsession with shooting themselves in the foot were what got the best of the Pirates this past Saturday.

RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Marshall (8) 217 2
2 Colorado State (6) 211 3
3 Boise State (1) 197 4
4 East Carolina 153 1
5 Georgia Southern 145 6
6 Utah State 122 10
7 Nevada 106 11
8 Northern Illinois 95 8
T-9 Air Force 87 7
T-9 Memphis 87 9
11 Houston 68 13
12 UCF 64 5
13 BYU 53 12
14 Louisiana Tech 49 16
15 Temple 38 22
Dropped out: Middle Tennessee, Toledo | Others receiving votes: Cincinnati (37), Toledo (28), Arkansas State (11), UL Lafayette (9), BGSU (7), Rice (7), WMU (5), Middle Tennessee (2), Akron (1), Navy (1)

So for the fourth time this season, we have a new leader. Marshall, which began this season as the top-ranked team in our preseason poll (and didn't even play this past week), has outlasted ECU and BYU to reclaim its title. But, as is the case with any regime change, we've got a fierce battle to take control, with a pair of Mountain West teams chomping at the Herd's heels.

Marshall deserves the advantage right now — however weak its schedule has been — for doing what ECU couldn't: not stumble. In fact, Marshall is one of just three teams in all of the FBS to have not slipped up yet. With a combined record of 8-11, it's unlikely any of the Herd's four remaining opponents will knock the unflappable bovines.

But Colorado State and Boise State are sure to make things interesting. Both have blemished records — a not-so-embarrassing-now loss to Ole Miss and a confusing loss to Air Force for the Broncos, and a Week 2 loss to Boise State for the Rams — but both have been rumbling along, racking up wins in what is the toughest conference amongst the so-called "Group of Five."

Strange things happen when the calendar flips to November. This time next week we could be looking at another new No. 1.