The Bobcats received 10 points in the poll, which put them above Missouri and Texas A&M. A first-place vote in the AP Top 25 is worth 25 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place team. Ratto tabbed Texas State 16th, which gave Dennis Franchione‘s team its 10 points.
“My rationale, which I would assume will be dismissed as the ravings of an idiot, is that of all the upsets Saturday, the one foreseen by the fewest people was this one,” Ratto told Deadspin in an email. “Texas State dominated the game away from home against a team that averaged nine wins over the last six years in its first FBS game ever. Outgained them by more than 100, had the ball for 43 minutes — that kind of dominated.”
Ratto later said in the same email that he knows he might have got a little carried away.
“Is 16 too generous? Probably,” Ratto said. “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.”
Imagine the reaction if the Bobcats beat the Red Raiders on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.