Boise State moved up to #21 in the latest college gymnastics rankings released today. The Broncos held the lead in a four-team meet Friday night but were overtaken by 14th-ranked Illinois in the final minutes. Even so, Boise State scored their highest point total of the season, 194.775, and in the process raised their average score to 194.181. It is that average score which is used to calculate the rankings.
Utah continues to hold down the top spot, followed by UCLA, Georgia, Stanford, #5 Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon State in the top 10. Boise State is the only other western school in the top 25. To reach the coveted 12-team National Championships, Boise State will need to be one of the top two western teams; they currently are ranked fourth behind UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State.
Boise State is 23rd this week on the uneven bars, the first time they have been in the top 25 this season on that apparatus. The Broncos are 17th in floor exercises. Taylor Jacob's average uneven bar score of 9.865 places her eighth individually. She is the only Bronco ranked individually and clearly she'll have to have some company if the Broncos are going to get into the top 12.
The Broncos will have no better opportunity to show they can compete with the best when they travel to Los Angeles Sunday to take on #2 UCLA, along with teams from Washington and Cal State-Fullerton.