Never mind that Boise State fell out of the AP Top 25 rankings this week after suffering a season-opening defeat at Michigan State last Friday night.
The Broncos will finish the 2012 season ranked in the Top 25 despite their heartbreaking start to the fall.
After all, Boise State has finished in the Top 15 of the AP and Coaches' Top 25 the last four seasons under Chris Peterson.
Making matters easier, not one ranked opponent is left on Boise State's schedule the rest of the way. Therefore, Petersen's squad will be favored to win every one of their matchups from Week 3 out (Boise State has a bye in Week 2).
Although the Broncos' offense looked pitiful in Friday night's loss to the No. 11 Spartans, their defense proved it will be their calling card for the rest of the season.
Boise State's D forced four Michigan State turnovers in the season opener, and held junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell to just 6.5 yards per attempt in addition to picking him off three times.
Boise State held the Spartans to just 17 points in the loss. Only three teams held Michigan State to 17 points or less all of last season.
Will Boise State finish 2012 ranked in the AP Top 25?
The Broncos performance, although it came in defeat, proves they are a top-25 team, and worthy of being ranked this season.
Unfortunately, when a team on the cusp of the rankings loses, they must be dropped in favor of a team that won that week. It's just how the AP Top 25 works.
Sure, Boise State's weak schedule this fall will make rising fast in the rankings challenging, and it certainly won't help them make a case for the BCS at season's end, but it will provide them with 11 chances to get in the win column.
The Broncos will play their next two games at home, and then begin a Mountain West schedule that will be anything but threatening to a team that is just two years removed from a 14-0 season and a Fiesta Bowl win.
Fear not Bronco nation, Boise State will finish the year as one of the 25 best teams in America.
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