When you enter the season ranked No. 24 and lose your opener, it’s a given you will drop out of the Top 25 rankings. That’s what happened to Boise State when it fell to Michigan State on Aug. 31 by a final of 17-13. Granted, the Broncos were within the seven-point spread oddsmakers had given MSU, but the loss exposed some concerns about the Broncos.
The offense sputtered, both in the passing attack and running the ball. The defense played well and scored the only BSU touchdown of the game, but wore down after being on the field for more than 39 minutes. The list could go on.
The polls that came out following the loss had BSU drop from the AP poll after being on that list for 62 consecutive weeks. The latest poll still has the Broncos at No. 26 in the AP, but BSU fell out of the Top 25 on the USA Today poll (after 63 weeks) to No. 26 as well. Brigham Young has moved up to replace the Broncos.
So what does BSU have to accomplish to move back into the rankings and start moving upward? Here are some ideas…