BYU vs. Boise State: What Broncos' Win Means for Their BCS Bowl Dreams

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2012

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 20:  Michael Alisa #42 of the BYU Cougars is brought down by the Boise State Broncos on the Broncos 1 yard line at Bronco Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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For the last few years, Boise State has been college football’s favorite underdog.

Although the school doesn't have much history, the Broncos have been one of the more successful programs as of late, winning a total of 40 games since 2009.

And although the school lost a majority of its roster that helped lead them to that success, everybody is still keeping an eye on that school out in Boise, Idaho.

In Week 4, Boise had its first true test at home, as the BYU Cougars came to town. Bronco Mendenhall's club came into the game with confidence flying-high, as the veteran club was playing some solid football to begin the 2012 season.

But due to sloppy offensive play by BYU and a controversial decision at the end of the game, the Broncos were able to escape with a narrow victory. 


What it means for Boise States BCS dreams

Despite starting the season with a loss to Michigan State, Boise State managed to climb back into the AP Polls, as they were ranked No. 24 entering the game.

BYU was not a ranked team, but does have some respect from the voters, as the Cougars were in the rankings after Week 2. They are certainly an underrated club, as the defense of BYU is only allowing 246 yards on average—which is a top-10 defense right now in the country.

As for what it does for the BCS hopes, it should move the Broncos up at least a couple of spots.

That was certainly no cake walk of a victory, and should move Boise State closer to becoming a Top 20 team. Still, there is a lot of work left to be done before we give the Broncos a shot at a BCS bowl, as they have to be a Top 14 team in the BCS rankings to be considered for an at-large bid.


What Happens Next?

Boise State will begin its cupcake schedule of teams such as New Mexico, Wyoming and UNLV.

While this does not help make a case for Boise over teams such as Notre Dame, West Virginia and Clemson (other teams who will contend for at-large bids), it usually equals easy victories to nearly guarantee Boise at least a shot at a BCS bowl.

The victory over BYU was certainly not the sexiest win ever, but it got the job done and should be counted as an impressive outing. Now the Broncos have to continue to run-the-table and hope that they finish a third-consecutive season with only one loss.

That would keep the Broncos in the conversation as the season continues to play out.