Boise State Football: A Broncos Win Over UNLV Won't Help BCS Ranking

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 16, 2012

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 13:  Joe Southwick #16 of the Boise State Broncos sets for a play against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The Boise State Broncos have drawn quite the favorable matchup in Week 8, but a win over the UNLV Rebels won't help them in the BCS rankings.

As it stands now, Boise State is ranked No. 22 in the BCS standings which was a welcomed surprise for a team that started off the season with a loss. Since then, Boise St. has earned its ranking by reeling off five straight victories, all against unranked opponents.

But that lone loss to Michigan State, as well as close games against New Mexico and BYU, leaves doubt that the Broncos are deserving of a higher ranking at this point.

Playing UNLV this week doesn't figure to do much for Boise St. in regards to its ranking.

The Rebels are one of the worst teams in the nation, sporting a 1-6 record. Their only win came against Air Force, but even for a team like the Rebels that isn't all that impressive.

UNLV's defense has been dreadful this season, allowing 36 points per game. The Rebels have only held one opponent to fewer than 30 points in a game this season, and they still lost that matchup with Northern Arizona.

While their offense has been decent this season, the Rebels mediocre rankings in both the rushing and passing departments are misleading because of their lack of talented defensive opponents.

If Boise St. wants to get the most out of beating UNLV, they must do it in a major blowout fashion for anyone to even notice. Even so, a dominant win over the Rebels isn't something that's going to make the rest of the country respect them more.

In what would be a worst-case scenario for the Broncos, a letdown game could result in a close contest or worse, a loss. If either were to happen, the Broncos could be out of the Top 25 as a result of a poor showing to a basement-dweller like the Rebels.

For the Broncos, this week's game is a situation where they have everything to lose and nothing to gain. All Boise St. can do is go take care of business and continue this winning streak that has saved its season.