Despite the fact that Boise State enters its final two games 8-2, the Broncos still find themselves on the outside looking in on the BCS Top 25 rankings.
There are reasons for that, as Boise State dropped games to No. 17 Michigan State and San Diego State, but at the same time, they've done more than enough to warrant a spot inside the top 25.
But with only two games left against unheralded opponents in Colorado State and Nevada, it's difficult to imagine what the Broncos can possibly do to climb back into the BCS rankings.
Going into next Saturday's game against CSU, Boise State has been impressive, if only for how they've been able to remain an elite team despite losing arguably the greatest player in school history in quarterback Kellen Moore.
Since Moore's departure, the Broncos have found other ways to win, namely via a much stingier defense, which ranks eighth in the nation in terms of points allowed.
Regardless of how they do it, the Broncos' record speaks for itself.
As things stand now, there are three teams in the Top 25 with three losses apiece on the season, and if Boise State runs the tables from here, they should be ranked above at least one of those three.
They don't have the explosive offense they once did, but they've definitely done enough to earn a spot in the BCS rankings, even though it's emphatically clear they won't be headed to a BCS bowl this season.
At least one of the nation's most respected polls recognizes how impressive Boise State has been, as the USA Today poll has the Broncos at No. 22, and the BCS should follow suit.
Unfortunately, the final two games of the season won't help BSU make much headway on those in the BCS rankings, but should a team suffer an unexpected loss, the Broncos should end the season in the Top 25.