After chaos and craziness in Week 13 of the college football season, it looked like Boise State might jump up significantly in the BCS polls. However, the Broncos only jumped two spots to No. 20.
The magic number for the Broncos is 16. That is the spot in the BCS rankings that would give them an automatic bid into a BCS game. However, Kent State is the only "BCS Buster" close enough at this point to have a realistic chance at making a big money game. The Golden Flashes landed at No. 17 in the poll this week.
At No. 20, Boise State has to have another week of incredible miracles and a sound victory over Nevada to have hope. It would also need Northern Illinois to beat Kent State in the MAC Championship Game on Friday, but NIU could still possibly leap-frog the Broncos even if that happened. The Huskies are currently No. 21 in the BCS.
It is a strange system, and with all the craziness that makes no sense, it is a system that many can't wait to see go away. Think of how ironic it would be for the Broncos to actually make a BCS game this season as opposed to the previous two.
Also, think about Kent State. This is a team that lost to a horrible Kentucky team 47-14 this season. Last season, Boise State lost to a good TCU squad by a single point and was left completely off of the BCS stage.
Some good news for the Broncos is that they will now play Nevada on a big stage. It was announced that ABC will broadcast the game regionally. It will be one of two national games on ABC at that time, and much of the nation will get to see what this season's Boise State team is made of.
If the Broncos dominate and impress, who knows what might happen?
The Broncos will be playing for a share of the Mountain West title as well on Saturday. Currently San Diego State and Fresno State are tied at 7-1 in the MWC. Both also have an overall record of 9-3. If Boise State handles the Wolf Pack there will be a three-way tie for the title. However, Boise State will have an overall record of 10-2 and will no doubt be picked for the Las Vegas Bowl.
No matter how this season ends for the Broncos, you have to believe that head coach Chris Petersen has done one of his best coaching jobs in his seven seasons at Boise State. To rebuild a squad that lost 15 starters and to be nearing a double-digit win total yet again is simply incredible.