With the win against Colorado State last week, the Boise State Broncos quietly became bowl-eligible. With the high standards the program has set for itself, however, it is no wonder there has been little fanfare concerning the matter.
Still, with just three regular-season games left on the schedule for Boise State, it seems only appropriate to initiate the bowl game opponent conversations.
It was quite clear early on in the 2013 season that the Broncos, now 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference and 6-3 overall, would not be making another BCS bowl game appearance.
So, the big questions remains: Where will Boise State land in the postseason?
The Mountain West currently has six bowl partnerships. The premier bowl with first choice of a team from the conference is the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. They usually take the conference champion, but they don't have to.
That game is followed by the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, which has the second choice. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl share the third, fourth and fifth selections.
The team selected for each of these games is determined by those three bowls and the conference depending on overall fit, financial figures, geography and probably several other factors.
The last bowl on the list is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and they get the sixth choice.
While none of these games is a BCS game, there are some potential intriguing and challenging matchups for the Broncos.
Realistically, unless Boise State falters greatly in its last three games, the most likely bowl locations for the Broncos would be Hawaii, San Diego or Las Vegas.
With that in mind, let's look at some of the potential opponents in those games in an effort to see what the Broncos might be facing come December.