Many college football teams and their fans would be happy to finish the regular season with an 8-4 record. However, that's not nearly enough for those at Boise State.
The expectations and standards in Broncos' land are extremely high. It's part of what makes the Boise State program what it is today.
This season, and its result, probably has led some to speculate that Boise State has seen its best days as a program. Some might even be tempted to think that the historic run is over for the Broncos. However, the response to those who contemplate such things is very simple.
They must know very little about the history of Boise State football.
Boise State has played football since 1933 and ever since then, there has been a high standard for the program driven by hard work, determination and the character of those individuals involved. It is a program that has risen to the top of every level it has participated in, and one that continually moves forward, even in the face of adversity and setbacks.
Yes, there are times, seasons and moments that have been frustrating and disappointing. Still, the one constant has been the continual elevation of the program, even when experiencing the occasional fall.
Winston Churchill said it best when he stated, "Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it."
The contrary wind hit the sails of the Broncos' ship in 2013. It caused some to jump overboard, but the captain and the crew remained intact. The standards and principals at Boise State are still on board, and the ship is preparing to dock for necessary repairs in preparation for another journey in 2014.
Of course, there is still a bowl game to play, and you can expect head coach Chris Petersen to have his team ready to go. However, after that, there will be a full-scale renovation for a program that is not satisfied with "good enough."
A return to the top and double-digit win totals is not just a goal for this program, it is a minimum standard.
Let's look at how Petersen and his team can return to dominance in order to reclaim the mountain in 2014.