Upon the release of the USA Today coaches poll, it became quite clear that the voters initially held Boise State in high regards. Ranked 16th and just ahead of their mid-tier counterparts, namely TCU and Utah, the Broncos are well positioned to make a BCS bowl game.
The early test against Oregon, a team ranked 14th, could be the catalyst for a nice season for the defenders of the blue turf.
The Oregon game appears to be the greatest hurdle to an undefeated season. A Rivals.com roundtable discussion unanimously chose Boise State to be the "most prohibitive favorite in its conference."
And the relatively high ranking also positions the Broncos for the very real, although still quite unlikely, possibility to play for the BCS title, as Zachary Ball argued in his recent slideshow.
With the big game set for a Thursday night in early September, Boise State could coast the rest of the way. Ah, but that is where the challenge really begins. Beating the Ducks in Boise only adds to the pressure as then the Broncos must maintain their focus and not slip up.
And, there are a few challenges beyond Oregon that, given the right combination, could doom BSU's chance at a BCS game—title game or otherwise. Here are three games that I see as the greatest road blocks to an undefeated season for the Broncos.