Boise State's 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night puts the Broncos in legitimate contention due to their relatively easy regular season schedule. Home matchups against Oregon State and Fresno State present the biggest road blocks to Boise going undefeated for the second consecutive year, but the Broncos have only lost two conference games since 2005 and this is their strongest team yet.
The debate will rage on among fan bases over whether or not Boise State should go to the BCS National Championship game, if indeed the table is run again. Playing teams like Utah State and Idaho will inevitably give a team its doubters.
But when Utah State loses at Oklahoma by just seven points and Idaho dismantles an opponent, albeit a IAA opponent, 45-0, you can't exactly look at the Broncos' schedule as quite a cake-walk anymore.
While Boise's detractors will discount their legitimacy because of their perceived weakness of schedule, let's look at eight BCS-conference teams whose schedules are easier than the Broncos'.