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One of the most controversial teams to play in the BCS era has been the Boise State Broncos.
The Broncos have been in BCS bowls several times recently, often pulling off exciting victories, most notably their upset against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Many people who call for a playoff point at the Broncos, saying they should be given a chance to prove themselves.
The problem for Boise State is that they play in the WAC. Therefore, despite what the human eye sees, the BCS computer has not shown them respect.
The BCS is made up of a combination of the USA Today Poll, the Harris Poll and computer rankings. In the first rankings, the computer rankings do not agree with the polls that are conducted by humans. Boise State is ranked as the No. 2 team in the country in both the USA Today and AP polls. The BCS computer ranks them seventh.
Another question is that Oregon is ranked eighth by the BCS computer, and yet they sit second in the BCS poll. Meanwhile, LSU and Michigan State are ranked second and fourth in the computers and sit at sixth and seventh in the polls.
The computer values quality opponents, and that hurts Boise State. Last season Boise State debuted at No. 4 in the BCS poll. They won the rest of their games, finishing undefeated and ended up sixth in the poll.
The human element sees that even though Boise State plays in the WAC, they are a team that could compete with any team in the country. Unfortunately, the computer does not see this and it will continue to hurt Boise State.