Predicting the BCS Top 25 in 2011: Where Will Boise State Rank?

Ross ColemanAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2011

Predicting the BCS Top 25 in 2011: Where Will Boise State Rank?

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The BCS National Championship trophy which was won by the Alabama Crimson Tide after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crim
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    Predicting the BCS Top 25 in 2011: Where Will Boise State Rank?

    New Year's is here to signal the end of the college football season. Sure, there are a few more bowl games, but the end is near.

    With 12 ranked teams still scheduled to play their bowl games, the rankings will be changing quite a bit.

    Which teams will be moving up, which will be dropping, and where will Boise State end up?

    Read on and be sure to let us know what you think.

25. San Diego State

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Ryan Lindley #14 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws a pass against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Utah won 38-34.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: Unranked

    Bowl Game Result: 35-14 Win in Poinsettia Bowl over Navy

    Why They Are Here: The Aztecs won their first bowl game since the 1969 Pasadena Bowl. They also had nine wins in 2010 and have been a feisty Mountain West team. Led by head coach Brady Hoke, the Aztecs gave undefeated TCU just about all they could handle in a 40-35 loss.

    The bowl win over Navy was the cherry on top of a great building season.

24. Northern Illinois

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    Current Rank: Unranked 

    Bowl Game Result: 40-17 Win over Fresno State in Humanitarian Bowl

    Why They Are Here: The Northern Illinois Wolfpack have won 11 games and were it not for a loss in the MAC Championship in their last regular season game, they would currently be ranked.

    The Wolfpack made short work of a solid Fresno State team. They will be ranked somewhere in the Top 25 when the rankings come out.

23. South Carolina

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pulls in this reception against Greg Reid #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by
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    Current Rank: 20

    Bowl Game Result: 26-17 Loss to Florida State in Chick-fil-A Bowl

    Why They Are Here: The Gamecocks seemed to get the wind knocked out of their sails in the opening drive when stud freshman Marcus Lattimore was knocked out of the game on a swing pass.

    South Carolina drops because of the loss but not enough to drop out of the Top 25.

22. Utah

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Shaky Smithson #1 of the Utah Utes runs for yardage against Derrell Acrey #52 of the Boise State Broncos during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3.  (Phot
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    Current Rank: 19

    Bowl Game Result: 26-3 Loss to Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Utah was at one point a top-10 team. But after an 8-0 start, the Utes have lost three out of their last five.

    A loss to Boise in the bowl game drops the future Pac-12 team, but not too far.

21. Nebraska

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Wide receiver Mike McNeil #44 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers pulls in a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20.  (Photo by Tom Pennin
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    Current Rank: 15 

    Bowl Game Result: 19-7 Loss to Washington in Holiday Bowl

    Why They Are Here: People thought I was crazy when I said that Washington would extract revenge over the Huskers after a terrible loss earlier in the season. However, that is exactly what happened.

    Nebraska looked terrible in the Holiday Bowl, and they deserve to drop for it.

20. UCF

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    Current Rank: 25

    Bowl Game Result: 10-6 Win over Georgia in Liberty Bowl

    Why They Are Here: UCF picked up its 11th win of the season in a bowl win over Georgia. The win was the Knights' first bowl win in school history.

    Not enough can be said about the job George O'Leary has done at UCF.

19. Texas A&M

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of Texas A&M passes against the University of Texas during the second half at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 17

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against LSU in Cotton Bowl

    Why They Are Here: While anything can happen in a bowl game, LSU seems like a huge favorite to beat Texas A&M in this one.

    While any loss will drop A&M, I doubt they drop too much.

18. Florida State

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Dustin Hopkins #18 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after kicking a field goal against the South Carolina Gamecocks with Shawn Powell #45 during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Ge
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    Current Rank: 23

    Bowl Game Result: 26-17 Win over South Carolina in Chick-fil-A Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Florida State looked ready to stick it to Steve Spurrier in their bowl game. From the opening hit on Marcus Lattimore, it looked like the Seminoles were going to beat anybody they played.

    While the win doesn't help them jump into the top 15, it will help them to jump more than anyone else.

17. Mississippi State

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  LaDarius Perkins # 27 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs rushes against the Michigan Wolverines during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 21

    Bowl Game Result: 52-14 Win over Michigan in Gator Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Mississippi State looks like they might be starting to make a leap in the SEC. With head coach Dan Mullins running the show, it's just a matter of time before the Bulldogs are among the nation's elite teams.

    After putting up 52 points against Michigan, it appears that the Gator Bowl was a game where two teams were headed in drastically different directions.

16. Virginia Tech

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 13

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Stanford in Orange Bowl

    Why They Are Here: I know the Hokies have not played their bowl game yet, but I think Stanford wins this one fairly easily.

    If Va Tech loses, they will drop out of the top 15.

15. Missouri

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers throws a pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24. (Photo by
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    Current Rank: 12

    Bowl Game Result: 27-24 Loss to Iowa in Insight Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Missouri has been an under-the-radar team for much of the season. However, they failed to make a statement in the Insight Bowl against an underperforming Iowa team.

    Because of the loss, the Tigers drop slightly.

14. Michigan State

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Andrew Maxwell #10 of the Michigan State Spartans is shaken up on a play during the Capitol One Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Get
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    Current Rank: 9

    Bowl Game Result: 49-7 Loss to Alabama in Capital One Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: Michigan State has to be embarrassed by the effort they put forth against Alabama. For a team that thought they deserved a chance to play in a BCS bowl, the Spartans really looked terrible.

    If I am an MSU fan, I am very disappointed by my team.

13. Nevada

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    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty I
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    Current Rank: 15

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Boston College in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: Nevada's pistol offense has been one of the breakout stars of the college football season. In just about every game, the modified shotgun formation shows up.

    Boston College will not stop Colin Kaepernick, and as a result, Nevada will rise in the rankings.

12. Alabama

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by M
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    Current Rank: 16

    Bowl Game Result: 49-7 Win over Michigan State in Capital One Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Alabama may have had a disappointing season this year in defending their championship, but they came out in the Capital One Bowl with something to prove against a top-10 team.

    With the win, the Crimson Tide make a pretty big leap.

11. Oklahoma State

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    STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 27:  Receiver Michael Harrison #7 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys pulls in a pass against defensive back Demontre Hurst #19 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Sooners
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    Current Rank: 14

    Bowl Game Result: 36-10 Win over Arizona in Alamo Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: The Cowboys looked like a team that wanted to prove themselves in the Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State absolutely beat up on a reeling Arizona team that had lost five in a row.

    With the win, the Cowboys move up but are just outside the top 10.

10. LSU

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Jesse Grandy #10 of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 11

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Texas A&M in Cotton Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: LSU has gotten to the place they are in now with smoke and mirrors. However, this team still has more than enough talent to win the Cotton Bowl pretty easily.

    With the win, the LSU jumps back up into the top 10. They don't jump a lot after what will be a close bowl game, but it's enough.

9. Ohio State

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rolls out of the pocket against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 6

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Arkansas in Sugar Bowl

    Why They Are Here: I think the player suspensions will be a distraction to one of the three Big Ten champs. Even though the players get to play in the Sugar Bowl, the SEC has been looking good so far in the bowl season, and the Big Ten hasn't.

    With the loss, the Buckeyes drop, but not out of the top 10.

8. Boise State

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos warms up before playing against the Utah Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3.  (Photo by Et
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    Current Rank: 10

    Bowl Game Result: 26-3 Win over Utah in Las Vegas Bowl

    Why They Are Here: Boise State reenters the Top 10 after a loss to Nevada ended their perfect season. After a big win over Utah, the Broncos are sure to move up.

    I thought they would not play with much fire after being upset by the Wolfpack. I thought wrong.

7. Wisconsin

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers sits on the ground after being sacked by linebacker Tank Carder #43 of the TCU Horned Frogs during the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Pho
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    Current Rank: 5

    Bowl Game Result: 21-19 Loss to TCU in Rose Bowl

    Why They Are Here: After a close loss to TCU in the Rose Bowl, the Badgers became the latest Big Ten team to fail in a bowl game this year.

    Wisconsin's loss has got to sting for a team that thought they were amongst the best in the country.

6. Arkansas

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    COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 8

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Ohio State in Sugar Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: The SEC is playing great so far in the bowl season, and the Big Ten is not. Arkansas will be able to score points on the Buckeyes, and with a win, they will have a BCS win.

    With the win, the Razorbacks will jump slightly, but they won't have done enough to pass some of the other winners in the bowl season.

5. Oklahoma

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big 12 Championship at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    Current Rank: 7

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against UConn in Fiesta Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: Oklahoma seems to have lucked out with the only unranked opponent in the BCS this year. Obviously, there is a chance UConn could beat a Sooners team that has struggled in big games over the past few years, but I don't think that is the case here.

    With the win, the Sooners leap into the Top Five.

4. Stanford

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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 4

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: It's a shame the Stanford Cardinal have to travel all the way across the country for their chance at a BCS bowl game. However, the Cardinal seem like the type of team that doesn't really care when or where they will play.

    After Stanford beats up on Virginia Tech, they will stay where they are because of what happens ahead of them.

3. Auburn

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers runs with the ball during the 2010 SEC Championship against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 1

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Oregon in BCS National Championship 

    Why They Are Here: Believe it. Oregon is going to beat Auburn and because of the TCU win, the Tigers drop all the way to three.

    I know I have been singing the SEC praises, but I just think there is too much the Tigers are going to have to overcome to win a championship.

2. TCU

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  The TCU Horned Frogs celebrate after recovering an onside kick by the Wisconsin Badgers in the fourth quarter of the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    Current Rank: 3

    Bowl Game Result: 21-19 Win over Wisconsin in Rose Bowl 

    Why They Are Here: After watching TCU win a physical game against Wisconsin, I really think they could hang with both Auburn and Oregon. It's times like this that I wish we had a playoff in college football.

    Because of the Rose Bowl win, the Horned Frogs jump past the loser of the BCS Championship game. I also think they could get some AP votes as the top team.

1. Oregon

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    CORVALLIS, OR - DECEMBER 4: LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game at Reser Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Corvallis, Oregon. The Ducks beat the Beavers 37-20 to likely go on to the BCS Championshi
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    Current Rank: 2

    Bowl Game Result: TBD against Auburn in BCS Championship 

    Why They Are Here: After a win in the BCS Championship, the Ducks will be the top team in the country. Their offense will be just too much for Auburn to stop, and the game will be a high-scoring affair.