College Football Preseason Rankings: How No. 7 Boise State Can Get to a BCS Game
Boise State was left out of a lucrative BCS bowl appearance last season by the slimmest of margins.
Two missed chip-shot field goals against Nevada, a very suspicious calculation error in the final BCS standings and an overall jobbing by the BCS Selection Committee prevented the Broncos from making their second straight appearance in a big-money game.
Will this season be any different? Boise State currently sits at No. 7 in the polls, putting it in good position for the bid.
But a few things need to happen to ensure the Broncs find themselves playing in a big-boy game come January.
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No brainer. The Broncos must make the cross-country trip and beat the Bulldogs between the hedges.
But it doesn’t end there. Boise State needs Georgia to become a winner the rest of the season, similar to what Virginia Tech did last year (sans the James Madison loss).
It would be hard for the BCS committee to leave out the Broncos if the Bulldogs go on to win the SEC East.
Destroy Tulsa, Toledo, Nevada and Fresno State
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After Georgia, Boise State doesn’t have a showcase schedule with a ton of high-profile games to wow voters.
But if they want to get into a BCS game, they will need to put up big numbers against these decent non-conference, non-BCS schools to show a level of superiority.
Putting up 45 revenge points on Nevada keeps people on the wagon. Beating Toledo by a touchdown causes people to jump off.
Have BYU, Hawaii and Central Florida Taken Down
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As much as Boise State may hate to say it, their fate is connected to BYU's in many ways.
It’s likely just one non-BCS team gets a seat at the gluttonous table. That means the favorites to win the WAC, C-USA and Independents must fall at some point to eliminate any competition for Kellen Moore and Co.
Hawaii probably poses the biggest threat to the Broncos, having an easy schedule.
Enter BYU. The Cougars host the University of Central Florida (C-USA fave) in Provo in September and make a trip to Honolulu to play the Warriors in December.
Boise State needs BYU to win both of those games to take each of them out of the BCS picture.
Then, the Broncos will root for fellow MWC member TCU to beat the Cougars in Dallas in October.
Have the BCS Teams Beat Up on Each Other
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It happens every year, especially in the SEC. The really good teams take each other out.
Let’s face it, it’s very difficult to win at that level week after week. Boise State needs a lot of parity at the top of the SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12.
The Big 10, ACC and Big East really don’t pose a threat to get multiple teams in.
Beat Up on TCU
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The climax of the regular season for Boise State will be the Nov. 12 visit of TCU to the Gem State.
This showdown has all the makings of a classic…even though nobody will see it due to the Mountain West Conference putting its games on a network nobody has, or can find.
But the Broncos must make the most of this showdown and beat the Horned Frogs soundly. They return a ton of firepower, while TCU is rebuilding.
This is the year the Broncos can lay a beat down on a TCU team in a matchup that’s been hard fought the last two meetings.
Then, as long as they don't get screwed by the committee, or lose to San Diego State in a let-down game, they're in.