College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: It Could Be Boise's Year -- with Help
Well for one, a few schools in front of them need to lose at least one game. Obviously that goes without saying, but we’ve seen it before where a non-AQ school runs the table, and then get left out of the VIP room at the BCS party.
So, we know the Broncos have to run the table, and who’s to say they won’t? Some 14 starters return, with seven coming on each side of the ball. Not to mention Heisman hopeful QB Kellen Moore is back.
To begin, they do have a more difficult schedule: Georgia (SEC East contender), Tulsa (10 or more wins three of previous four seasons), Nevada (13-1 last year), Air Force, San Diego State, and TCU (finished 2010 ranked No. 2).
So, Boise has a stronger strength-of-schedule to their advantage.
Well, both LSU and Alabama are ranked in front, and since they play each other, one of them obviously must lose. Also, LSU plays Oregon in Week 1, so check another loss to a team ranked in front of the Broncos.
After that, they need some help. Either Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, or Florida State must knock off No. 1 Oklahoma (because they’re the only ones that have a chance), and then Stanford must lose one as they have a more difficult schedule.
So a few things are in place to move the Broncos up into position, after that, they must do their job and completely annihilate all opponents.
-- John Rozum
|Team (first-place votes)
|1. Oklahoma (36)||12-2|
|2. Alabama (17)
|3. Oregon (4)
|4. LSU (1)||11-2|
|5. Boise State (2)||12-1|
|6. Florida State||10-4|
|8. Texas A&M||9-4|
|9. Oklahoma State||11-2|
|12. South Carolina||9-5|
|13. Virginia Tech||11-3|
|16. Notre Dame||8-5|
|17. Michigan State||11-2|
|18. Ohio State||12-1|
|20. Mississippi State||9-4|
|24. West Virginia||9-4|
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