Boise State's season is only one game old, but the biggest step on their trip to the BCS National Championship Game has already been taken.
What the Broncos have to do to get into the title game is obvious at this point. Their conference slate is not strong enough to get them high enough in the computer polls. They have to win out-of-conference games against high-profile competition.
They did that in their opener against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Now that they have done the "hard part," the Broncos just have to keep winning games. If they can do that, they will be playing for a national title.
The way I see it, there are really only five teams in the country that can be ahead of the Broncos if they go undefeated. Those teams are Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and Florida State.
The first three are already ahead of Boise State in the rankings, and an FSU win over Oklahoma this week will probably catapult them ahead of the Broncos.
By the end of the season, though, only two out of those four will be able to be ahead of the Broncos. The loser of the OU/FSU game will fall behind Boise, and Alabama and LSU play later this season.
Boise will then only need to find a way to jump one more team to get into a position to be in the title game.
In this season, Boise State will also have perception on their side. In seasons past, there was nothing short of shutting out every opponent that they could do to prove they deserved to play with the "big boys." Now, everyone knows full well that they can play with anyone. No longer will voters keep Boise out on principle.
The Broncos once again have the look of a team ready to win on the biggest stages, and they're already well on their way to playing on the biggest stage possible.