BCS Standings: What One-Loss Teams Could Finish Season Ahead of Boise State?

David GeltContributor IIOctober 24, 2011

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22:  Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos looks for a receiver against the Air Force Falcons at Bronco Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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After a crazy week of college football, the BCS has been effectively shaken up and left us fans with more questions than answers.

However, what may be the biggest question of them all, as it always is: "Should Boise State be ranked ahead of AQ conference teams with one loss?"

Right now the answer is a definitive yes. However, as the season goes on, if teams like Oregon, Oklahoma and Wisconsin win out, should they jump the Broncos in the rankings?


Boise is a very good football team. Do not kid yourself there. However, its lack of quality wins makes it difficult to rank the Broncos ahead of premier one-loss teams.

Boise's game against Georgia at the beginning of the season and its upcoming matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs were supposed to be statement games for Chris Petersen's squad, however, Georgia has been disappointing this season as has TCU, and now Boise State finds itself looking at another year of criticism for not scheduling tough teams.

It would be easy to argue that Oregon should already be ahead of the Broncos. Oregon lost to the top-ranked LSU Tigers in the season's opener and has not lost a game since, its closest affair being a 14-point win over the No. 21 Arizona State Sun Devils. Other than the LSU game, the Ducks have not scored less than 41 or given up more than 31.

Over the weekend Oklahoma and Wisconsin joined the ranks of the talented one-loss teams.

Oklahoma lost 41-38 in its homecoming game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Oklahoma has quality wins against Florida State and Texas and for the Sooners to win out, they will have to defeat the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys, No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats and No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies.

If the Sooners win all three of those games without being upset along the way, it would be nearly impossible to leave them below Boise State.

Wisconsin lost in absolute heartbreaking fashion to the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. The game ended on a 44-yard Hail Mary from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol to give the Spartans the 37-31 victory.

Unlike the Sooners, the Badgers do not play a tough schedule that would improve their standing greatly. They had a quality win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but even if they win out—including the last week of the season over the No.19 Penn State Nittany Lions—they will have to play either Michigan State again, Michigan or a rematch with Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game.

Even with those wins it's hard to see Wisconsin rising above an unbeaten Boise State.

In 2011, Boise State finds itself in a position that has become all to familiar to Bronco faithful. No matter how good Boise State does in the season, it will never win the big enough games to play for a BCS title.

On the bright side, season's like this have to push us closer to a playoff in college football. Let's hope.