BCS Rankings 2011: Houston Cougars the New Boise State Broncos?

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22:  Houston Cougar quarterback Case Keenum has broken the NCAA's career total offense record to become the Football Bowl Subdivision's all-time leader in total offense in the first quarter of today's game against Marshall Thndering Herd at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Cougars are 7-0 and appear to be well on their way to an undefeated season.

But unless something drastic changes, they'll be left on the outside looking in at the BCS. It's a story Boise State has come to know very well in recent seasons.

Houston leads the nation in points per game at 49, and Case Keenum in an under-the-radar Heisman candidate, much like Kellen Moore has been since his rise to fame with the Broncos.

The comparisons could go on all day.

The problem for both teams is a lack of schedule strength. The Cougars are going to go the entire season without playing a ranked team, so it's impossible to know how the offense would hold up against a more talented defense.

Even the most diehard Cougar fans would likely admit they couldn't survive an entire season in the SEC or Big Ten and put up such gaudy numbers. However, anything is possible in one game, as Boise has illustrated.

The Cougars did knock off UCLA in the season opener, and going unbeaten is an accomplishment no matter what level of competition you play against.

An interesting disparity is seen when you look closer at Houston's BCS ranking, which currently sits at No. 17. Some computers rank them inside the Top 10, while others don't put them inside the Top 25.

That's a common theme for outsiders. It's either all or nothing.

Houston's only option is to win its final seven games and hope for some marquee upsets from major conference bottom-feeders. Otherwise, the Cougars will be relegated to play in a less prestigious bowl game.

What they should be doing over the next few weeks is trying to get air time on ESPN to state their case. Not only will it put the voters on notice, but it will also bring some extra publicity to the school, which is one of the main reasons the Broncos have risen to power.

Now all they need is some red turf.


Rank Team BCS Average
 1  LSU
 2  Alabama  .9627
 3  Oklahoma State
 4  Boise State
 5  Clemson
 6  Stanford
 7  Oregon  .6877
 8  Kansas State
 9  Oklahoma  .6642
 10  Arkansas  .6581
 11  Michigan State
 12  Virginia Tech
 13  South Carolina
 14  Nebraska
 15  Wisconsin
 16  Texas A&M
 17  Houston
 18  Michigan  .342
 19  Penn State
 20  Texas Tech  .201
 21  Arizona State
 22  Georgia
 23  Auburn  .131
 24  Texas  .119
 25  West Virginia