Boise State Football: Why This Is the Year Broncos Will Fight for National Title

Chad ScottCorrespondent IIOctober 25, 2011

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22:  Gabe Linehan #87, Doug Martin #22, and Chandler Koch #88 of the Boise State Broncos celebrate Martin's touchdown 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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You can sense just how nervous the BCS schools are getting about No. 4 Boise State being so close to a national championship berth this year just by the sheer amount of anti-BSU articles that are being posted.  

In just the past two days I have read five articles directed at the fact Boise State either won't be in or doesn’t deserve the national championship, no matter what the circumstances.  On top of that, I have seen at least seven other articles that say Boise has no chance at the BCS National Championship. 

Since Oklahoma and Wisconsin's fall, Boise State has moved up in the polls, even after what many considered was a lackluster performance against Air Force.  I agree Boise State was far from great against Air Force, but I fully expected Boise State to be in a dog fight against the No. 3 rushing offense in the country.   

On top of that, Georgia has made its way back in to the Top 25 and has an outside shot at the SEC championship.  Meanwhile, TCU is slowly crawling its way back up the rankings as well, and I believe it may be No. 24 or 25 by the time BSU plays it, especially if it beats BYU. 

As of right now, it is assumed Boise State will not get a national championship berth so long as there are two undefeated teams in the other conferences (sorry, Houston, you don’t count, but I think you should for what it's worth).

LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Stanford and Kansas State currently stand in Boise State's way. 

Everyone knows LSU and Alabama play on Nov. 5, so one of them will go down and the winner will likely go to the national championship.

Also, Kansas State and Oklahoma State play each other, so another unbeaten will be eliminated. That is if Kansas State hasn't already lost to a very angry Oklahoma.  Either way I believe Oklahoma will beat both teams so you can say bye-bye to the Big 12 in the national championship game. 

Stanford will likely lose to Oregon—if not USC—so the Pac-12 is out too.

Then there is the pesky Clemson Tigers.  They may well have the best chance of keeping Boise State out of the No. 2 spot since they will probably win their conference.  There are some trap games, though, as Clemson travels to Georgia Tech and South Carolina.  If it drops one of those, there is no question Boise State is in. 

Some of you may be asking, "What about a one-loss Oklahoma or Stanford?"  There is absolutely no way that a one-loss team would be allowed to go to the national championship over Boise State, especially if Georgia continues its climb, Toledo wins its conference and Nevada or Fresno win their conference. 

If that does happen, expect a myriad of lawsuits and anti-trust litigation to come out of Idaho and the Mountain West conference, and they would be right to do so.