Boise State: What Do the Broncos Have To Do To Get to the BCS Championship?

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIINovember 1, 2011

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22:  Jarrell Root #96 of the Boise State Broncos psyches up his team before the game 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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The current Boise State seniors have lost a total of five games in their entire careers. That also happens to be the total amount of games that Chris Peterson has lost since becoming the head coach of the Broncos. I don't really think there should be such an award for career achievement, but if any team deserved a free pass at any time, it may be this team. 

The Broncos have been playing college football since 1968 and have compiled a grand total of five losing seasons since the inception of their football program. Granted, they've only been a Division I program since 1996. Even then they were only part of the Big West Conference. They only have one losing season since graduating to the top level and that was their second season. 

Chris Peterson took over from Dan Hawkins in 2006 and has only lost five games, three of which came in the 2007 season. Under him they have lost a single conference game, last season, to Nevada. Yes, it has been against the WAC and MWC, but conference games are just that, and they're very difficult to dominate at any level as consistently as they have. 

They've been very intelligent about their recruiting. Texas and California are two of the three most fertile high school football producing states, with Florida being the other. The Broncos have their share of Idaho players, but Idaho isn't nearly as football-rich or as populated as Texas or California, and there are way too many talented players from those states for the super power schools to handle. So Boise State has taken the rejects to their program, guaranteed they'll get exposure and created a belief that they can beat anybody. And that's exactly what they've done.

Barring a stunning win by a down TCU team this year, the Broncos will finish undefeated once more. Now that will, as it has in past years, guarantee them a BCS bowl, which would be their third since 2008. Their only loss came to TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in a game that featured two teams that none of the "automatic qualifiers" wanted to deal with. Also, excluding TCU's loss in that game, these "non-automatic qualifiers" are 5-1 with the lone loss being Hawaii against Georgia in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. One of those teams, Utah in 2009, could've probably defeated any team in the BCS that year, and rightfully so. The Utes dominated Alabama on the heels of an undefeated season. The Crimson Tide's only loss that season was to the eventual national champion Florida Gators.

This year's Broncos look like a team that could hang with any team. You won't get anybody south of the Mason-Dixon Line to agree to that. Most SEC fans would have you believe that if LSU and Alabama have an epically close game on Saturday that they should get a rematch in the BCS. 

To be quite honest, there is a very real chance that Boise State will be the only undefeated team standing at the end. Every unblemished squad has at least one game remaining against a highly-ranked opponent. The Broncos, unfortunately, do not. Even TCU, who lost a slew of players in the NFL draft this past year, probably won't be ranked when they play. 

All of this speculation is fun for all except Boise State. It's even better for the program because it holds the spotlight over them every week. They've even tried to schedule the majority of their games on weeknights so that a national audience can view their weekly dominance. 

This most likely goes all for naught, though, as the pollsters as a whole keep the Broncos high, but not high enough, and the computers absolutely hate them. 

Unfortunately, all Boise State can do is run up 70 or more on every team in an attempt to sway the polls and get a shot at the crystal football that would serve as a career award for a great team and coach.