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Boise State Broncos in Line for a Title Run: The BCS Has Opened The Door

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  The Boise State Broncos mascot performs against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Lace BanachekAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2010

This is the first of two articles describing the run for a national title by the Boise State Broncos. Next article will discuss the power of the current team, and what the Broncos have returning. Also will be a semi-detailed synopsis of this seasons confirmed Letters of Intent, who they are, and what is expected will be their part for the 2010 season.

For years, Bronco fans have felt jilted by the BCS football powers that be. Some of the gripes would seem legitimate, like undefeated Boise State being passed over for Ohio State for the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, or on a larger scale to deny BSU the right to play on for a national championship.

The BCS is not a perfect system, but it is pretty darn close.

In hindsight, their choosing Ohio State in 2008 might not have been their best choice, but as for Boise State winning a national title? Oh well, it was the BCS committee’s choice to make and a playoff system might not have provided any better scenario.

Teams like Boise State, TCU, BYU, and Utah (non-BCS or non automatic qualifiers) are making the BCS top 25 rankings more and more, and as such are more likely than ever to have a legitimate shot for BCS Bowls.

A playoff system would not provide non-AQ’s a better shot at a national title then what is currently offered. For example, lest peoples have forgotten already, the 2009 Big Twelve title between Texas and Nebraska was the difference between TCU playing Boise State in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl or Alabama for the 2010 national championship.

When a team (like TCU, BSU, or any other) is rated No. 3 in the BCS that’s as close as any team could hope. It almost happened for them (a field goal by Texas with no time left on the clock was the difference in TCU playing for the 2010 Fiesta Bowl or for the National Championship one week later).

That option will be available to whoever is sitting in third this coming season. Many people believe the team that will be seated in third (if not already No. 1 or 2) will be the Boise State Broncos.

Why?

Because of what Boise State accomplished this year and what they have returning this next season. The Boise State Broncos finished No. 4 in the final BCS poll and are being ranked No. 2 on average by most preseason polls.

That is not happening for any other reason than it is the right thing to do. Nobody is jilting anyone. The Broncos are not being slammed because they play on a blue turf any more than anyone else is for playing on a green one. The BCS could care less.

This season, the BCS powers know the Broncos are a legitimate force and they are not turning their heads. The BCS opened up the doors wide this past 2009 season with a preseason ranking of 14, thus giving the Broncos every opportunity to stake their claim and Boise State did what they needed to do, they went undefeated and won their BCS Bowl invite.

It is highly expected for Boise State to be a top five placement in the first poll of 2010.

The next article gives a look at just what the Broncos have returning for 2010, and why the Broncos will be in the top five. Thats another story. Go Broncos

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