Boise State football team improbably returns to the BCS chase; Fresno, SDSU clinch shares of Mountain West title

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team is back in the Bowl Championship Series chase.

A run of upsets this week in college football have given Boise State, Kent State and Northern Illinois a chance to earn an automatic berth in a lucrative BCS game.

The seven teams ranked immediately in front of the Broncos all lost this week: Nos. 15 (Oregon State), 16 (Texas), 17 (UCLA), 18 (Rutgers), 19 (Michigan), 20 (Louisville) and 21 (Oklahoma State). Also, Nos. 24 (Arizona) and 25 (Washington) lost.

Boise State (9-2) is No. 22. Kent State (11-1) is No. 23. Northern Illinois (11-1) unofficially is No. 26.

Any of those teams can earn an automatic bid by finishing in the top 16 in the BCS standings and ahead of a BCS-conference champion. The losses by Louisville and Rutgers of the Big East make it a virtual lock that one of those three teams will finish ahead of the Big East champion.

To qualify, Boise State also must win the Mountain West. San Diego State and Fresno State have won shares of the title, but the Broncos will be the champion for BCS purposes if they beat Nevada on Dec. 1 to earn a share. That’s because that three-way tie can’t be broken with head-to-head records. The next tiebreaker is highest BCS ranking.

Looking at the results so far, it’s likely Boise State, Kent State and Northern Illinois would settle at 16, 17 and 18 in Sunday’s BCS standings — at worst. One or all of them also could pass Oregon State.

The biggest problem for Boise State, other than beating Nevada next week, might be holding off the Mid-American Conference champion. Kent State and Northern Illinois play for that title Friday. The winner will be 12-1 and close the season with a victory against a ranked team. Boise State has a big edge over those teams in the polls, but the computers (one-third of the BCS formula) have Kent State at No. 22, Northern Illinois at No. 27 and Boise State at No. 30. Kent State could be hurt by Rutgers’ loss, because that was its best win. Kent State also was blown out early in the season by 2-10 Kentucky, which could hurt as voters take a closer look at the candidates. Northern Illinois lost to Iowa by one point in the season opener. Its best wins are against Toledo and Ball State.

A non-BCS team that gets into the BCS likely would go to the Orange Bowl. However, Boise State could land in the Sugar if that game would rather have the Broncos’ high profile than the Big East champion.

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No non-BCS team has qualified with a loss. Since the current rules were put in place in 2006, there was an undefeated team available in 2006 (Boise State), 2007 (Hawaii), 2008 (Utah), 2009 (Boise State and TCU) and 2010 (TCU). Last year, Boise State would have made it with one loss if it had won the Mountain West. TCU finished No. 18 with two losses.

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Fresno State whipped Air Force 48-15 and San Diego State rallied to beat Wyoming 42-28 on Saturday. Those wins secured a share of the Mountain West title for the Bulldogs and Aztecs, who finished 7-1 in conference play.

Boise State is 6-1 going into the Nevada game.

The Mountain West awards trophies and the co-champion title to all teams that tie for the title.

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This is nuts

but kinda cool....

Didn't see UConn at all..........

Amazing....

this was the year I had no expectations and wasn't even going to follow the BCS crap.

The BCS to the non-AQ....

It is the gift that keeps on giving....

And to think this is Boise States last non-AQ season, and 2014 its gone forever....

Ugly - we brondo fans are being used

Ugly - as you are aware of, there is not much interest in the bus bronco football team east of the mississippiiippiippii river.

There see,ms to be some interest west of the missississiissiissppi river, but most of the interest seems to be in aada county and Boise city in Idaho.

Not much interest inbsu arounthd the state of Idaho, either.

Maybe a few in mountain home east f Boise and horseshaeOe bend north of nobodies, but that is about it.

It is too bad.

We brondos need more interest so president kudu straw can get more money to make the bozos a better school.

I think kustra is trying, but I don't think he really knows how to market the bronco brand and the bronco gear, the royalties from which keep bus afloat. President kustra is doing his best tho, I think, maybe.

I the east of the misipippiifs. River not many people are gonna spend real mo ey for b

Bronco gear.

I am baffled what idahoans get out to the broncos by them going to the big east, unless they can win a national championship - which I think the brucos will win in 2014. I used to think bronco gear would be popular in the east, because president kustra told us it it, but I think he has his facts off base.

Is he trying it fund bus with money from the sales of bobble heads and bolo range. Trailer hitch covers.

I dunno, but will we see many of us broncos travel to New Jersey to watch the bronos .

Is death ink you are right - going to the big east will reduce the profit kustra sad makessd abroad hawkisna g broncoafßa goods. Which means a lowering of the quality of academics at bus. How is bus gonna èver raise the level of theor academics up to average if we are broke.

I think kustra needs to go backd to the. Mac or even WAC if they would take us back.we

Fit is SOS Sadat. To seesa the broncos getting destroyed by president kustra as bozo nation just stands. By.

Vndl

Seriously

and be honest. How drunk were you when you posted this?

Ugly - we brondo fans are being used

Ugly - as you are aware of, there is not much interest in the bus bronco football team east of the mississippiiippiippii river.

There see,ms to be some interest west of the missississiissiissppi river, but most of the interest seems to be in aada county and Boise city in Idaho.

Not much interest inbsu arounthd the state of Idaho, either.

Maybe a few in mountain home east f Boise and horseshaeOe bend north of nobodies, but that is about it.

It is too bad.

We brondos need more interest so president kudu straw can get more money to make the bozos a better school.

I think kustra is trying, but I don't think he really knows how to market the bronco brand and the bronco gear, the royalties from which keep bus afloat. President kustra is doing his best tho, I think, maybe.

I the east of the misipippiifs. River not many people are gonna spend real mo ey for b

Bronco gear.

I am baffled what idahoans get out to the broncos by them going to the big east, unless they can win a national championship - which I think the brucos will win in 2014. I used to think bronco gear would be popular in the east, because president kustra told us it it, but I think he has his facts off base.

Is he trying it fund bus with money from the sales of bobble heads and bolo range. Trailer hitch covers.

I dunno, but will we see many of us broncos travel to New Jersey to watch the bronos .

Is death ink you are right - going to the big east will reduce the profit kustra sad makessd abroad hawkisna g broncoafßa goods. Which means a lowering of the quality of academics at bus. How is bus gonna èver raise the level of theor academics up to average if we are broke.

I think kustra needs to go backd to the. Mac or even WAC if they would take us back.we

Fit is SOS Sadat. To seesa the broncos getting destroyed by president kustra as bozo nation just stands. By.

Vndl

VNDL....I agree....the Big East is a

Big Mistake because in the East, the Broncos are nobodies....and they never will become something in an eastern style conference....

The Big East in 2014 is just another Big Joke....they will have no more advantage to the Big 6 BCS Bowls than the MWC or C-USA....yet Boise wants to go East....and to make matters worse, one of their OOC games is also East in UT Martin....

If Boise wants the East so bad, then move your School and Stadium to the East and get outta Dodge !!!!

I'm so mad at Boise right now, and yes it is probably Boise Ohio, that I hope Nevada teaches them another lesson....

Broncomaniacs, sell your silly popcorn on Boise v Memphis....

Ugly, you are an idiot

As usual, you dont know what the fuque you are talking about. The Boise State football team is followed all over the Eastern US. My ex-father-in-law, my sister and her family, my brother and his family and several friends have all been approached by numerous locals in SEVERAL States that follow Boise State football. The States involved are Georgia, Virginia, North Caroina, West Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and even Washington DC.

So, tell us again how the Broncos are "nobodies" in the East. Like always, you continue to show your stupidity.

Dumb/a/s/s.

RMS....You are funny. When Broncos go to other areas they

act like they are The Beatles....

The Broncos are pretty much non-existant in those areas as there are some tremendously good schools in the east areas....

you were only popular because you were the underdog....now you are sharing the MWC title again.

as The Who sang, 'Who are you, who who....I really want to know, Who are you, who who?'....

Yes, the Broncos 2006-2011 turned alot of heads and gained fans, including Ugly....but that is over, unless BSU becomes another BCS Buster for years to come....the cinderella stories only work once....folks dont relive the BSU v Oky days anymore than the Flutie one....

Good luck in the East....

For someone who has probably never been

east of Pocatello.........

smirk.....

Φ ugly is correct,

as he constantly reminds Broncosphere®. ugly needs acceptance. ugly gets only rejection. ugly is in the "quandary laundry" ... never really escapes the spin cycle.

But, he keeps putting in his quarters.

ugly is right about the Broncos and Beatles in his comparison. The Beatles wrote "Fool on the Hill" (who cannot find the bell tower on the hill) with ugly in mind.

"The man with the foolish grin ..." was never more apropos.

ugly, the Beatles wrote about fools, idiots, cheats, liars, and very messed-up people. Isn't is great?

razor....the best Beatle song was....

A Day in the Life....

'I read the news today, Oh Boy! and the news was rather sad. It said how Wash had an 18 pt lead and then blew it away. and then they all ran to the Albert Hall....'

Huh?

Have you ever been east of Pocatello?

LOL!

Wow. Vndl hittin the sauce a little heavy today.
Well, Tis the season.
Just don't drink & drive everybody. Now pass me a cold one.

The name Costanza comes to mind

I get the sense you two are worried that nobody on the far end of town will like you? I know insecurities can difficult to overcome, but come on fellas. What kind of respect do you give college teams east of anywhere?? The point is nobody is respected until it's earned and the only way to earn respect is to show up, play hard, be consistent and finish..the same thing they've done for over a decade. Everything's going to be just fine.

Too many

ifs in there. BSU will be in Vegas again.

Really alpha

How many "if's" are there?

It all

Really depends on how the others do. Just hope Fresno wins and SDSU loses.

We actually do want SDSU to win

Since Fresno won, all an SDSU can is help our SOS

I stand corrected

Rereading the article I see it wouldn't matter.

No worries

We are going to need some love from the humans to pull this off.

Too many

to get a BCS game.

Don't think so alphadr

Try again, you'll get there......

Nice edit, you stated "7" then changed to "too many"

It's OK though, this BCS is stuff is a little tough on the uninformed.

Holy crap!

Wow, what a crazy day. They all lost!
Boys should be on fire in Reno.

The reason why they all lost is because they are losers from

the Big East....

I predicted this 4 weeks ago....

I said Boise will have another BCS shot because Boise plays nobody, and the other teams at this time do....look, most conferences have a conference championship, but the MWC does not....it should be Boise v SDSU again....

for the mercy of the BCS system, I will root for nevada to send roses to the broncos going east....

and I say this not against the players....they are talented. I say this against the whiny Bronc fans, the liberal yuppie system, and for Kent State and SDSU....

Broncos, as Edgar Winter sang, no more 'Free Ride'....

Thanks again for the chuckle ugly

But then again, I could have predicted that........

BSU4342....yes if Boise makes a BCS Bowl it is from the

system rules....

but the BCS has been generous....

the Broncos going into Nevada have played teams with 50 wins and 83 losses....

Nevada is 7-4....

I have a good feeling that Kent State is going to leap frog Boise State on BCS Sunday 6:30 pm, dont miss it....

I will root for Nevada for sake of the system (not anti-Bronco)....

cripe's poll is correct....

There you go ugly....

That post is a really good argument for not going back to the MWC....

You surprise me ugly......

BSU4342....

the Broncos wont make a BCS Bowl, Kent State will leap frog....

but if the Broncos do, I will obviously root for them....'

From the 1970s, my two favorite cfb teams has always been Notre Dame and UCLA....I was born in Orange and raised Catholic....

but I root for all underdogs in cfb....

I hope Notre Dame does it....

Stanford has done well and deserves the title....

.

.

Sad

Or to a Who concert or any real concert. And no Foreigner at the fair doesn't count.

The MAC Champ...

will finish ahead of Cupcake State and rightfully so... dream on ...

Poor pony

Must have been a bad day in your life......

I was hoping the pay wall would weed out the losers...

...like alpha ugly sinatra pony and vndl. Guess .99 is for entertainment purposes only. Where else can a drunk geezer post 500 words (twice) and have another poster reply that we all shouldn't drink and drive? On a football blog nonetheless. Geesus man. Not sure its worth 6.95 but the .99 paid for itself.

Is Lane Kiffin the dumbest coach in America? Poor Pat Haden.

JL....Pay Wall only weeded out the

Bronco Fans....

Sorry dude....

ugs...

How come you paid all that money for online schooling and your IQ still isn't above 70? Seriously dude. Ask for your money back, they stole it.

JL....Ugly is fine....Education summarized as:

College.........Credits.....Degree
Boise State......0.........Drop-out
TVCC.............60.........Business
Univ Idaho.......160........BS & MS
Idaho State U.....42........none--biotech stuff
Online............40........none
...............total: 302 credits

Φ Nice investment ...

and to come out completely stupid after all that should have been worth an honorary degree in Inadvertent Entertainment at My Expense.

Iiieee, Myyyeee.

Quick ... where was that bell tower??????????????????????

Razor's Discount is about to offer o/u on the next time you quit (citing dufuses yet again). Will probably open at 3:12pm on the 27th. Bonus play will be your triumphant return before Dec. 1.

razor....VNDLs famous question to Ugly was not the

Bell Towers location, but the song played....I knew the Bell location, just not the song....VNDL told me the answer at Canyon Crest, but I have already forgot it again....to me, it just wasnt in my memory other than I did hear the music and it was beautiful, much like Church Bell music....

But in history, I did disprove the Corner Nail record supposedly where Joey beat Gus....Hogwash !!!!

History is wrong on this much like the distortions of Custer's Battlefield....

Joey bent the nail and was allowed again without the nail being bent straight again. Thus, Joey touched the bent nail, not a straight one....he missed by one inch....

Gus has the record.....

Φ Sure thing

quitter.

Go for a fourth; we can't wait.