It wouldn’t be bowl season in college football without Boise State trying to crash the party. The Broncos, who are so often playing the role of Cinderella, are once again trying to find a way into the New Year’s ball. After taking down Utah State this past Saturday, next up is a date with Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game. What kind of bowl game should the fans of the Blue Field expect if they prevail?
It won’t be the College Football Playoff, even if Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon all lose; that’s not happening. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be in one of the featured New Year’s bowls, though. After finding a top 25 spot in last week’s college football playoff rankings and after a Marshall loss this past Saturday, Boise State may find themselves to be the only non-Power 5 Conference team left. For those trying to keep track, the highest ranked non-power conference team earns a berth into college football’s elite bowls.
Boise State has done this before, as we’ve seen them on the big stage and thrive on it as well. No one will ever forget how they used every play in the book to take down Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. This year the Broncos may even be surprising themselves a long with the rest of us. Head coach Chris Petersen, who helped build the Broncos into contenders, finally gave in and left for a bigger school in a better conference with a lot of money. The Broncos haven’t faltered, though, as new head coach Bryan Harsin has led them to a 10-2 record and they have scored 50-plus points in five out of their last seven games.
Next up for the Broncos is a date with the Bulldogs who have moved on from the loss of Derek Carr to the NFL to make it to the MWC Championship Game for the second straight year. Everything is again on the line for the Broncos and the eyes of the country are on them. A win and they’ll help us ring in the new year; a loss means we’ll see them again much earlier.