College Football Preseason Top 25: #1 Boise State
- Updated: August 18, 2010
The ultimate BCS buster will make it all the way to the BCS National Championship game according to Al Dannity.
It seems the phrase ‘biggest game in Boise State’s history’ gets used a lot these days. First it was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, which they won. Then it was last year’s game with Oregon, which they also won. Then it was the Fiesta Bowl in January against TCU, which they also won. The next incarnation takes place in FedEx Field on Labor Day, when the Broncos take on Virginia Tech. Depending on how that game goes, the phrase could get another outing on September 25 when Oregon State visits the smurf turf of Bronco Stadium.
The Broncos’ conference schedule promises to be relatively uneventful. It’s Boise State’s last season in the WAC and only the games at Idaho and Nevada promise to be eventful. The Vandals haven’t taken kindly to Boise State’s decision to end the rivalry once it bolts for the Mountain West. Nevada meanwhile looks like the only WAC team capable of putting up a fight against Boise State.
The Broncos return 23 of the 24 players that started the Fiesta Bowl last January. That’s a phenomenal retention of talent. College Football betting fans should keep an eye on the Heisman hopes of Kellen Moore. The Boise State quarterback threw 39 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in 2009 as the Broncos recorded the most points per game in the nation. Jeremy Avery leads a deep running back corps with Doug Martin and D.J. Harper.
The sole absentee from that Fiesta Bowl triumph is Kyle Wilson. The cornerback is now with the New York Jets in the NFL but the Broncos won’t be left wanting in the secondary. Jeron Johnson has All-American potential, while Winston Venable was named to the All-WAC team in 2009.
What more does Boise State have to do in order to prove itself worthy of a shot at the BCS title? Over the past two years the Broncos have gone 26-1, including two wins over Oregon. Their lone defeat was a 17-16 loss to TCU in 2008, which they avenged in January’s Fiesta Bowl. If Boise State runs the table in 2010 it will have a 26 game winning streak heading in to the post-season, including wins over Virginia Tech and Oregon State. That would also amount to a 38-1 record over the past three seasons, and four unbeaten regular seasons in the last five years.
No team returns in 2010 with as much proven talent on its roster as the Broncos. Criticise their schedule but not their talent. Boise State is the best team entering the 2010 season. Bet on the Broncos to go 12-0 in the regular season and earn their seat at the table in the BCS National Championship game.