Boise State has once again found themselves in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) discussion. Coming off an 11-2 season in 2012, the Broncos are once again in the top 25 rankings and in the discussion for another BCS bowl bid.
With the start of the new season approaching in a matter of days, it begs the question: “How important is winning the opening game for the Broncos?”
It’s no secret the BCS favors an undefeated team, especially from the mid major conferences. Both Boise State’s Tostitos Fiesta victories in 2007 and 2010 came off unbeaten campaigns in the regular season.
Another reason Boise State needs to get off to a good start is the need to build their strength of schedule and their overall body of work. In Boise State’s previous undefeated regular seasons, they have included wins over Oregon State, Oregon and Georgia. The years where Boise State has failed to reach a BCS game included early season losses against Georgia, Washington and Michigan State. Getting the significant win in the first two or three weeks of the season is crucial for the Broncos in making a statement to the BCS committee and the voters to strengthen their chances for a BCS bowl appearance.
Boise State has history with this Washington program. A bitter loss in Seattle in the fall of 2007 coming off their first BCS victory left a bad taste in the mouths of Bronco fans everywhere. Led by redshirt senior quarterback Taylor Tharp, the Broncos left with a 24-10 loss, the first of their three losses en route to a 10-3 season.
Now the Broncos have the task of going back to Seattle and taking down the Huskies in their brand new, $280 million stadium. A team that will have revenge on their minds, this could be one of the Broncos toughest season openers in history. A win however, could spell success for the season and get them on the right track back to the BCS.